9 May 2019

120 - Glóin! (tutorial)

Mae Govannen, mellon nín!

In this post I'll make a tutorial on how to paint Glóin, another dwarf from Thorin Oakenshield's Company (as my previous mini, Óin), a miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town starter box (Games Workshop).

This painting session went a little bit better than Óin's, but I'm still struggling to get the best out of these the Hobbit new kind of sculpts. Perhaps
I'm too used to the old GW's sculpts, and that's a bit of a problem, on which I'll have to work on.

Anyway, let us get to the lore!!!

Who is Glóin?

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Glóin, the dwarf.
"Dwarf of Thorin and Company. Glóin, the son of Gróin, was born in the year 2783 of Third Age.

He fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar and was a companion of both King Thrain II, and his son, Thorin Oakenshield.

With Thorin and Company he went on the Quest of Erebor which resulted in the death of Smaug the Dragon, and the re-establishment of the Dwarf-kingdom under the Mountain. In that kingdom he became a wealthy and important lord.

In the year 3018, he travelled with his son to Rivendell. His son, Gimli, was then chosen as one of the Fellowship of the Ring, and Glóin returned to Erebor.

During the War of the Ring, he fought in the defence of Erebor. 
He died in the year 15 of the Fourth Age."

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


I. Normal basecoat with thinned paint.
II. Shades for all the recesses.
III. Highlights that aim the cleaning of the previous step.
IV. Final highlights focused on the edges and prominent lighted spots. 
V. Basecoat with a mix of these colours. The ratio used was about 2:1 (orange to brown), but it should be measured by 
personal taste.
VI. Highlights done with a vibrant orange very diluted (with medium in this case).
VII. Another mix that should be measured at personal taste.
VIII. Calmly paint this areas. Any error can be fixed with another layer on top.
P.s.: The rings of the beard and hair were also painted with silver. Also, do not forget to paint the eyebrows!

IX. Shades applied not only to cloth and metallics, but to beard and hair as well (just more thinned).
X. Highlights on the metallic parts and light browns for the pouches.
XI. Basecoat with a dark brownish grey.
XII. Highlights and glazes with really thinned paints.
P.S.: I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the pouch, but it was given a brown wash and then highlighted with a lighter tone after step X.
XIII. Basecoated black to be easily discernible from the pants.
XIV. Highlights progressively lighter, adding red to the mix.
XV. Same process given previously to the pants and armlets.
XVI. For this step just make sure to thin a lot the highlights paint.
XVII. For the final step, just be sure to use a basecoat (brown or silver) before painting the golden parts.

For the branch of his base I used a white lichen.

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


7 May 2019

119 - Óin! (tutorial)

Mae Govannen, mellon nín!

In this post I'll make a tutorial on how to paint Óin, the dwarf from Thorin Oakenshield's Company, a miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town starter box (Games Workshop).

While I can say I really enjoyed painting him, this is one of those miniatures which the final result doesn't exactly match the expectations. But well, the secret is to always keep on going!

I've made a minor error since the beginning and, lucky me, it was easily solvable: The hands of Óin are supposed to have gloves, and I have painted them with skin tones. It's a clear case of low planning of the painting session.

But, before we get to the painting tutorial, a little bit of lore, as usual...

Who is Óin?

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Óin, the dwarf.
"Dwarf of Thorin and Company. Óin, the son of Gróin, was born in 2774 of the Third Age, and joined the Quest of Erebor in 2941.

After the slaying of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment of the Dwarf-kingdom under the Mountain, Óin settled for a time in Erebor.

However, in 2989, he set out with Balin and Ori in an attempt to re-establish a Dwarf kingdom in Moria.

He was killed there in 2994, by the monster called the Watcher in the Water.".

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


First of all, an ultimate necessity to repeat myself, and I can't stress this enough: Do not paint the hands with skin tones!

Now that that's out of the way, let's move to the tutorial!

I. Simple basecoat with a very thinned down acrylic paint. 
II. Normal process of shading skin tones.
III. Highlights focused on: forehead, brow, cheeks and nose.
IV. Lighter tone highlights on a smaller area.

Ps: The hands aren't supposed to be painted!

V. The normal type of basecoat.
VI. Medium toned highlights.
VII. Light toned highlights.
If you wish to use a black wash, you'll get the miniature to look like that last picture (I forgot to take a photo with the paint bottle afterwards)!

Ps: note that Óin's hair and eyebrows are also painted following this method.
VIII. Basecoat only the pants with a dark brown.
IX. Basecoat the hood with a desert like colour.
X. Highlight the pants with a medium brown.
XI. Wash/Glaze the previously painted parts.

Ps: The gloves were painted following loosely the hair method, changing only the white for a black wash.

XII. This step aims only to clear the wash that was given before.
XIII. Final highlights with an even lighter brown tone.
XIV. Basecoat boots and inner cloth with a really dark brown.
XV. Then highlight it with a medium brown.

XVI. Mix the colours until you achieve the tone that you wish for the basecoat.
XVII. Another brown shade.
XVIII. Highlights progressively lighter (you may mix with the grey for the darker colours again).

XIX. Simple base-coating step.
XX. Shading and highlighting the ends of the staff with a light silver.


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


20 Apr 2019

118 - Goblin King! (tutorial)

Mae govannen, mellon nín!

In this post I'll make a tutorial on how to paint the Goblin King, a miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town box (GW).

By far, it was one of the most enjoyable miniatures I have painted since the beginning. It has a lot of cool details and (one of my favourites) big discernible eyes, which gave me space enough to work a little more sophisticated finish.
With finishing this miniature I close the goblin army chapter which, I must confess, I feel relieved since painting all those skins were tiresome work (tough I have genuinely enjoyed painting the Goblin King).


For the skin process i followed the method that was already presented on the previous goblin tutorial (check it here).
As I said before, the eyes were object of a little better work:
After painting the white I made the iris with a big brown dot followed by a small black dot for the pupil.
Finally, I added an even smaller dot with white (in the corners) to give that bright look.

Then I painted the Goblin pick, on which the method is pretty plane.
Just note that I used the same method for the crown that were used for the top skull of the pick, and that the lower heads were basecoated with the screaming skull before the washing stage.
Also, the lower heads were just washed, since I wanted to achieve an aspect of rotted skins.
The left one was washed blue and the right one green. finally, the sepia shade was applied all over the heads to cut down the bright colours and offer a dirty look.
For the X step I just wanted to highlight the black hair strands, so the black shade was applied in the end as a glaze
 (diluted on a 1:1 medium).
Both tones that I've used for the top skull of the pick were drybrushed.
Just be cautious with the white (give it a gentle and light drybrush).

The final part were the metallic handle of the pick.
Since I wanted it to have a very rusted look, I worked mainly with dark metallic paints using the drybrush technique (on the horizontal, from right to left).
The lighter tones were achieved with progressive mixing of the Plate Mail Metal to the copper tone.


And that's it for now!
The next miniatures I'll be painting are Fili and Kili 
from the same Escape from Goblin Town box as the goblins.
I really hope you find this tutorial useful for you!
Keep on painting and wargaming!