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Zombie cavalry

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
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After a very busy couple of weeks at work and at home I’m still trying to squeeze in painting two sets of Undead Cavalry both skeletal and zombie. I’ve been concentrating on my zombie cavalry because they’re great fun to paint and two of the models are real favourites of mine. I find this strange because when they were released I absolutely hated the Citadel zombie horses. I don’t know why but I always thought they were a bit naff and I much prefered the skeletal horses from the same range. Fast forward some 30 years and I now love their zombie horses and yawn politely at the skeletal horses. Very odd!

Anyhow, getting back to the zombie cavalry, this has been going rather slow because, and this sounds a bit stupid, I have no idea how to paint zombie horses. Over the years I’ve painted an awful lot of skeletons and skeletal steeds but when it comes to zombie horses I’m a bit stumped. I’ve read plenty of how articles on to paint horses but I’ve never had to put it into practice let alone with zombie horses. There’s still a bit of time before I’ll actually be painting the horses but it’s getting closer and I still keep looking at them wondering how on earth I’m going to paint them.

These are the three zombie cavalry I’ve been working on:

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The photos don’t really do them justice, the one on the left looks much less harshly dry brushed in real life. The one in the middle and the one on the right are my absolute favourites from the range.

Out of the remaining two cavalry models, one of the cavalry riders didn’t fit too well on his horse:

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But after some greenstuffing he’s sorted:

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I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last did an update! I knew life was getting particularly busy behind the scenes but I didn’t realise just how little I’d done hobby wise. Oh dear.. So where are we? Well I finally worked out the paint scheme for my Forgeworld Epic army. After much pondering I decided to go with early WW2 French as I like the colourscheme and it’s fun to paint. Camo is quite timeconsuming to paint but I’m not intending to paint a huge amount of models for this army. Below is a WIP of an Epic40k Hellhound, it looks much more messy close up than it does in reality:

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I’ve still not decided how I’m going to paint things like baggage, netting, sandbags, ablative armour etc etc. I’ve also managed to get quite a lot of OOP Forgeworld models from ebay for a very reasonable price and this includes lots of Chimera, including some with Heavy Bolter turrets. All good stuff but apart from cleaning them up not much has happened with them. I’ve also managed to get hold of enough original Imperial Guard infantry to field every Imperial Guard Company in Armies of the Imperium at the same time. It has to be said that I’m not looking forward to painting them! Of course all of that infantry means buying some more vehicles and, after losing many auctions on ebay, I got my third Mole model. Unfortunately it was incomplete, something I knew when bidding on it, and missing it’s pneumatic arm but that was easily solved with a quick kitbash:

The picture below shows a pneumatic arm taken from another Mole and bits taken from both a broken skeleton and zombie standard:

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After few minutes of careful cutting and gluing we have a new pneumatic arm:

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Obviously it doesn’t look exactly like the original but it’s good enough for me. Finally, we can see the new pneumatic arm on the model:

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This sort of kitbash is a good reminder to never throw even broken bits out because you never know when they’ll come in handy.

It may look like I’m starting to get back into painting Epic models but I’m actually putting them on hold for a couple of months because I’m busy painting my very old WHFB 3rd edition Undead army for the Oldhammer day taking place at Wargames Foundry. I’ve literally got hundreds of Undead infantry painted but an infantry force will be carefully picked apart and destroyed through instability so I need to paint quite a lot of models to create a more flexible force. Behind the scenes I’ve been busy putting models together and, as of today, I’m starting on a small unit of five zombie cavalry:

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I own twenty cavalry models from the 3rd edition Undead range but, realistically, I’ll only need to paint ten up because that’s all I require for the day. The plan is to initially paint five zombie cavalry then five skeleton cavalry. If I’m on a roll painting them I will paint the remaining ten models. After that I’ve got skull chuckers, character models, a plague cart, giant bats, chariots, it’s never ending!