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For the love of trolls

For the love of trolls

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About the Project

...and other things. Originally this was meant to be all things trolls, ogres and other grumpy dudes, that I got for my birthday from Gerry. But since he seems to keep gifting me these amazing looking miniatures, I've decided to show them all here, even though not all are trolls. Cause these figures truly are gorgeous. I hope my paint job does them justice.

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Westfalia Fencer

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Westfalia Fencer
Westfalia Fencer

For some reason I just couldn’t get the camera to focus on this mini. A bit like when I fought Dunkeldorf’s Herman. My camera just wouldn’t focus on him either. So sorry for the somewhat blurry images. It was the best I could come up with.

That out of the way, another amazing mini. I  mean, she has little skulls as buttons! How cool is that.

As always it’s mostly Scale75 for paints, unless otherwise noted

Skin: Basic Flesh + Pale Skin, Flesh Wash (AP) + Water, Mojave White
Whites: Birch, White
Purple: Violet, Pastel Violet (Artist line)
Black: SS Dunkelgelb, White
Leather: Burnt Umber (Artist line), Yellow OChre (Artist line)
Skulls: Buff (artist line), Strong Tone (AP), White
Silver: Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Speed Metal
Bronze: Weapon Bronze (AP), Strong Tone x 2 (AP)
Hilt: Rotbraun Red
Hair: Gelbraun Brown, Mid Brown, Gelbraun Brown + Buff (Artist line)

Rackham Inquisitor

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Rackham Inquisitor
Rackham Inquisitor
Rackham Inquisitor
Rackham Inquisitor
Rackham Inquisitor

I think I keep saying it, but these minies I’ve been gifted are just an absolute joy to paint <3. So well sculpted. So many beautiful details. And yet room to make them your own. This inquisitor was so much fun from start to finish, and I am pretty pleased with the end result.

As always Scale75 colors unless otherwise noted:

Green cloth: SS Camo Dark Brown, SS Camo Dark Green, SS Camo Light Green, Negro Gold, Reikland Fleshshade (GW)
Skin: Basic Flesh, Reikland Fleshshade (GW), Pale Skin
Leather: Burnt Sienna Umber (Artist line), Yellow Ochre (Artist line)
Paper: Buff (Artist Line), Mid Brown (Army Painter)
Stitches, Strings: Petroleum Grey, Nuln Oil (GW), Nacar
Armor: Thrash Metal, Nuln Oil x2 (GW)
Sword Hilt: Viking Gold, Agraz Earthshade (GW), Thrash Metal + Viking Gold
Skulls: Pale Skin, Seraphim Sepia (GW), Pale Skin + White
Blade runes: Waywatcher Green (GW)

I forgot to note the red colors, sorry :s

2 characters in one

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2 characters in one
2 characters in one

I had so many issues taking pictures of this young lady. For some reason there’s either a lot of ‘artifacts’ or she’s completely out of focus. Must be some spell she’s cast.

My daughter plays a Druid in a D&D 5th campaign and a Detective Cat in a Fate campaign. This mini has both , so decided to paint it up as her two characters. Though I forgot to give the kitten purple eyes. And the lightning symbol in the cats forehead could be a bit more clear.Will have to go back and correct that.

Edit: This beautiful mini s from Westfalia

As always Scale75 unless otherwise noted:

Skin: Basic Flesh, Reikland Fleshshade (GW), Basic Flesh, Birch
Trousers: SS Camo Grey, SS Camo Gray Brown, Birch
Leather: Brown Leather, SS Camo Dark Brown, Birch
Light Green: Olivegrun Green, SS Camo Top Lights
Dark Green: SS Camo Italien Green, Athonian Camoshade (GW), Olivegrun Green
Staff: Graphite, Inktense Wood, Birch
Hair: Orange Leather, Carroburg Crimson (GW), Agrax Earthshade (GW), Birch
Cat: SS Camo Shadows, Birch

Bardic fun

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Bardic fun
Bardic fun

Not happy about the skin tones I chose. I am still experimenting with the Scale75 Artist colors. And this is not a combo I like. Other than that, I’m actually decently happy with the result. This mini was an absolute joy to paint. So many beautifully sculpted details.

Edit: This gorgeous mini is from Westfalia

Paints are Scale75 unless otherwise noted:

Skin: Pink Flesh (Artist), Vanilla White (Artist), Olive Green (Artist)
Eyes: Burnt Sienna Umber (Artist), Off White (Artist), Art Black (Artist)
Blues: Prusian Blue (Artist), Hiril Blue
White: Nacar, White
Leather: Burnt Umber (Artist), Yellow Ochre (Artist)
Cloak: Eclipse Grey, Flat Black, Birch, True Copper (AP), Rainy Grey, Nuln Oil (GW)
Lute: Gelbraun Brown, Agrax Earthshade (GW), Birch
Stone: Rainy Grey, Nuln Oil (GW), Agrax Earthshade (GW)
Hair: Orange Leather, Agrax Earthshade (GW), Carroburg Crimson (GW), Birch
Base: Astrogranite (GW), Eclipse Grey, Burnt Sienna Umber (Artist)

More lovelies <3

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I know exactly which one to start with. After that, it's gonna be real tough to choose. They're all so gorgeous. Thanks Gerr <3I know exactly which one to start with. After that, it's gonna be real tough to choose. They're all so gorgeous. Thanks Gerr <3

Torvald the Tenacious

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Torvald the Tenacious
Torvald the Tenacious
Torvald the Tenacious

The last of the gorgeous trolls/ogres Gerry sent me (thank you Gerr <3), has been dressed. There’s no rhyme or reason as to why this one was last. Just like the others, he has blown me away with the amount of details and character sculpted into him. Such a pleasure to paint from start to finish.

It seems like I am trying out something new with each of them. And with this one, I’ve been using the Scale Artist colors for the first time. I really like them. They will definitely be part of my go to paints. What I don’t like so much about them is storing them. I am gonna build some kind of ‘pull out’ mechanism under my table, much like you had for keyboards in older times. For now they’ve been chucked down a plastic container, hanging of one of my Raskog paint stations.

These are the paints I’ve used:
Skin: Golden Skin + Olive Green, Golden Skin, Golden Skin + Vanilla White, Light Skin + Vanilla White
Pants: Art Black, Art White
Stitches: Dark Brown Ochre, Raw Sienna, Vanilla White
Reds: Crimson, Dark Brown Ochre, Naples Yellow
Leather items: Dark Brown Ochre, Yellow Ochre
Bagpack: Buff, Wood, Earth Green, Art White
Drum: Orange, Naples Yellow, Buff, Art White
Wood: Pearl Grey, Inktense Wood, Pearl Grey

Metals are Scalecolor Black Metal, GWs Nuln Oil, Scalecolors Heavy Metal, GWs Retributor Armor and GWs Reikland Flesh

Torvald the Tenacious
Torvald the Tenacious

Theodore the Timid Troll

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Theodore the Timid Troll
Theodore the Timid Troll

This guy. Wow! I think I’m in love <3 Just a little bit. Cause I loved painting him from start to finish. Not a single area I didn’t enjoy. And he just looks so dashing 😀 Even a little shy. Like he just walked out of his cave, smiling a little timidly.

His fur is inspired by some of the Taurens in WoW. I like that it’s patterned and not all one color.

As always, mostly Scale75 paints. Will note when it’s not.

Light fur: Birch, Seraphim Sepia(GW), Birch
Dark Fur: Rotbraun Primer Red, Nuln Oil(GW), Rotbraun Primer Red, Mard Orange
Skin: Ressurection Flesh, Ressurection Flesh + Abyssal Blue, Ressurection Flesh + Moonray Flesh
Nails/Teeth: Sand Yellow, Agrax Earthshade(GW), Nuln Oil(GW), Birch
Bone: Moonray Flesh, Seraphim Sepia(GW), Moonray Flesh, White(Shmincke)
Eyes: Birch, Antares Red, Ardennes Green, Ardennes Green + Abyssal Blue, Sherwood Green, Birch, Flat Black
Boils, Carroburg Crimson, Moonray Flesh

Tim the Troll Teacher

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So I've gone bat shit crazy and decided to use only 5 colors, painting this one. Antares Red, Sol Yellow, Mediterranean Blue, Flat Black and White. In truth, it's time I get a better grip on mixing colors, and thought this guy was perfect for the job. He's grumpy enough to not care about colors anyway <3So I've gone bat shit crazy and decided to use only 5 colors, painting this one. Antares Red, Sol Yellow, Mediterranean Blue, Flat Black and White. In truth, it's time I get a better grip on mixing colors, and thought this guy was perfect for the job. He's grumpy enough to not care about colors anyway <3
Tim the Troll Teacher

All done. First off, fantastic model. I really enjoyed painting him. Very sharp details, and lots of them.

Using only primary colors, taught me that I am not very good at keeping them saturated and vibrant. I quickly get them dulled down. Now for Tim here, it suited him all right, so I am getting away with it. But in the future I wanna try this again, with a more vibrant color scheme.

I learned a lot from this process. Will definitely do it again some day. Gonna be good though, returning to my entire paint range.

Hang on!...That's not a troll!!!

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Hang on!...That's not a troll!!!

So, since he did travel in a tiny black box with a troll/ogre, I decided to pop Watson into this project. I guess having tea and biscuits across the pond, with a big, burly, bitter dude will at least qualify him as Honorary Troll Member.
He was an absolute joy to paint. I took inspiration from the old BBC series, with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as Watson. They are still my favorite duo <3.  Also, it gave me the perfect excuse to rewatch the show 🙂

Thank you so so much @avernos for letting me paint this lil guy. Loved every minute of it <3

Edward Hardwicke as Dr. WatsonEdward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson
Hang on!...That's not a troll!!!

I decided he was standing in some flowery english field. Perfect excuse to try those ‘flowers’ I just bought. They were a lil’ stark right out of the box, so I added some wash to the base and some drybrushing to the top. Think it made it blend better into the ground.

Hang on!...That's not a troll!!!

I’ve primarily used Scale75 colors, but will note when I’ve used another brand:

Skin: Basic Flesh, Reikland Fleshshade (Citadel), Basic Flesh, Light Skin
Shirt: Nacar, White Sands, Titanium White (PRIMAcryl)
Trousers and vest: Dunkelgrau Gray, Nuln Oil (Citadel), Dunkelgrau Gray + Nacar
Gun: Flat Black, Flat Black + Nacar
Shoes, Baton: SS Camo Dark Brown, SS Camo Dark Brown + Nacar
Buttons: Retributor Armor (Citadel)
Beard: Brown Gray, Nuln Oil, Brown Gray + White Sands
Ground: SS Camo Gray, Petroleum Gray, Agrax Earthshade (Citadel), Nuln Oil (Citadel), Athonian Camoshade (Citadel).

This pic shows off the white somewhat better.This pic shows off the white somewhat better.

A girls best friend

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Confession: I love trolls. And ogres. Big, grumpy dudes in general. It’s a thing. I can’t explain it.

On my 42nd birthday @avernos send me two rather magnificent specimens of my above confessed love. They’ve been sitting here on my table, complaining about being rather grey and boring, but a certain KD:M phoenix is currently taking up all my painting time.

And lo and behold, before I even got started, I got even more grumpy men in the mail from @avernos. Well, one grumpy man and one rather worried Watson. I guess the trip across the pond, locked in a little black box, with a dismantled (and thus extra grumpy) ogre would rattle everyone’s nerves.

To get myself into gear, and get these wonderful creatures a little less to complain about, I am starting this project. For the love of trolls 🙂

They do look rather tasty. Can we eat them?They do look rather tasty. Can we eat them?

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