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Collins does the defence of Minas Tirith

Collins does the defence of Minas Tirith

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I'm dipping my toe into Middle Earth and doing it starting with the battlehost of Minas Tirith

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Planning out veterans of Osgiliath

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With only one sculpt of each weapon type for Osgiliath vets I decided to try and cheap out and utilise some of the regular dudes and mark them with capes and bedrolls to make them stand out.

Here we have a baby wipe cut up and soaked in matt medium. I didn’t let it dry but I think it might be best to use modpodge or PVA rather than matt medium.

Prime and paint would be an easy way for an all in one. I could also add them post painting by dying them with wash, that would also work but increases the risk of wash/ink going where you don’t want it

The rule of Gondor is MINE!

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The rule of Gondor is MINE!
The rule of Gondor is MINE!

quite possibly the easiest model I’ve painted.

prime in white and then 3 shades of contrast (black, grey and white) in the reverse highlight (colour in the shadows) with the face and hands being painted with the standard GW flesh tones, bugman, cadian, Kislev and reikland. I did go one higher with palid wytchflesh though

Finished the battlehost box

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Finished the battlehost box
Finished the battlehost box

First attempt at a list with what’s painted

  • Gandalf the white sepia – 240pts
    • Shadowfax
  • Peregrin Took – 30pts
    • elven cloak
  • Captain of Minas Tirith – 55pts
    • shield
  • 25 Warriors of Minas Tirith – 230
    • 8 sword & shield
    • 8 spear & shield
    • 8 bow & sword
    • 1 Banner and sword
  • 7 Knights of Minas Tirith – 122
    • 6 shield
    • 1 banner

677 points total

 

All I’ve got to do now is learn how to play the game, play the game and decide whether it was all worth the effort!

 

Oh, and expand further on it, the captain and banners (foot and mounted) aren’t part of the battlehost box but picked up from eBay…

Gandalf and Pippin

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Gandalf and Pippin
Gandalf and Pippin
Gandalf and Pippin
Gandalf and Pippin

This was an interesting challenge for me in comparison to the other models.

Keeping Gandalf and Shadowfax both white whilst making it an interesting model meant one of them was not going to be white. I opted to make Gandalf the one that’s cream. to do that I used sepia wash and reverse highlighted. I think I did a better job on the mounted Gandalf than on foot. it looked ok in real life but under the Lightbox and through the camera lens shows how I completely went overboard and didn’t have any white primer left on the high points, especially the broad bottom of the cape at the back.

still I’m happy with the result and won’t redo it but I think I could do better.

just for Gerry...

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see gerry... looked shite! not even put up lined up, you can see the naff join lines... needless to say since we moved in the whole room has changed!see gerry... looked shite! not even put up lined up, you can see the naff join lines... needless to say since we moved in the whole room has changed!

Cavalry done

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Cavalry done
Cavalry done
Cavalry done
the contrasts used on each horsethe contrasts used on each horse

These knights were painted using the same scheme and colours as the men at arms so really the only difference here is the horses.

Over a white prime I gave a thin coat of contrast to see where it pooled and then went back in and painted in additional shadows or dark areas to define muscles.  I see why people moan about painting the old GW horses because they are very flat.

my favourite colour for these turned out to be the flesh tone!

Flashy Photos

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Flashy Photos
Flashy Photos

Painting the men at arms

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I wanted this project to be as easy as possible because I now have many draws on my time. time to break out the contrasts and use them as they’re intended.

primed in gun metal silver

basilicanum grey for the armour

black on the clothing and banners

 

Painting the men at arms
Painting the men at arms
Painting the men at arms
Painting the men at arms
Painting the men at arms
Paints used on the majority of these modelsPaints used on the majority of these models

first up the basing

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wallpaper taken directly from my walls... looked shite on the wallwallpaper taken directly from my walls... looked shite on the wall
first up the basing
first up the basing
first up the basing
left wash with agrax and right with sepialeft wash with agrax and right with sepia

Base colour = ushabti bone

wash = agrax earthshade

dry brush = terminatus stone

light dry brush = pallid wych flesh

 

Also a bit of facebooking gives you all the details about the wallpaper when its fresh from the shops.

yeah bought more toys without finishing the old ones

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picked it up new from eBay for £40, seemed a great pricepicked it up new from eBay for £40, seemed a great price

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