LOTR Painting the Southern Watches – Rohan, Harad, Easterlings, Orcs, Trolls, Wargs 29DEC2013

These painting posts are more about a place for me to store my paint schemes and keep track of what I have battle-ready than as a set of recommendations on how to paint minis. I suspect most that read this are better painters than me and really enjoy painting detailed minis.

Oliphaunt Stomp!

Eorl the Young fights the Mumakil and foul Haradrim

Not me – I go for table-top quality troops.  As my son says, quantity has a quality of its own.  I mostly aim for troops that look good to me when playing on my tables covered with matching terrain. That means what do my bifocaled eyes see when the mini is two feet or more away. In my view, the normal warrior does not particularly benefit by painting facial details including eyes, lips, rosy cheeks, etc. Only occasionally am I motivated to paint any detail on the face. That said, I love others’ great paint jobs and truly admire the skill, time, and knowledge that produces these works of art.  As an alternate, you may find my techniques of interest if you like the way the minis look in my pictures and are aiming to produce hundreds of minis per year at my low standards.

My favorite force in the books, the movies, and the games are the mighty forces of evil fighting the magnificent horsemen of Rohan.  Here the good and bad dudes in all their glory.  The stalwart horsemen and their numerous enemies of the Southern planes – Easterlings, Harad, Far Harad, Warg Riders, and Orcs.

Rohan:

  1. Prime with Krylon gray or black
  2. Undercoat metal bits chaos black (if needed)
  3. Dry-brush metal bits with GW Chainmail or Boltgun
  4. Paint Cape with GW Catachan Green, GW Dark Angels Green, or Vallejo Russian Uniform – highlight with GW Bleached Bone mixes with the Green and GW Chaos Black mixed with Green along edges where the cape meets the body.
  5. Paint shield back GW Scorched Brown and front of shield GW Scorched Brown, GW Catachan Green, or GW Dark Angels Green
  6. Paint paint shield symbols contrasting color – GW Skull White, GW Terra Cotta, GW Catachan Green, GW Burnished Gold, GW Chainmail
  7. Paint leather and tunic bits with one of the following GW Terra Cotta, GW Bestial Brown, GW Dark Flesh, GW Vermin Brown, GW Scorched Brown, GW Desert Yellow
  8. Paint face and hands Vallejo Flesh and wash with GW Flesh Wash
  9. Paint Helmet leather with GW Terra Cotta
  10. Paint Helmet metal with GW Chainmail and highlight with GW Burnished Gold or GW Mithril Silver
  11. Paint hair GW Bleached Bone, GW Desert Yellow, or GW Vermin Brown
  12. Paint wooden Spear, Axe, & Bow bits GW Scorched Brown and Metal bits GW Chainmail
  13. Magic Dip – 1 pt GW Brown Ink : 2 pts H20 : 2 pts Future Floor Wax
  14. Lightly drybrush entire model with Bleached Bone – pay particular attention to leather gloves, leggings, armor, folds in cloth, cape, shield, and hafts.
  15. Protective coat with Krylon Matt spray finish and then Testors Dull Cote

Horses

  1. Prime – Krylon Gray Primer
  2. Body and Contrasting mane & tail – GW Scorched Brown, GW Bestial Brown, GW Dark Flesh, GW Chaos Black, GW Kommando Khaki, GW Desert Yellow, GW Skull White, GW Codex Gray, GW Fortress Gray
  3. Hoofs – GW Codes Grey, GW Chaos Black, mixture of CG + CB + various browns
  4. Head Armor, Bit, Buckles, Tassel Heads, Strap Button – GW Burnished Gold
  5. Saddle Strap, Bridle, reins – GW Scorched Brown; on a Scorched Brown horse use GW Dark Flesh or GW Vermin Brown
  6. Saddle – GW Vermin Brown
  7. Saddle Blanket – GW Catachan Green
  8. Head Armor – GW Chainmail or the same color as the Saddle Strap, Bridle, & reins
  9. Dip – 1part GW Brown Ink : 2 parts H20 : 2 parts Future Floor Polish
  10. Seal with Krylon Matte Finish and then Testors Dullcote
Charge!

Charge the Beast!

Harad Riders & Warriors

  1. Prime – Krylon Gray Primer
  2. Paint Tunic – GW Red Gore or GW Liche Purple or GW Midnight Blue
  3. Paint Head Scarf – GW Chaos Black, GW Red Gore, GW Liche Purple or GW Midnight Blue
  4. Paint Trousers – GW Red Gore or GW Liche Purple or GW Midnight Blue
  5. Paint Boots – GW Scorched Brown
  6. Paint Face – GW Bronzed Flesh
  7. Paint Armour, Gauntlets, Helmet – GW Shining Gold
  8. Paint Quiver – GW Terra Cotta
  9. Paint Arrows shafts and Spear-shafts – GW Scorched Brown
  10. Paint Arrow tips, Spears, and Sword Blades – GW Boltgun Silver
  11. Paint Arrow Fletchings – GW Codex Gray
  12. Paint Cloaks – GW Chaos Black or GW Midnight Blue
  13. Paint Sword Blade, Arrowheads, and Spear Tip – GW Chain-mail
  14. Dip – 1part GW Brown Ink : 2 parts H20 : 2 parts Future Floor Polish
  15. Dry-brush – GW Bleached Bone all wooden areas, raised areas of cloak and armor, etc. to tone down the colors.
  16. Seal with Krylon Matte Finish and then Testors Dullcote

Easterling Kataphracts (Riders) or Phalanx (Warriors)
1.  Prime – Krylon Gray Primer
2.  Paint Metal areas – GW Chaos Black
3.  Paint Tunic – GW Scab Red
4.  Paint Neck Scarf – GW Chaos Black
5.  Paint Trousers / Boots – GW Chao Black + GW Scorched Brown + GW Graveyard Earth (a very dark tan)
6.  Paint Face – GW Bronzed Flesh -> GW Chestnut Ink wash
7.  Paint Armour, Gauntlets, Helmet, Shield Front/Edges, and Sword Hilt – GW Burnished Gold
8.  Paint Straps, Belt, Spear Shaft, Bow, Boots, Arrows, Shield Back, & Diamond on Shield Front – GW Scorched Brown or GW Dark Flesh
9.  Paint Stirrups – GW Terra Cotta
9.  Paint Glove Leather (Palms) – GW Fortress Gray
10.  Paint Sword Blade, Arrowheads, and Spear Tip – GW Chain-mail
11. Paint Quiver – GW Dark Flesh with GW Burnished Gold trim
12. Fletchings – GW Shadow Gray
13.  Dip – 1part GW Brown Ink : 2 parts H20 : 2 parts Future Floor Polish
14.  Dry-brush – GW Bleached Bone all wooden areas, raised areas of cloak and armor, etc. to tone down the colors.
15.  Seal with Krylon Matte Finish and then Testors Dullcoat

Easterlings

Easterlings Phalanx, Kataphract, and Khamul the dread Ring Wraith

Kataphract Horses
1. Prime – Krylon Gray Primer
2. Body and Contrasting mane & tail – GW Scorched Brown, GW Bestial Brown, GW Dark Flesh, GW Chaos Black, GW Kommando Khaki, GW Desert Yellow, GW Skull White, GW Codex Gray, GW Fortress Gray
3. Hoofs – GW Codes Grey, GW Chaos Black, mixture of CG + CB + various browns
4. Head Armor, Bit, Buckles, Tassel Heads, Strap Button – GW Burnished Gold
5. Saddle Strap, Bridle, reins – GW Scorched Brown; on a Scorched Brown horse use GW Dark Flesh or GW Vermin Brown
6. Saddle – GW Vermin Brown
7. Tassels – GW Scab Red
7. Dip – 1part GW Brown Ink : 2 parts H20 : 2 parts Future Floor Polish
8. Seal with Krylon Matte Finish and then Testors Dullcote

GOTHMOG:

  1. Prime – Krylon White Spray Primer (I think Gray would be better)
  2. Flesh (Head, Hands, Shoulder) – GW Bronzed Flesh
  3. Armor & Sword Blade – GW Chainmail
  4. Feather & Fur – GW Kommando Khaki with GW Bleached Bone Dry-brush
  5. Shirt & Paints – GW Scab Red
  6. Straps & Belt – GW Scorched Brown
  7. Sword Hilt – GW Terra Cotta
  8. Magic Dip – 1 pt GW Brown Ink : 2 pts H20 : 2 pts Future Floor Wax
  9. Seal – Krylon Spray Matte Sealer followed by Testors Dullcote

Sharku:

1. Prime – Kyrlon Spray Black Primer
2. Skin – Vallejo Flesh -> GW Desert Yellow -> GW Flesh Wash
3. Fur / Clothes – Scorched Brown -> GW Flesh Wash
4. See below for finishing details

Orcs:

Filthy Orcses!  I love the Orcs – their vileness and diversity are so cool.  I never tire of watching them in the films nor collecting and painting them.

Orcses

The GW Great Beast (and calf) pulls the custom Ram to the gates of Minas Tirith (with a crew of 8 Mordor Orc archers) and the helpful Trolls from Thomarillion give it a push. Grond! GROND!! GROND!!!!!!!

1. Skin:  Paint Base Color and follow with GW Flesh Wash

  • GW Camo Green
  • GW Tanned Flesh
  • GW Dark Flesh
  • GW Fortress Grey
  • GW Bronzed Flesh
  • GW Desert Yellow
  • GW Bubonic Brown
  • GW Graveyard Earth

2. Clothes:

  • GW Snakebite Leather
  • GW Fortress Grey
  • GW Terra Cotta
  • GW Kommando Khaki
  • GW Cathachan Green
  • GW Camo Green
  • GW Bubonic Brown
  • GW Desert Yellow
  • GW Graveyard Earth
  • GW Dark Flesh
  • GW Codex Grey

3. Hump – GW Chaos Black -> Dry-brush GW Scorched Brown or GW Codex Gray
4. Armor: GW Chaos Black -> Dry-brush GW Chainmail
5. Wood shafts:GW Scorched Brown – > Dry-brush GW Bleached Bone
6. Metal Bits, Swords, Blades, etc. – GW Chaos Black -> Dry-brush Chainmail -> Flesh Wash
7. Magic Dip – 1 pt GW Brown Ink : 2 pts H20 : 2 pts Future Floor Wax
8. Seal – Krylon Spray Matte Sealer followed by Testors Dullcote

Morannon Orcs:

The fierce Morannon Orcs are the only ones who I intentionally painted with greenish skins. I think it contrasts well with their dark red clothes and dark iron armor. I have Skully, two Captains, a Shaman, and two standards. Mine are a mix of the very nice original metal spear armed minis, the new plastic, and the newish metal captains. Forty of these nasty brutes in all. Tunics are GW Scab Red, hair is GW Chaos Black, and Flesh is GW Camo Green; banners are GW Scab Red

Morannon Orcs

Skully and the Morannon Orcs from the Black Gate

Mordor Uruk-Hai:

The mighty Mordor Uruk Hais. I painted these lads with fortress gray skin, charcoal robes and black armor. They are accompanied by an Orc drummer (also gray skinned) and led by a fearsome ring wraith. Same as regular Orcs with Tunics in GW Codex Gray with GW Charadon Granite with GW Fortress Gray Highlights and Flesh is Codex Gray

Mordor Uruk Hai

Dark Riders, Shagrat and the Uruk Hai boys from Cirith Ungol

Trolls:

You can never have too many trolls. So from GW I have two of the metal Cave Trolls, the metal Troll Chieftain, the metal troll warrior, and two of the metal trolls that crew the catapults. One of these is carrying a stone and one was modified with a large club and removable drum (before the plastic troll drummer was available). To add to these is a very nice Reaper troll with a double bladed axe and two pusher trolls for Thomarillion. Nine Trolls for men doomed to die!

Trolls

Trolls in Technicolor

Wargs:

Wargs are a favorite with me.  I have 45 painted warg riders, a Warg Chieftain, and a pack of mixed Wargs – 14 large (Ral Partha and Reaper) and 17 small (Ral Partha).  Back when the LOTR SBG first started, Wargs were outrageously priced – I bought four of the Reaper “goblin wolves” and converted them with shoulder humps, hackles, head adjustments, and they made good proxies.  To this I added four of the Reaper Dire Wolves, and the fine Wolf pack from Ral Partha (now Iron Wind).  The little fellows come from the older 25mm Ral Partha lines.  Lots of canines for all!

Wargs

Wild Warg Chieftain and his pack

1. Prime – Krylon Grey Spray Primer
2. Body – 1:1 GW Chaos Black + GW Scorched Brown
3. Dry-brush – Vallejo Beige Brown
4. Dry-brush – GW Flesh Wash
5. Dry-brush – GW Bleached Bone
6. Leather Gear – Vallejo English Uniform
7. Reins – GW Blood Red + GW Scorched Brown
8. Teeth – GW Skull White + GW Kommando Khaki
9. Tongue – GW Scab Red
10. Eyes – GW Chaos Black
11. Saddle – GW Graveyard Earth
12. Magic Dip – 1 pt GW Brown Ink : 2 pts H20 : 2 pts Future Floor Wax
13. Seal – Krylon Spray Matte Sealer followed by Testors Dullcote

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