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"The Squirrel Man Of Sevastopol..."

"...Was legendary for killing zombies whilst protecting the local squirrel population."

This 28mm hard plastic model is from "Hero Forge Custom Miniatures" and was designed using their online character design platform as a 'test piece' to see just what the quality of their 3D printed figures was like. The sculpt was incredibly simple to assemble from all the various body parts, costumes, equipment and weapons the website has to offer, and is largely based upon how I imagine myself looking should the Zombie Apocalypse actually occur.

The model did come on a pre-sculpted circular base, but in order to fit in better with some of my other zed-bashing miniatures I decided to snip around the stand's edges with a pair of pliers, and attach him to a 28mm lipped based instead. The figure was then treated to a double undercoat of "Citadel" Abaddon Black and vigorously dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal.

"Mongoose Publishing" WIPs - The three undead Judges are slowly having their uniforms 'picked out'

I then 'picked out' the zombie survivor's numerous buttons and belt buckle with "Citadel" Ironbreaker, and his formidable firearm with Leadbelcher. All of these areas, along with the man's trousers and long leather trenchcoat, were drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The zed-killer's shoes were re-painted pure "Citadel" Abaddon Black to help them stand out a little more.

Finally, the squirrel and warrior's big bushy beard was pigmented using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Whilst his stained T-Shirt was given a coat of "Vallejo" White and a splash of Pale Grey.

"Colony 87" WIPs - The alien pets have been based and primed

With the first of my Zomtober entries completed, I've made a little progress on three Mega-City One walking cadavers I converted using metal pieces from "Mongoose Publishing" and plastic parts from "Mantic Games". The entire trio will represent Undead Judges on my tabletop, so I have been slowly working my way through the tattered remants of their Justice Department uniforms.

In addition, I have also been busy basing and priming some more of the super-cute Alien Pets produced by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". I must confess that these "Colony 87" miniatures strongly remind me of the Japanese media franchise "Pokemon", and as a result, I have been watching a few of the cartoon series' earliest episodes so as to further motivate me to paint them.

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Oct 28, 2020

Cheers Undercoat. I must confess the Alien Pets have completely taken over my painting table currently, as they're so cute and fun to paint.


Oct 28, 2020

That custom mini looks great, very like you and it would fit in perfectly with The Walking Dead game of something similar. The painting is top notch, really like the eyes as they look great. The WIPs look good too. I can see why the little monsters appeal too.


Oct 27, 2020

Thanks very much, Roger. I think the big bushy beard is particularly lifelike personally ;-)

The Alien Pets from Crooked Dice's Colony 87 range are excellent, and have really helped me regain my painting mojo. I'm hoping that more will be forthcoming, as I'd definitely like to do something 'Pokemon' related in the future with them.


Oct 27, 2020

I do like your "Vin Diesel" lookalike figure, but why does he have a beard! 😉 I do hope he isn't going to shoot that squirrel, there aren't that many red one left!

Good start on the Zom's too, the Judge Dredd bits really add to them, good base colour too! And although I don't recognise any of those Alien pets as actual Pokemon (I sadly know quite a lot of the actual ones, as I've been playing/collecting the cards with my son over lockdown!), I can very much see what you mean about the similarities😄.

Cheers Roger.

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