2 Oct 2018

113th post - The Army Painter Quickshade! (Tutorial and Review)

Mae Govannen friends!
And Welcome to my first October post (or should I say Orctober??).

This one will be a long awaited promise: I'll be testing the Army Painter's Quickshade making use of the proper dipping method, suggested by the danish company.
I'll be showing you a tutorial with all the steps I've followed, and then I'll review the final product.

So, before long...

What's the Quickshade?
It's a product from the Army Painter that assumes the role of quickening the painting sessions for those of us who want, more than anything, to play the game instead of spending great amounts of time painting miniatures, and still have great looking mini warriors on the tabletop.
It is a mix of a shade and a gloss varnish, so you'll end up with a completely shaded and varnished model, with pretty good results for such an easy method.

Their suggested process is fairly simple:

  1. Basecoat the miniature
  2. Dip it in the 250ml. can and shake the model about 6/7 times (wait 24 hours)
  3. Matt varnish the model
  4. Base it

And it's done!

The Steps!
First of all, the single most important step on any painting session: the primer!
As you can see, I've gone with a grey primer, also from the Army Painter (the brush on primer).
Basecoat for the goblin skin.
Basecoat for the hair, cloth and weapon.
This is the final step before dipping the model.

The moment of truth!
After dipping the miniature, you'll want to give about 6 shakes to remove the excess.
I went for a thicker layer since I wanted the orc to have a dark, cavern like, sort of skin.
After this step I just let the model sit on the corner of the table for about 24 hours.

This is how the model looks after those 24 hours: glossy, hardened and absolutely shaded.
After this, the idea is to remove the glossiness out of the miniature with a
matt varnish  (any one should do, despite the brand you're using). 
Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

The details left are astounding!
Take a look at the hair, the warts/tumors and the shading/highlights of his back.
I can assure you that this image wasn't object of any filters or  Photoshop changes other than light fixes.
Also, I really like how the Quickshade managed to shade the ideal areas and leave the edges of the model lighter.
The hands, legs and chest look really good.


This product is of formidable utility for those cases on which you really want to get the miniature done and don't feel like painting (when you don't like the sculpt or the model, and just want to get it done).
From my point of view, the Quickshade is aimed for those guys who don't really care for painting models or don't manage to extract the proper joy of it (which is absolutely legitimate). For those guys, this is the way to go! It is perfect, and the final results are most enjoyable.
You'll be able to get a large army done in less than nothing, and be ready to go to war (i.e., to play ... I'm a pacifist in the real world, huh...).

For the dipping method, I believe it is quite appropriate to use it on the models (instead of the brush on), and able to give a fair amount of control of the final result. The "brush on" method is also a pretty good way, but just be sure you use an old and already destroyed brush in order to avoid more casualties. This product is really (really!) strong, and there will be no way to restore a good brush after you dive it in it (even getting the liquid out of your fingers proved to be an hard task).
I actually plan on using the "brush on" technique in a few weeks, when I paint the scenic parts of the Goblintown starter set, and then you'll be able to also testify the great uses of the Quickshade (on wood planks, bones and skulls, etc.).

As you suspect, I did really enjoy the Quickshade. In fact, I plan on using it for the rest of my next "to paint" Goblintown orcs. Then, I'll surely post a picture of the whole warband, half dipped/half brushed. Also, since I have two starter sets, maybe i'll paint one Goblin King with the Quickshade (but that's still up to pondering).

Rate: 9

I'm giving the Quickshade a 9 because it is aimed for a specific group of hobbyists, and not the whole community.
It is an amazing product that I would recommend to anyone who's able to get it and try. You won't be disappointed!

Comparison: Quickshade/Normal
Comparison: Quickshade/Normal
Showcase of the Goblintown orc!

And that's all for now friends!
Stay tuned to my blog since there will be a tutorial on 
Théodred and his horse really soon!

I hope you've enjoyed this one!
Happy hobbying and wargaming to you all!


30 Sept 2018

112th post - Weekly update: Théodred mounted and the Army Painter Quickshade!

Mae Govannen!

This post will be another small update from what I've been doing lately.

First of all, the last BGiME miniature (#65: Théodred and horse) is finished.
For this one, I will make two tutorials, one for the character, and another for the horse.

Secondly, I've experimented using the Army Painter's Quickshade, with the dipping method, for the first time. That will have a tutorial (and review) as well along this next week.

As you'll all understand, editing photos for the tutorials is a time consuming work, so I often see myself pondering whether I paint or edit.
With that said, I believe I'll be able to post all three tutorials this week.

I'll be posting again really soon!
Meanwhile happy hobbying and wargaming!


23 Sept 2018

111th post - Weekly update: Hobbit week, Goblintown and Théodred!

Mae Govannen!

First of all, we're in the end of the so called "hobbit week", which is symbolically marked by the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins (September 22nd), and I couldn't let the occasion pass without mentioning it on the blog. (P.s.: I've just realised that the "hobbit week" post is the same number of years that Bilbo Baggins is celebrating in the beginning of the book, i.e., 111)
As usual, I've started reading the Lord of the Rings by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien this week (I've done so every year since 2011/12, excluding 2017).

Now, Hobby related, this week wasn't the most productive, yet I've painted five more Goblintown orcs.
They're 18 per sprue, being 3 left from this first sprue and... well, 18 more from the next one.

Meanwhile, Théodred's mini needs to be finished (the last miniature from the 65 Battle Games in Middle-Earth issues collection), and that will be the main aim of next week's.

The already finished and varnished orcs.
The finished and unvarnished orcs (and Éomer in the back).
The last three already primed orcs from the first sprue and the next sprue of eighteen Goblintown'ers.
Also, the mess of the painting table...

Théodred and his horse, already primed black.
This model will be my main focus for the next week.

And here it is, a small update and a mention to the symbolic birthday 
of two of the most beloved Tolkien's characters.

Happy hobbying and wargaming!


16 Sept 2018

110th post - Éomer on foot! (Showcase and Tutorial)

Greetings: painters, wargamers and curious travellers!

As promised on my last post, here is the tutorial for the Éomer (on foot) miniature.
This model came with the Battle Games in Middle Earth 64th issue, and it's the exact same "Éomer" that came with the number 18.

So, before we get to the tutorial...

Who is Éomer?

"Northman, prince of Rohan. Born in 3019 of the Third Age, Éomer was the nephew of King Théoden of Rohan, and like nearly all of his race was tall, strong and golden-haired.

Before the War of the Ring, Éomer was a marshall of Riddermark, but through his friendship with Gandalf and his concern about the evil influence of the king's adviser, Grima Wormtongue, he fell out of favour.

During the War of the Ring he fought with distinction at the battles of Hornburg, Pelennor Fields and at the Black Gate of Mordor.

When King Théoden received mortal wounds on Pelennor Fields, he named Éomer his heir. He became the eighteenth king of Rohan and ruled until the year 63 of the Fourth Age.

In 3020, he married Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth, who soon after bore his son and heir, Elfwine the Fair."
Source of image and description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopaedia.


I found a great challenge while painting this model.
Partly due to all this months I've been without painting, but nevertheless, this is no simple task.

But mainly because of his armour, that has silver parts beneath the red leather surface, which makes way enough for a nice challenging afternoon.

The whole process was made into 7/8 steps, as are listed bellow:

  1. Metal Armour
  2. Leather Armour
  3. Leather Cloth
  4. Face
  5. Hair
  6. Helmet Hair (horsehair)
  7. Helmet and Sword

Since this miniature has a lot of metallic parts,
I have decided to prime it black.

The basecoat of Éomer's armour was done with the Army Painter's Plate Mail Metal.
Make sure you paint the internal parts of the chest and back plate.

Following a wash of Nuln Oil, comes the part that will distinguish the mail from the scales: the mail parts are drybrushed with XV-88, and the scales are offered a shiny finish with AP's Shining Silver.

Finally, a light drybrush was given to the mail.

This is the trickiest part of the miniature. Be sure you focus the right parts of the armour.

The basecoat was done with Dark Flesh (Doombul Brown nowadays), the highlights with Mephiston Red, and the Agrax Earthshade was used for glazing, so be careful with the quantities you use. We don't want to "pool" these parts, just to glaze them.

This is a simple process:
Basecoat with Rhinox Hide, Highlight the edges with XV-88 and Glaze all the leather with Agrax Earthshade.

The exact same step as the previous one with:
 Cadian Fleshtone and Vallejo's Basic Skintone and Fleshtone Shade.

Be careful with this very confined surface. The aim of the highlights are the cheekbones.

For the characteristic "Golden-Hair" of the Rohirrim, I've started to basecoat with XV-88.
The following step is done by picking every strand of hair that the miniature has with Vallejo's Ochre Brown.
Finally, I gave it a light drybrush with Iraqui Sand.

Éomer's beard is done the same way, but I've decided to do it as the final step of the whole miniature, as it is a  job that requires more precision.
For this one we intend to give a distinctive tone to the horsehair on his helmet, so the decision was to make it lighter.
The steps are the same as for Eomer's hair, but with lighter tones: Screaming Skull and Matt White.
The helmet part is fulcral! It gives this model his whole character.
So, for this step, I've worked only with bright metallics.

Basecoated with Shining Silver, shaded with Nuln Oil, and highlighted with Shining Silver again.
 The Greedy Gold was applied to the relieved parts of the helmet with a great amount (the most I managed to gather) of attention and steady hands.

The same steps were done on the sword.

Finally, to make the helmet pop a bit more, I applied Bright Gold to all the details of it, and I think it made all the difference.

Note to the Army Painter metallics: 
I was already an enthusiast of their metallics when I got their Plate Mail Metal. Well, after I bought AP's whole metallic range this week, I couldn't be happier and eager to try them... has you can testify, the results really are astounding and I can tell you that the painting session provides a fair amount of joy to the artist.
If you haven't tried them yet, I really recommend you all to do so!
You wont regret it for sure!

And like this, another mini was finished. An absolute joy to paint, as well as a good challenge to my capacities.

This kind of tutorials are with it, not only to share content and ideas, but as well for me to track my progress and results

I hope you guys enjoy this little article.
Have a great week! And keep on Hobbying and Wargaming!


15 Sept 2018

109th post - Weekly update: Escape from Goblintown and Éomer!


Here we are for another blog post, and this one will be an update of my painting progress this week.
Well, last weekend I have decided to challenge myself by resolving to paint a model per day (most of them are the Goblintown orcs, since I have buckets of them and I really need to start speeding them up a little).
The daily models can be seen on the Instagram of Middle Earth Minis, as shown on some photos bellow:

As we all can witness, I'm a little bit rusty on my painting, and the aim of the self-challenge is precisely to gradually move on the direction of enhancing my skills. So, next week the painting will continue...

New Products

Also this week, I've received a package of some "The Army Painter" products

As you might know from previous posts, I'm actually very fond of their metallic acrylics and, as such, I had to get the whole range to join my Plate Mail Metal.

Among some dices and a precision knife, there's also two containers of static grass and a basing set. "Why?", you ask... Well, let's just say that my dog thrashed all my basing materials a few months ago...

Finally, I also bought a primer, not because I needed it, but for pure curiosity.

I intend to review the paints I bought on the next few months (pay attention to my tutorials, as I'll be using a lot my new A.P. metallics).

What about the BGiME?

Also in this very productive week, I have finished my penultimate Battle Games in Middle Earth mini: Éomer on foot.

As usual, I'll make a tutorial on him in the next few days so, stay aware :)

Here he is:

Éomer on foot, BGiME #64.

Happy hobbying and wargaming everyone!

Have a nice week!