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!