21 Nov 2021

132 - Tutorial: Thorin Oakenshield!

 


Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Welcome to another tutorial my friends. And finally, for the thirteenth (and last) dwarf we will paint the chief of our Company, Thorin Oakenshield himself.


Up until now these are the already painted dwarves:

Oin | Gloin Fili | Kili Bifur Bofur Bombur Ori Dori Nori | Dwalin | Balin

Luckily, I managed to get two miniatures of Thorin, so I painted both Thorin with the Oakenshield and with the Orcrist (the sword discovered on the Trolls den, just like Gandald's Glamdring and Bilbo's Sting).


Who is Thorin Oakenshield?

Assembled and unprimed miniatures
of Thorin Oakenshield (both poses).
"Dwarf king-in-exile. Born in 2746 of the Third Age in the Kingdom under the Mountain, Thorin was the grandson of King Thrór. 

In 2770, all the Dwarves of Erebor were driven out by Smaug the Dragon. 
In 2790, his grandfather was slain, and his father, King Thráin II, led his people into the War of the Dwarves and the Orcs. At this time he became known as Thorin Oakenshield because, when disarmed during the Battle of Azanulbizar, he used an oak bough as a weapon. After the war, Thorin remained in the Blue Mountains and in 2845, he became Thorin II, king-in-exile. 

Nearly a century later, in 2941, he formed the expedition of Thorin and Company and went on the Quest of Lonely Mountain. The adventure finally resulted in the death of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment of the Dwarf Kingdom under the Mountain. However, in the fight to hold what they had won, Thorin Oakenshield was mortally wounded in the Battle of Five Armies, and died shortly after."

Source of description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopaedia.



How to Paint Thorin Oakenshield?



I: As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori;

II: Basecoat hair and beard with a black paint

III: Highlight the hair and the beard with a deep grey (you can also wash the hair and the beard with a black tone. I didn't do it here, though);

IV: Basecoat the boots with a dark brown.



V: Highlight the boots with a leathery medium brown tone;

VI: Highlight the fur of the boots with a bone toned paint (try to pick the most prominent strands individually);

VII: Carefully basecoat the bootstraps with a deep grey paint;

VIII: Highlight the parts painted in the previous step with a light grey tone.



IX: For the under shirt I've used a pretty straightforward approach: white drybush first followed by a blue wash. This aims at providing a different tone of blue from the cloth about to be painted next;

X: Basecoat the tunic and the forearm guards with a strong blue colour;

XI: Basecoat the scabbard and the strap black;

XII: Basecoat the metal parts - sword,  mail, oaken shield nails, boot tips and hair rings -  with a dark silver.



XIII: Shade the tunic, forearm guards and metal parts with a black wash;

XIV: Highlight the tunic and forearm guards with a bright blue paint. You can go on gradually adding hints of white to the blue, and if you feel brave, try to add a few texture stripes to the guards and edges of the tunic;

XV: Basecoat the oaken shield with a bark toned brown; I have forgotten to take the next step photos, but I highlighted the shield with a middle brown (Citadel's XV-88) followed by a glaze of a thinned down brown wash;

XVI: Finally, highlight all the metal areas with a bright silver tone.


As mentioned previously, I also painted Thorin carrying Orcrist instead of the shield. For this one, you only have to follow the metal areas steps.


After all these steps, the miniature is ready to be varnished and to have its base finished.


Showcase




With Thorin Oakenshield's miniature showcase we finish the tutorial for our thirteenth and last dwarf from Thorin's Company!

There's only Bilbo, Gandalf and Radagast's miniatures left to close the Escape from Goblin Town chapter!

I'm hoping this tutorial will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!




13 Nov 2021

131 - Tutorial: Balin!

 

Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Welcome to another tutorial my friends. The twelfth dwarf of this series of tutorials will be Balin!

Up until now these are the already painted dwarves:

Oin | Gloin Fili | Kili Bifur Bofur Bombur Ori Dori Nori | Dwalin

This guy was an easy painting, but also fun.


Who is Balin?

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Balin.

"Dwarf of Thorin and Company. Balin was born in the Kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor in 2763. However, in 2770 Smaug the Dragon drove all his people out. 

In 2790, Balin followed King Thráin II into the bloody War of Dwarves and Orcs, after which he settled for a time in a Dwarf-colony in the Blue Mountains. In 2841, Balin began an ill-fated quest with King Thráin II to return to Erebor. This journey resulted in the disappearance and eventual death of Thráin II. Balin returned to the Blue Mountains


Exactly a century later, he set out with Thorin and Company in the successful Quest of Erebor, which resulted in the slaying of Smaug the Dragon and the re-establishment of the Kingdom under the Mountain. 


In 2989 Balin left Erebor in an attempt to re-establish a Dwarf-kingdom in Moria. For five years Balin struggled against the Balrog and his Orkish hordes, but finally he and his followers were overwhelmed and slain."

Source of description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopaedia.





How to Paint Balin?



I: As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori;

II: Basecoat hair and beard with a grey paint

III: Highlight the hair and the beard with a white;

IV: Shade and glaze those grey and white tones with a thinned down black wash.



V: Basecoat the boots with a dark brown tone;

VI: Highlight the boots with a lighter brown paint;

VII: Highlight the boots further, focusing on the edges, with a bone toned brown paint;

VIII: Glaze the previously painted brown tones with a brown wash.



IX: Basecoat the entire robe with a reddish brown toned paint. You can add a few drops of red to your brown paint;

X: Shade the cloth with a black wash;

XI: Highlight the cloth with a strong red colour;

XII: Highlight the cloth further with a brighter red colour. Focus on the edges and more prominent parts.


XIII: basecoat the sword with a dark silver;

XIV: Shade the sword with a black wash and highlight it afterwards with a bright silver.


After all these steps, the miniature is ready to be varnished and to have its base finished.


Showcase



With  Balin's miniature showcase we finish the tutorial for our twelfth dwarf from Thorin's Company!


I'm hoping it will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!

7 Nov 2021

130 - Tutorial: Dwalin!


Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Welcome to another tutorial my friends. The eleventh dwarf of this series of tutorials will be Dwalin!

Up until now these are the already painted dwarves:

Oin | Gloin Fili | Kili Bifur Bofur Bombur Ori Dori | Nori

This guy was fun to paint. I always enjoy playing with different tones of the same colour (green, in this case). 


Assembled and unprimed miniature of Dwalin.

Who is Dwalin?

"Dwarf of Thorin and Company. Dwalin was the son of Fundin and the brother of Balin. 

He went on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain that re-established the Dwarf Kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor, where he remained until the end of his life. 

It was the second such quest for Dwalin, for he had been a companion of King Thrain II, the Dwarf-king in exile, a century before, on the disastrous journey to Erebor which led to the king's capture and eventual death."

Source of description: David Day, Tolkien, the Illustrated Encyclopaedia.



How to Paint Dwalin?

As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori.

I: Basecoat hair and beard with a dark grey paint (almost black, preferably);

II: Highlight the hair and the beard with a light grey;

III: Glaze those grey tones with a black wash;

IV: Basecoat the pants with a vibrant green tone.



V: Basecoat the armour with a desaturated earthy green tone;

VI: Basecoat the inner tunic with a light yellowy green paint;

VII: Shade the armour and the tunic with a brown wash;

VIII: Shade the pants with a black wash.



IX: Mix a bone toned paint with the same green used to basecoat the armour and carefully highlight the edges of the armour;

X: Basecoat belt (don't forget the axe straps and grips like I did), gloves, boots and fur with a clear brown;

XI: Shade the previous parts with a brown wash;

XII: Highlight the fur and the axe grips (which I mistakenly wrote "scabbard") with a lighter brown. You can either drybrush or pick the strands of fur single-handedly. I did the later, but that will consume a bit of time.


XIII: Pick the majority of the fur strands with an ochre brown;

XIV: Pick the most prominent strands of fur with a bone toned colour. Highlight also the boot-straps;

XV: Basecoat the hammer shaft with a wood toned brown. After it dries, mix the bone toned paint with the brown and apply it to the upper part of the shaft;

XVI: Basecoat the metal parts with a dark silver (don't forget the belt buckle, the tips of the boots and the gloves).


XVII: Shade the metal parts previously painted with a black wash;

XVIII: Highlight all the metal parts with a light silver paint.


After all these steps, the miniature is ready to be varnished and to have its base finished.


Showcase



With the Dwalin's miniature showcase we finish the tutorial for our eleventh  dwarf from Thorin's Company!


I'm hoping it will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!


5 Nov 2021

129 - Nori! (tutorial)

 


Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Another day, another blog post. This time I present Nori, our tenth dwarf from Thorin's Company!

Just to recapitulate things, here follows the whole list of already painted dwarves:

Oin | Gloin | Fili | Kili | Bifur | Bofur | Bombur | Ori | Dori

This guy was sadly one of the dullest characters to paint. Not much to do here, only to speed him up and move on.



Assembled and unprimed miniature of Nori.
Who is Nori?

"Nori was one of Durin's Folk and likely dwelt in the northern Blue Mountains with Thorin after the latter had settled there. He was one of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin's company who journeyed to Erebor to challenge the dragon Smaug. After the death of Smaug, Nori lived with his share of the treasure at the Lonely Mountain.


Nori lived a wealthy life after the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. He was still alive during the War of the Ring. His date of death is unknown, though it would have been before Fo.A. 91 when Dwalin passed away, as Dwalin was the last member of the Company to die."

Source of description:http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Nori 


How to Paint Nori?

As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori.

I: Basecoat the hair and the beard with a middle toned brown;

II: Highlight the hair and the beard with a yellow toned brown;

III: Highlight further, focusing on the smaller and most prominent edges, the hair and the beard with a bone/sand toned brown paint;

IV: Basecoat the boots, gloves and knife scabbards (on the miniature's back) with a dark brown



V: Basecoat the staff shaft with a middle toned brown. After it dries, apply brown shades on the lower part and, if you wish, a few highlights on the top with a lighter brown tone paint;

VI: Basecoat the tunic and pants with a dark but clear grey;

VII: Highlight the previously painted areas with a light grey;

VIII: Highlight further the previously painted areas, this time with a mix of  the same light grey and a white paint. You should pick up the edges and most prominent parts of the cloth.



IX: Glaze the grey cloth with a thinned down black wash (preferably use a thinner medium);

X: Basecoat the metal parts with a  dark silver paint. Don't forget to paint the beard and hair rings;

XI: Highlight the metal parts with a bronze toned metallic paint. You can apply a very controlled black wash on the edges of the hair and beard rings, so they get a little depth;

XII: Highlight the tips of the knife grips with a bright golden metallic paint;


After all these steps, the miniature is ready to be varnished and to have his base finished.


Showcase



With Nori's miniature showcase we finish the tutorial for our TENTH painted dwarf!


I'm hoping it will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!


4 Nov 2021

128 - Dori! (tutorial)

 

Mae govannen, mellon nín!

It's time for a Dori tutorial, another dwarf from Thorin Oakenshield's Company!

Like the other dwarves, this is a  miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town box set, sculpted in plastic.  Although it was a fun painting session, I got a little bit frustrated with the lack of detail present in the flail that Dori is brandishing. Looks like lazy sculpting. But anyway, I'm happy with how it turned out, specially with the tones of the purple cloth.


Who is Dori?

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Dori.

"When Bilbo first met Dori (in the fourth group of Dwarves to arrive at Bag End alongside Nori and Ori and another set of brothers, Óin and Glóin) he was wearing a purple hood along with a silver belt, same as his brother Nori. During the evening when Thorin called for music, Dori (along with Nori and Ori) played the flute.


Thorin stated that Dori was the strongest of the Dwarves in the company. Dori (and Nori) shared Bilbo's opinion that meals should be plentiful and frequent, and also it is said that Dori was "a decent fellow despite his grumbling".


Bilbo proclaimed Dori to be "really a decent fellow" because thrice Dori assisted Bilbo when the hobbit might otherwise have been killed: First, Dori carried Bilbo in the tunnels of the Misty Mountains during the escape from the goblins, but unfortunately dropped him which led to the hobbit's encounter with Gollum. Upon Nori's discovery that Bilbo was gone the other Dwarves blamed Dori for losing their burglar, especially the wizard Gandalf arguing with the dwarf. Second, during the escape from the Wargs, Dori climbed down from a tree, which allowed Bilbo to scramble up Dori and into the tree. Lastly, Bilbo grabbed Dori's legs as they were carried off by an eagle, saving them from a fire lit by Goblins, much to both Bilbo and Dori's dismay crying "My legs! My poor legs!".


Dori lived a wealthy life after the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. He was still alive during the War of the Ring, as mentioned by Glóin before the Council of Elrond in T.A. 3018. He probably fought in the Battle of Dale against Sauron's forces, the Easterlings, along with the other members of the company still alive. His date of death is unknown, though it would have been before Fo.A. 91 when the dwarf Dwalin passed away, as Dwalin was the last member of the Company to pass away."

Source of description: https://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Dori


How to Paint Dori?


I: As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. The steps are exactly just like I did with Ori;

II: Basecoat the hair and the beard with a light grey, and a white afterwards;

III: Glaze and Shade the hair and the beard with a diluted brown wash;

IV: Basecoat the jacket and the tunic with a mix of red and blue. If you happen to have a purple paint that matches your taste, use it. The trick with this mixing is to play with the characteristics of both colours: more blue equals to less saturation, while more red results in more saturation (the colour gains more vibrance/brightness).



V: Shade the tunic and the jacket with a black wash. After it dries, highlight the prominent areas with the same mix of purple, adding also a hint of a light grey. You can add more grey gradually, as you move forward in your highlight steps;

VI: Basecoat the belt, the boots, the forearm pads and the sword scabbard with a dark grey;

VII: Highlight the previously painted areas with a lighter grey (note it isn't a light grey, but a grey lighter than the one used on step VI);

VIII: Finish the highlights with a light grey applied in the most prominent areas of the highlight, like the edges.



IX: Basecoat the weapons (flail and sword) and the belt buckle with a bright silver, even though the flail will be painted later with another tone. The silver undercoat will help with the next steps, providing a clear layer for the paint to adhere to; 

X: Use a black wash to shade the weapons and also thin it down to glaze the grey parts previously painted;

XI: Basecoat the metal points of the flail with a bronze toned metallic paint;

XII: Shade the recesses of the flail with a black wash. Try to give it the most depth you can;



XIII - Highlight the flail's most prominent areas with the same bronze paint used before. The sculpt of this miniature isn't really the best in that area, but try your best to give it some details;

After all these steps are done, Dori is ready to be based and varnished!


Showcase



With Dori's miniature showcase we finish another tutorial!

I'm hoping it will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!
Also, don't forget to have fun doing it!

Namárië!


2 Nov 2021

127 - Ori! (tutorial)

Mae govannen, mellon nín!

Another post, another dwarf from Thorin Oakenshield's Company!

This time I will present my painted Ori, a slingshot user, peculiar dwarf.

Without much surprise, Ori is a  miniature from the Escape from Goblin Town box set, sculpted in plastic. 


Who is Ori?

Assembled and unprimed miniature of Ori.

"Ori was one of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin's company who journeyed to Erebor to challenge the dragon Smaug. After the death of Smaug, Ori lived at the Lonely Mountain until he went to Moria as part of Balin's ill-fated attempt to re-take the ancient mansions of the Dwarves.


In T.A. 2989 Ori (and Óin) had followed Balin with a colony of Dwarves in an attempt to reclaim their ancient mansions of Khazad-dûm, which were already occupied by the Goblins. At first the colony did well, but less than five years later Balin was killed, the Orcs returned and took the East-gate, and Óin's group that he took west to the West-gate was destroyed except for a few.


Ori retreated to the Chamber of Mazarbul where Balin's Tomb was laid. He wrote the last pages in the Book of Mazarbul before he and the last few remaining Dwarves perished during a final stand. As Ori knew there was no hope to escape, he continued writing in the book, hoping that someone would find it, and would know what happened to them."


Source of description:  http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Ori


How to Paint Ori?


As usual, I started by painting the miniature's skin. 

I: Basecoat the skin parts;

II: Shade the previously painted skin parts;

III: Highlight the skin with a lighter skin tone;

IV: Highlight further the skin, this time focusing on the eyebrows, nose, lips, cheeks and fingertips.



After the skin I painted the hair, boots, gloves and the coat.

V: Basecoat the hair, boots, gloves and coat with a dark brown;

VI: Basecoat the knife scabbard with a medium tone brown;

VII: Highlight the hair, beard, gloves and knife scabbard with a yellowish brown;

VIII: Basecoat the entirety of the coat trim with a lighter brown.



Time to finish the cloth and to start painting the belt.

IX: Highlight the coat trim with a sand toned brown;

X: Give the entire coat a red glaze wash (thinned down with medium) to tint the cloth parts;

XI: Basecoat the metal parts (boot tips, belt buckle, satchel, knife scabbard and grip) with a medium toned silver;

XII: Basecoat the belt and pants with a dark grey (with a hint of brown).



XIII: Highlight the pants and the belt with a light grey;

XIV: Glaze the previously painted pants and belt with a diluted black wash, to blend the greys together;

XV: Basecoat the satchel with a dark earthy green;

XVI: Shade the satchel with a brown wash (ignore the mistake in the image: this step is meant to provide a shade and not highlights).



XVII: Highlight the green satchel with a lighter earthy green;

XVIII: Basecoat the satchel bones and the slingshot strings with a bone toned brown (I have also highlighted those parts with white);

XIX: Glaze the bones and the slingshot with a sepia wash.


After all these steps are done Ori is ready to be based and varnished!

Showcase



With the Showcase we conclude another tutorial!


Hoping it will be helpful to someone out there.

Until next time! Keep on Painting and Wargaming!

Namárië!