I know I've promised you the zombies (and I do have them painted and photos prepared!), but I've also painted three insurgents and I figured I should show you those, first.
I have decided to paint three at a time, so it doesn't get too overwhelming. I found out with zombies, that painting 4 already makes me much more sloppy. And I also blame it on the brushes, I think it's time to buy some new ones :P.
Anyways, I've picked three from the first batch of converted 5. I didn't want to start with support weapons, but as two of 5 figures were further converted (I've been adding pockets to their pants, so I can legitimately paint them in camouflage :D), I've just picked the remaining three.
Here they are:
Rifleman is your ordinary militia guy. He wears civilian clothes, but he has managed to get a decent vest for his magazines. He is one of those that you see on the news and you think for yourself....why the hell would anyone be dressed like that in combat? Well, he might not wear sandals, but trainers aren't much better. All the dirt on his clothes does prove that he is a dedicated fighter, nonetheless.
Chubby LSW guy probably has either former military experience or has been an insurgent for long enough to be trusted this high class weapon. He carries his ammo in a rucksack and I should seriously sculpt some magazines in the pockets I've sculpted to fit mags in. In combat, he probably puts rucksack down for stabilisation (even if the weapon has bi-pod legs, too) and he can easily take magazines out of the rucksack then. He wears a lot of green and camouflage pants.
I went for a camouflage pattern that is on my uniform (Yugoslav tiger stripe). I bought the uniform 6-7 years back (and it still doesn't quite fit me :( ) as I was doing Airsofting back then. It is (was?) used here by the police special forces (not the Army) and it's quite sexy looking. The photo on the link is a bit dark, but the point is light green base and brown and green strokes. I think it came out decent enough.
I have a bit of a love- hate (okay, like-dislike) relationship with the last guy. I am really happy with how the RB M57 (:P) came out, given it was sculpted in two goes. I have painted it too dark, but I think it's still very recognisable. I have to say that the guy is not aiming with it, but more like scanning. When I'll do "aiming guy", I'll make sure his hands are closer to the body, as this one would get burnt by the back blast. Also, what I dislike is the civilian suit, but I got a personal justification to make me feel better. He used to be a bodyguard, before he joined the "cause". His ample experience in body guarding and previous military experience were apparently good enough to trust him with group's heaviest weapon. This makes Kevin Costner here both stylish and deadly. But mostly deadly.
I had quite a lot of fun painting those and overall, I'm happy with how they turned out. I have decided for same bases as I use for Strange Aeons (instead of Zombie's concrete grey), but I will go wild with the foliage. I bought a lot of stuff at Salute (3+1 deal :P) and I bought some more even before that, and it should get used now. I can't wait to put purple and yellow flowers all over their bases! But I've decided to do that on groups of 10 or more.
Thanks for looking,