Ach! Zombies! – WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Zombies, DUST Zombies (again).

Groundskeeper Willie. Zombie Hunter.

Who better to quote when beginning a zombie-themed post than that great Zombie Hunter, Groundskeeper Willie?

First up, some WarZone zombies. I haven’t played WarZone in years, and my previous forces were Cybertronic as my primary and Imperial as my secondary, but I did paint up a few models back in the day. Only one of them is on the blog, though.

WarZone Dark Legion Zombies!

WarZone Dark Legion Zombies!

These were bought back sometime in the 1990s, after 2nd Edition Warzone came out, failed, and Target Games was down. My FLGS of the day was selling off a pile of Warzone stuff on clearance, and so I picked up a whole ton of stuff using the logic that I could use it “one day”. Flash forward to 2013, and I received my Indiegogo Zombies from Studio Miniatures. I assembled about half of the shambling horde, and decided to pick out these guys from the two blisters in a box, glued them down, primed them, base coated the flesh in a few shades of yellowy-brown and green. And then got distracted and they went into a box.

More WarZone Dark Legion Zombies

After my recent speedpaint of the DUST Zombies, inspired by Sho3box’s stuff (and wanting to make space by getting rid of the pile of unopened DUST boxes) I was well chuffed, and with Grimdork starting to pump out some cool looking Zombie models from Sedition Wars, I got inspired to dig these guys out (which is surprising, after all of the shit around that game) and finish them off – so I’ve done just that. Not quite speed painting per se, since they’ve been a side project that I do a few minutes work on while working on other stuff, but with an eye to finishing them ASAP as well.

The Undead Horde – WarZone Edition.

A bit more detail on these guys than the DUST ones, and I tried out the new GW Blood for the Blood God paint, which worked well enough. Didn’t really notice much difference from Tamiya Clear Red to be honest, but I really didn’t use a whole lot on them. These guys came up pretty well, but the shots are a little dark. I really need to get myself a light box. And somewhere to set it up. That has access to several lights or power points.

Hm, yeah. These photos are way too dark. I’ll take them again at some point. These were taken in diffused natural light and looked bright enough at the time. I think the white paper behind them threw the light balance way off on the camera…

I also took a couple of shots of the DUST Zombies this morning as well. The shots from their previous post are okay, but kind of take away from how I felt the teeth and eyes came out on them. Like I said at the time, they’re speed painted and weren’t done for awesome, but I was happy with how those details came out, so I may as well show them off. 

DUST Zombies!

Naturally, the guy I kept trying to get into focus (bottom left) was the only one who wouldn’t. You can also see a representative from each of the 5 “squads” that I decided to differentiate by the use of slightly different flesh tones.

Coming to get you, they are…

So all in all – more figures for Typhus’ horde in 40k. I should probably paint Typhus up sometime, though I’ve got a couple of decent proxies should I decide to run him in the meantime.

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5 thoughts on “Ach! Zombies! – WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Zombies, DUST Zombies (again).

  1. Nice work, the horde is swelling nicely.

    I tend to have all sorts of trouble with lighting/exposure etc with my miniature photos. I find that running them through Picasas “Im Feeling Lucky” auto-correct it can fix a multitude without distorting or doctoring the image too much. I just did it with one of your photos of the Dark Legion guys and it definitely helps (and I a lot easier than a re-shoot).

    Apologies if you are more photo savvy than I am and this is a bit basic (like when guys ask if you thin your paint when painting), but I find the auto-correct in Picasa a big time saver. Taking higher quality photos would be better of course, but we have to chose our battles sometimes I think 🙂

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    • I’ve just started playing with (very basic, jury-rigged) light boxing and “proper” backgrounds. I think the main thing I need is to have a proper bit of space set up, with lamps. I’ve almost finished clearing the big desk in the shed, but I’ll need to get a sparky out to give me some more power points on the other side of the door where the desk is so I can have several lamps set up. I probably should reshoot those zombies, actually… I think I may also need a *slightly* better camera sometime…

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    • I’ve just had a quick play with them in Photobucket’s simple photo editing settings. They still don’t look great, but they certainly look better than they did. I’ve been (un)lucky to find a bunch more old WarZone Dark Legion figures, with some more of these guys in there, so I guess I feel compelled to paint those up too for completeness’ sake. I guess when I eventually paint and field Typhus on the 40k table, he’ll have minions already good to go…

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