If there's one thing Scooby Doo taught me, it's that glowing green space skellingtons are SCARY!
Meet the Necronauts, another set of minis from Star Schlock. When I saw these it was basically inevitable that they'd end up on my painting table. Astronauts crossed with zombies? What's not to love?
I didn't know which way to go with these delightful chaps — whether to do them in a more realistic look or go for the aforementioned Scooby Doo scheme. I thought they might look good as cosmonauts in red Soviet suits, but if you're reading this, you can probably hazard a guess as to what happened.
After spray priming them black, they got a coat of Forest Flesh, which is a dark green. Once dry I did some basic highlighting with Mutation Green and then painted all their bony bits with a couple of coats of thinned White.
My original plan was to do the bones with Yellow-Green, but then I spotted my neglected pot of Fluorescent Green looking lonely and forlorn in a corner of the paint stand. It took three or four thin coats to get the effect I was after, but I'm happy with how it came out. A wash with Biel-Tan over the bones helped define them a bit better.
I gave their suits a quick highlight with some Yellow-Green just to bring out some more details, and they were done! Although as you can see on the Necronaut on the above right, I somehow didn't do the top half of his skull so I'll have to touch it up.
They were blindingly easy to paint and all five took about three hours to knock out yesterday.
Their bases are simple: Vallejo Black Lava paste painted Violet and highlighted with Purple and a touch of Pink. The tufts are Army Painter swamp tufts painted with more Purple and drybrushed with more Pink.
So as of now, I'm on a sci-fi kick when it comes to minis. There are more aliens to come, and with Season of Scenery starting in a few days you can expect some futuristic builds this year. Until then, stay safe!