Painting: Uruk-Hai Drummer


Mae govannen.

Welcome to another post from this blog, my friends!

My Uruk-hai campaign is almost at an end, but there are some things yet to blog about.

This time I will show how I painted the Uruk-hai drummers - yes, in plural, since I had two: one from the warriors pack (resin) and the other from the scouts pack (metal).

If you have stumbled upon this post and wish to check some other Uruk-hai painting tutorials, you can check the following posts: 

 Isengard Bases | White Hand of Saruman

Feral Uruk-hai | Uruk-hai Crossbowers | Uruk-hai Berserkers | Mauhúr

Uruk-hai Banners | Uruk-hai Captain Rock Base

How to paint Uruk-hai drummer?

This miniature will be a fairly simple painting, very similar to the rest of the scout commanders already painted.

I mention the colours and brands that I have used for the tutorial in parentheses but, as with every miniature, there aren't 100% correct formulas and so the brands I use aren't really a "must have" for this particular tutorial. Anyone should use what paints they have and mix them if need be.

The uruk skin follows the typical pattern that I've used for the others:

  1. Basecoat: I used a dark red-brown. (Citadel's Doombull Brown)
  2. Shade: The best shade for this kind of skin will be achieved with a brown wash. (Citadel's Agrax Earthshade)
  3. Highlight: I mixed the basecoat colour with a mid-skin tone to lighten it up a little bit. (Citadel's Doombull Brown + Cadian Fleshtone)

For the next phase I basecoated the leather parts (the helmet and inner armour will be painted with a metallic colour later) and painted the drumhead:

  1. Leather Basecoat: This step was done with a very dark-brown. (Citadel's Rhinox Hide)
  2. Drumheads Basecoat: The skin of the drumheads had to be lighter, so I used a mid-brown tone. I have also used this paint to get the most prominent parts of the leather painted, leaving the deeper ones untouched. (Citadel's XV-88)
  3. Highlight: With a very thinned-down light-brown paint I painted some 4 circles on the drumhead, being every circle smaller than the previous one. Also, I used this colour to basecoat the bone drumstick and to edge highlight the leather parts. (Citadel's Screaming Skull) 

Now it's time to work some details:

  1. Shade: I shaded both the bone and the drumheads to give them some tinting and define the shadows with a sepia wash (yes, it definitely should be sepia rather than any brown wash!). (Vallejo's Sepia Shade)
  2. Basecoat: I painted the gloves and the inner part of the drum with black.
  3. Drybrush: To get that bone definition, I simply drybrushed white to the drumstick. 

To finish the drum and the gloves, it is time to work some grey tones:

  1. Highlight: The first highlight on both drum and gloves needs to be done with a very dark-grey. (Vallejo's Dark Grey)
  2. Highlight: The second round of highlights was done with a light-grey applied on the same areas as the dark, but in the most prominent parts and edges. (Citadel's Administratum Grey)
  3. Glaze: This step should be done with a thinned-down black wash (preferably using thinner medium). (Citadel's Nuln Oil)

The last phase of this mini was all about working the metal parts of it. I will make an entire bog post about the Uruk-hai armour in the future, but for now this is how I have done it:

  1. Basecoat: The armour (helmet, chest and boots) was painted with a brown-metallic paint to resemble the use and travelling of the scouts. (Army Painter's Rough Iron) 
  2. Basecoat and highlight: With a dark-silver, I basecoated the sword and highlighted the armour, trying to spot the areas where light hits the most and the edges. (Army Painter's Gun Metal)
  3. Highlight: The final highlights, done with a light-silver paint, were meant to give some chipping of the armour and to bring the blade-edge to life. (Army Painter's Shining Silver)

After all these steps all that was left to do was to finish the base and varnish the miniature.


And the showcase concludes another post!

I will certainly keep painting and upgrading my Isengard army in the near future.

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