“A grave development”

Imitation is the sincerest form of compliment they say, in which case Simon you are most welcome! Mr Moore recently posted some excellent “headstone objective markers” and as I’ve decided that August is going to be scenery month here at “Webb towers” (we don’t actually have any “towers” as such, I decided the moat and dungeon was enough), I thought I’d dig out the tombstones I myself had lying about and make some of these myself. You can see Simon’s excellent versions here…

http://fantorical.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/our-memorial-masons-are-skilled-in.html

But anyway on to mine, the three metal memorials in the picture to the right are by Bob Olley and formally come from his Olley’s gravestones (a)Armies collection (these are now owned by someone else but I’m not sure who, sorry), and the smaller plastic one is of course part of the GW plastic ”Skellys” box set from a few years ago. All of these were mounted onto 40mm hexagonal plastic bases, these are actually “Glyph” tokens from the “Heroscape” board game (as I have shed loads of these and I thought their shape would help distinguish them from my round figure bases). I mounted the plastic headstone on a blob of greenstuff to add a bit of height to its somewhat diminutive dimensions, and as it was still a bit on the boring side compared to the other three I thought I’d spice it up a bit by adding an arm emerging from grave in front of the stone, this comes from one of the Mantic Zombies I “inherited” from Myles last year that I didn’t paint up as it was broken off at the ankles. This meant I had to wait till both the greenstuff under the headstone and beneath the arm were dry before I could “tetrion” the bases. This did give me the opportunity to spread out a gravestones (b)little of the filler onto a “Pringles” lid and to let this dry as well (I’ll tell you what this was for in a bit).

So next job was to “Tetrion” around the bases and blend in the bases of the headstones I built up the middle sections into an elongated “hump” to represent the graves themselves, before doing around the “arm” I took the now dry filler I mentioned before off of the lid it was on and breaking it up into small irregular pieces glued some of these around the base of the arm as soil cracking and breaking away around the emerging hand., the rest of the base was then built up around in the same manner as the others. Once this was dry it was out for a coat of matt black, before all the stones were heavily dry-brushed in dark grey. Next I mixed up a mid grey colour using black gravestones (c)and white, and this was then dry-brushed over the stones as well. Then I took some stone green and dry-brushed this over certain areas, and a much lighter mix of the black and white was used over other areas. Now a couple of the pieces have ivy growing up the sides and the odd tuft of grass around the bases, the ivy was undercoated in German field blue then highlighted in light green and lime green (partially mixed on the model), deep bronze green was used as an undercoat on the grass and scenic green formed the highlight on these. I then brushed on a wash of matt black across the top edges of the pieces and added some stripes down the faces to simulate dirt and water marks from years out in the open. Turning to the emerging arm next, I laid down and undercoat of flesh tone seven and then added stone green and pale flesh highlights that were blended into the still wet paint, once dry I added some bright red “bloody” marks to gravestones (d)the hand and figures. The arm was then given a coat of Quickshade so it would match the rest of my figures, but the rest of the models were left clear as I don’t Quickshade my scenery.

Bases next and I used my usual colours and technique’s to do these, the only additions being I added a couple of pieces of “rubberized” moss to a couple of the bases to add a little interest, and added a tiny bit of the chocolate brown around the base of the arm to show were soil had stuck to it on the way out. Then it was out for a spray coat of matt varnish and they were done (well I did decided that the red on the figures looked a little to “pink” gravestones (e)now so touched up the red again, but then the really were done).

I decided to drag out my “Mantic Zombies”, to form a little set dressing for the photos, as Christie Brinkly wasn’t available, and that’s it some more bits of scenery that have been hanging about far too long finally painted. I’m rather pleased with how they came out in the end.

Till next time, Cheers Roger.

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23 Responses to “A grave development”

  1. You have a dungeon, very jealous! Love that arm breaking through, soon to imitated over at Awdry Towers! 😀

    • Roger Webb says:

      “You have a dungeon, very jealous!”, why doesn’t everyone? actually that reminds me must let my wife out, the cat litters need cleaning (only joking dear, honest!). Glad you like the arm poking out, I was rather pleased with it myself, have used this technique before with the Dragon grub I did for WSD. oh and you have towers? now I’m jealous!”

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Some great stuff there Roger, and undoubtedly one of my fave posts from you of the year. They look terrific and those extra steps you’ve gone to on the bases are truly wonderful. Like Michael, I’ll be borrowing some of these ideas 😉

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Simon, glad you like them as they are basically your fault. They were pretty simple to do really and the headstones have been hanging about for over ten years now, so it was about time I got some paint on them . I have an idea for something that’s similar (but different) for “Zomtober” now.

      Feel free to borrow away as it was really yours to begin with!

      Oh and you weren’t supposed to read this till the morning.

      Cheers Roger.

      • “Oh and you weren’t supposed to read this till the morning.” – I’ve waited all day, so can I now say thanks for the big shout-out too 😉 I’m really looking forward to this year’s Zomtober, and even more so now to see what you produce. I’ll certainly be having a few decaying human parts emerging from the Gravemarkers I now plan to assemble for “Frostgrave”. Cheers Roger 🙂

      • Roger Webb says:

        No problem with the shout out Simon, I can’t wait to see your decaying human parts! (I think).

        Cheers Roger.

  3. vampifan says:

    I love them all but the one with the arm emerging from the grave has to be my favourite. It brings back memories of a number of zombie movies I enjoyed.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Many thanks Bryan, it does remind me of “Plague of the zombies” the old Hammer movie.

      It was really just a way to spruce up the plastic headstone as it looked rather sad compared to the other three.

      I think I like the one with the angel best, it just amazes me the amount of work Bob has put into what is essentially just a piece of scenery.

      Oh and I bet there has been a fair few Zombie movies you’ve seen over the years.

      Cheers Roger.

      • vampifan says:

        Yes, “Plague of the Zombies” was one of the films I was thinking of. Also “Zombie Flesheaters” and “The Return of the Living Dead”.

        Good god, yes. I have lost count of the number of zombie movies I’ve seen. From the truly great (like the original “Dawn of the Dead” and “Day of the Dead”) to the utter garbage (like “World War Z”).

      • Roger Webb says:

        “Dawn of the dead” is a classic and one of my all time favourites, Haven’t seen “World War Z” though I’ve heard it’s not very good. have you seen “Dead Snow” and “Dead Snow 2”? I do like them,

        Cheers Roger.

    • vampifan says:

      Please, please, please, avoid watching “World War Z” at all costs. I have watched “Dead Snow” and thoroughly enjoyed it but I have yet to see “Dead Snow 2”. It is on my to buy list, however.

      • Roger, I’d ignore the above tbh as someone has clearly hacked into Vampifan’s account. Bryan is always telling me how often he watches “World War Z”. Indeed he’s a daily viewer of it as far as I’m aware, as it is his top Zed-flick; and he’s watched quite a few as you know. I’ve watched it many times too as it is certainly my favourite one. So that’s a double-recommendation for it in my books 😉

      • Roger Webb says:

        Hmmm, it that your nose I see getting longer Simon……?

        Cheers Roger.

      • vampifan says:

        Roger, we both know what the truth is and who is being the most honest here.

        Thumbs nose at Simon in a dismissive manner, whilst blowing him a raspberry!

      • But you’re always talking about “World War Z” on your blog Bryan 😉

      • vampifan says:

        Only to dispel your delusional rantings that it is a great film, Simon. To me it is a film that grates!

      • Roger Webb says:

        Perhaps I’d better not see this Bryan, I wouldn’t want to hate it. Simon still hasn’t forgiven me for not liking Mad Max thunder road yet!

        Cheers Roger.

  4. Great work Roger, love the dry filler hack – consider it pinched!

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Andy, as I said I have used this technique before, I discovered this approach after I tried sculpting up the edges with the wet filler, what a messy disaster that was!! Please pinch away!

      Cheers Roger.

  5. Carrion Crow says:

    Still playing catch-up… Nice work, Roger. Seems everyone’s building scenery at the moment, be it corn fileds, gravestones or pirate ships.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Jez, yep there does seem to be a lot of scenery being produced at the second, I wonder if it’s because people are off work for the summer and so can think more about what they are doing, probably completely wrong but that’s my guess.

      Cheers Roger.

      • I’m not off. I’m simply trying to stay one pace ahead of you and your current painting output Roger!! You’ve been churning out some lovely stuff this year my friend… a lady wearing a certain piece of headwear immediately leaps to mind 😉

      • Roger Webb says:

        Oh Simon trust me you are waaaaay off, at least when it comes to that damned woman!;-)

        Cheers Roger.

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