131 - Tutorial: Balin!
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.|
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?
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.
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