125 - Bofur! (tutorial)
Mae govannen, mellon nín!
I'm back with another painted dwarf from Thorin Oakenshield's Company!
This time I will present Bofur, a miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town box set.
As usual with the Middle-Earth minis, the colours I used are very "earthy". Mostly browns for this one.
|Assembled and unprimed miniature of Bofur.
How to Paint Bofur
The first four steps are pretty obvious:
I: Basecoat the skin parts (I used Cadian Fleshtone but forgot to put it in the photo);
II: Shade the previously painted skin parts;
III: Highlight the skin with a lighter skin tone;
IV: Highlight further the small details of the skin. Focus on the eyebrows, nose, cheeks and fingertips.
After dealing with the skin, I painted the hair and the beard and, after that, I started painting Bofur's cloth.
V: I gave the beard and hair of the mini a smooth coverage of a dark brown;
VI: The highlights of the hair and the beard were done with a medium tone brown, just so the highlighted parts weren't too distinguished.
VII: The cap, belt bag, shoes, pants and under sleeves were painted with the same brown tone of the highlighted hair and beard.
VIII: Bofur's coat was basecoated with a similar tone of brown as the previous two steps, although with a lighter tint to it. This will make all the difference for the next steps.
IX: After basecoating all the cloth, I shaded it with a Sepia wash. This not only provides shades to the recesses, but also brings definition to the colours of the basecoated areas.
X: The sleeves were highlighted with a bone tone. I have also used this paint to highlight a few details in the miniature such as the knee pads and the tips of the coat and the cap.
XI: I then used a dark grey with a brown tint (Stormvermin Fur was perfect for it) to basecoat the fur parts (cap and boots), the belt and the scarf.
XII: All of the grey painted areas were afterwards highlighted with a lighter clean grey.
Ghost step (since I forgot to take pictures of it): the metal parts (weapon and belt buckle) were basecoated with a dark silver (Army Painter's Gun Metal), shaded with black (Nuln Oil) and finally highlighted with a bright silver (Runefang Steel).
In the end comes the basing (at personal taste) and the varnishing (suggested but optional).
Check the Tutorials page for more minis!