8 Sept 2017

106th post - Bilbo Baggins! (Tutorial)

...  and half a year later, I'm back (again)!!!!!!!!!

Well, while I acknowledge there have been too many pauses on my painting progress, I've reached a conclusion: My will to paint comes in waves (some longer than others) and there's no point in forcing it, since the main objective of this hobby is simply to have a good time doing something that makes me feel relaxed and happy.

With that said, here's the so long promised tutorial on Bilbo Baggins at Bag End (from the Lord of the Rings, not the Hobbit).

The miniature belongs to the magazine nr62 of BGiME.

For this tutorial I have decided to try a new approach. There are some aspects that surely need to be re-worked (mainly concerning the photography style), but overall I intend to keep this type of tutorial on my future posts.

For Bilbo's skin I used only two highlights
since I wanted him to look fairer  than the normal hobbit,
 but not lighter than an elf

With his hair, I tried to give it a grizzly look, all with greys.
I'm pretty happy with the Administratum Grey highlight.

For the scarf, I tried to achieve a vivid colour, since it's a really tiny part of the miniature
 and it needed to get, somehow, noticeable.
 For this, the brightness of the Army Painter's Greenskin was fulcral as a basecoat,
 followed by a Vallejo's Middlestone edge highlight. 

Seemingly simple, the pants are one of the most laboured parts of this model.
I wished to try something dark to have a bit of contrast with all the brightness.
The idea was to start with the pure black and lighting it gradually,
 first with the darkest grey, and then with a few mixes with a lighter one.

Finally, I've highlighted the edges of the pants with Administratum Grey (which is really light),
 and ended with a Nuln Oil glaze, to blend all the grey's together.

A good job on the waistcoat would be critical to have a good looking Bilbo,
so I tried to play a bit with a wide variety of red's.
To have a flannel finish, I decided to mix the Agrax Eartshade
with Vallejo's Red Shade when doing the washes.

The red jacket needed to contrast with the red waistcoat, and so
I decided to make it darker with a brownish hint. All the shades for this were essential.

For the really small buttons (both on the jacket and the waistcoat), I used GW's Auric Armour Gold.
As for the inner part of the jacket, I decided to use earthy green's, washed with Agrax Earthshade.

Bilbo's red book (I'm sorry for the small images of it) was quite a task.
I've used Screaming Skull for the pages, and then proceeded to the highlights.
The small details were all made with Runefang Steel with all the caution in the world.

An this was the method that I've used to paint Bilbo Baggins,
 on which the main difficulty was the fact that it is a really small model.

I hope you guys enjoy this form of tutorial.
Happy hobbying to you all!!!!

20 Mar 2017

105th post - Bilbo Baggins! (Showcase)

Hello everyone!
The miniature that I'm presenting today was finished more than a month ago, but, as usual, the few time I have to spare has been dedicated to my university course (with no regrets!).
Well, this Bilbo Baggins model is another one of those fun to paint minis, with lots of details and things to work on.
It's actually a really tiny model, which gave me a bit of an headache (just to think of the Bilbo from the Escape from Goblin Town I'll be painting in the future which is even tinnier... ).

A picture with Strider, just for scale! Bilbo really is small.

On his left hand he carries the Red Book of Westmarch, while looking at the One Ring, on his right hand.
Since it is such a little model, I've decided to exaggerate a bit on the vegetation of the base.
I think it looks great!

The One Ring!

And that's it!!!
I'l be surely posting the tutorial on this little guy as soon as possible, hoping you guys like it!

Happy hobbying everyone!!!

9 Feb 2017

104th post - Strider! (Tutorial)

Hello friends!
Welcome to another tutorial, this time will be Strider!!!!!
This miniature is, as I said on my 103rd post, one of my favourites ever!
It is part of the Battle Games in Middle-Earth's magazines (issue number 61).

The name Strider, being the "west world's" name for which Aragorn was known (particularly in the village of Bree), refer's to a traveller.
A world wanderer nomad he was, with a deep knowledge of nature's ways and ancient healing techniques. In my opinion, one of Tolkien's best constructed characters.

Having all this traveller's ideas in mind, I decided to use a broad range of green's and brown's for this particular model, using lot's of earthy tones.

This is the final result!
I'm pretty happy with how this model turned out.
These are all the paints that I've used to paint Strider.


The Army Painter
  • Strong Tone Ink
  • Matt White
  • Matt Black
  • Plate Mail Metal

  • Game Color Wash, Fleshtone Shade
  • Game Color Wash, Green Shade
  • Model Color, Iraqui Sand
  • Model Color, Ochre Brown
  • Model Color, Beige Brown 
  • Model Color, Burnt Umber
  • Model Color, Brown Violet
  • Model Color, Green Brown
  • Model Color, Middlestone
  • Model Color, Dark Grey

    • Lahmian Medium
    • Agrax Earthshade
    • Nuln Oil
    • Dark Flesh
    • Bugman's Glow
    • Cadian Fleshtone
    • Kislev Flesh
    • Dryad Bark
    • Rhinox Hide
    • XV-88
    • Administratum Grey
    • Death World Forest
    • Runefang Steel


    Pants and Dark Cloth
    1. Basecoat: Matt Black (The Army Painter)
    2. Highlights I : Dark Grey (Vallejo)
    3. Highlights II : Administratum Grey (Citadel)
    4. Glaze: very thinned Nuln Oil  (Citadel)
    1. Basecoat: XV-88 (Citadel)
    2. Shades: Strong Tone Ink (The Army Painter)
    3. Highlights I : XV-88 (Citadel)
    4. Highlights II : Iraqui Sand (Vallejo)
    1. Basecoat: Rhinox Hide (Citadel)
    2. Highlights I : Dark Flesh (Citadel)
    3. Highlights II : 1/1 mix of Dark Flesh (Citadel) + Iraqui Sand (Vallejo)
    4. Glaze: thinned Agrax Earthshade (Citadel)

    1. Basecoat: Brown Violet (Vallejo)
    2. Highlights I : Death World Forest (Citadel)
    3. Shades: Strong Tone Ink (The Army Painter)
    4. Highlights II : Green Brown (Vallejo)
    5. Highlights III : Middlestone (Vallejo)
    6. Glaze: very thinned Green Shade (Vallejo)
    7. Details (stitched patch on his right arm): XV-88 (Citadel) Basecoat; Ochre Brown (Vallejo) Highlights; Strong Tone Ink (The Army Painter) wash.
    1. Basecoat: Bugman's Glow (Citadel)
    2. Highlights I : Cadian Fleshtone (Citadel)
    3. Highlights II : Kislev Flesh (Citadel)
    4. Glaze: thinned Fleshtone Shade (Vallejo)
    Hair and Beard
    1. Basecoat: Rhinox Hide (Citadel)
    2. Highlights: XV-88 (Citadel)
    3. Shades: Strong Tone Ink (The Army Painter)

    1. Shades: Nuln Oil (Citadel)
    2. Highlights: Runefang Steel (Citadel)
    1. Basecoat: Plate Mail Metal (The Army Painter)
    2. Shades: Nuln Oil (Citadel)
    3. Highlights: Runefang Steel (Citadel)

    Bow and Quiver
    1. Basecoat: Rhinox Hide (Citadel)
    2. Highlights: XV-88 (Citadel)
    3. Details: Iraqui sand (Vallejo)
    4. Glaze: Strong Tone Ink (The Army Painter)
    Blanket on the Back
    1. Basecoat: Burnt Umber (Vallejo)
    2. Highlights I : Beige Brown (Vallejo)
    3. Highlights II ; Ochre Brown (Vallejo)

    And it is finished!
    I hope you guys like it and find the tutorial useful!
    It really was a pleasure :)

    Happy hobbying to you all!

    7 Feb 2017

    103rd post - Strider! (Showcase)

    Hi everyone, and welcome to another Middle-Earth Minis showcase!
    This time, I'm presenting a painted miniature of Aragorn on his Strider pose.
    For me, this is a really special model because I've seen it in multiple places (BGiME issues, blogs, youtube video, game books...) since I've entered the hobby, and always had a particular appreciation for it :)

    I think that the small details are what makes this miniature a bit special!
    Notice the stitched patch on his right arm and the ring on his left hand!

    Has it's been a method I've used often lately, the base details were made with:
    Decorative stones (on front), dried moss and static grass (Grass from Citadel).

    Some more good looking details on his back!
    I particularly enjoyed "playing" with those multiple greens... very happy with it! :D 

    And that's all!
    I hope you guy like my version of Strider :)
    It surely was a really enjoyable painting session, and a great model! 
    I'll be posting the tutorial on this little guy in the next days, so ... keep watchful :P

    Happy hobbying everyone!

    4 Feb 2017

    102nd post - Battle Games in Middle-Earth (nr. 61-65)!

    Hello friends!

    So, the aim of this 102nd post is to make a preview of the next 5 models that I'll be painting, but first, I wish to make a few considerations.

    As some of you know (those who have been following my blog), since the beginning of this blog's journey, I've been painting the the Lord of the Rings miniatures that have been released with the Battle Games in Middle-Earth's issues, in 2002.
    It has been an amazing jump start for my painting skills and a real pleasure giving hobby.
    At the time I acquired the collection, I made a little research about the whole thing and found that, in my country (Portugal), DeAgostini only had published the first 65 numbers (out of 91).
    Sad, yes, but if it weren't for it, I'd never had entered the hobby "thing".
    This fact needed to be mentioned because... well, the next five models are to be the last models of the collection I bought!

    So... let's get to them:

    These guys are the next/last ones:
    • 61: Strider
    • 62: Bilbo Baggins
    • 63: Gollum
    • 64: Éomer on foot
    • 65: Théodred on horse


    Bilbo Baggins


    Éomer on foot

    Théodred on horse

    And that's it!!! I'm very excited to paint this guys... they all look great (let's see if I can make them justice)!
    Thank you everyone for watching!
    Happy hobbying!


    25 Jan 2017

    101st post - Armoured Boromir on foot! (Tutorial)

    Hey folks!
    Here we are for another tutorial and, first of all, just a little apart:
    This thing with the tutorials... it doesn't mean that I think of myself as great painter or such... I don't!

    Some weeks ago I was watching all those philosophical videos that Uncle Atom makes (I'm a fan of him and his thoughts) and, in one of them, he recommends us (the painters) to keep a record of what we do... the good and the bad!
    In reality, that's the main reason that made me decide to include the "tutorial type" of posts in the blog. That way, whenever I want to repeat a good looking thing I've done before, I can go back to the recorded thing.
    Obviously, if the posts are useful to any of you, that will sure make me even happier with the whole thing!

    With that being cleared, let's go to business!!!
    This model is probably on my top 3 until now!!! Fantastic sculpt and, most important, made me feel like I'm having some progress on my painting skills. I'm really happy with the final result and unhappy with just some minor things that I'm sure I'll be able to improve with time.


    • Game Color Wash, Blue Shade
    • Game Color Wash, Fleshtone Shade
    • Model Color, Dark Grey
    • Model Color, Deck Tan
    • Model Color, Iraqui Sand
    • Model Color, Ochre Brown

    Army Painter's
    • Strong Tone Ink
    • Matt White
    • Matt Black
    • Plate Mail Metal

    • Nuln Oil
    • Administratum Grey
    • Bugman's Glow
    • Cadian Fleshtone
    • Kislev Flesh
    • XV-88
    • Rhinox Hide
    • Dryad Bark
    • Screaming Skull
    • Dark Flesh
    • Auric Armour Gold
    • Runefang Steel 
    • Lahmian Medium 


    Armour, Buckles and Sword
    1. Basecoat: Army Painter's Plate Mail Metal
    2. Shades: Mix in equal parts of Citadel's Nuln Oil + Vallejo's Blue Shade + Army Painter's Strong Tone
    3. Highlights: Citadel's Runefang Steel
    4. Buckles and Sword Cross-Guard: Citadel's Auric Armour Gold
    Cloth, Shoes and Gloves
    1. Basecoat: Army Painter's Matt Black
    2. Highlights I : Vallejo's Dark Grey 
    3. Highlights II : Citadel's Administratum Grey
    4. Glaze: Citadel's Nuln Oil
    5. Details: Vallejo's Deck Tan
    1. Basecoat: Citadel's Bugman's Glow
    2. Shades: Vallejo's Fleshtone Shade
    3. Highlights I :Citadel's Cadian Fleshtone
    4. Highlights II : Citadel's Kislev Flesh
    Hair and Beard
    1. Basecoat: Citadel's Rhinox Hide
    2. Highlights: Vallejo's Ochre Brown
    3. Glaze: Army Painter's Strong Tone Ink

    1. Basecoat: Citadel's XV-88
    2. Highlights: Vallejo's Iraqui Sand
    3. Details: Citadel's Screaming Skull
    Horn of Gondor
    1. Basecoat I : Army Painter's Matt White
    2. Basecoat II : Citadel's Auric Armour Gold
    3. Shades I (on the golden parts): Army Painter's Strong Tone Ink
    4. Highlights: Citadel's Runefang Steel
    5. Shades II : Citadel's Nuln Oil (over the Runefang Steel only!!!)
    1. Basecoat: Citadel's Dryad Bark
    2. Gradient Method: Citadel's Dark Flesh + Citadel's Lahmian Medium (equal parts)
    3. Metallics I : Citadel's Runefang Steel
    4. Metallics II :Citadel's Auric Armour Gold

    And that's all!!
    I hope you guys like this method (I surely did) and manage to use it some day :D

    Cheers everyone, and happy hobbying! 

    23 Jan 2017

    100th post - Armoured Boromir on foot! (Showcase)

    So, another day, another finished model and... Lo!!! 100th post!
    Although it's nothing special, it always feels good to reach the triple digits.

    I can honestly say that this is one of the greatest models I've ever painted! It's a great sculpt which gives a huge motivation.

    I'm really happy with this Boromir model!
    I think my expectations were exceeded, and that made me very happy :D

    Stay tuned for the tutorial on this gentlemen, which will be out on the next few days!
    Happy hobbying!