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.


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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!


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.



Tutorial

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.

Showcase
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!

Namárië!


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.





Tutorial

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.


Showcase








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!

Namárië!

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).

Tutorial

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.


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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!

Namárië!