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Painting Zombicide Invader - Xeno Workers

Updated: May 9, 2021

Hey guys, this week I thought I'd give you a quick breakdown of how I painted the Xeno Wokers for Zombicide Invader. With so many minis in the box I needed to find a quick way of giving them a great presence on the table without spending forever painting. In the end I got the technique down to just 20 minutes per miniature.

Zombicide Invader
The Xeno workers are about to overwhelm Jared


I used the following paints and materials.

  • Citadel Grey Seer Spray

  • Citadel Contrast Gryph-charger Grey

  • Citadel Contrast Plaguebearer Flesh

  • Citadel Contrast Flesh Tearers Red

  • Citadel Contrast Volupus Pink

  • Citadel Technical Lahmian Medium

  • Formula P3 Jack Bone

  • Formula P3 Menoth White Base

  • Formula P3 Menoth White Highlight

  • Formula P3 Frostbite


To begin with I primed all the models with Citadel Grey Seer spray.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Grey Seer
Grey Seer Undercoat

Then I washed them all using the Gryph-charger Grey contrast paint and left to dry.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Gryph-Charger Grey
Citadel Contrast Gryph-charger Grey wash

With the base colour and shadows set up it was time to start the highlights. I began by drybrushing the face with Jack Bone. I use a large drybrush and don't mind too much if i accidentally hit other areas, such as the shoulders and chest as this will add depth to the finished piece.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Jack Bone
Drybrush with Jack Bone

I then hit it again with a drybrush of Menoth White Base to pick out the raised areas.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Menoth White Base
Drybrush with Menoth White Base

Next I wanted to soften the recesses of the face by washing it with a mix of Jack Bone and Lahmian medium. This lightens the shadows and brings the highlights and the base closer together.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Jack Bone & Lahmian Medium
Wash with Jack Bone & Lahmian Medium

After that I flipped the model over and washed the central area of the back with Plaguebearer Flesh. This gives the model a nice mould/spawn look and helps break up the grey.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Plaguebearer Flesh
Wash with Plaguebearer Flesh Citadel Contrast

Next comes the longest part of the whole process. I needed to highlight all the muscles and spines using Frostbite. I picked out the various edges using a fine brush, ignoring the lower arms and the Plaguebearer Flesh areas on the back. Then usingFlesh Tearers Red, I just drew my brush across the claws for a very quick but reasonable effective finish.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Frostbite
Highlight with Frostbite
Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Frostbite
Highlight with Frostbite

Next using Volupus pink I picked out the tentacles and the arms. I hit the lower tentacles and hands with an undiluted mix, adding in Lahmian medium to soften the edges and add shading to the head and face. Using pure lahmian medium you can completely fade out the pink to give a really soft gradient on the arms and to correct any spill on areas like the chest and shoulders.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Volupus Pink
Wash with Volupus Pink, diluting with Lahmian Medium

I allowed this coat to dry and then using Menoth White Highlight I picked out the details of the face and the model is finished and ready for basing.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xeno - Menoth White Highlight
Highligh with Menoth White Highlight

For speed I production lined the process doing 10-15 models at a time. And approximately 14 hours later (or one long weekend but who's counting) and the jobs a good one.

Zombicide Invader - Worker Xenos
Zombicide Invader - Worker Xenos

Until next time, have fun painting.

The Duke


The Duke hates painting production line style as he likes each mini to have it's own flair!

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