In this post, I’ll show you how to paint Deadwalker Zombies from Warhammer Quest Cursed City in 21 easy to follow steps. You’ll learn how I paint rotting flesh and dried blood and more. Find out how in this tutorial.


This tutorial assumes you have a good understanding of how to paint Warhammer miniatures. With each picture is the corresponding instruction. Each step shows the Citadel paint(s) I used. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Deadwalker Zombies

Undercoat the model black. You can use Chaos Black spray, I used Vallejo Surface Primer and my airbrush.

Paint the skin and the parchment with Rakarth Flesh. Add a little water to thin the paint. This might take a couple of coats to ensure it’s a solid coat.

Wash the parchment with Seraphim Sepia.

Mix 3 parts Lahmian Medium with 1 part Contrast Graph-Charger Grey and wash over the skin to give it a desaturated, lifeless look.

Highlight the raised areas of the skin with Kislev Flesh, leaving plenty of the shaded areas showing through.

Highlight the raised areas of the skin and parchment with Pallid Which Flesh.

Paint the edges of the skin with uneven, splotchy patterns of Carroburg Cromson. Repeat this step once dry to increase the intensity. This will be matte and look like dried blood.

Paint the fabrics with Word Bearers Red. Thin this with a touch water.

Repaint the outside of the fabrics with Squig Orange leaving the Word Bearers Red in the deep recesses.

Paint the metal padlock and shackles with Leadbelcher. I find a touch of Lahmian Medium helps smooth the metallic paints out.

Create a 50:50 mix of Basilcanum Grey and Lahmian Medium and wash the fabrics and metals.

Shade the metals with Gore-Grunta Fur sparingly. You just want it to look like a dirty surface rust.

Paint the leather belt with Doombull Brown.

Paint the coffin lid, tree stump and stakes with Steal Legion Drab. You know the drill, two thin coats to get a nice solid cover.

Wash the leather belt, wood and roots with Wyldwood Contrast. Don’t paint the tips of the stakes.

Edge highlight the leather belt with Skrag Brown.


Edge highlight the wood and roots with nice thin lines of Baneblade Brown. Base coat the rope with Baneblade Brown.

Edge highlight the trouser fabrics with Jokaero Orange.

Edge highlight metals with Runefang Silver.

Paint any bone protrusions with two coats of Ubshabti Bone. Dot the eyes and paint the teeth with Ushabti Bone. Paint the raised areas of the rope with Ushabti Bone.  Edge highlight the tips of the stakes.

Paint the grass tufts on the back of the zombie with Waaagh! Flesh.

To paint the sand I painted it with Dryad Bark, drybrushed with Steel Legion and then final drybrushed with Karak Stone. The base rim is Steel Legion Drab.


Paints you will need for this tutorial:

  • Black Undercoat
  • Rakarth Flesh (base)
  • Seraphim Sepia (shade)
  • Graph-Charger Grey (contrast)
  • Kislev Flesh (layer)
  • Pallid Which Flesh
  • Carroburg Crimson (shade)
  • Word Bearers Red (layer)
  • Squig Orange (layer)
  • Leadbelcher (base)
  • Basilcanum Grey (contrast)
  • Lahmian Medium (technical)
  • Gore-Grunta Fur (contrast)
  • Doombull Brown (layer)
  • Steal Legion Drab (base)
  • Wyldwood (contrast)
  • Skrag Brown (layer)
  • Baneblade Brown (layer)
  • Jokaero Orange (base)
  • Runefang Silver (layer)
  • Ubshabti Bone (layer)

Paints you’ll need for the base:

  • Dryad Bark (base)
  • Steel Legion Drab (base)
  • Karak Stone Layer 

If you need to expand your paint collection to follow the tutorial, check out our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, which offer an amazing range of paints at a discount.

Check out my previous tutorials on How to Paint Corpse Rats and Bat Swarms and Ulfenwatch Skeletons. Want to learn more about painting Warhammer Quest Cursed City models, stay tuned for more tutorials, in the mean time you can check out my review of Warhammer Quest Cursed City.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, leave a comment or reaction below, and if you got any questions, leave them here so I can answer them for you.

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