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This tutorial will be a little bit different, not only will I be showing you how to paint the Berserkers from Zombicides Prison Outbreak expansion, but I will also be reviewing The Army Painters Zombicide paint range. To accompany this tutorial there is also a video of me panting a Berserker
Fatty but before I begin let me cover the Zombicide Paint sets.

Contents

The reason that I have decided to use The Army Painter paints for this tutorial it due to the fact that they have been developed specifically for use with the Zombicide miniatures. The paints come in two sets, the core set, which is for use with all zombies, and the Toxic/Prison set, for use with the Toxic and Berserker zombies from the expansion.

The Core set contains 10 paints and a paint brush with the Toxic/Prison set containing 6 paints. Both of these include the famous Army Painter quickshades which I will cover in the tutorial.

Tutorial

For this tutorial you will require the following:
  • Warpaints Zombicide Core Zombie Set
  • Warpaints Zombicide Toxic/Prison
  • Paintbrushes of your choice
  • Skeleton Bone Primer Spray / Skeleton Bone Warpaint / Zombie Skin Warpaint


Step 1 - Preparation

Before you pick up a paintbrush you will first of all need to prepare your miniatures. As the Zombicide models are cast using injection molding they will require washing in order to remove the release agent. This can be done by cleaning the models using warm soapy water, failure to do so may prevent the paint from sticking to the model. 

You should also use a file or hobby knife to remove any mold lines or flashing.

Step 2 - Basecoat

To base coat the miniatures you can use either Skeleton Bone or Zombie Skin (Core Set), these two paints are very similar so either can be used. This base layer can be applied using a either a brush, airbrush or the The Army Painters Skeleton Bone spray primer.

Step 3 - Jumpsuit

As Zombicides Berserker miniatures were ex prisoners they are all wearing orange jumpsuits. To paint these areas you can the Prison Jumpsuit (Toxic/Prison) paint. To achieve a more vibrant orange, paint several thin layers, allowing the previous layer to dry before proceeding to the next. This will allow to get a nice even coverage, however allowing the base coat to show through on the raised areas will make the jumpsuit look worn.

Step 4 - Scaly Hide

The ex prisoners have developed chitinous plates making them resistant to ranged fire. This natural armour can be painted using Scaly Hide (Prison/Toxic) to provide a nice contrast with the zombies skin. The scales form around the jaw, chest and arms so be sure not to miss any areas. As with the Jumpsuit, applying several thin layers will provide a much more even coverage.

Step 5 - Boots and Zipper

To paint the boots and the jumpsuit zipper I went with Dead Black (Core Set) to act as a contrast to the orange jumpsuit. You can also use this to paint the seam that runs down the sides of the jumpsuit, this is personally preference however.

Step 6 - Hair

As we are painting the hair at this stage it is pretty much up to you what color you go for. As I am painting the Berserker fatty I went with Brainmatter Beige (Core Set) to represent a Zombie with grey hair. Apply your color choice to the hair and mustache, if your miniature has it.

(Intermission)

At this stage all of the base colors have been applied, hower the model looks a little bland as is lacking definition. A quick and easy way to achieve this is by using the Quick Shades available in the paint sets. These Quick Shade inks can be used to wash over areas creating instant and effective shading. 

Step 7 - Jumpsuit Shading

To shade the jumpsuit you should use Jumpsuit Shader (Toxic/Prison). This is a deep red ink which when used on the orange will provide a much greater layer of depth without loosing vibrancy. If you left the base layer partially visible on the raised areas, after shading, you should gently wipe your thumb on this areas to remove any excess paint. This will further add to the effect of the worn look.

Step 8 - Shading

Once your jumpsuit is completed you can shade the rest of the miniature. To do this use Zombie Shader (Core Set). This can be applied to entirety of the miniature, apart from the jumpsuit, If, like me, you went for a lighter hair color you should slightly thin your Quickshade when applying it to these areas. This will soften the transition between the shades.

Step 9 - Highlights

Now that you have completed your shader you should have a good depth of color already. However you can further improve this shading effect by painting highlights. To paint highlights you will need paint the area with the same color as you did before the shading. For example, highlight with Scaly hide on the scales and Prison Jumpsuit on the jumpsuit. However, for areas such as the zipper use Filthy Suit (Core Set).

When painting highlights ensure that you only paint the very edges. Thinning down your paints slightly with water will allow you to achieve a much finer point. 

Step 10 - Dried Gore

By this stage your Berserker is pretty much complete. The only trouble is he is looking far too clean at the moment, so lets add some gore to fix that. The first layer is Crusted Sore (Core Set), this deep red is perfect for representing dried blood. This should applied around the mouth and the hands, the most likely areas to be covered in gore. 

Step 11 - Fresh Blood

Once your dried blood has been applied it is time to add the fresher stuff. Glistening Blood (Core Set) is a brighter red than Crusted Sore and drys shiny making it perfect for fresh blood. This should be applied to same areas as before however it is better to stick to the edges, such as the fingers and lips so that you can still see areas of dried blood.

Summary

Whilst I have used The Army Painters paints before, this was my first using their Zombicide range of paints and I have to say I will continue to use them to paint the rest of my Zombies. The range of colors closely match those seen in the Zombicide artwork, this is great as you are not required to do
any mixing.

I would say that the main draw of them is their ease of use, the pigment levels are quite high meaning that you do not need a lot of layers to achieve good coverage. When this is combined with how easy the Quickshades make it to add depth it results in an extremely efficient way of painting. This is invaluable for the Zombicide miniatures as you get an awful lot of them.

I would highly recommend both of these sets to anyone wishing to paint their Zombicide miniatures. By using these paints you can quickly achieve a fully painted and great looking Zombie horde, ready to munch on the brains of those troublesome survivors.


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