|Caveman chief made from one of Bronze Age Miniatures'|
54mm generic male figures.
Two of my collections stuck out, Steve Barber's 42mm samurai range and Bronze Age Miniature's generic figures (from which I've created my post-apoc collection.)
Both companies produce other great figures (if I had space, I'd have bought all of David's ((Bronze Age)) Wasteland Mutants and Frazetta-esque barbarians.) And hell, I like Steve's samurai so much, I've commissioned two figures myself to be sculpted (one is an archer already seen on my blog, and the second, a multipart unarmored samurai, we just recently started the process on.)
But it's not just the great sculpting that I love; The figures I have from these two companies are those that I've converted the most. David's generic figures are especially apt for those looking to practice converting and sculpting. I love the 54mm generics. You can make anything with those, and I mean ANYthing; I've even seen someone turn them into original series Star Trek characters, something I still want to eventually try out myself.
|Though at 42mm, Steve Barber's samurai are a|
niche range, the larger scale allows for some
easily attained painting results.
Bronze Age Miniatures
Steve Barber Models
Zombicide 2 note:
Tonight, Bryon came over and we had a painting session. He's painting some old-school stuff his future father-in-law gave him, and I started to paint my Zombicide (Season 2) stuff, mostly to see if they would paint up better than those damn Bones figures*. Unlike Bones, my Zombicide figures took a coat of primer like a champ. And unlike my Dreadball figures, the Zombicide figures had little to no mold lines.
OK, there was a touch of tackiness after priming, but a quick layer of acrylic fixed that lickity-split. I'll be painting up all the survivors, but the zombies I'll leave gray and faceless as the undead mob should be.
|Zombicide Season 2 survivor. Painting contemporary|
figures is a cinch: Shirt, pants, shoes, weapon, done.
My process, if you want to know: Brush prime with Ceramcoat Black; paint as usual; varnish with Krylon Gloss; varnish with Testors Dullcoat. Easy peasy!
You may be able to skip the gloss coat. I simply did it out of habit. But I (or my patron Jeff, rather) haven't had any trouble yet with chipping paint.