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!


17 Apr 2019

117 - Goblin Town Warrior! (Tutorial)

Mae Govannen, Mellon Nín!

In this post I will make a tutorial about how to paint this mean little guy, a Goblin Town warrior from the Escape from Goblin Town box set (the Hobbit sbg).

Concerning Goblins

"These creatures that Men now name Goblins are dwellers in darkness, who were spawned for evil purposes.In Earlier days, they were called orcs.

Black-blooded, red-eyes and hateful in nature, though they are now reduced to beings committed to minor deeds of mischief, they were once a race bent on terrible tyranny."
Source of description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopædia


Though I believe I found the right colour scheme for these goblins (a matter of personal taste), I don't feel particularly proud of this model. Maybe my painting "now and then" spirit is becoming an inconvenient, since I feel I could do a much better paint job.

But well, water under the bridge, and looking forward.
For the plus side, I'm currently painting the Goblin King (following the same colour scheme as this goblin) and it is starting to look great in my opinion.

Now, before we get to the tutorial, there's something I'd like to clarify.
You'll notice that I have censored the brand logos in the bottle labels (and I'll keep doing it now on).
This is because I'm not sponsored by any brand and this site isn't supposed to be a free advertisement spot (though evidently you all know the brands that I'm using).
So, the paint bottles that appear uncensored were sent to me a few years ago for reviewing purposes and, since at that time I was nowhere close to the painter (and image editor) that I currently am (thus the reviews might not have matched the expectations, for my part at least...), I decided to keep the labels untouched as a manner of thanking the brands that sent me their products.
This way you'll always know which products were sent to me or bought by me. I'm not here to bias anyone. My only goal is to just have fun, enjoy the painting and the game, and share/document my journey with you while I do it ;)

So, finally, here we go:

The method followed is the same as the previous tutorials.
For the 3rd step I just mixed in 2 or 3 times the lighter skin tone to the darker one to achieve a brighter colour.
The wet pallet is an excellent medium for doing it!

For the 5th step it is vital that the paint is diluted (preferably with medium in place of the water)
and that it is spread across the whole part you wish to glaze. Glazing isn't washing!
Finally, the Quickshade is amazing to darken the goblin's cloth (weathering it at the same time),
as well as to weather his weapon.
I decided to not give any highlighting to the sword because I liked the look of it after the ink wash.

And that's it :D
I hope you guys enjoy this little article.
Keep on Hobbying and Wargaming happily !


16 Apr 2019

116th - The End and the Begining!

Mae Govannen!

In this post I'll be closing my BGiME journey and give way for the next minis that will be painted.

After ending the last five models, that means the whole Battle Games in Middle-Earth journey is finally finished.
It has been a great walk, with many pauses, and a lot of growing, and I'm so glad for all of it.

From the first models to the last my evolution is pretty clear, and it's a joy for me to behold it!





What's next?

Naturally, i'll keep painting the Escape from Goblintown box set. The goblins are all done by this time (except the Goblin King) as well as the terrain parts.
My intention is to keep the tutorials coming (as I mentioned before, they're more like a progress tracking method for me) for all the dwarves, Gandalf and Radagast, the Goblin King and the goblins (which will surely be the next tutorial i'll make).

You can follow the W.I.P. through the Middle Earth Minis Instagram account.

And that's it.
The next thing I'll be posting will be the "regular" goblin tutorial, 
followed by a showcase of Grinnah and the gob captain.
Until then, happy hobbying and war-gaming! 


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!!!!!