4 Dec 2021

133 - Tutorial: Bilbo Baggins!

 


Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Welcome to another tutorial my friends. 

After all the Dwarves have been finished, it is time for the little star of our Company: Bilbo Baggins.


Up until now these are the already painted miniatures, i.e., the Dwarves:

As with Thorin, I managed to get two miniatures of Bilbo, so I painted both of them, one with the glowing sword Sting and the other with a walking stick. 

For the pose of Bilbo with the sword Sting I have tried something new to me - a glowing light -, and I'm fairly happy with the end result.


Who is Bilbo Baggins?

Assembled and unprimed miniatures
of Bilbo Baggins (both poses).
"Hobbit of the Shire. Born in the year 2890 of the Third Age, Bilbo was a bachelor Hobbit who lived in Bag End in the Shire.

In 2941, Bilbo was lured away by a Wizard and thirteen Dwarves on the famous quest of Thorin and Company that, in 2941, led to the slaying of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment og the Dwarf Kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor.

With a modest portion of the Dragon gold he won on his adventure, Bilbo returned to the Shire for some sixty years. On his adventure, Bilbo acquired a mysterious ring which had the power to make its wearer invisible. However, it was later discovered that this was, in fact, the One Ring that belonged to the Lord of the Rings. 

In the year 3001, Bilbo held a huge birthday party, then vanished before the very eyes of the assembled host, leaving wealth, his home and the One Ring to his young cousin and adopted heir, Frodo Baggins. 

Artist: Lidia Postma
Bilbo then went to live a rather monkish life in Rivendell and for twenty years wrote poems, stories and Elf-lore, as well as his memoirs, entitled "There and Back Again" and his three-volume scholarly work, "Translations from the Elvish". 

After the War of the Ring, at the age of 131, Bilbo sailed with Frodo to the Undying Lands."

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




 


How to Paint Bilbo Baggins?

I: As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori;

II: Basecoat hair (don't forget the feet) and pants with a leathery mid-brown paint

III: Shade the hair and the pants with a brown wash;

IV: Highlight the hair (not the pants) with a light brown (I used an ochre tone).

V: Highlight the pants with a sand-brown tone;

VI: Basecoat the waistcoat with a bright-green tone;

VII: Shade the waistcoat with a black wash;

VIII: Carefully, basecoat the scarf over the waistcoat with a yellow-green tone paint (try to get a earthy light green).

IX: Highlight the waistcoat adding a hint of white to the previously used paint; highlight the scarf adding a hint of a light-brown colour to the previously used paint (this can be achieved with a sand toned brown);

X: Basecoat the jacket with a strong dark-red colour;

XI: Shade jacket with a brown wash;

XII: Highlight the jacket with a bright-red paint (focus on the edges and most prominent parts).

XIII: For the Bilbo with the walking stick, basecoat it with a bark-toned paint (a more desaturated brown);

XIV: Highlight the stick with a mid-brown. You can either draw a random pattern with fine lines or drybrush the stick;

XV: Basecoat Sting with a bright-silver colour (I mistakenly wrote shade, but it's a basecoat);

XVI: Basecoat the parts of the miniature where you perceive there's going to be light emanating from the sword (sword, hand, cloth and floor) with a very thinned-down white paint.

XVII: Finally, with a very thinned-down bright-blue paint mixed with a white paint, I worked the lights the way I wanted. I gradually added white to the blue colour working from the outwards to the centre. The lighter the colour, the centremost it should be (I've indeed painted the top of Sting with only white, blending it with the blue paint from the parts bellow.)


After all these steps, the miniature is ready to be varnished and to have its base finished.



Showcase




With the showcase we conclude our tutorial on how to paint Bilbo Baggins from the Escape from Goblin Town set!

There's only Gandalf and Radagast miniatures left to close the Escape from Goblin Town chapter!

I'm hoping this tutorial will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!

 


21 Nov 2021

132 - Tutorial: Thorin Oakenshield!

 


Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Welcome to another tutorial my friends. And finally, for the thirteenth (and last) dwarf we will paint the chief of our Company, Thorin Oakenshield himself.


Up until now these are the already painted dwarves:

Oin | Gloin Fili | Kili Bifur Bofur Bombur Ori Dori Nori | Dwalin | Balin

Luckily, I managed to get two miniatures of Thorin, so I painted both Thorin with the Oakenshield and with the Orcrist (the sword discovered on the Trolls den, just like Gandald's Glamdring and Bilbo's Sting).


Who is Thorin Oakenshield?

Assembled and unprimed miniatures
of Thorin Oakenshield (both poses).
"Dwarf king-in-exile. Born in 2746 of the Third Age in the Kingdom under the Mountain, Thorin was the grandson of King Thrór. 

In 2770, all the Dwarves of Erebor were driven out by Smaug the Dragon. 
In 2790, his grandfather was slain, and his father, King Thráin II, led his people into the War of the Dwarves and the Orcs. At this time he became known as Thorin Oakenshield because, when disarmed during the Battle of Azanulbizar, he used an oak bough as a weapon. After the war, Thorin remained in the Blue Mountains and in 2845, he became Thorin II, king-in-exile. 

Nearly a century later, in 2941, he formed the expedition of Thorin and Company and went on the Quest of Lonely Mountain. The adventure finally resulted in the death of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment of the Dwarf Kingdom under the Mountain. However, in the fight to hold what they had won, Thorin Oakenshield was mortally wounded in the Battle of Five Armies, and died shortly after."

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



How to Paint Thorin Oakenshield?



I: As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori;

II: Basecoat hair and beard with a black paint

III: Highlight the hair and the beard with a deep grey (you can also wash the hair and the beard with a black tone. I didn't do it here, though);

IV: Basecoat the boots with a dark brown.



V: Highlight the boots with a leathery medium brown tone;

VI: Highlight the fur of the boots with a bone toned paint (try to pick the most prominent strands individually);

VII: Carefully basecoat the bootstraps with a deep grey paint;

VIII: Highlight the parts painted in the previous step with a light grey tone.



IX: For the under shirt I've used a pretty straightforward approach: white drybush first followed by a blue wash. This aims at providing a different tone of blue from the cloth about to be painted next;

X: Basecoat the tunic and the forearm guards with a strong blue colour;

XI: Basecoat the scabbard and the strap black;

XII: Basecoat the metal parts - sword,  mail, oaken shield nails, boot tips and hair rings -  with a dark silver.



XIII: Shade the tunic, forearm guards and metal parts with a black wash;

XIV: Highlight the tunic and forearm guards with a bright blue paint. You can go on gradually adding hints of white to the blue, and if you feel brave, try to add a few texture stripes to the guards and edges of the tunic;

XV: Basecoat the oaken shield with a bark toned brown; I have forgotten to take the next step photos, but I highlighted the shield with a middle brown (Citadel's XV-88) followed by a glaze of a thinned down brown wash;

XVI: Finally, highlight all the metal areas with a bright silver tone.


As mentioned previously, I also painted Thorin carrying Orcrist instead of the shield. For this one, you only have to follow the metal areas steps.


After all these steps, the miniature is ready to be varnished and to have its base finished.


Showcase




With Thorin Oakenshield's miniature showcase we finish the tutorial for our thirteenth and last dwarf from Thorin's Company!

There's only Bilbo, Gandalf and Radagast's miniatures left to close the Escape from Goblin Town chapter!

I'm hoping this tutorial will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!




13 Nov 2021

131 - Tutorial: Balin!

 

Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Welcome to another tutorial my friends. The twelfth dwarf of this series of tutorials will be Balin!

Up until now these are the already painted dwarves:

Oin | Gloin Fili | Kili Bifur Bofur Bombur Ori Dori Nori | Dwalin

This guy was an easy painting, but also fun.


Who is Balin?

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Balin.

"Dwarf of Thorin and Company. Balin was born in the Kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor in 2763. However, in 2770 Smaug the Dragon drove all his people out. 

In 2790, Balin followed King Thráin II into the bloody War of Dwarves and Orcs, after which he settled for a time in a Dwarf-colony in the Blue Mountains. In 2841, Balin began an ill-fated quest with King Thráin II to return to Erebor. This journey resulted in the disappearance and eventual death of Thráin II. Balin returned to the Blue Mountains


Exactly a century later, he set out with Thorin and Company in the successful Quest of Erebor, which resulted in the slaying of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment of the Kingdom under the Mountain. 


In 2989 Balin left Erebor in an attempt to re-establish a Dwarf-kingdom in Moria. For five years Balin struggled against the Balrog and his Orkish hordes, but finally he and his followers were overwhelmed and slain."

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





How to Paint Balin?



I: As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori;

II: Basecoat hair and beard with a grey paint

III: Highlight the hair and the beard with a white;

IV: Shade and glaze those grey and white tones with a thinned down black wash.



V: Basecoat the boots with a dark brown tone;

VI: Highlight the boots with a lighter brown paint;

VII: Highlight the boots further, focusing on the edges, with a bone toned brown paint;

VIII: Glaze the previously painted brown tones with a brown wash.



IX: Basecoat the entire robe with a reddish brown toned paint. You can add a few drops of red to your brown paint;

X: Shade the cloth with a black wash;

XI: Highlight the cloth with a strong red colour;

XII: Highlight the cloth further with a brighter red colour. Focus on the edges and more prominent parts.


XIII: basecoat the sword with a dark silver;

XIV: Shade the sword with a black wash and highlight it afterwards with a bright silver.


After all these steps, the miniature is ready to be varnished and to have its base finished.


Showcase



With  Balin's miniature showcase we finish the tutorial for our twelfth dwarf from Thorin's Company!


I'm hoping it will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!