Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 9

Time for a couple more plague infested zombies to put in an appearance. As I’ve probably mentioned before I’m aiming to make every model in the horde unique, which means converting duplicate sculpts. These two however have turned out exactly as nature intended. The first one wears a lab coat, marking him out as either the doctor who failed to find a cure or the mad scientist who infected everyone in the first place.

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In a process that will be familiar to players of pre-heresy World Eaters I spent ages getting the highlights “just so” on his white coat and then covered it up by splattering him liberally with Blood for the Blood God.

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His pal here is one of my favourites from the snap-fit set. The green gunk emerging from his mask is a little hammy but otherwise his pose and expression are just spot on.

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Whilst I was about it I also painted up these horrible grubs from the Rogue Trader box. Frankly I think it’s disgusting (and downright impossible to photograph well, you’ll have to trust me that it does look better than this in real life). I tried to “steer into the skid” as it were, and play up the grossest elements. How good an idea that actually was is probably debatable. Suffice to say it’s been my least favourite thing to have painted recently.

Horrible Horrible Grub

I think I assumed before I started that painting poxwalkers would be a fairly quick and simple process but I’ve found them to be trickier and slower going than I ever imagined. Still I’m feeling a wave of enthusiasm for the Death Guard at the moment, partly as a result of reading Chris Wraight’s excellent novel Lords of Silence, so I’ll try to channel that into productivity and get a few more finished sooner rather than later.

42 responses to “Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 9

  • vongutenboom

    Nice and Pus ridden! If it was me I would be super tempted to dirty the white doctors lab coat with some XV-88 base watered down then lightly spatter the area below the knees downwards with Agrax earthshade cus it feels a little to clinically clean for nurgle 😉

    • Wudugast

      Good suggestion. I’ve got a couple more that are wearing lab coats still to paint so I’ll give that a shot with them and maybe come back to this one if it works well.

  • Azazel

    They look really great! If I can ask a favour for down the line – when you’ve finished your poxwalkers, I’d love to see a post where you had all of the duplicate models side by side so I can see what you did to make them unique (and steal your ideas!)

  • imperialrebelork

    Aw some paint work Mr Wudu. I really like the blood spatters on the lab coat especially on his right arm. I don’t know why, maybe they look the most realistic because they’re smaller droplets. Love em 🤘🏼

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Just did the blood splatter by dipping a toothbrush in Blood for the Blood God and then using it to flick paint over the model. By aiming it at the centre of his guts I ended up with a natural looking splatter, with smaller drops to the outside. Gave my dentist a real shock too…

      • imperialrebelork

        Yeah I like the old toothbrush trick but I did chuckle when I saw my wife with blood for the blood god on her teeth the next day. I thought she’d gone canibal on me.

      • Alexis West

        They really did do a good job with the formulation on BftBG. I got a blob of it on my hand at one point while painting a bunch of Khorne Daemons, and my first reaction when I noticed was “How the hell did I cut myself *that* badly without feeling it?”

      • Faust

        I really need to order some. Got in on my wish list for the next GW Specialists release.

      • Wudugast

        Do, I highly recommend it. Beats the hell out of the old red-paint-and-varnish shenanigans we used to use.

      • Faust

        I got burned out on seeing blood on everything for awhile. I even tried painting blood on swords back in the day, thinking it was going to make it look even cooler. Sadly it didn’t. Those are the main reasons why I haven’t picked it up before now. But there are cases that call for blood, and used sparingly, it’s a nice effect.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, it’s easy to end up overdoing it with the blood effects, even more so with BftBG because it’s so easy to use. You need to be sparing with it but a tiny bit here and there can really a certain gory je ne sais quoi 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Aye, I’ve done that too! I’m sure it’s just our brains spotting patterns whether they’re there or not but it does tend to be Khorne models it happens with…

  • Alexis West

    These are two of my faves from the Poxwalkers as well, and I love what you’ve done with them here. I’d love to get like half a dozen or so of the lab coat one just to see how many distinct variations I could get from it and have a bunch of Poxwalkers in one mob that were all infected at the same Medicae/Labratorium facility.

    I’ve got all the little gribblies from Rogue Trader about halfway done, but I keep getting distracted by other things and not finishing them. Need to fix that. I’m going for an effect sort of similar to what you’ve got there, but slimier and paler.

    • Faust

      Oh nice, I like that Lab Coat mob idea!

      • Alexis West

        Azazel was the one who got me thinking about it, with that bunch of zombie soldiers he did. It only makes sense that, at least occasionally, outbreaks would happen in groups of people who, for one reason or another, are dressed similarly, in some sort of uniform.

      • Faust

        Zombie hackers! Zombie Librarians! Zombie Fast Food workers! Actually, I’d love to see that last one…if they used recognizable uniforms

      • Alexis West

        Specifically, I’d mostly been thinking about various Emergency Services types. Cops, medics, maybe even firefighters. But now I kind of want to do a bunch of zombified McEmprah’s workers or something 😉

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yes, I agree with Faust, the lab coat mob sounds like a great idea. I’ve got three of them and at first I wondered about painting them in different styles (e.g. one as a lab coat, one as a commissar’s jackets, one as something else). Now that I’ve seen this one though I think keeping them all in lab coats is the way to go, it’ll create a cohesive effect for the whole little group.

      Honestly I was planning on making that grub slimier and paler myself but it turned out darker and fleshier than I planned and I decided to just go with it.

  • Alex

    Cracking job on the poxy wankers mate, and those grubs are disgustingly brilliant!

  • Thomas

    The blood looks awesome! Well executed.

  • heresyofus

    Love how he’s dragging the hammer, straight out of a horror movie. Good going on the pox walkers and those grubs are cool little critters and are on my to get and paint list.

    • Wudugast

      I know, there’s just something really creepy about the way he’s dragging that hammer. You can almost hear the sound of it scraping along behind him as he comes shambling up out of the darkness…

      • Alexis West

        Even not counting myself, you’re like the third or fourth person I’ve seen mention that. It really does evoke that sound amazingly well.

  • Faust

    Paint wise, I like the second one with the lab coat quite a bit. Mini wise, I really like the second one. Could you maybe pose him with a nice brunette… just kidding! It’s a really cool mini and has a Post-Apoc vibe to it.

    The grubs are interesting. I think I would’ve used green for the slimy parts to add more contrast. Or maybe purple. Or paint the grubs purple and use a different color. Or maybe I’ll just shut up now, because I don’t really know what these things are supposed to look like, and they are just some darned grubs, haha!

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I debated going for green gunk or gory gunk on the grubs. Still not sure if I went the right way but in the end I think “for God’s sakes – just paint them, they’re just some damn grubs!” was exactly what I was thinking!

      • Faust

        Haha, well said! What would you have used for green? Nurgles rot? I bought some of that, but still haven’t cracked it open. Not much use on Dwarves and Van Saar so far.

      • Wudugast

        Pretty much the same way as I did the green gunk on the 2nd Poxwalker (above), just work up from a dark to a bright green (I think Moot Green is the current GW name for it, a really lurid shade!) then give it a coat of gloss varnish to make it shiny. Sometimes I’ll dab a bit of Nurgle’s Rot on it as well, depends on the effect I’m after.

      • Faust

        Yep, Moot Green. Same stuff I used to add a glowy radioactive splash on my Necromunda bases.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, that’s the stuff. I’ve not moved with the times, most of the time I still think it’s called Scorpion Green!

      • Faust

        I probably would too. I haven’t really experienced the ‘new paint range’ thing, like most of you. I barely dabbled in Citadel, and forgot those names long ago. Vallejo hasn’t changed names that I know of, and I still have a lot of their paints from when I started painting Blood Bowl back in the day. They seem to just last and last and last.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work- the blood spots are just right- not too many and not too few.



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