...I want to know how that joke would end now. Maybe make suggestions in the comments? I now have the camera back, which means I can now show you everything I've been working on recently, starting with the Dwarf I finished last week. I painted him to look like he's from Erebor as it's shown in the films, hence the green marble base and the dark coloured clothing to match the appearance of the Grim Hammers. I've also added the dwarf standard bearer to the gallery here, so do take a look.
Recently I've been working on the Palace Guard, with the result that I've now finished painting the red areas. I wanted to use red rather than the green shown in the Desolation of Smaug to give the model an autumn feel, and to help tie him in with Thranduil through the shared colour. The model's starting to near completion now, as there are only a few areas of colour left, such as the browns and the silvery cloak (which will also help link him to Thranduil).
I've now finished off the armour of the Mirkwood palace guard which I showed you last week. Having already basecoated him so that the armour changed colour, I now applied wash of Scorched Brown (old colour names) to pick out the smaller details. This seems to have worked very well, since the armour changes colour but still with shading between the scales of his mail, for example.
Over the last week or so I've been rethinking how I'm planning on painting the Mirkwood palace guards. Following the previous picture I tried highlighting the armour, however it turned out looking a bit subdued, so I started again with the basecoat, and the results this time look far more promising I think.
I've been making some progress on Thranduil's palace guards for a while now, and as a result the first one's now at a stage where I can show you him. I'm trying to avoid using too much line highlighting on these models since I have a fair number of them to get through, and so all of this has been done using washes. I'm planning on having finished the gold by next week so I'll be able to show you more then.
I now have the camera back again, but in the meantime I've finished painting Thranduil. There wasn't really that much left to do, and I was able to complete him in a single sitting (it was just the crown and the sword). I'll be adding Thranduil to the gallery as soon as I get a chance, but next up is a box of Mirkwood Palace Guards, who I'll be painting in similar colours to Thranduil but with a bit more gold on their armour.
Work on Thranduil continues (although unfortunately I don't have a camera at the moment, so you'll have to wait for pictures I'm afraid), and I've now completely finished painting the robes and face, meaning there's not that much left to do. All that's left is his hair and crown, and the sword (I'll be painting his rings at the same time as this, since they're a silver colour too). I expect everything will be done in the next week or so, which will make Thanduil the first completed model this year.
Firstly, it's this blog's first anniversary, so thank you all for reading! I've done a count up and I've painted 10 models this past year, which breaks down into 5 single miniatures and a squad of 5 Grey Knights. If there's one thing I'm hoping for the website this year, it's more people commenting and giving feedback on the models I post. Secondly, I've been making a bit more progress on Thranduil over the last week or so, and his inner robes are now finished.
First things first, I'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas! Secondly, I've been doing some more painting on Thranduil, whose base is now completed. I'm incredibly pleased with how it's turned out, despite the fact that it took several days to finish. Most of that time was taken up painting the inlaid gold patterns, which ended up needing several attempts before I was happy with them.
Firstly, sorry about the lack of updates recently, I was in Oxford for interview! While I got back last week, I've been fairly busy catching up with stuff I missed. I finally got my hands on the new model of Thranduil (thanks to the wonderful Games Workshop Oxford), and so progress can continue. I also have some superglue now, so I've finished assembling and basing the model, and I can start painting soon.
My name is Chris Nelson, I'm a hobbyist. I started around eight years ago with Lord of the Rings as my first system, however I prefer painting to gaming.
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