6 Jun 2019

123 - Bifur! (tutorial)



Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Another post about how to paint a miniature dwarf from Thorin's Company, and this time it's Bifur!

Funny thing about this character is that, for Peter Jackson's film adaptation, they used his name as a short for "bifurcation", hence the axe carved in his head (much like Óin being deaf).

About the miniature, it was a very enjoyable painting session. I decided not to paint the eyes (as they're pretty much shut), tried for the very first time the zenital priming, and finally, overall, I'm really happy with how his beard turned out!


Now, as usual, let us get to the lore...

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Bifur.
Who is Bifur?

"Dwarf of Thorin and Company.

Bifur went on the Quest for Erebor which, in 2941 of the Third Age, resulted in the death of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment of the Dwarf-kingdom under the Mountain.

He survived the Battle of Five Armies, thereafter he settled in Erebor."

Source of description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopaedia.




Tutorial

This process follows the previously painted dwarves (i.e. Glóin, Óin, Fíli and Kíli), with one small exception: the extreme highlights of step IV.
Dwarves have naturally darker skin (when compared to elves or Fallohide hobbits), and I've generally avoided using light skin tones. Well, the thing here is that without the eyes, which I deliberately didn't paint, I needed to give Bifur a different kind of depth, so the lighter skin highlights appeared as natural problem solvers. 
V. In this step I basecoated black the entire hair and beard. I also painted over the metallic parts in order to better use the silvers later.
VI. With the dark grey I aimed at the majority of the hair strands, just to get a hint of highlight. This colour is perfect to highlight most black parts of any mini.
VII. Finally, the highlights were managed by picking every prominent strands and also by designing the beard pattern, which ended up being my favourite part of this miniature.


VIII. For the cloth and boots the basecoat colour I was looking for was of a dark leathery brown.
IX. The first/medium highlights were applied in the deep recesses of the main cloth part and in the sleeves of his shirt.
X. The lighter highlights were applied in the same places as the previous step, but in a smaller area. Just be sure to have a steady hand.
XI. Highlighting the boots, I decided to give them a sandy tone, to be discernible from the browns of the cloth (this one was also used for the lower strands of the cloth piece). Then, I used the dark silver to paint all those "black metallic" parts mentioned in step V (spear, belt, sword and sword sheat).
XII. The shades of the spear were done with a brown wash. I believe this works best than black for this particular miniature.
XIII. And the final step, the highlights of the silver parts with the lightest silver I have. Be sure to thin it down and work the different shapes of the sculpt at taste.


Showcase




After basing and varnishing, here's Bifur.


And that's all for now my friends!
The next tutorial will probably take a bit since I didn't yet paint more dwarves.
I really hope you find this tutorial useful!
Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!

Namárië!

3 Jun 2019

122 - Kíli! (tutorial)



Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Another post about how to paint a miniature dwarf from Thorin's Company, and this time it's Kíli!

Despite the absence of a beard, this miniature provided me a very joyful painting session, on which I particularly enjoyed playing with the different shades of blue and grey.

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Kíli.
Who is Kíli?

"Dwarf of Thorin and Company.


Kíli embarked on the Quest of Lonely Mountain in 3019 of the Third Age, which resulted in the death of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment of the Dwarf-kingdom under the Mountain.

As the son of Thorin's sister, Dís, Kíli was fiercely loyal to his uncle. Both Kíli and his brother Fíli were killed in the Battle of Five Armies while defending Thorin."

Source of description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopaedia.




Tutorial

The skin painting method I followed is the exact same presented with Glóin (you can check it here).
V. In here I basecoated the entire leather and hair with a dark brown.

VI. This step was focused on highlighting the hair and painting the beard hairs. For the beard all I did was diluting the paint with medium, soaking most of the paint on a paper towel and then designing the beard the way I wanted.
Also, I did some experiments with the wet blending technique which can be visible on the quiver and the sword grip.

VII. For the basecoat of the cloth/hood I mixed green and blue until I was satisfied with the colour obtained. Depending on the paints used, you might wish to use a bit of white as well.

VIII. A basic shading/washing step, focused on all the previously painted cloth.


IX. The highlights of the hood were managed by gradually applying white to the green/blue mix, in order to make the most prominent parts stand out.

X. I wanted to achieve a different tonality of grey (brownish), so I decided to basecoat the cloak with a dim brown, which worked perfectly for my wishes.
XI. Since my aim was to get a dark grey cloak, the shades had to be done in black, instead of brown.
XII. For the highlights of the cloak I used another mix. This time the grey was applied gradually to the previous brown, for  about three different highlighting steps, each one lighter than the last.

XIII. For the pants and boots to stand out from the cloak I went for a "pure" grey process, starting with the dark basecoat.

XIV. The highlights were done with a very light grey, both on the pants and boots.

XV. The glazes had to be different in order to make discernible the boots and pants, so I naturally went for a brown glaze for the boots and a black glaze for the pants.


XVI. In this step, all the metallic parts were painted with a dark silver (including the tips of the bow).

XVII. Just for the sword, the shades were given with black and the weathering with a diluted brown.

XVIII. The highlights of all the metallic part were achieved with a lighter silver, naturally.

XIX. And finally, I used a desaturated gold to paint the tips of the bow (one of the best decisions I took for this miniature).

Showcase

After basing and varnishing, here's Kíli, ready to join his brother and defend their uncle Thorin!


And that's all for now my friends!
The next tutorial will be about Bifur, which is already finished!
I really hope you find this tutorial useful!
Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!

Namárië!

28 May 2019

121 - Fíli! (tutorial)




Mae govannen, mellon nín!
In this post I'll make a tutorial on how to paint Fíli, yet another dwarf from Thorin Oakenshield's Company, a miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town starter box (Games Workshop).

The main problems I found with this mini were, by my mistake, the molding lines (which I forgot to clean) and the very pour sculpting in certain areas (like the hands, that have a tremendous lack of detail).
Aside that, this was a very pleasing miniature to paint, and I very much enjoyed playing with the many different tones of grey.

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Fíli.

Who is Fíli?

"Dwarf of Thorin and Company.

In the year 2941 of the Third Age, Fíli joined the Quest of the Lonely Mountain, which eventually resulted in the slaying of Smaug the Dragon and the reclamation of the Dwarf-kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor.

Fíli was born in the year 2859, the son of Thorin Oakenshield's sister, Dís.

Fíli and his brother, Kíli, were so fiercely loyal to their uncle that both were slain while defending the dying Thorin in the Battle of the Five Armies."

Source of description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopaedia.



Tutorial
The skin painting method I followed is the exact same presented with Glóin (you can check it here).
V. Carefully pick the beard and hair strands. 
VI. Wash the entire part of the hairs, trying to get an even and yet not pooled covering.
VII. For this step I've picked the more prominent hairs individually, rather than drybrushing it.
VIII. Just a plain normal basecoat over the entire upper cloth and boots.
IX. Basecoat the cloth details and belts.
X. Highlight the areas of the previous step as well as the rest of the cloth.
XI. Shade with glazing effects with the black (achieved by a wash thinned with medium) and weathering with the brown.
XII. Basecoat the leather parts (quiver included).


XIII. For the highlights of the leather I decided to try a little wet blending (I'm currently trying to get better with that technique).
XIV. The furs were done with a very careful drybrush, followed by an edge highlight on the most prominent parts.
XV. A normal basecoat over all the metallic parts (don't forget the belt buckles).
XVI. Highlight on the areas of the previous step (on a smaller area). The rings of the hair, beard and moustache were also painted in this step (and highlighted later).
XVII. Final highlights on the metallic parts.
XVIII. The golden parts (not forgetting the small dagger on Fíli's arm). You can give it a final touch with a thinned sepia wash  (or even a flat brown, although the sepia will do better) to make it a bit more distinct. 

Showcase

And here's Fíli after basing the miniature! Ready to defend Thorin!





And that's all for now my friends!
The next tutorials will be focused on Kíli and Bifur!
I really hope you find this tutorial useful!
Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!

Namárië!