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Zombie Cavalry update

Posted: May 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Having spent the weekend with an absolutely stinking headcold I’ve not felt massively in the mood to paint. That said I did do a tiny bit more work on my zombie cavalry. The photos below show the difference in the colour of the horses depending on the basecoat used.

Vallejo Leather Brown basecoat

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Vallejo Beasty Brown bastcoat

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It’s a subtle difference but when ranked up it stops the horses from all looking the same.

As I type this three of the horses have been finished and just need basing, meaning that I’m struggling to work out how to paint two of the remaining riders. I honestly thought that painting zombie cavalry would be a very quick process, given how quickly I can paint zombies, but it’s turned out to be an incredibly slow process because each model is like painting a character model. I was looking at one of the models and I thought “Gah! Why is there so much detail on this figure!” a model from the mid 80’s no less.

Once the five zombie cavalry models are painted I’m hoping that painting some of my skeleton cavalry will be a much quicker process. In order to speed that up four of the cavalry riders are identical and just their steeds are different. After that I need to crack on with my Skull Chuckers and metal Undead Chariots.

After much procrastination I worked out how to paint my Zombie Cavalry. A test model can be seen below:

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It was fairly simple but it looks good enough for me.  The horse was undercoated black, the bone detail was picked out, then the horse was base coated with Vallejo Leather Brown. After a couple of coats of Vallejo Leather Brown the horse was generously washed with Devlan Mud. Once that had dried the horse was washed with Ogryn Flesh Wash. When that had dried all wounds and areas around the bone were washed with Baal Red a number of times. With other horses I tried different basecoats finding that Vallejo Beasty Brown gave a very nice result (pictures will follow at some point!) but Vallejo Dark Flesh was disappointing as it resulted in a muddy finish.

In other news both GW and Forgeworld are winding down their Specialist Games and Epic/Aeronautic Imperialis ranges. What this means is that when they run of particular models they won’t be casting anymore. I’m not surprised that GW are doing this, I expected this when they released their Finecast range, but FW? This really came out of nowhere! If this is news to you then good luck panic buying what’s left because there’s pretty much nothing left. I’m sure the usual gits bought remaining stock with the intention of re-selling it on ebay for stupidly inflated prices and I pass wind in their general direction.

The worst thing about all of this is that not every game can be easily played with other manufacturers models. Bloodbowl, Mordheim, Necromunda and Warmaster players are all very well catered for elsewhere but when it comes to Battlefleet Gothic and Inquisitor things get a bit more difficult. With Epic it’s a mixed bag, there are plenty of 6mm modern/sci-fi manufacturers out there but for most of their armies you’re either going to need to do some decent scratchbuilding and ebaying to get what you need. So, all in all, it’s sad times.