Following on from my last post where I brought a lot of Lord of the Rings figures (here) I decided to make a start painting some of them, which I know is a novel approach to wargaming (normally we just buy stuff and never use it)
in total I have 5 armies that I could paint up, together with a lot of character figures but I decided to start with a simple one and went for Isengard. Over the last month I’ve painted up a lot of figures so I thought I’d share my painting recipe in case anyone wants it.
now before we go any further I have to make it clear that I went for a simple method of painting these minis, the Uruk-Hai are a mass infantry army and I wanted a quick method to get them ready for the table. I wanted a way to get them painted quickly so went for block colours, minimal highlights and washes to achieve this. I also wanted the figures to look dark, dirty and menacing, so the palette was intentionally drab
I started off with the armoured Uruk-Hai that appeared in the Two Towers at the attack on Helms deep, these are plastic minis and are very simple sculpts but are really effective en mass. in the armies I had picked up there were a few painted models that gave me a head start but I did have to spend some time touching up these figures and getting the flesh tones to match my palette, howeverI still had over 100 models to complete myself
so the first job was to undercoat in black and then I gave each model a light ‘wet brush’ of a gun metal color. to explain wet brushing is a similar process to dry brushing but you have more paint on your brush. The idea is to get the colour on but not go into the lower detail, the under coat should still be visible in places
next up I gave the armour a wash of black and let it dry
now I started block painting the other colours, I used a deep red/brown for the flesh (Foundry Conker Brown to be exact) and black for the hair
then a Drab brown for the cloth, leather colour for the belts and straps and a highlight was also applied to the flesh
then I applied washes, the flesh was given a wash of GW Reikland Fleshshade
then the plate armour, the greaves, sword and shield had a wash of Agrax Earthshade
once dry the mini can be based and it’s ready to be used.
so whilst this is a really simple method the effects work well, here’s some pictures of the figures once they are finished and based up
a similar process was used for the berserkers and leaders as well