“Trash Ain’t Always in a Can!” (Zom’tober & Apocalypse Me)

Week three of the apocalypse and the zombie hordes continue to grow! (Though at the rate of three a week I think even our current government could probably contain it! Mind you perhaps not). Anyway enough rubbish from me and on with how my latest additions met there untimely demises…

But before we get into all that, I started this lot (well after a basecoat of matt black), by mixing German field grey. Mid grey and some dead flesh together to form the rotting flesh, then added their eyes and mouths in black and white. Now back to the stories…

If there were two things Snake was good at they were fighting and pleasing the ladies, he’d never backed down from either (and always left them screaming, if you know what I mean!), So even though he’d been on his way to a date with some new lucky lady he’d bagged on the internet, when the horde of undead rounded the corner of the alley he’d been using as a shortcut, he wasn’t gonna’ turn tail and run! If he was going down he was taking these “mothers” with him. So drawing his “flick” knife in one hand and his automatic in the other he’d piled into the group of rotting flesh! He would have got away scot free too if some skinny bitch hadn’t leaped on his back distracting him as a creep in a Christmas jumper of all things had lunged for his stomach! Still he’d taken the top of that assholes head off with a well-aimed shot, and the “scrawny slut” he’d slammed in a trash can! Hopefully it would be dark in the club so his date wouldn’t notice the blood on his best leather jacket!…💀 Being predominantly clad in black meant Snakes painting was pretty easy, so once I’d touched up the black where I gone over with the “flesh” I highlighted it in dark grey, then to add some “worn” sections to his jacket I lightly added coffee around the shoulders, cuff’s and anywhere else there might have been wear. His shirt I did in a denim style (well I had the colours out, see below) so I mixed a little royal blue and light blue, painted it in this then highlighted in just light blue, and his hair was chocolate brown with chestnut highlights.

Jessica hated people better off than herself, and that was just about everyone! So when she saw some over-privileged “valley princess” complete with “faithful lapdog” flouncing around like she owned the place, all the old jealousy bubbled up to the surface, “Look at her the cow! Perfect body, probably full of tucks and silicone!! And look at that handbag, probably cost more that Jessica’s apartment, that would go perfectly with my gold mini skirt and sequined boob tube!” she thought, Without even consciously thinking about it she began following her around the shops waiting for her chance to grab the bag and run for it, though in truth she couldn’t really run more than five yards without getting a stitch!, still when the horde of undead rounded on “little miss loaded”, she saw her chance, especially once her bag carrying lackey ran away, ha ha. The rich bitch was frozen in fear, darting out Jessica grabbed the strap of the bag and pulled, the stupid tart hadn’t even noticed, but wouldn’t let go! How strong could she be! I mean “daddy” would only buy her a new one, “Let go!!” Jess yelled, she needed it more than her anyway, suddenly Jessica felt hands tugging at her, she turned to see who it was only to peer into a rancid gaping maw inches from her face…💀 Jessica’s pink “loungewear” suit was first undercoated in a mix of pink burgundy and Polish crimson, highlighted in just the Polish crimson, then I added the zip and cuffs in coffee and cream. Now while out walking the dog the other day I saw a couple of young ladies wearing something very similar, and noticed that they both had the legend “Juicy” written across the buttocks*, so on further investigation via the internet apparently this is a popular “brand” so decided to add “Juicy” to back of Jessica’s pants in a similar font (or as close as I could get it anyway), this was done in white, then her boots were added in chocolate brown and leather, and the ribbon in her hair was done in cream. That just left her hair which was done in chestnut with orange highlights.

Abby was a “fat pig”, I didn’t matter what she did, she still looked like a “fat pig!”, everyone kept telling her she should eat more, so she would, and then throw it up two minutes later! These days she hardly ate at all and still she hated her body. That was until she had been attacked by that old man in the park. Now she was suddenly hungry, really hungry, for meat, fresh meat! She’d been wandering dazedly, with a crowd for hours, the craving growing ever more intense until they came across a man alone in an alley, now he looked tasty! The pack turned and headed in his direction, he’d fought and fought and Abby, thought she was going to miss out, then a gap appeared behind him, she fell upon his back ready to sink her teeth into the flesh of his neck, but he’d grabbed her, pulled her over his shoulder and pushed her down into some sort of metal container! It was dark and she could hardly move, despair filled what was left of her mind, then suddenly she felt the container hoisted up into the air…💀 As the coffee and cream were already out that’s what I used in Abby’s shirt/jumper? I then added some stripes in royal blue, I’m embarrassed by how bad these are, especially after Dave (The Imperfect Modeler) posted how to do stripes on his blog the other day, these I hasten to add are nowhere near his standard! Anyway glossing over those, I did her jeans next using the same colours as Snakes shirt. A little chocolate brown and leather took care of her shoes and belt, then more chocolate was used on her hair, this time highlighted with chestnut, and I added a stripe of ocean blue highlighted with porcelain blue to her hair too (mainly to draw attention away from those stripes! Lastly a touch of pink burgundy was added to her lips.

When it came to adding the “gore” I began by adding Jessica’s exposed “skull” parts in coffee, then ruby red was applied as usual along with some royal purple on Snakes dangling intestinal bits, after which smaller “highlights” of bright red were again added over this as “fresher” patches of blood. After all this the figures were given the obligatory once over with the Strong tone Quickshade” before their bases were painted up in in chocolate brown, khaki, coffee and scenic green as per usual. This was of course followed by a little summer mix hairy grass, and then a spray coat of Humbrol matt varnish sealed the figures and took the shine off them.

One more week of Zom’tober and Apocalypse Me to go, then I hope along with Simon “Blaxcleric” Moore to embark on a month of “Beardy Weird’iness” as “Mo’vember” comes around again, for those of you not in the know, all this entails is that you paint some figures in November with facial hair of some description be it “Dwarves, Cavemen, Wizards, Hitler, Jesus, or Bearded Collie dogs” (all of these have indeed been submitted in the past!). or anything you have to hand with some “facial whiskers”, so if any of you lot out there would like to join in please let me or Simon know and we’ll link you in to the fun, you have till November to dig something out….well don’t just sit there, start looking!

Till next time, unpleasant dreams! Cheers Roger.

  • I wish to point out here that I don’t generally spend my time dog walking staring at young women’s posteriors. 😉
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32 Responses to “Trash Ain’t Always in a Can!” (Zom’tober & Apocalypse Me)

  1. These are great, Roger! 🙂 I like the interlinked stories of the characters! I might actually have a figure to paint in Mo’vember but am not sure yet (he forms part of a bigger project that I’m keeping under wraps for now, although it’s nothing exciting)!

    • Thanks John, glad you like the stories, actually the last three (next week) wont be linked in to the rest but are to each other and a much older figure of mine….

      It would be great if you could take part in Mo’vember, but I wouldn’t want to spoil your big reveal, so don’t feel obliged mate 😀.

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Matt says:

    Great work on these rotters, Jessica’s pink shell suit is really striking! Love the backstories too, very inventive 🙂

    And there’s *another* challenge next month??

    • Thanks Matt, Jessica tracksuit is actually the same colour as the one on the “Studio Miniatures” box she came out of I have discovered, so sadly I wasn’t very original here I afraid 🤨.

      Mate you should know by now there is a challenge going on every month these days!!

      Actually Mo’vember is very relaxed compared to the others, just paint some bearded figures, it’s pretty much what we do anyway, no pressure or set amount to be honest, It’s quite a nice way to round off the year ((Oh that’s because I tend to take December off, painting wise in general, sometimes I do something, sometimes I don’t) 😁.

      Cheers Roger.

  3. borderguy190 says:

    Nicely painted. And cool back stories. Though will it make it harder to kill off the Zeds now that you know they were once normal people?

  4. Guru PIG says:

    Love the back stories Rodger especially Snake. A zombie who is a ladies man….cool!

  5. Alex says:

    Lovely job mate!!

  6. Dave Stone says:

    Excellent work on the trio Roger, and the linked back stories are hilarious. So when you spotted the lettering on the young ladies butt, were you close, or did you have the binoculars out ! LOL
    I have one model on the desk that would count for Mo’vember, so I could at least enter that.

    • Thanks Dave, I’ll have you know I was neither close nor using binoculars! I’m not quite that blind yet mate!, I was in fact hiding in the bushes at the time (just kidding), 😁

      It would be great if you could take part (or perhaps not if you are going to make comments like that!😉).

      Cheers Roger.

  7. Splendid stuff Roger. That combination of Pink Burgundy and Polish Crimson is excellent. Love it. More backstories too. Blimey, that’s a lot of thought into each of your zeds.

    Really looking forward to Mo’Vember – already got my figures set aside 🙂

    • Thanks Simon, I actually use my “Polish Crimson” quite a lot considering it’s “hot pink” really, not a colour you would think a wargamer would use a great deal🤔.

      I have a lot of time at work to think up rubbish like this, as I have one of those jobs I can do on automatic pilot 😁. Next week will be a blast from the past, that hopefully you’ll get at least! 😉

      I also have dug out some fig’s for Mo’vember, we might have a couple of extra people on board as well, (check out the comments above).

      Cheers Roger.

  8. More excellent work Roger both in terms of the figures and the background stories. 🙂

  9. Pete S/ SP says:

    Stunning Roger- really like them.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  10. Well Roger, “don’t generally” could mean 49% of the time right? 😜

    I appreciated the back stories, really nicely done and amusing. Minis look suitably horrible (in the way they should. I more easily could paint a bearded dude in Movember than grow a beard – so I’m possibly in. Just let us know how to link etc. I’m getting ready for Historicon and still working with contractors, so…

  11. 🤣👏👏👏 back stories had me in stitches, great stuff Roger 👍

  12. Azazel says:

    Another three great models with great old backstories! 🙂

  13. Guru PIG says:

    Count me in as a late entry for Mo’vember as well

  14. patmcf says:

    Bloody amazing mate, as the lads have said ,the stories are so good!! Getting a stitch, now that’s not something I have heard of since I was a young lad,( bloody long ago) I wonder where it came from!

    • Thanks Pat, just a bit of fun, I have no idea where the expression came from to be honest, probably from some long forgotten medical procedure or something 😉.

      The one that always made me smile was the one my Nan used to use a lot “I’ve heard geese fart before!” (meaning people say they are going to do something but never actually will) 😁.

      Cheers Roger.

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