Swamp Zombies

I bought a box of the new Warhammer zombies, which I ‘de-rooted’ & ‘de-branched’. I managed to stretch the box from 20 to 23 models, kit-bashing in some other bits. I also bought 12 of the Black Tree Designs’ ‘Zombies of the Sweltering Swamps’ to mix the unit up a bit more. I was hoping they would scale well and … I think … they did.

When I modelled them, I cut LOTS of fiddly bits off the plastic GW ones, and I replaced most of the Black Tree Designs polearm shafts with brass rods as the originals were quite weak and bendy.

Here are a pair of the plastics and a pair of the metals, to show how (I think) they fit well together …

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Some of the metal polearms looked like they might survive handling …

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Whereas quite a few needed cutting off, the hands drilled and brass rods inserted. I just stuck the original blades on the end and wah lah!

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I love the weird long polearms, some sort of swamp beast fighting gear they died attempting to use?

I reckon that when painted (and rebased) they will mix and match quite convincingly …

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I then had 35 to spray, paint, dip, varnish and re-base. I thought the acrylic paints and dip technique I had been trying recently (after 35+ years of enamel black lining) should work well on these.

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Here are some kit-bashed ones. Two with Mantic skeleton legs, one with a Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago Crewman’s baggy pants!

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First, I did a ‘paint test run’. Having ditched enamels after 35 years, I went with acrylics and Army Painter dip (which I washed on with a brush), then anti-shine. I had been experimenting for a year and I think I’m getting the technique about right now.

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The first model is a Black Tree Designs metal figure, which I am glad to see fits in with the plastics well as I bought all their swamp zombies. His thin, bendy, lead spear shaft was replaced with a brass rod. The middle one is one of the very new GW plastic zombies, with all the roots/branches weirdness chopped off. The third has a new GW top half, and a Mantic Miniatures’ skeleton’s legs!

I was convinced by this very simple technique – spray primer/base coat, block painting with acrylic base paints, washed with an Army Builder dip. So different to my old style. I will show them here complete, apart from basing.

The command are all Black Tree Designs swamp zombies. The standard came out much darker than I wanted but I will know next time …

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Part of the front two ranks, Black Tree Design …

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Another part of the front two ranks, Black Tree Design with lovely long spears (again, I replaced the bendy originals with brass rods) …

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This is the rear of one of the guys. Those skulls, that chain, are far more realistic than I ever achieved in 35 years of enamel ‘cartoon’ style. And I bloomin’ love it …

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3rd rank, GW, de-rooted …

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4th rank, GW, de-rooted …

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In the 4th rank is the one ‘space filler’ I needed to make my 35 into a 6×6 footprint! The stake still needed more work, obviously …

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5th and 6th ranks, all GW, de-rooted!

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Finally, I sorted the space filler – here she is based.

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I had an idea for a story about her ‘situation’ that reveals something important about the marshlands! It forms part of the marsh-battle report prequel.

One thought on “Swamp Zombies

  1. Oh it was ENAMELS, that’s how you did it…

    Anyway. A fine batch of figures, some lovely kitbashes in there. I rather liked your previous blackline style, but if it’s not tenable it’s not tenable. Goodness knows I’ve had to adapt over time (no more wet blending for me) and they are entirely fit for the table in any case!

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