|Starfleet survivor and ensign of the starship USS Enterprise, Pavel Chekov|
|Chekov was painted with a pale skin tone|
For the clothes worn by Chekov, I used a colour scheme based on military attire worn by Russian soldiers in the 18th century. Due to the 'boring' nature of Chekov's clothes, I decided to concentrate more on the face and eyes as that was the most interesting part of the miniature/board game piece. As such, in terms of paint-hours, the most time was spent on the face and eyes, especially the eyes.
|Side views of the Last Night on Earth board game piece painted as Chekov, the Starfleet Survivor|
Skin tone was kept pale as befitting the subject matter - a spacefaring ensign of supposedly Russian descent. Meanwhile, constant practice has allowed me to get better results when painting eyes on 28-mm to 32-mm scale miniatures. That and the use of a 6/0 Raphael Kolinsky Sable brush.
|Some rust was added to the cleaver on his left hand|
|Back view of Pavel Chekov, Starfleet survivor|
|Axe on the right hand was painted in similar colours to the one carried by Uhura|
Work on Chekov's weapons were fairly straight forward: The axe on his right hand was painted in a similar colour scheme to the axe wielded by Uhura (one would assume they both got the axes from the same source/location) while the cleaver on his left hand had some rust painted on to give it a little bit of character. The alternative - a shiny new metallic cleaver - seemed out of place somehow.
|Walter Koenig, shown here playing Chekov in Star Trek: The Original Series|
|Painted figure next to a 31-mm paperclip and a five sen coin for scale comparison|
At last count, I have finished painting seven zombies and four survivors. Going forward from this half-way point, I am unsure if I want to continue the Star Trek Original Series theme for the rest of the board game pieces or paint something entirely different e.g. Walking Dead. I guess that's a good reason as any to take a temporary step back from my Last Night on Earth project, muse on potential themes and await new inspiration. It also gives me an excuse to start new projects. I love this hobby!