25 Oct 2021

125 - Bofur! (tutorial)

 Mae govannen, mellon nín!

I'm back with another painted dwarf from Thorin Oakenshield's Company!

This time I will present Bofur, a miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town box set.

As usual with the Middle-Earth minis, the colours I used are very "earthy". Mostly browns for this one.

Who is Bofur?

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Bofur.
"Bofur's parentage is unknown; the only familial connections mentioned are that Bombur is his brother and Bifur is his cousin. He was not of Durin's line although he was descended from Dwarves of Moria. His birth year is also unknown. However, from Bilbo Baggins' account of the quest to Erebor it is known that the brothers Fíli and Kíli were the youngest of the thirteen "by some fifty years" and that after Thorin had been captured, Balin was "the eldest left". Since Fíli was born in T.A. 2859 and Balin was born in 2763, this would put Bofur's birth between 2809 and 2763, and he would have been between 132 and 178 years old during the quest to Erebor.

At Rivendell in T.A. 3018, Glóin told Frodo Baggins that Bofur was still alive and living in Erebor, along with Bifur and Bombur [3]. It is possible that Bofur fought in the Battle of Dale against Sauron's forces the Easterlings. His death date is unknown though it would have been before Dwalin as he was the last dwarf of the company to pass away in Fo.A. 91."

Source of description: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Bofur

How to Paint Bofur

The first four steps are pretty obvious:

I: Basecoat the skin parts (I used Cadian Fleshtone but forgot to put it in the photo);

II: Shade the previously painted skin parts;

III: Highlight the skin with a lighter skin tone;

IV: Highlight further the small details of the skin. Focus on the eyebrows, nose, cheeks and fingertips.

After dealing with the skin, I painted the hair and the beard and, after that, I started painting Bofur's cloth.

V: I gave the beard and hair of the mini a smooth coverage of a dark brown;

VI: The highlights of the hair and the beard were done with a medium tone brown, just so the highlighted parts weren't too distinguished.

VII: The cap, belt bag, shoes, pants and under sleeves were painted with the same brown tone of the highlighted hair and beard.

VIII: Bofur's coat was basecoated with a similar tone of brown as the previous two steps, although with a lighter tint to it. This will make all the difference for the next steps.

IX: After basecoating all the cloth, I shaded it with a Sepia wash. This not only provides shades to the recesses, but also brings definition to the colours of the basecoated areas.

X: The sleeves were highlighted with a bone tone. I have also used this paint to highlight a few details in the miniature such as the knee pads and the tips of the coat and the cap.

XI: I then used a dark grey with a brown tint (Stormvermin Fur was perfect for it) to basecoat the fur parts (cap and boots), the belt and the scarf.

XII: All of the grey painted areas were afterwards highlighted with a lighter clean grey.

Ghost step (since I forgot to take pictures of it): the metal parts (weapon and belt buckle) were basecoated with a dark silver (Army Painter's Gun Metal), shaded with black (Nuln Oil) and finally highlighted with a bright silver (Runefang Steel).

In the end comes the basing (at personal taste) and the varnishing (suggested but optional).


And that's all for now my friends!

I know I've been having a lot of big pauses, but well, this is my blog and I do as I please :D
After all this is a hobby, and it shouldn't make us feel like an obligation. I will paint and post when I want to. I just hope to be helpful to someone and to have fun with it!

I really hope you find this tutorial useful!
Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!


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27 Nov 2020

124 - Getting back!

 Mae govannen, mellon nín!

This post aims to merely mark my presence in the blog. I've been on a hiatus for some time now, but I plan on getting back next year (2021)! It seems adequate, really, that this awful year of 2020 goes without any post from my part (lets just hope 2021 will be a lot better).

My lack of available time to paint is motivated by something good though: I'm currently finishing my masters degree on History Teaching! 

Anyway, I've kept with the news on the Middle-Earth sbg all through this hiatus, so I'm actually not that distant from the community :)

I'm hoping you all stayed safe and healthy along this year!

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!


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.


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.


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!