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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Used miniatures - Lord of the rings

I won a auction on the internet, the bid was on a box with a unknown number of miniatures, he only thing I knew was that it contained a Balrog which I could clearly see on photos.
So when the package finally arrived I was surprised to find a lot of miniatures and some a oop too, so for what I paid for, it was a bargain. The downside on buying used miniatures is that they most likely are painted, some may be broken and some may be missing parts. In my case I would say that 30% was broken, another 10% are missing at least one part of the miniatures and mostly of them are painted.

So I have a lot to do with these miniatures, first I will have to remove the paint, then I will have to repair those I can and as last step paint them. My plan is to do the fellowship and the Moria goblins plus the two cave trolls first then I guess I will do the Balrog.

Here is what I won.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Ugluk and Vrasku, Uruk-hai Captains

"With Lurtz slain by Aragorn at Amon Hen, and the hunters still hot on their heels, it is Ugluk that rises to the fore amongst the Orcs Carrying Merry and Pippin back to Saruman. Vrasku commands the legions of the White Hand Scout Uruk-hai. A cunning and resourceful leader, Vrasku is utterly ruthless and heedless of the lives of his followers."

Now these Uruk Hais is the first ones I ever painted, I looked around on the internet for tips and paint schemes. There is a lot of painters that shares how they paint Uruk's and most paint there skin in a dark brown/read colour and the armour is painted mostly a metal colour.
So this is my way to paint Uruk Hai's skin and armour, which is based on others way to do it.
The only part that I struggled with was the leather parts, I wanted them black at first, but then the whole model would be grey/black except for the skin which would be boring.
So with that in mind and that I want these to have a more muted colour then I usually paint with I started with Dryad Bark as a base colour then I mixed with several lighter browns. So I cant tell you exactly how I did the leather.

When I was done with Ugluk I realized that his hair should be painted in a lighter colour, now in a desperate attempt to rectify my mistake I used vomit brown mixed with a little Steel Legion Drab to highlight his hair.
Another difference between these models is that I washed Ugluk's skin one time more with Nuln Oil before the higlight.





Skin
Base: Dryad Bark
Layer: Dryad Bark 1:1 Doombull Brown
Layer: Doombull Brown
Shade: Nuln Oil
Highlight: Doombull brown 1:1 Tuskgor Fur
Highlight: Tuskgor Fur

Metal
Base:Ledbealcher 1:1 Abaddon Black
Layer: Leadbelcher
Shade: Nuln Oil
Highlight: Leadbelcher 1:1 Chainmail (edges and streaks only)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Mirkwood Ranger Captains


Well, I started to get my hands on Lord of the rings and The Hobbit miniatures, I started to collect this range of miniatures mainly for my kids, they love to play the Lego The Hobbit and Lego Lotr game and this is my way to get them in to the hobby.

These Mirkwood Ranger Captains are from the Hobbit range and are really nice models and I will get the Mirkwood Ranger box only for how good the miniatures look. I will get a 500 point Mirkwood force going to begin with.

Regarding the painting I tried, and I mean try to mute down the colours, I usually use bright clear colours when I paint 40K but wit these I want to have a more sober tone. The female captain i went to far and the colours  came out too bright.



Male Captain





Green - Castellan Green > Loren Forest > Straken Green
Leather - Rhinox Hide > Doombull Brown > Doombull Brown 1:1 Tuskgor Fur
Armour Black - Coal Black > Coal Blazk 1:1 Fenrisian Grey (Dry Brush) >   Fenrisian Grey (Dry Brush) > Nuln Oil
Trouser Black - Incubi Darkness > Incubi Darkness 1:1 Thunderhawk Blue > Abaddon Black (Glaze) > Thunderhawk Blue

Female Captain


Green - Castellan Green > Lahmian Medium 1:1 Caliban Green > Loren Forest > Straken Green
Leather - Rhinox Hide > Doombull Brown > Doombull Brown 1:1 Tuskgor Fur > Tuskgor Fur
Armour Black - Coal Black > Coal Blazk 1:1 Fenrisian Grey (Dry Brush) >   Fenrisian Grey (Dry Brush) > Nuln Oil
Trouser Black - Incubi Darkness > Incubi Darkness 1:1 Thunderhawk Blue > Abaddon Black (Glaze) > Thunderhawk Blue

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Dark Eldar Wych Squad

Well, I'm finished for now with this squad, I have had them ion my painting table for a long time. I never seemed to get them done, like my Imperial Knight which is 80% done but I cant bring my self to finish it, so now I have go to the point where I have to stop changing or improving on these guys and just say 'they are done'.

The Armour is painted as I have described in earlier post, the only other thing really that is new is that I have different hair colours on them. I wanted to have more colours but I ran out of steam and just did three plus a another one of the Hekatrix.
The reason for the different hair colours is that I wanted to break away from the total uniform look and add more colours to the squad and in my opinion I think the dark eldar probably would have different hair colours.
If I paint another squad of Wyches they will have different hair colour too so I can mixed them up so there is a myriad of hair colours.

Due to the really pale skin on them I had problems getting good photos were the skin didn't look like crap, enjoy.