We are going to paint HO scale figures that can be used in a layout of a diorama. The figures are plastic and need to be cleaned before painting to all the paint to cover evenly. We used Unpainted HO Standing Figures that come in a set of 72. We washed them with warm water and a drop of dishwashing detergent and a drop of clear vinegar.
We used the magnetic tray as our work station and we worked with two types of light magnifiers to see the Zombies. Once the figures thoroughly dried, we cut some of the figures with an Excel blade to disfigure. We did not disfigure every Zombie, some but not all. The HBO show Walking Dead is a good example of Zombies, some are missing limbs, other not.
After cutting, we place the Zombies on a Pic-N-Stick for ease of control.
We used a set of fine brushes with various sizes to apply the paint. We used Mission Models acrylic paint set which is a set of 10 primary colors.
The Pic-N-Sticks were helpful because we had to work with several figures at a time while the paint dried. After applying the blood and wounds, we mixed a dark wash to bring out the features. The wash consisted of water, a drop of black paint, and a drop of vinegar.
The key is to not touch the figures after the wash until they are fully dried. The wash makes the figures pop. Even the facial features emerge. HO is tough to the figures to look real and this method is the best we have seen.
We finished with the Mission Models Clear Coat.
The HO scale Zombies can then be used for your layout or other fun purposes.
These are the items used to make our HO scale Zombies: