Using The Army Painters excellent Zombicide Paint Sets we once again tackle a member of the shuffling hoards. This time we show you how to paint a Fatty from Zombicide Season 1.

For this tutorial you will require the following:
  • Warpaints Zombicide Core Zombie Set
  • Warpaints Gun Metal
  • Paintbrushes of your choice (I used the Army Painter Monster, Regiment and Character brushes)
  • Skeleton Bone Primer Spray / Skeleton Bone Warpaint

Video Tutorial

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 - Overalls

When it comes to the overalls the choice really is yours, I decided on blue and used Wasted Jeans. Coverage doesn't have to be perfect as thinner areas on raised sections will just look like wear and tear.

Step 4 - Tank Top

For the tank top I went for Brainmatter Beige, however you could choose whatever color you want. I chose white as it is contrasted well against the darker skin tone and would make the later blood stains more vivid.

Step 5 - Boots and Zipper

To paint the boots and the overalls zipper I went with Dead Black. I would advise using a thinner brush to pick out the zippers teeth.

Step 6 - Gloves and Toolbelt

To achieve a leather effect on the gloves and toolbelt I used Dirt Splatter. You can also paint the mask strap and the hammer handle with this color also.

Step 7 - Mask

Around the Fatty's neck is a dust mask, to make this standout I used Mouldy Clothes. If your tank top isn't white you could use Brainmatter Beige as an alternative.

Step 8 - Metal

For the tools in the belt and the filter on the side of the mask I used Gun Metal. Gun Metal isn't featured in the Army Painters Zombicide paint set but is part on their range. If you don't have a metallic paint you could use Dead Black.


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 9 - Shading

To apply shading use the Zombie Shader. This can be applied to the entirety of the miniature. If, like me, you went for a lighter vest color you should slightly thin your Quickshade when applying it to these areas. This will soften the transition between the shades.

Step 10 - 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 the Overalls with Wasted Jeans. However, for areas such as the zipper and boots use Filthy Suit.

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. You can also mix in a little Brainmatter Beige for a more extreme highlight.

Step 11 - Dried Gore

By this stage your Fatty 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, 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 12 - 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.


Congratulations, you have completed your Fatty and he is ready to take on some Survivors in your Zombicide games. As mentioned before, all of the paints (apart from Gun Metal) can be found in The Army Painters Zombicide Core Zombie Set. 

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