9 Mar 2019

115th post - Théodred on horse! (Tutorial)

Mae Govannen!!! ... and welcome to this blog post dedicated to Théodred, son of Théoden!

This miniature comes with the Battle Games in Middle-Earth issue number 65 and it's the last of the series (they've only released 65 numbers in my country), which gets me to have mixed feelings, but I'll surely dedicate a full post to this matter in the future.

Who is Théodred?

Prince of Rohan and only son and heir to king Théoden and queen Elfhild.
Théodred sadly dies while his father's mind is under control of Saruman by the medium of Grima Wormtongue.

Prince Théodred was the second marshal of Rohan and commanded the western hosts of his country, being slain by an orc in the first battle of the Fords of the Isen river.
Grimbold, one of the commanders at the battle, boldly defended Théodred's body.

By Théodred's death, Éomer became the heir to the throne of Rohan.


After priming the model black I proceeded to basecoat the metallic parts: mail and scales.
I wanted a worn look for the mail part, so I basecoated it with Rough Iron (Army Painter) and then
gave a medium drybrush with True Copper (Army Painter).
Aiming for a bright look of the scales and also the sword, a Gun Metal (Army Painter) basecoat served me really well.

While the scales and the sword share the same goal, i.e. to shine brightly,
the process on these ended up being the same, safe for the brush strokes used.
The shadows were done with Nuln Oil (Citadel) and the highlights with Shining Silver (Army Painter).
For the scales I tried to brushstroke only the lower part of each individual scale,
keeping the shadows on the most deep recesses.
As for the sword, I simply painted the areas where the light hits.

The leather parts and the hair received the same basecoat: XV-88 (Citadel).
The saddle, boots and gloves were then highlighted with Iraqui Sand (Vallejo)
and the hair was drybrushed with Ochre Brown (Vallejo).
To end this part I went for an Agrax Earthshade (Citadel) glazing effect.
Be sure to thin down the shade a lot, otherwise it'll be ruined.
I'd recommend 3 parts water for 1 part shade.

This one is by far the most laborious part of the miniature, as usual with the Rohan commanders.
I painted first the whole armour plates and the sword hilt with Bright Gold (Army Painter).
The next step is to basecoat the plates with Death World Forest (Citadel) and trying to leave the inner golden lines untouched. It is required a lot of precision and steadiness of hands.
After that crucial step's done, I highlighted the plates with Middlestone (Vallejo).
Finally, the borders of the plates were painted with Dragon Red (Army Painter).

Finally, the skin parts (only the face in this particular miniature).
The basecoat was done with Cadian Fleshtone (Citadel) and the shades with Fleshtone Shade (Vallejo).
After this step I usually paint the eyes.
Then came the highlighting with Kislev Flesh (Citadel) for the most prominent features of the face
(cheeks, forehead, upper lip, eyebrows...) and Basic Skintone (Vallejo) on the same places but in a lesser area.

... and this finalizes the miniature!
The next step is to glue Théodred to his horse ans base the miniatures the way you find more suitable.

As always, I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial.
Keep on painting and war-gaming!!!!!


5 Mar 2019

114th post - Théodred's horse! (Tutorial)

Mae Govannen! ...and welcome to the tutorial for Théodred's (son of king Théoden) horse.

This one will have a medium tone of brown and a small touch of customization (particularly noted on the blanket beneath the saddle).


This little guy was painted following five simple steps:

  1. Hair
  2. Hoofs
  3. Blanket
  4. Saddle and strings
  5. Head plate

After priming the miniature black I applied a basecoat of Burnt Umber (Vallejo) to the whole hair and saddle.
The tail and mane where both then drybrushed with Iraqui Sand (Vallejo) and the highlights and shadows of the rest of the hair were done with Beige Brown (Vallejo) - before and after the shadowing fase - and Agrax Earthshade (Citadel).

The hoofs are the simplest of steps: basecoated with Iraqui Sand (Vallejo), shadowed with Sepia Shade (Vallejo) and drybrushed with Screaming Skull (Citadel) - a very light drybrush from the left to the right of the hoof.

This step is the one that'll make the horse a bit more distinct, whilst giving it a typical Rohirrim colour pattern.
First of all I basecoated the entire blanket with Death World Forest (Citadel) and then proceeded to highlight it with Middlestone (Vallejo).
Then, trying my best to  keep my hand steady, I painted a broad line with Dragon Red (Army Painter) followed by a thinner one in the lower part of the blanket with Bright Gold (Army Painter).

For the saddle I wanted to give it a rough look, so I decided to highlight it with multiple really thin layers of XV-88 (Citadel) with a degradé effect, i.e. one coat in a big area, two coats in a smaller area and three coats on an even smaller area.
Finally, I just gave it a wash with Sepia Shade (Vallejo) with blending goals.
The strings were simply highlighted from the black with Stormvermin Fur (Citadel).

Finally, the head plate was carefully painted so it didn't ruin what was already done.
I basecoated it with Plate Mail Metal (Army Painter), washed with Agrax Earthshade (Citadel), and highlighted with Shining Silver (Army Painter) and Bright Gold (Army Painter)

And that's it, for now!
Next in line stands the rider, Théodred, which is already done. I'll try to post the tutoral as soon as I can.

I hope you guys enjoy this little tutorial!
 Have a great week and keep hobbying and wargaming!!!!!


2 Oct 2018

113th post - The Army Painter Quickshade! (Tutorial and Review)

Mae Govannen friends!
And Welcome to my first October post (or should I say Orctober??).

This one will be a long awaited promise: I'll be testing the Army Painter's Quickshade making use of the proper dipping method, suggested by the danish company.
I'll be showing you a tutorial with all the steps I've followed, and then I'll review the final product.

So, before long...

What's the Quickshade?
It's a product from the Army Painter that assumes the role of quickening the painting sessions for those of us who want, more than anything, to play the game instead of spending great amounts of time painting miniatures, and still have great looking mini warriors on the tabletop.
It is a mix of a shade and a gloss varnish, so you'll end up with a completely shaded and varnished model, with pretty good results for such an easy method.

Their suggested process is fairly simple:

  1. Basecoat the miniature
  2. Dip it in the 250ml. can and shake the model about 6/7 times (wait 24 hours)
  3. Matt varnish the model
  4. Base it

And it's done!

The Steps!
First of all, the single most important step on any painting session: the primer!
As you can see, I've gone with a grey primer, also from the Army Painter (the brush on primer).
Basecoat for the goblin skin.
Basecoat for the hair, cloth and weapon.
This is the final step before dipping the model.

The moment of truth!
After dipping the miniature, you'll want to give about 6 shakes to remove the excess.
I went for a thicker layer since I wanted the orc to have a dark, cavern like, sort of skin.
After this step I just let the model sit on the corner of the table for about 24 hours.

This is how the model looks after those 24 hours: glossy, hardened and absolutely shaded.
After this, the idea is to remove the glossiness out of the miniature with a
matt varnish  (any one should do, despite the brand you're using). 
Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

The details left are astounding!
Take a look at the hair, the warts/tumors and the shading/highlights of his back.
I can assure you that this image wasn't object of any filters or  Photoshop changes other than light fixes.
Also, I really like how the Quickshade managed to shade the ideal areas and leave the edges of the model lighter.
The hands, legs and chest look really good.


This product is of formidable utility for those cases on which you really want to get the miniature done and don't feel like painting (when you don't like the sculpt or the model, and just want to get it done).
From my point of view, the Quickshade is aimed for those guys who don't really care for painting models or don't manage to extract the proper joy of it (which is absolutely legitimate). For those guys, this is the way to go! It is perfect, and the final results are most enjoyable.
You'll be able to get a large army done in less than nothing, and be ready to go to war (i.e., to play ... I'm a pacifist in the real world, huh...).

For the dipping method, I believe it is quite appropriate to use it on the models (instead of the brush on), and able to give a fair amount of control of the final result. The "brush on" method is also a pretty good way, but just be sure you use an old and already destroyed brush in order to avoid more casualties. This product is really (really!) strong, and there will be no way to restore a good brush after you dive it in it (even getting the liquid out of your fingers proved to be an hard task).
I actually plan on using the "brush on" technique in a few weeks, when I paint the scenic parts of the Goblintown starter set, and then you'll be able to also testify the great uses of the Quickshade (on wood planks, bones and skulls, etc.).

As you suspect, I did really enjoy the Quickshade. In fact, I plan on using it for the rest of my next "to paint" Goblintown orcs. Then, I'll surely post a picture of the whole warband, half dipped/half brushed. Also, since I have two starter sets, maybe i'll paint one Goblin King with the Quickshade (but that's still up to pondering).

Rate: 9

I'm giving the Quickshade a 9 because it is aimed for a specific group of hobbyists, and not the whole community.
It is an amazing product that I would recommend to anyone who's able to get it and try. You won't be disappointed!

Comparison: Quickshade/Normal
Comparison: Quickshade/Normal
Showcase of the Goblintown orc!

And that's all for now friends!
Stay tuned to my blog since there will be a tutorial on 
Théodred and his horse really soon!

I hope you've enjoyed this one!
Happy hobbying and wargaming to you all!