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!


4 Sept 2018

108th post - Many Great Tidings!

Eight months after my last post, here I am again, and I can assure everyone that the blog ain't dead yet!!!!!
I'll start this one by explaining my absence, which is pretty simple: last semester of my graduation!
And I'm finally a History graduate! ... And now I can spend a lot more time with the hobby!

After a well earned vacation time, I've once again immersed myself on this hobby, without knowing for sure how much my painting skills have decreased. So, by last week, I have decided to open a Middle Earth Minis's Instagram account, which I kindly ask you to follow.

The aim of that account is to publish all the small updates on my painting processes with a lesser image quality, i.e. cellphone photos.


What have I been painting on this return?

First of all, I had to test my undeniable loss of skill, a to do so, I've decided to paint a few Moria goblins, which are simple to paint, and yet really small sized.
My main focus were those details like the wooden brights/shadows of the bow, the shirt and skin highlights, as well as the armour particularities.
As expected, I wasn't pleased with the outcome of the miniatures, except for the bow part. My main concern was the skin work and the eyes (without giving much thought to the last ones, since they really are tiny, and I had for guaranteed that my ability to paint eyes had somewhat vanished...)

So, from here it was clear that I would have to do another "test" before I proceeded to the last 2 miniatures from BGiME (as you might recall, In Portugal there were published only the first 65 issues, and so, the 102nd post of this blog shows the last 5 models that I'm going to paint from the BGiME).

Well, with the urge to recalibrate my "ancient" painting skills, the Goblintown goblins seemed to be the best choice of models since they provided lots of space to work on their skin and I have them in abundance.

Two unpainted Escape from Goblintown boxes (well, excluding the goblins I've just painted).
Abundance of scenery, goblins ... and Thorin's company...
I'll have to say that despite the bitter time I had strugling to paint them, I was actually happy with how they turned out.


With these results, even tough they're far from what I wish for my painting, I do feel a bit more encouraged to finally paint Éomer and the mounted Théodred.
That's the appetiser for what's about to come!

About the news!!!!

I can honestly say that these are great times for those who love the SBG!
With the new franchise name (Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game), not only we're receiving a new starter pack, we're also getting new miniature sculpts (Théoden and Gandalf!).

For my part, I'll surely get my own when possible and, as a new time for this blog approaches, the new tidings on this hobby really got me hyped to a productive mode. So, next in line (after ending the BGiME): The Escape from Goblintown!

With all that said, I think the blog has also received a new light
 and I hope for the coming of a great new Age!
As always, Happy Hobbying to everyone!!!