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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2021 10:19 a.m. PST

Around 15-20 years ago, there was a mini's Zombie game. I believe it was modern period, but it had some interesting Zombie Dog mini's they offered. I bought 99 of them, for my 2e BattleSystem, and 2e AD&D RPG games.

In my campaign, nearly all societies burn their dead, to avoid having them come back… What is a poor Necromancer to do?

Breed War Dogs. No one bat's an eye if they disappear! Everyone assumes you sold them off, to armies, or Warriors, or Mages, who wanted protection in a fight. Life is often mercenary, and medieval peoples viewed War Dogs as tools, or implements.

If you cannot build an army of Human/Humanoid/Demi-Human corpses, you work with what you can get. The Necromancer can breed dogs as much as he likes.

So, after I bought the 99 Zombie Dog figures, I hit painter's block: they have exposed bones, muscle tissue, and internal organs. That is a lot of detail to paint on 99 figures!

I finally realized I could do some heavy dry-brushing, with different colors: green, rusty red, tan, brown, and black. So I went at it, and I finished all 99 figures in two days, spending a couple of hours only, getting the job done. I am an army painter. I paint to a level where the figures look good at arm's length, only. So here they are: mass photo of all 99; I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille; and a profile shot, for you, Mr. Demille.

The figures were white plastic, similar to Reaper Bones material. I brushed on The Dip, first, so I could see just how much detail the figures had. That was fortuitous, as I used nothing but dry-brushing, after that. It kept the ribs looking good, as they never got any paint from the dry-brushing. Serendipity, Baby!

Not great painting, but GEtGW. Thought I'd share that I finally realized I was over-thinking how to paint these detailed models. Sometimes you just need time, to figure things out. Cheers!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2021 7:34 a.m. PST

Just finishing up 53 Orc figures, today. Missed some skin on one lone figure, otherwise I would be Dip'ing them already.

For years, I suffered painter's block. I just could not bring myself to paint my miniatures. I've painted more mini's within the past 12 months, than I have in the past 15 years! After I finish the Orcs, I have an Elven Army to paint up. I started painting some, years ago. I did them up as Drow. Need to decide if I will finish them as all Drow, or if I will paint some up as High Elves.

I took a couple of the Sorceress Elven figures, and I cut them off at the waist, gluing their upper bodies to some inexpensive Halloween Spiders, making Driders. They were simple, fast to make, and they turned out acceptable. I actually used them in a BattleSystem Skirmish game, as minions for a huge Red Dragon, along with Fire Giants, and Trolls (mini's game, with a thin veneer of RPG over the top; combat is super-fast). It was a lot of fun. Need to play more BS Skirmish games with the family.

I have a Kobold Army which I started, but I got hit with the oppressive block, again. I think I can finish them now (10 years later…). Also picked up a Hill Dwarf Army, which is primed, and ready to paint. At this rate, I will be done painting, years before I retire, and that blessed event is less than a decade away! Whatever will I do, when I retire, and I have no miniatures left to paint?… Guess I'll have to schedule regular mini's games. That will be tough. Golly gee, Mr. Bill! LOL! Cheers!

Albus Malum15 Feb 2021 9:38 a.m. PST

Sgt Slag, This last month, I made a small dent in my pile, painted up about 150 miniatures (15mm). About 100 of them were skeletons, which took little time, white spray paint, a little paint on some shields, belts, swords ect, some wash and they were done, but still, but the others were more complicated, such as my Halfling calvary ( actually 10mm Pendraken Elves painted as halflings), some elven dogs, some vampire calvary, Ghouls, and a few other random miniatures.

If you run out of miniatures to paint in the next Decade, you will need to either
1. Buy some more!
2, Get a 3d resin printer and swamp yourself in miniatures to paint,

Paint on!

Oh, and by the way, I also painted some Skeleton Dogs/wolfs but I think I only had 6 of them!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2021 3:21 p.m. PST

My goal is to have all of my toys painted, by the time I retire. Statistically, men do not live much past retirement, per the insurance companies. I want to wring out every hour of every game I possibly can, before I am gone, or my health makes me an invalid, or blind, and incapable of gaming. Never know when your time is up, so squeeze as much out of every single day that you can.

Somehow I got past my painting block. I don't understand it, but it is gone. Now I am painting like a mad man. Should have done this, decades ago…

Just finished applying The Dip to the Orc infantry, which finished the Orc army, as it is, today: 53 figures. Oops! Forgot about the Trebuchets with Orc crews… Well, it is progress, nonetheless! Cheers!

Albus Malum16 Feb 2021 11:13 p.m. PST

Retirement isn't the issue about living past retirement, its the Mortgage part.

from the latin, mortgage literally means "MORT"="Death" so… "Death Gage" ie after you pay off your mortgage, then you die! the banks have no further need for you! They work you till your mortgage is payed off, then you die, nothing to do with retirement other then people cant retire till theyve payed off their mortgage.

Keep up the painting!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 11:54 a.m. PST

Update: I found the missing Zombie Dog… I actually have 100 of them, not 99. I quickly painted it, so all 100 of them are table-ready.

I also found some of my plastic Grenadier Dwarves, partially painted -- I thought I was done painting these, as well! They are mostly done, but they need some additional work before they will be table-ready. I hope to finish them soon.

I really hate it when I think I'm over the finish line on a project, and then I discover some left-overs… It really deflates my sails! Oh, well, back to the painting queue. Cheers!

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