Thursday, 18 December 2014

Ax Faction Zombie Hunter [WIP - Zombie]

Meet Fabio ...  he has had a horrible day. At the break of dawn, Fabio was a dashing knight with flowing blonde locks, a tanned warrior's physique and a flowing green cloak to (in his own words) bring out the highlights in his eyes. But as dusk approached, Fabio was a pale reflection of his former self - his blonde hair was all stringy while his body had become emaciated with a sickly purplish skin tone. At least he no longer had to worry about the highlights in his eyes especially with the now glowing yellow sclera. Zombification would have been bad enough but it got even worse for poor Fabio as his neck and many other body parts met the sharp end of a Zombie Hunter's axe.      

Undead corpse in the Ax Faction Zombie Hunter base
Top down view of the zombie

From the start I had wanted the zombie to stand out rather than blend into the background but in an unorthodox way. Instead of painting lots of gore, I painted the zombie corpse in bright pastel-like colours. The only gore visible on Fabio was a pool of blood accumulating around his neck and rib cage ... that and the hint of innards painted into the cross-section of the zombie's torso and arm.    

Bright colours on a zombie ... eww?
Blood is pooling around his neck courtesy of a slash to the jugular by the Zombie Hunter
Cross-section of the arm and torso was painted to hint at innards

For an idea of how small the zombie itself was, out came the paper clip and coin for a scale shot.

Fabio the zombie next to a paper clip and five sen coin for scale

So there you have it,more progress on the 32-mm Ax Faction Zombie Hunter. The stage is now set for the focal point of the whole piece i.e. the hunter who incidentally looks like a main character from the Walking Dead TV series. That my dear readers, is a story for another day. 

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18 comments:

  1. Wow, I really like the skin tones and all the effects! Cool work!

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    1. Thanks Suber, that's very kind of you to say so. :)

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  2. Well, he sure enough had a terrible day but you've done an amazing job on him. I can't wait to see the finished (master)piece.

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    1. Thank you very much Moiterei ... I'm still a bit worried that he is too brightly coloured. Hopefully, once the hunter is finished it will all come together.

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    1. Hear hear ... a beautifully sculpted horror piece from Ax Faction!

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  4. Beautiful! Amazing skin tone, wickedly good eyes and there should be more blonde zombies.

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    1. Thanks Bob ... heh heh, blonde zombies seem wrong somehow but I am willing to make Fabio the exception.

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  5. really good! i'm really interested to see how it will proceed.
    bye

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  6. Dude you are going to go blind painting these petite sculpts o_O

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    1. Ha ha ... nah, one of the advantages of having long-sightedness is that as I grow older I can see near without the use of any spectacles. Moreover, as I get more experience at painting the 28 and/or 32-mm ones, it is less straining on the eye. But you are right, as much as I enjoy painting miniatures at this scale, I still prefer miniatures at 54-mm as well as 70 to the 80-mm or more.

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  7. I can't guess how the hell you manage to be so accurate on a so small statue! Very good job, FEM, I'll wait for the next step!

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    1. In all honesty, I sometimes surprise myself too. Not that I am that good or anything. I sincerely believe anyone can enjoy painting miniatures and painting them well.

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  8. Aces, 4EM. The purple-grey skintone looks great.

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    1. Many thanks Finch for your kind feedback.

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