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"In The Annals Of Ancient Felstad..."

"...There are occasional mentions of vapour snakes."

These three 28mm scale metal Vapour Snakes are produced by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought as code FGV344 from their “Frostgrave" range. Described as being “strange, smoky entities sometimes formed as the result of the mystical refinement process of the alchemical fuel used for much of the city’s lighting and heating", the “wispy fumes” are sold as a pack of three miniatures, comprising of “one large Vapour Snake” and two smaller ones.


I was actually hoping that these particular random encounters would prove a pretty straightforward little painting project, but unfortunately the three models I received had loads of flash upon them. This resulted in me spending a good hour snipping away strays pieces of metal from many of their tendrils, and subsequently filing down some incredibly sharp points so I could simply safely handle them whilst pigmenting them.

"Why these creatures look so much like actual snakes is anyone’s guess."

Once super-glued to their individual 30mm circular lipped bases, I primed all three of the figures with “Vallejo” White and gave them a wash of Pale Grey. The Vapour Snakes were then dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” White, before having their eyes ‘picked out’ with a combination of Heavy Grey and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green.


With the latest additions to my “Frostgrave” Bestiary completed, I have momentarily turned my attention to the recent arrival of “Zombicide 2nd Edition” by “CoolMiniOrNot” and finally made the decision to see whether I can actually paint one of the “nonstop, electrifying zombie-killing action” board game’s plastic miniatures. In the past, this has always been a rabbit hole I have been truly loathe to bolt down, as I wasn’t all that impressed with some of the soft detail found on the original release’s range, and frankly intimidated by the sheer number of figures I’d need to put a brush to.

"Zombicide 2nd Edition" WIPs - President 16 has been re-based, primed and dry-brushed

However, having picked up the Presidential Box Survivor Pack as part of the Kickstarter, I thought the figure of President 16, or rather Abraham Lincoln, might prove a nice pilot piece. I’ve already re-based the miniature onto a standard 28mm base (with the intention of supergluing some tiny ball-bearings to its underside) and given the American statesman an undercoat of “Vallejo” Gloss Black.


If successful then I might contemplate painting up one or two more of the Presidents found inside the six-figure expansion set, and even set to work on a dozen or so of the core box’s zombies. This might then encourage me to dedicate this year’s Zomtober Challenge to tackling some of the other one hundred and sixty seven miniatures found inside the game’s reboot, not counting its Washington Z.C. campaign set…

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planetmut
May 02, 2021

Those vapour snakes are actually kind of cute :-) Great job painting them to make them look like actual vapour, it's really effective.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 02, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Simple but somewhat effective paint-job. perhaps further down the line I might buy another blister and paint one red, blue and green for a change..?

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wsd50
Apr 28, 2021

Love those vapour snakes!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 29, 2021
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Thanks Roger. Simple stuff to paint. I think the prep time on the sculpts' flash took just as long as the paint-time tbh.

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undercoat2670
Apr 26, 2021

Smoke is really tricky to paint in my opinion and I think you have done a great job. They look particularly impressive in the gaming table photos. Great looking monsters, well done on these. Perhaps my favourite Frostgrave monsters so far.

Abraham Lincoln in Zombicide!? Sounds nuts! Looking good though. What are your thoughts on the new minis in this edition?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 26, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. The Pale Grey isn't my favourite of "Vallejo" washes tbh, but its done an okay job with the Vapour Snakes. I think one of the problems with this particular sculpt is they're so smooth, so my usual technique of dry-brushing White over the Pale Grey wasn't as effective as it ordinarily is when doing white fur.


The new Zombicide minis are definitely an improvement over the older sculpts, imho. But they're still much thinner than usual 28mm sculpts, imho, so don't expect me to painting their eyes etc. LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Apr 26, 2021

Great looking spirit snakes Simon, have you ever considered using green glaze on etheral models ?

Abe is off to a great start, reminds me of the vampire killer version from the movie

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 26, 2021
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Thanks Dave. I use green glaze/washes for my ghost-stuff all the time. But these creatures were very smoke like in the official paint-job and book illustration, with only their eyes being green. I am considering buying another blister though, as I'd like to do a red, blue and green version to replicate different gases/vapours. In the rules there is the also the opportunity to having flaming Vapour Snakes too.


I definitely think the vampire killer version of Abe was the inspiration for his Zombicide sculpt.

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