The funniest thing of all, receiving a painted model of yourself as a zombie! This is exactly what happened to Axtlinge (aka Axt) with the final figure of the fab four. I chose to make Axt a rugby player because he loves the all blacks and the zombie pieces I had suited it. First the legs weren't proper shorts and seemed to have some extra padding/protection which makes more sense for a proper contact sport. Secondly the hand with the thumb pointing up reminded me of the Haka dance that his favourite rugby team the All Blacks perform. I had a bit of help from Abraxis who sent me a couple photos of Axt so I could get him right without giving away the secret - thanks buddy!
As with the others, I built up the base with filler. The flock is the same as used on my figure but underneath I gave it a coat of brown paint instead of green to try and show how rugby fields are usually more torn up than footy fields. I used some bits of medical gauze twisted and glued to create the long beard and pony tail. I also used a little water effects for the blood on the recently ripped off leg he's carrying around ;^)
Hope you enjoy them pal!
Second to last, here is Paul - of The Man Cave fame. This was actually the inspiration to do "us" as zombies. You may not be aware, but Paul is a honest to goodness real life ships captain/commander in the Australian navy. In fact he just shipped out on a new mission called SLIPPER. Anyways as soon as I saw this body (it was the only one where legs/torso were attached) with the long coat all I could think of was a ships captain (obviously the ship this zombie was commanding was a bit different to the one Paul commands now!) so as soon as I thought "ship captain" I equally as quickly realized "MMN crew zombies"!
As with the others I built up the base, and then instead of using flock I just attempted to paint a wooden deck using various browns. One side has a line of tin paint to make it look like an edge or something like that. I also used my now pretty common style of painting reddish/ginger/orange hair which involves starting with orange, and using washes of both a reddish/metallic colour as well as simple red wash. The reason for the metallic choice is it gives a bit of sheen to the hair, without actually colouring it metal.
Next up on the dock is Paulo aka Abraxis, winner of the Zlurpcast Meatloaf Fan award. As soon as I got the bare torso piece off the sprue I knew I had to have Paulo running with his jersey off after just scoring a goal. I leveled the base with filler as on the other figures and I made a jersey out of a napkin with paint. After painting the zombie and jersey separately I superglued them together. I also used an extra coat of painted varnish to try and give the jersey some strength before I gave the whole figure a spray coat of varnish.
In case you are unaware, Paulo's favourite football team is Benfica, so it's very appropriate I am posting this today, as both his team and mine are in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals tonight. Chelsea have a 2-1 lead and are playing at home, while Benfica are looking to reverse the tie (currently 1-0 for Fenerbahçe) and are also playing at home - the Stadium of Light. Good luck to Benfica tonight, with any luck we will have a Benfica/Chelsea final in Amsterdam and we might all use skype to hang out while we watch the match!