DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL MINIATURE PAINTER! (Please be kind.)
I spent a good part of a week painting an army of zombies recently. These miniatures are for the new expansion of Zombicide by CMON games. When you open the box for the game, you are presented with trays and trays of gray figures, and they all look alike, so I wanted to get a table-ready army painted up and ready for action.
I primed the figures with black and a light green zenithal shading applied with the airbrush, and then used a limited palette of five colors for the entire horde. Limiting the palette gives all the zombies a similar look, so none really stand out from the crowd. This was intentional! If I ever get around to painting the “good guys” I will give them all the colors in the rainbow, but for the zombies, I wanted them to have a muted and uniform color scheme.
The technique I used was to take the first color of paint, a rusty red color, and apply a little of the color to every single mini. Then I moved onto blue and did the same — adding a little color to every mini. By the fifth color, every zombie was pretty much painted. I left the skin color the green and black undercoat, so that saved me from having to paint all those areas by hand.
Once every mini was painted, I gave each one a liberal coat of brown wash, Agrax Earthshade, which seeps into the recesses and brings out the details, while also toning down the brighter colors. I then painted the bases with a watered down black paint, slopped on fairly messily, which separated the bases visually from the green skin tones–even though this is a simple task, it made a huge improvement.
The last step was some dry brushing. I used a cornstalk yellow and white paint for the dry brushing. I always overdo this step, and this time was no exception, but since the figures are zombies, precision wasn’t called for!
Playing with painted minis is so much more fun than unpainted ones, and I think my little zombie horde turned out okay.
I absolutely love them!!
Nice technique for speed painting and the final color scheme is great. As you say, it’s also a good way to contrast with the survivors.