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"We Just Gotta Peel Back The Candy Coating..."


"...And the tender morsels are inside!!"

This 32mm scale plastic model of a Zombie Silver Surfer is produced by “CoolMiniOrNot” and can be found inside the "Marvel Zombies: Galactus The Devourer" expansion set. Originally created by artist Jack Kirby, the character had his head bitten clean off by an undead Hulk and was then partially consumed by Spider-Man and Iron Man during Robert Kirkman's 2005 "Marvel Worldwide" mini-series - "Marvel Zombies",


Just as I did whilst pigmenting the boxed set's uninfected figure, the entire model was treated to a double coat of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Grey, before being given two layers of Mythril Blade from "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats" range. The zombified superhuman and his cosmic board was subsequently shaded using some heavily watered-down Oblivion Black Wash and patiently dry-brushed with (more) Mythril Blade.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - These Crusader II tanks just need some tidying up

I then 'picked out' the Silver Surfer's numerous flesh wounds with a spot of "Citadel" Abaddon Black", a lick of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and a dash of "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red. Furthermore, I decided to gunge up his rancid flesh with a generous dousing of both "Citadel" Carroburg Red and Biel-Tan Green. These areas were later 'blended together' with a patient dry-brush of (even more) Mythril Blade from "Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats" range.


As a final step I painted all the skulls on the sculpt's base with my tried and trusted combination of "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. Eventually, all these decapitated heads were treated to a dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Iraqi Sand and a lighter dusting of White. Lastly, I splodged plenty of "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson over them to suggest the catastrophic carnage which had caused such a gruesome massacre.

"Black Tree Design" WIPs - Three Autons ready for a dry-brush of "Vallejo" Heavy Blue

Moving across to Second World War tanks I have also made some considerable progress on the final three of six Crusader II tanks I inadvertently bought from "Pendraken Miniatures" booth at Salute 50. These British armoured vehicles were originally intended for my Battle Of The Bulge project, but as I have since discovered the the "cruiser" predominantly saw action during the Allies' North African campaign, I'll be simply adding them to my (non-Winter) Early War project instead - which essentially just means using green flock not white on their bases.


Furthermore, I have stumbled upon four Autons from my backlog of "Black Tree Design" figures, which I thought might be worth a quick hobby session or two. This "Doctor Who" detour will doubtless come as no surprise to some, considering just how much I enjoyed recently working on the company's old 28mm Ice Lord miniature. However, I'm actually hoping the project will help re-energise my mojo, having found it to be flagging after so many 10mm armoured vehicles...

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undercoat2670
Jul 17, 2023

Great job on the zombie Silver surfer, I really like him a lot. You have done a fantastic paint scheme that really emphasises his undead nature which on a being made of metal is a real achievement.

Those Crusader tanks are my least favourite from Pandraken as the detail looks somewhat softer than some of the previous ones, but I am sure you will wave your magic paint brush and create something good.

More Dr Who? Great to see you getting back to some of your old favourites.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 17, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. Simple stuff on the Zombie Silver Surfer tbh, but I do enjoy a bit of rotting flesh (even metallic flesh) when I get the chance to paint it.


All six British Crusaders are now finished, and will form the bulk of my Allied Early War force for my first few battles.


I'm somewhat surprised by the sudden interest I have in Dr Who, and especially as I'm channelling it on Black Tree Design figures. But, as you say, they are old favourites, so I'm happy to be clearing out a bit from my sizeable BTD backlog.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jul 05, 2023

Zombie Surfer looks pretty darn cool mate! Liking the the green bits as well as the red-pink areas on his rotten parts.


So many tanks will indeed sap one's will to paint! (It happened to me with my Flames of War stuff.) Here's hoping some nice simply Auton sculpts will help sort that out for you. :)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 05, 2023
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Thanks Dai. I hoped a mix of different coloured washes would look good over the pimple areas. I keep finding stuff in my backlog which immediately grabs my attention and takes me off in a completely different direction - hence the sudden Dr Who figs - LOL!!! 😁

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Tim Martin
Tim Martin
Jul 05, 2023

that Silver Surfer looks sick, awesome job!! gotta love when the opportunity to paint rotting flesh and undead things comes around.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 05, 2023
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Cheers Tim. I'm very pleased with how well a very simple technique to zombify the Silver Surfer turned out. 😀

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wsd50
Jul 02, 2023

Super work on the Surfer mate (well both of the them I'm so far behind in commenting!), wasn't a fan of Marvel Zombies but I can't argue with this paintjob, top notch stuff!


Your tanks are always a joy to behold too, and the colours on this look great as usual.


Those Autons are a blast from the past, cant believe black tree still have the audacity to be selling them after all these years, they lost the licence before I started my blog as I recall! 😁


Cheers Roger.


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 02, 2023
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Thanks Roger. I'm very pleased with the Silver Surfer/s, and looking forward to getting some more of the human-sized figures when they eventually arrive.


Lots more Pendraken tanks planned for July, as I've dug out a whole range of them from my backlog - expect a couple of BatReps too. LOL!! 😁


I love the BT Dr Who figures, and its incredible their backlog has outlasted Warlord Games' entire run with the official range. 😉

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planetmut
Jul 02, 2023

Zombie flesh is amazingly simple to do and you've done a great job, and I do like how they go with the overall silver scheme so well.


The Autons look good so far and I can't wait to see your take on 1960s fashion LOL! I've always thought that their hands turning into guns was a really good design touch.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 02, 2023
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Cheers Matt. I didn't want to go too mad with the colours on Silver Surfer, as I liked the pimples/pustules showing through the grunge.


The Autons should be pretty quick to finish, as I've previously painting one as a test piece. I too liked the hand/gun design, which is probably why they repeated it for The Android Invasion.

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