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Luckyjoe25 Aug 2009 2:01 p.m. PST

A while ago I posted a pic of some H/O scale people I dipped with Minwax. I liked the way those came out so I bought 100 model railroad H/O scale people in an E-bay auction. Agent Brown from this forum mentioned in that thread that he had made some H/O scale people into Zombies so I decided to give that a try. I only ended up using 90 of the 100 because eight of them were in a sitting position. I did a little touch up paint on some of the minis prior to dipping, the rest I just dipped as is. Then glued them in groups of 10 to one inch bases and in groups of 5 to 1/2 inch bases. I like green zombies so after dipping I went back and touched up some flesh with green. Then a quick Dullcoat, and here they are.

The whole group
A group of 5 against a fence

This was a really quick, cheap (`$9) project that netted me almost a hundred zombies. I'm pleased with the results, especially given the cost and time involved.

Thanks for looking. There are a few other pics on my blog if you're interested.

Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy25 Aug 2009 2:11 p.m. PST

Nice stuff.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2009 2:26 p.m. PST

I just bought the "Bag O' Zombies" from Twilight Games. I was actually thinking of just painting them in a pale grey-green, and then doing a similar sort of dip or wash.

skinkmasterreturns25 Aug 2009 4:36 p.m. PST

Why not whack the lower torso off the sitting ones and make them into "half Zombies"?

Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2009 6:06 p.m. PST

very nice!

borrible25 Aug 2009 10:35 p.m. PST

They are great.
I'm planning to do the same.
On or two boxes of Caesar 1:72, a lot of HO railroad buildings and my zed apocalypse is on the way.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART26 Aug 2009 2:57 a.m. PST

Good way to go. They will be just fine on the tabletop.
The scale is perfect because of the mountain of affordable buildings and cars.

Warrenss226 Aug 2009 6:04 a.m. PST

I just bought the "Bag O' Zombies" from Twilight Games. I was actually thinking of just painting them in a pale grey-green, and then doing a similar sort of dip or wash.

I got about 200 of these! I'm thinking about doing them with the dip method. The more I see of this method the more I like it. Here's a posting of a guy who also did this. 9th post down the forum…
They really make the character miniatures stand out.

Those are some kick @ss zombies, Luckyjoe!! How does the HO scale look besides some 28mm minis? Too small?

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2009 7:12 a.m. PST

Luckyjoe, nicely done.

Do these fit in size with the Twilight ones? I worked on the Twilight figures too. I wanted more color. These are based for Hordes of the Thing but 25mm figs on 15mm bases.

These figs are on the small side, I had to boost them on the bases. I am liking the mass effect that Luckyjoe and the ones Warrenss2 show. If I cut the Twilight bases I could fit 4 to an element.

whoa Mohamed26 Aug 2009 8:50 a.m. PST

I really like the way your zombies turned out could someone send me a link on the technique you describe as "Dipping" and do you think it would work in N scale ?….thanks Mikey

Luckyjoe26 Aug 2009 10:40 a.m. PST

Hi, everyone. Thanks for the kind remarks. :)
@Nnascati: I just dipped 200 Bag O' Zombies this weekend. I didn't do any block painting first, I think they came out okay, but in retrospect, I wish I had painted at least the flesh green prior to dipping. I'd love to see your results. I'll try to post pics of my dipped Bag O'Zees this weekend.

@SkinkMaster: That's a good idea about turning those seated Zombies into "draggers".

@Warrenss2: Thanks. I had seen those Zombies on the LAF forum. I liked them and that is what made me decide to try just a straight dip without block painting. I do think now that I should have painted the skin and maybe splashed on some blood, though. As far as scaling with 28mm, the H/O stuff is too small for use with 28mm. They are pretty good for 15mm though.

@Bob and his dog: Thanks. I like the way you added more color to your zombies. That adds a lot of visual interest. The H/O figures I used are about 7-10mm shorter than the Bag O'Zombies guys (with the tallest being 19mm) but they are also a lot more slim, so they really don't scale in well at all with the Bag O Z guys. I think the Bag O'Zombie guys are true 25mm. These H/O guys scale best with 15mm minis.

@whoa Mohamed: Thanks, Curryman from the Screaming Alpha site has an excellent how-to video on dipping on his site. link
The only thing I would add is that for "N" scale you should probably use a lighter shade of dip, perhaps a "honey oak". Darker colored dips seem to overwhlem smaller scale minis.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2009 11:34 a.m. PST

Lucky, thanks for the data. I still like the technique for mass groups.

whoa Mohamed26 Aug 2009 11:55 a.m. PST

Thanks lucky joe i just bought 100 N scale folks to make zombies out of. and I still have about a 100 more N scale historifigs zombies to paint up for Ambush Z….mikey

Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Aug 2009 1:06 p.m. PST

Those look awesome!

What kind of HO figures are they?

Luckyjoe26 Aug 2009 8:18 p.m. PST

@MrHarold: Thanks. They are these kind. A bunch of sellers have them on e-bay, now.

As you can see they look pretty crappy as far as paint jobs, but dipping really improves them I think.

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