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Death Korp
01-06-2008, 14:51


Hello, and welcome to the first month of the Tale of LOTR Painters! This is where the people who joined up to this post their WIPs for June.
Also, if you haven’t noticed in the Army List thread, mr Feral is the 2nd in command here, so if I haven’t started the thread, then Mr Feral will have done because I would have not been able to do it for that month.

Your WIP models are NOT put into one post like the other TOPs, as I don’t want to be restrictive, and I want to have as many posts of piccies in these threads each month as possible. At the beginning of next month, you will have ONE post showing 3 pictures of models you have done, and 1 picture with the army so far (in the same format as the TOPs threads), but the posts of WIPs after that are unrestrictive like this month. This is to make sure that I can see who has done their models for that month.

Hope you understand that J

Here are all the people who have joined and what army/ies they are doing:


Corai: Osgiliath Vets.
Daredhnu: Gondor
Hermanesq: Arnor
Kettilman: Gondor
Kroot Lord: Dol Amroth
The Emperor sucks: Gondor
Tombking: Grey Company
Nightsword: High Elves
Intrepid Adventurer: High Elves
Crisis_Core: Rangers and Tower of Ectilieon
Sartarius: Fiefdoms
Ben: Dwarves


skuller: Numenorians and Black Numenorians
Mr. Feral: Umbar and Arnor/Gondor


Death Korp: Easterlings
arobe: Serpent Horde
C-Coen: Cirith Ungol
cerealkiller195: Harad
dax: Corsairs of Umbar
GabrielAngelos: BaradDur-Angmar Alliance
heldane: Moria
Killshot: Harad
lorelorn: Black Gate
stonehorse: Uruk-hai
Leviro: Mordor
Temozarela: Angmar
cerealkiller195: Harad/Serpent Horde
Sniper Kelly: Black Gate
ice: Uruk-Hai
75Hastings69: Moria
petesamd: Mordor (new guy, misses joker (i'm too nice :()

And for all you people who don’t know…


The aim of The Tale of Painters (TOP) is to help motivate those involved to complete a 500 point LOTR army in the next six months.

The painters involved have made a commitment to paint and post, by the last day of each month, approx 100 points of their chosen army. They do this each month for the next 6 months. Starting with the first day of June 2008.

However, because people have real lives with exams, holidays, honeymoons, new babies etc, etc., they get one 'Joker'. For one month within the six months you can ‘play a joker’ and rather than post an update they can post saying, "sorry guys couldn't get it done this month. Real life got in the way." But the other 5 Months they have to come up with (approx) 100 points of painted and based figures. 100 points for 5 out of the next 6 months.

In six months time we will all end up with a finished 500 point army.

All chat, questions, discussion, WIP, painting advice, encouragement, tutorials, etc, etc, should be on this thread.

A new thread will be opened on the first day of each month (and will remain open for a week) for each painter to post one, and only one post with the next 100 point ‘update’ for the army they are painting and a picture of the army to date.
(OR one post for EACH army for those nutters painting more than one army!)

I will just take this opportunity to thank all the painters who have signed up for their interest and enthusiasm and for their ideas that have helped shape this project. I wish you all the best of luck and I hope this project is a big success for everyone involved. I also hope all you Warseers enjoy these results of all the work of the painters involved.

Cheers and have fun!

Death Korp

I’d also like to say a thank you to Harry and McNullet since I nicked this bit from them and edited it a little, and coming up with the idea of the TOPs in the first place on Warseer, and Killshot, who came up with the idea of the TOLotRPs and with his help, became what it is today.

Mr Feral
01-06-2008, 16:18
Hey ho all!

If you didn't know, I am Mr Feral and second-in-command in the Tale of LOTR painters. Oh yes Death Korp, you are indeed a raving lunatic to of chosen me :p.

Enough blabber, getting down to business this is what you can expect from me over the next six months:


Dalamyr, Fleetmaster of Umbar
Corsair Bo'sun (Two-handed weapon)
24 Corsairs of Umbar (8 Bows, 8 Spears, 8 Shields)
12 Haradrim Warriors (4 Spears, 4 Bows)


(Minas Tirith)
Captain of Minas Tirith (Shield)
20 Warriors of Minas Tirith (13 Shield, 7 also with Spears, 6 Bows, 1 Banner)
Malbeth the Seer
Captain of Arnor (Shield)
10 Warriors of Arnor (1 Banner)

This month I'll start by painting Dalamyr and 4 Haradrim Warriors with spears for the Umbar list, and the Captain of Minas Tirith and 6 Warriors of Minas Tirith for the Gondor / Arnor list. I'm not sure exactly how many points these two batches are each, but I'm sure they hit the 100 minumum for this month.

I'll finish my gibberings with an old photo of the first Haradrim Warrior (my colour scheme tester):

You may of already seen this in my general log (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143504), and my LotR progression shall be documented there as well, including other things as well *cough Easterlings *cough* ;). That's enough self-promotion from me :angel:. To the other participants of the Tale, I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Til next time!

01-06-2008, 16:54
I'm painting The Corsairs fleets list for this tale.

This month I'll be painting

3 Corsairs with Bows
3 Corsairs with Boarding Pikes
3 Corsairs with Shields
3 Arbelasters

102 pts.

Here's the first 3 I painted yesterday- they'll be based when all of the months painting is finished.


I'm halfway through the second 3 but I probably won't be posting anymore pics here until the end of the month otherwise you'll have seen them all already. I will be posting pics to my personal log (see my sig - more shameless self promotion).

I may also paint my Troll army of Far Harad for the tale if I can find the time and complete some of the conversions.

And a quick pic of my finished Reavers these are not part of the tale as they where painted awhile ago but it's a pic to get the thread going and you can see how I'll do the bases.


Kroot Lord
01-06-2008, 18:06
Damn it, now my painting will look worse (badder I say! BADDER!) then it normally does.

Anyway, I'm Dylan and I'll be painting a Dol Amroth force. I'm 14 years old (oh good, a n00b/newb/idiot/teenager! What will we do now?) and will be turning 15 in August (Hurrah!). I've been playing since I was 9 I believe, but with quite a few breaks in between. The first 3 years were also the years with a lot of breaks and I had no clue what I was doing.

Now, enough of my life story. I've partially painted about half of the Dol Amroth force, so I have opted to paint more then that 500 point army. What I'll be painting at the very least is this for a tournament in August:

(Imrahil mounted)
(Boromir mounted)

4 Mounted Knights of Dol Amroth
12 Rangers of Gondor
14 Knights of Dol Amroth
9 Men at Arms of Dol Amroth
5 Clansmen of Dol Amroth

And what I might paint too are the following:
Saruman the White
3 Rangers of Gondor
4 Clansmen

I'll post pictures of my two near complete Men at Arms in a few days.

Up, up and awaaaaay!

02-06-2008, 01:12
Righto, I'll be painting a Ranger/Tower of Ecthilieon army for this ToP.
What I'll be painting for this month is:

7 Rangers of Gondor
4 Rangers of Gondor w/Spears
1 Warrior of Minas Tirith (just to break it up a little:p)

Some current WiP:


I've got three of them done already, which means that I've really only got about eight guys to paint this month - which is a small number, but it's for the best seeing as I have finals coming up in the next 3 weeks, which will allow me to devote some time to the small group inbetween exams. This is also a good thing...I have a rather bad habit of taking aaaaages to paint anything.

My general wippy progress will also be documented over at the One Ring (http://www.one-ring.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9674&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=100)(where I end up painting more than just Gondorians).

02-06-2008, 09:10
The standard has been set :) They look great! Clearly we have the best painters on this thread :D

I'll be doing an Elven Havens Army consisting of:

Elladan and Elrohir
9 Elven Warriors with heavy armour, elven blades
6 Elven Warriors with heavy armour, elven bows
3 Elven Warriors with heavy armour, shields, spears
1 Haldir's Elf with banner
3 Haldir's Elves with Elven blades
2 Haldir's Elves with Elven bows

Total points: 499

As soon as my delivery arrives, (I mean, why pay for first class posting if the seller isn't going to post the box on time???) I get some pictures up. Hopefully with a few pose alterations. Background, paint scheme to come.

02-06-2008, 10:09
Not much by way of a WIP shot for me just yet. I had some minor surgery on Friday and am still recovering (and on some pretty strong drugs so nobody will let me go near anything sharp!) so instead I've got a group shot of what I've got to do:


That's 2 boxes of Warriors of Minas Tirith, Faramir & Damrod. A pack or two of Greenstuff later it will be:

14 Osgiliath Veterans w/shield
14 Osgiliath Veterans w/shield+ spear
14 Citadel Guard w/Longbows

So a fair bit of converting to go before I can get anything painted. I'll be aiming to get faramir and damrod painted this month + a single osgiliath veteran. this should give me plenty of time to both recover from the operation and sculpt the robes, capes and battledamage on the other 40 odd models ready for painting next month. It should also be pretty easy to squeeze in Faramir and Damrod amongst the last last few rangers I need to paint for my grey company army.

Faramir and Damrod will be painted in the same style as the rangers below. The Osgiliath vets will get dirty silver armour and a number of bandages, wrapping and cloacks painted in one of the ranger colours to tie thw two forces in together. The army will be based as below, only with a little less wildernes feel and a few more flagstones


Death Korp
02-06-2008, 15:01
Nice stuff at the moment guys :)

@Mr Feral: I think i am mad... That Harad guy is looking awsome by the way.

@Dax: Beautiful WIPs at the moment, looking forwards to seeing more from you.

@Crisis Core: Nice Ranger.

@Kroot Lord and Nightsword: Get some pics up as soon as possible! :D

@Corai: Nice work on the rangers, and wish you good health so we can see some WIPs! :)

75Hastings69 is joining in the fun, so welcome to him. I've allowed him in as it is still quite early in the month.

Well, what of me? I've chosen to do Eastrerlings and Gondorians. I have a large collection of LOTR, so i need to cut it down a bit. Here are my lists:


*Khamul on Horse
*Easterling Captain
*20 Easterling Warriors (8 Shield, 8 Bow and 8 Spear and Sheild)
*1 Easterling Warrior w/ Banner
*5 Kataphrachts
*1 Kataphracht w/ Banner

No pics at the moment, but i will get some up asap. Busy week at school this week :(


Mr Feral
02-06-2008, 16:52
@ dax - It looks like someone is painting fast! Great job on the Corsairs and the Reavers.

@ Kroot Lord - That's a nice variation of models you be doing. Which version of Saruman are you painting? (my favourate is the White Council version)

@ Crisis_Core - Nice Ranger!

@ Corai - I look forward to seeing your Osgiliath Veterans conversions!

@ Death Korp - Thank you!

I finally got my camera up and running again, so I have new pictures naturally!

I might add to some of the highlights, but for all intents and purposes he is finished.

PIP Captain of Minas Tirith:

I went for purple because it's a regal colour (befitting such a noble nation) and because I like purple. Purple is good! I tried painting an appropriate symbol on the shield, but it needs touching up a bit more.

So, 4 Haradrim Warriors and 6 Wariors of Minas Tirith left to do this month.

02-06-2008, 19:35
It's a long weekend here so plenty of time to paint - I'm away alot in July and August so I'm trying to get the bulk of the cheaper pts. cost minis out of the way this month.

the 9 Corsairs are now painted ready for basing:


72 points down.

I need to change the colour correction on the camera they're coming out brighter than real life - the highlights are more subtle.

Mr. Feral purple is the Devils colour :p no it's grand on regal type minis which is how it should be used historically as it was a very hard pigment to make but not on every Joe Soap warrior - are you listening GW!. Oh nice minis by the way.

I'm waiting for the Arbelasters to be delivered so in the mean time where did I put those trolls?

02-06-2008, 19:54
nice looking stuff, i'm working on my write up before i post i have 4 haradim warriors more or less painted (pics later tonight).

Mr. Feral is that the Volcom symbol? i can't blame you purple is one of my favorite colors also, good choice.

I'm semi-nervous to post some of my stuff now! hopefully with some good picture taking skill i can make them look halfway decent. expect my update later tonight.

02-06-2008, 22:08
Ok so Im doing:

Ravagers of Fornost: Barad-dur/Anmar

9 Morannon Orcs 73pts
-shields, 1 shield/spear
4 Orcs 24pts


Bases are based on some old Lord of the Rings artwork of Fornost. yes it looks like wraithbone.

02-06-2008, 22:32
I've started work on some Osgiliath vets. Sculpting tiny bears is more trouble than I was expecting so I think these will be more sparse than bandages, cloaks and eyepatches to identify the veterans


Sniper Kelly
02-06-2008, 23:36
I'm still waiting for my Morannon Orcs to arrive, so in the meantime I've converted a WoMT into a casualty to go onto the trolls base.

I should be starting work on the Orcs by the end of the week.

03-06-2008, 00:52
Nice painting guys. I soooo wanna paint some Rohan or something from LOTR one day :)

03-06-2008, 20:53
It looks like my Arbelasters won't arrive until next week so I've made this for something to do next weekend:


It's still WIP need to add the details in greenstuff tomorrow - ropes and banding and the like. I'll convert 3 crew from some spare Corsairs I have. It won't count points wise for the tale as there is no official stats or points for it just a mention in LoME just something Interesting to add to the corsairs.

Updated to add a picture with the crew:


03-06-2008, 22:29
@Mr Feral: Wow I really like what you've done to the Captain of MT! How did you do the metallics? They look really smooth! Dalamyr is looking top notch.

@dax: damn, you've practically finished you're months work!

@GabrielAngelos: Nice Morannon Orcs, I definately need to pick up a box of those :)

@Sniper Kelly: That is an awesome casualty! It looks so dynamic!

Back to business, heres 3 Rangers I've managed to complete. Two are currently WiP, and I'm figuring out which other ones I'll be taking off the sprue.


04-06-2008, 03:26
Serpent Horde

For my first month I'll be painting

12 harad warriors with spears

1 warror with banner

102 points

To show a bit of the colour scheme here are a few I painted earlier

Sorry for the crappy photo's - still learning how to take photos of mini's







04-06-2008, 04:44
amazing stuff as i said before i think people are intimidated to post their WIP pics because the stuff on the thread is great.

so i will bravely step forward and post my table top WIP pics of my Harad force in the making!


it took me awhile to 'map' out the colors the way i wanted them on the miniatures. i'm prety pleased on how they turned out, i still have a lot of small details to add to them as well as finishing the bases. but overall the LOTR are such great sculpts that i can honestly say that they are some of the best sculpts plastic wise (i'm a big fan of all pewter armies).

as for the journal part, it's coming i'm just doing some research on the background, maybe i will post a small bit in this thread later on. I am also working on four spear men that were primed, my luck ran out and i ran out of primer.. with no days off this week from work i'm going to have to time myself precisely in order to get cracking on the rest of my harad force as well as other projects

Mr Feral
04-06-2008, 10:16
@ dax - Hehe I know, I like the purple indeed ;). You're painting faster than me, I must catch up! *looks at busy painting desk*. I really dig your Siege Bow!

@ cerealkiller195 - No, any similarity between the Volcom symbol and Arnor insignia is merely concidence :p. You've chosen a great colour scheme there, nicely done!

@ GabrielAngelos - Ooh an interesting allaince you've chosen there (yah Angmar!), your Morannon Orcs are very nicely done.

@ Corai - Looking forward to those conversions!

@ Sniper Kelly - Nice casualty there! Looking forward to the Morannon Orcs and Trolls!

@ Crisis_Core - Thanks! :) The metallics were simple (Mithril Silver/Chaos Black basecoat, Mithril Silver highlight, Chaos Black for blacklining.) Dalamyr's skintones were not the easiest thing to paint though. Good job on the Rangers, very natural colours.

Nothing new from me, I'm just commenting on what others have done so far.

04-06-2008, 13:10
Damn your guys WiP is putting my finished products to shame, now i must better my painting.
(i'll have time to paint this weekend at the earliest i hope i can get next week or the one after that free, it would give me some much needed time for some painting.)

04-06-2008, 13:31
Im going to use my jocker this month, because i dont have a single model to paint! Im going Mordor next month, so Ill soon have the models, hang on, I should pre-order them...

Kroot Lord
04-06-2008, 13:51
Here's my WIP army:


Note that it is missing the Clansmen and mounted Knights of Dol Amroth.

04-06-2008, 16:23
thanks Mr Feral last night i was starting to add the detail on the skin and clothes, hopefully tonight i can take a better picture.

Leviro this is only the WIP thread, you really have a good couple of weeks before you even need to use that joker, don't use them too preemptively

Kroot Lord
04-06-2008, 17:14
SO, here are some pictures of my two painted Clansmen and two painted Men at Arms. That's 34 points, only 800+ to go!





Kroot Lord
04-06-2008, 17:15
And the rest of the pictures (note the bases and the chainmail aren't done yet)





04-06-2008, 17:33
nice looking vets there, i really have to learn how to take better pictures. Sitting in my computer chair lazily and snapping pictures doesn't cut it anymore.

i like how you alternated the color scheme between the plate armor and the chain mail. Breaks up the monotony of an all silver model.

04-06-2008, 17:59
Leviro this is only the WIP thread, you really have a good couple of weeks before you even need to use that joker, don't use them too preemptively
I actually know that i wont get any models till July, because i live a long way from the nearest GW and postage takes forever (at least a week). So my army comes out on the 23rd of june, plus a week or two...

Back on topic, great painting, i just hope i can do my morannon orcs half as good as GabrielAngelos's

Kroot Lord
04-06-2008, 18:06
Leviro, can't you paint just a named hero, one that costs 100 points, out of your collection? Or repaint one?

05-06-2008, 10:14
Hello All!

I'm Hadane, and for the space of this tale I shall be painting my Moria Goblin force. As yet I have no plans for what to include, with the exception of the models that I have already.

All I have decided is what i shall be painting this month and the colour scheme. The colour scheme will be a different take on the standard GW look. I'm going to go with a laquered red armour and black cloth, with the obvious green skin and grey basing. There will be a test mini done soon.

As to what I'll be painting this month it'll be the following.

4 Goblins with Bow - 20pts
4 Goblins with spear - 20pts
4 Goblins with shield - 20pts
1 goblin shaman - 45pts.

Thats a total of 105 points. Its also nice and simple.....a sprue of moria goblins and a character. This has also been chosen as it will allow me to use my moria almost immeadiately with a battle company campaign I want to run.

I am at work at the moment, and unable to sort picture. But at the moment if you imagine a sprue of goblins and a built based and undercoated shaman and you wont go far wrong! I'll get some pictures soon for you all.


Death Korp
06-06-2008, 05:57
Good work guys at the moment, keep it up!

I am going to do 1 army now, since i have joined the other two ToP threads. These will be Easterlings.


Sniper Kelly
06-06-2008, 13:01
I've started on my Morannon Orcs now, all the figures have been cleaned up and undercoated.

Just basecoated the first three, hopefully I'll be giving them washes and highlights over the weeked.

Colonel Haizelhoff
06-06-2008, 14:44
@Kroot Lord: I rather like the red, nice men, although the grey highlights on the clansmen look thick ("thats because those guys are 25mm u idiot", I say to my self). All the armies seem to be getting along nicely, the shield of ur gondor captain Mr. Feral is very bold, looks like some indian heraldry, fine but just not fluffy IMHO. I dont think that age really matters after your old enough to understand to read the back of the box to see how marines are built (that's right when I was six my first squad of warhammers looked awfully thing when I'd glued the back part of the marine torso as the front and used the backpack to make the back:wtf:), but than again I'm only 14:rolleyes:.

Mr Feral
06-06-2008, 15:25
@ Kroot Lord - I like the colour scheme, and the paintjb is good too. I would suggest a light black wash on the armour to make it look less flat.

@ Sniper Kelly - A nice start, some washes as you mentioned will have those done in no time!

@ Colonel Haizelfhoff - Check the Arnor insignia on this model (http://uk.games-workshop.com/thelordoftherings/miniature-gallery/images/good/Arnor_Warrior_Std_lg.jpg)and you'll notice that I've just copied the central diamond part, without the circular pattern and stars. As I said earlier, the sheld design isn't finished yet. I don't get your age comment though :wtf:.

Colonel Haizelhoff
06-06-2008, 20:06
@ Colonel Haizelfhoff - Check the Arnor insignia on this model (http://uk.games-workshop.com/thelordoftherings/miniature-gallery/images/good/Arnor_Warrior_Std_lg.jpg)and you'll notice that I've just copied the central diamond part, without the circular pattern and stars. As I said earlier, the sheld design isn't finished yet. I don't get your age comment though :wtf:.

Kroot Lord was talking of being only 14 and to sum it up IMO the difference between different age groups isnt that much ofcourse the youngbloods in Golden Demon arent as good as the other classes, but painting skills shouldnt judge people. I'm a bad explainer:wtf:

06-06-2008, 22:25
Is it too late to join in with this with Dwarves?

07-06-2008, 08:38
with many thanks to DK i am able to join this as well
as many will know i am sartarius, i've been playing for 7 years and the army i've chosen is the fiefdoms here is the list:
Captain of Dol Amroth
Forlong the fat
10 axemen of Lossarnach
12 rangers of Morthond vale
19 pikemen of Dol Amroth
1 man at arms with banner
im a few points under which sucks a lil, my first 100 points will be:
forlong (when i get him- thank you birthday!)and 5 rangers :)

Death Korp
07-06-2008, 10:01
@Ben: Ok, i'll let you in. You are the last one though to join late :).

@sartarius: No problem mate.


Sniper Kelly
07-06-2008, 10:08
Sartarius, welcome aboard! I like that list, especially Forlong and his Axemen, some of my favourite figures from the Gondor range.

Anyway, I've finished painting my first three Morannon Orcs, just the basing to do now.

Kroot Lord
07-06-2008, 15:27
Kelly, you've really improved them by highlighting them and giving them a wash! I do however think you missed a highlight on the middle Orc's hair crop. The grey hair looks darker then the hair he has in other places.

07-06-2008, 17:53
thanks kelly, it didnt take me long for the list....keep up with the good work with ur orcs!:)

07-06-2008, 22:39
Well I've got some painted Khazad Guard done (9 in all for 99 points and the first months total). The next lot I'm working on are a complete box of warriors, for another 200+ points. After that it's some characters, then some iron guard and ballista, then a box of rangers and finally another box of warriors. That should give me a 700 point core force and a few hundred points to swap in and out.

Here is the painted KG, sorry if the pics are a bit rubbish.



I should have warriors finished and varnished in the next two weeks.

07-06-2008, 22:42
Nice Dwarves Ben. The LoTR dwarves have always been some of my favouite mdoels (not really a fan of most of the WFB dwarves). Unfortunatley, being that they're perfectly proportioned 25mm dwarves I can't get my apelike fingers around them well enough to paint!

I've got as far as basing the 10 warriors of minas Tirith I'll be turning into Osgiliath vets this month. I need to get on and sculpt the robes, rips and beards onto them but I'm being pulled in several hobby directions at the moment (Secrets of the Third Reich, Darkage, I'm looking at you ;)). maybe I should ahve gone with that 4 model all Felbeast toting Nazgul army afterall! (;)).

In all seriousness I hope to manage at least the 10 Osgiliath vets this month in between all the other bits of pewter and plastic clawing for my attention!


08-06-2008, 01:39
@Kroot lord: Nice fief warriors and men at arms! They look really good with that red colour scheme.

@Ben: Nice looking dwarves so far, but it is hard to see some of the detail.

Just another really small update, just doing the finishing touches on the current wip rangers now, they basically need basing and I need to pick out the details - but I can start the next two now:)


My camera seems to refuse to pick out my subtle highlights - may need to work on that ><

Kroot Lord
08-06-2008, 06:58
Thank you very much! I prefered the red/black over the blue/white. I've also opted to go for a rusty look, hence the Tin Bitz basecoat on the metal.

Ben: the painting looks neatly executed, I'm sure it will look even better if you add a diluted chestnut ink wash to the gold areas and a diluted black ink wash to the silver/metal areas, like the axe head.

Crisis: painting looks very good, too! I'm not sure if you feel the same, but I was befuddeld at first when I started painting my Dunedain. Due to them being plastic the details are harder to make out then when they are metal, and I had no clue which piece of plastic was meant to resemble what. After a few tries I managed to find it though it took me a while.

What do you use for skin? I use Tanned and Dwarf Flesh, but not Elf for I find that is too light for me.

Sniper Kelly
08-06-2008, 11:11
@Crisis_Core: Your ranger looks great, especially the face. Does your camera have auto-focus? If it does, you may be aiming a little low, at the figures base, which would cause the figure itself to be slightly out of focus and blurring the details. I used to have this problem myself.

08-06-2008, 17:49
Yeah..... so here i am... (with my shame upon my head)

My exams are finished, but i'm now returning back to school (i'm now in the top year group so that gives me "responsabilities"). I've got a lot of things to get done in this month so i'll have to play my Joker. If i get everything i need to do done this month (non-warhammer related) then i can't see there being any problems for the following months. I've also joined the Tale of 40K Painters so i'll be keeping busy, but this month is going be on a tight schedule.

I'll repent for my sins in the summer (i guess using the joker is a good thing "yay, I have a life....!")

Till next time..


09-06-2008, 00:09
Here's my army image - though not pictured are the Black Numenoreans who will be added on their release.

WIP shots will be added once I have actually done some work!


09-06-2008, 00:12
@Kroot Lord: I know what you mean mate, there are some rather questionable areas which confused me all the time. I think the most annoying part is to have painted everything, only to find out that you've missed out on some tiny strap which is hidden in the cloak :s

The ranger's flesh was done with bestial brown and dwarf flesh, highlighted with dwarf flesh, and finally a mix of dwarf flesh elf flesh. I agree with you on elf, its way too bright to be used on its own.

@Sniper Kelly:Thanks mate! Looking forward to seeing your progress too. I think you're spot on actually - I'll elevate the camera a little more when I'm taking pics and hopefully get better results!

09-06-2008, 09:26
Fantastic stuff guys!

@Lorelorn: Interesting to see you spray models that end up having dark areas white. How well do you find it works compared to black undercoat?

@Crisis Core: That rangers is looking awesome. Can I suggest maybe a highlight for the stitiches on the front of the tunic, and perhaps a small highlight on the face for definition (checkbones, nose... that sort of thing). Good stuff.

Right, that's the Aussie's down...

@ Ben: Looks good, but perhaps we could have bigger pics? :D
@ Temo: Nooooooooo!!!!!
@ Sniper Kelly: Your orcs look great, it's as simple as that.
@ Kroot Lord: Great colour choice, but maybe thin your paints a little more?

Great job guys, I should have pics up soon. My models finally arrived, and I've stripped the metal ones. Haldir and his bowmen should be up first.

Kroot Lord
09-06-2008, 11:20
The problem with thinning my paints down even more is that they become so watery that they flow into all the recesses, almost like an ink except they cover more, and I need to repaint it over again.

Thanks for the advice!

09-06-2008, 13:15
Looking like a good start Lorelorn. I won't be able to get over the game later this year :(

Ok nice idea Dk I should of joined earlier but i'll do the 40k one in August :p

Looking for some morder minis guys! :D

09-06-2008, 18:00
Right what have I missed

@ Kroot Lord - nice fiefdom warriors the red and black makes a nice change to the usual blue and white I particularly like the red tree.

@ Sniper kelly - nice orcs the armours a little bright for my taste but it's your call - I see you like basing as much as I do :D

@ Ben - Cool dwarfs and Dark Blue too you don't see to many that colour in LoTR armies (well I don't anyway)

@Crisis_Core - more Highlights! - just kidding you've seen how many layers I use over on TLA your rangers are looking great they're very similar to mine I used a Orchideshade for the cloaks, Granite for the skirt thing, and Black on the jackets to tie them to Gondor a bit more. There's definitely a few weird straps on the rangers as Kroot lord said alright.

@Lorelorn - I spray all my mini's white regardless of colour too. I'll paint the black areas over the white thats how my Corsairs are done. For me it's a mental block I have about balck undercoat just can't use it!

If I missed anyone I apologise.

nothing got painted this weekend I'm glad I got most of the Corsairs done last weekend. Planning to do the 3 Arbalesters and Ballista Crew this weekend with the Ballista to follow next week. I did manage to convert a Mahud Tribemaster but that'll go in my personal log when I get the back banner.

I've decide not to start my Troll army yet largely due to the fact that I bought a load of Perry ACW minis that I also want to start painting.

Anyway keep up the good work all.

09-06-2008, 18:11
First attempt at NMM:




I've applied the full technique to the hip fins and the shoulder blades and bowhand gauntlet are awaiting the white highlight. The rest is just basecoated. I've attempted to follow Darren Latham's (!) NMM technique used for this (http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/viewthread.php?tid=27121&page=1)model, to recreate the effect of the armour, using this (http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Elf/ElfArmor/Second/Second.htm) website as a reference. I failed miserably, and it took me all day to get to this point. Basically what I need is a honest, brutal critique and, if possible, suggestions for improvement.

For more pics (cue shameless plug), check out my log.

(Sorry for the general lack of chit chat, warseer ate my original post, and I didn't want to feed it twice...)

09-06-2008, 18:53
That elf does look very nice.

One reason I don't learn NMM is my worry I won't be able to go back to metallics in order to get through units quickly enough. I've almost got my dwarf warriors box done now.

09-06-2008, 19:01
Cheers Ben, can't wait to see your warriors. I know what you mean with NMM, it was just I was so damn inspired by that Razza model, and the armour in the films aint shiny. So i thought, what the heck. And anyway, with gold like yours, why change eh?

10-06-2008, 01:39
I like a white undercoat because:

a) it lets me see all the detail on a model, especially these LotR models which have a great level of detail

b) it forces me to paint all the detail on a model. I can't just leave it black and ignore it. I have to attempt to paint the whole model.

I find using white is a key to improving my painting, which is something I've been working on over the last two years. The Morannon Orcs are probably the most armour intensive white undercoat models I've done. Though I do have a white undercoated Defiler sitting on a shelf gathering dust.

Here's a pic of the first eight Morannon Orcs, with the armour done. I paint the first level with a watered down mix of Chainmail and Chaos Black. Once that has dried completely I go over it with Chainmail, then finally highlight with Mithril Silver.


edits: no worries liamrob - we'll post photos at least, so you can see how things go.

@nightsword. I really like that NMM. The only thing I would say is I remember reading a good article on cool mini that recommended putting the darkest parts right next to the lightest parts when doing NMM for the best effect.

10-06-2008, 02:27
@Nightsword: The nmm is looking pretty good so far, you may also want to look at this site: One-Ring NMM Tutorial (http://www.one-ring.co.uk/phpBB2/kb.php?mode=article&k=175). It has a really good guide on what areas to paint etc.

@lorelorn: Nice Morannon orcs! I need to get me a box of those! Btw, do you ever pop into the GW at Brissy Central?

@dax: I'm working on them, I'm working on them:p Though I gotta start finding some more colours than the generic chaos black:scorched brown mix. Interesting that you're using foundations - I haven't tried them out yet. Mind posting a piccy of the rangers on one of your WiP's?

@Ben: anticipating your warriors!

10-06-2008, 03:42
Yes, since I work in the city that is my 'local' GW. I don't play there though, just look at what's new and occasionally buy.

There is a 750 point LotR 1-day tournament at the Mt Gravatt store on June 28, if you're interested. I'll be taking the easterlings and their dragon.

edit: Appartently there is another 1-day LotR event in July, not sure what date though. Plus the GT at GenCon.

another edit: it's the 28th not 27th

10-06-2008, 04:34
There is a 750 point LotR 1-day tournament at the Mt Gravatt store on June 27

Blast. I'll be out of town on that day. End of uni exam celebrations. I always seem to have something pop up when I try attend these events:( Hopefully somehting will crop up in july...

10-06-2008, 07:40
Here you go Crisis_core


Not the best pic. They're still not finished yet about 6 months after starting them.

Cloaks are Orkhideshade basecoat shaded with a mix of Orchide Shade and Black Ink and Black Ink in deepest recesses. Highlights form Orchideshade up to near Dheneb stone but not all the way there.

Skirt - Basecoat Granite, Highlights straight Khemri Brown, Shaded again with Black Ink I should point out I don't wash the black Ink on a carefully paint it into the recessses where I want the shade to go.

The lighter Green is Gretchin Green shaded with Catachan Green highlight up to pure Dheneb stone.

The Brown Gauntlets are Calthan Brown, shaded with Smoke Ink highlighted up to Dheneb stone.

The jackets are Pure Black Highlighted to pure Bone.

The Trousers are Scorched Brown highlighted upto pure Dheneb Stone then Shaded with Black Ink.

and the Flesh started with a Basecoat of Tallarn Flesh.

I made a deliberate choice to only use Foundtaion paints on these and I tend to try and paint most things with them now they're just a lot more natural in colour. The Corsairs have been painted with a 50/50 mix of Necron Abyss and Mordian Blue and my Harad use Mechrite Red as you've seen.

Any others questions fire away.

10-06-2008, 08:12
Thanks a lot mate! They look great! Considering you were using them with foundations, I always thought they were just good for basecoating - obviously I'm completely mistaken :p

10-06-2008, 08:35
@nightsword. I really like that NMM. The only thing I would say is I remember reading a good article on cool mini that recommended putting the darkest parts right next to the lightest parts when doing NMM for the best effect.

Oh cool. Do mean like the colours or the panels? I've tried to make the white and the lightest part towards the bottom, with the darkest bits at the top, but the painters always seem to go back over the edges with white. I've realised that the NMM on the gauntlet arm is actually going the wrong way... It was the way I was holding the mini! Damn... Thanks for the info about the white. May have to try this metal effect on that.

@ Crisis Core- Cheers geezer. In case your interested, I have gandered at this article before:


which is from the guy who did this:


@ Dax: Those rangers look sweet. How did you get the effect on the base?

10-06-2008, 15:55
Nightsword - There is no effect on the base they haven't been done at all yet the white sparycoat has just worn off here and there from handling while painting.

Crisis_Core there still seems to be this idea that foundations are just for basecoats not so but you do need to thin them a bit to use them for normal painting.

10-06-2008, 16:18
Wow Dax they are amazing! How many highlights did you do to get such subtle and smooth blends!?

10-06-2008, 16:37
mmm - checks notes - always write down how you paint your mini's so you'll remember in future I always do I have a big file now.

The cloaks have 7 highlight stages and 2 shades and I see from my notes that I went from Orchide to Knarloc Green first then up towards Dheneb stone - see I wouldn't remember that without the notes.

The Skirt only has 1 highlight and 1 shade - very unlike me but I liked the effect as it was.

The Lighter green has 7 highlights and 2 shades

The Black can have from 4 - 7 Highlights depending on how gradual I want the final result to be.

The Brown Gauntlets and Scorched Brown Trousers have 5 highlights and 2 shades.

The Skin has 6 Highlights and 1 wet blended shade.

It may sound like a lot of work but only the first 2 highlights involve any real work after that your painting less and less area with the final highlight just being a tiny part so quite quick to do.

Kroot Lord
10-06-2008, 18:37
Dax, everything you do is awesome. Even your left over spraypaint on the bases that is flaking away is inspiring to painters!

11-06-2008, 01:16
Well DAX is a hero :D

I know about the highlights ;) Just wondering how many you actually did. Looks actually like 10. On my gaming models i use about 3-5 highlights with 2 washs.

11-06-2008, 09:02
Wow Dax, those rangers are amazing, such a good job. I too am a convert to the new Foundation Paints.

When preparing to paint Rohan I looked at a few different ranges trying to find some natural-looking greens in particular, in vain. The release of the Foundation range came at exactly the right time for me.

11-06-2008, 17:42
minor update, it doesn't compare to whats been posted but all the same.


i added a small bit of trim on the archers i have yet to complete them as i'm running out of paint and it's scorching hot in NJ (about 98-100 degrees) to make a run to get paint.


i have also alternated the paint scheme to include black so all the warriors do not look the same. I still have plenty of work to do but i'm starting to get a handle on how to paint them. As someone said above sometimes you aren't sure what detail is what and have to end up going back and repainting.

So far the list for the first block looks like:
6 warriors w/ spears
6 warriors w/ bows
1 Harad Chieftain (made out of a serpent guard)

when i finish up this batch i will post the 'journal' entry i was talking about when i signed up. Till then i have a million touch ups to do and will most likely brave the intense city weather tomorrow to get more paints. wish me luck!

11-06-2008, 18:20
Wow, I almost forgot about this, didn't know it would start so soon.
Anyway, I've converted my Shagrat and Gothmog, and will post some pics of them when I think about it.
However, I'm kinda busy with exams and all fun at the moment.

11-06-2008, 19:37
Trying pics with natural light and some WIP plastic warriors. One thing I do find is that even though my photo-fu is awful it does show up errors on the model you can't make out normally.

Khazad Guard - I may give these some washes.


WIP warriors of various types (I've got 24 of these at this stage)




11-06-2008, 20:30
What do you mean I have to actually post progress?

No, I didn't promise todo it.

I'm sure it never happened like that, maybe I was misquoted.

Oh, ummm, ok. maybe I wasnt, but still, its me were talking about here...

Yes. Alright, here then...

Umm, hello... this thing on?

Well, it seems I threw myself into this little shindig, and since I did, i should post abit of progress, better late than never huh? :P

Well, I've not started any painting yet, but I have managed to take a photo of part of the army in its various states atm.


The most effort is going into filing off all the symbols from the arnorian shields. Since im thinking im gonna go with either a different symbol, or maybe a few variations, representing individual heraldry.

Its also something im doing in between two other projects for 40k - Crimson Fists and Word Bearers, and to be honest, i've kinda focused on them abit more than them so far. Still. might put paint to brush in the next few days on my first batch of troops for this month :-

10 Warriors of Arnor
5 Hobbit Archers

Is the plan, lets see how it goes...


Sniper Kelly
11-06-2008, 22:11
@cerialkiller195: Nice colour scheme on those warriors. Are you going to do any more work on the bases?

@ben: I like the bright colours used on the plastic dwarves. The bases look good, too.

12-06-2008, 01:13
@cerealkiller: hey mate your haradrim are looking good, I actualy really like the colourscheme you've given them :) I find it always a lot harder to deviate from the 'preset' colourschemes that GW use (like the weak sod I am:p)

@Ben: looking good mate!

@lorelorn: ahh, so the 28th? I'm totally in! I'll get an army cobbled together after my finals finish :) Could you pm me the details of the tourney?

12-06-2008, 04:08
thanks guys, i have to paint the black ring around the base, put some flock and static grass (in patches of course).

tomorrow the weather looks good so i should be able to pick up some washes and some paints that are sorely needed. Hopefully i will get some time to work on the minis before the weekends comes up, as weekend belongs to drinking and women...

13-06-2008, 09:10
Hey all

A little update from me, still no pictures though.

The models I wish to paint are now built, based and undercoated. Already played a couple of battle company games, and I must say Gobbo's rock! 3 games played and 3 wins agains 2 uruk forces and an easterling force.

Managed to recruit myself some more Goblins aswell, so I think I know what next month will be aswell ;)

I'll sort some pictures after the weekend.


13-06-2008, 15:47
so i am not forgotton
so far this week i have got 2 rangers painted...other 3 based and ready to be primed....no pics yet im afraid...get em done soon i promise :)
still need a forlong but he costs soooooo much damn
oh well will get him soon as

13-06-2008, 18:31
Here some small pics of converted Gorbag and Shagrat. Both have shields, as that's how I'll usually field them.
Also some of Shelob, the rocks make her stand straigther and she has a sense of movement.
Bigger pics will be posted when there's more to be shown. First I'll be busy learning some exams.. :rolleyes:

14-06-2008, 09:39
Several posts late, but I'd like to chime in and say that cerealkiller's white trim has really transformed those Harad figures, I like how they are looking.

Death Korp
15-06-2008, 13:36
Absolutly stunning everyone, i am proud of you all :)

To be honest, i haven't started anything as i am concentrating on GCSE exams and mocks.... But i'll make up for it next month :) I feel bad as i am meant to be an example.... :o


15-06-2008, 13:52
To be honest, i haven't started anything as i am concentrating on GCSE exams and mocks....

Mate I know exactly what you mean. I'm in the middle of my psychology exams at uni(although my final test - which is stats...most worthless course ever is on tueday:D)and it's definately hard to get anything done because of the workload. Of course, I've spent my time only doing everything 2 days before each exam:p pretty bad preparation but it gets the job done ><

What you bring forward better knock our socks off!!:p

15-06-2008, 15:59
thank you for the compliments, tonight when i get home from work i will snap some pictures of my current progress. I'm finishing up the last 4 warriors of this group before i get to work on the chieftain and that tops me off for this month.

Not sure what to purchase next i haven't had a chance to travel to the local GW and see if i could drum up any opponents as of yet. I will have to leave a bulletin/notice and see if i can meet someone regularly. I am tempted to get some raiders on horses, but the serpent guard on horses look equally good to paint! Just a difference of $15 US... decisions!

15-06-2008, 18:56
Absolutly stunning everyone, i am proud of you all :)

To be honest, i haven't started anything as i am concentrating on GCSE exams and mocks.... But i'll make up for it next month :) I feel bad as i am meant to be an example.... :o

hey death korp i kno how u feel i finished my AS exams a while bk...and now im startin my year 13 work but i have faith u'll produce some stunning stuff

Sniper Kelly
15-06-2008, 19:59
Hi all,

I've finished my first 12 orcs, although I might add some shields once the Mordor book comes out and I can finalise my army list. It looks like the Shadow Lord costs more points than I estimated, so I might drop a Morannon Orc captain from my list and add some Orc trackers instead.

15-06-2008, 21:47
Very nice Sniper Kelly the armour looks darker now did you shade some more or is it just the pics. Good bases they really add to the minis - I must do some basing soon.

Still haven't put paintbrush to mini since I finished the 9 Corsairs. I'll have to get the Arbalesters done next weekend and the Ballista might go on the long finger the crew are base coated but that's as far as I got. Damn Mordor trolls have been keeping me away from painting, converting them at the moment. See my log for pics.

Sniper Kelly
15-06-2008, 22:22
Hi Dax,

Thanks for the feedback, I started using a darker basecoat for the armour (Bolt gun metal + black).

Good luck with the arbelesters, they're very nice figures to paint, but the pavises can be a bit tricky to attach firmly.

17-06-2008, 15:26
Page 2? Shame on you people. Luckily, Nightsword has arrived with some photobucket goodness, and some advice. First, the pic:


That's a tester for my final colour scheme. Still WIP. Believe it or not, that's a foundation paint basecoat, and wash from the new sets. That's it. No highlights, no blending. Just a base and a wash (well, several washes).

Nightsword's advice: Buy the new washes.

Comments and critiscism welcome, check out my log for more pictures, and further thoughts on the washes.

17-06-2008, 15:59
excellent looking model! i love the purple (i'm a big fan of purple and blues), i also advertise the new washes i picked up a handful and tried them out on the harad. I am very pleased with how they came out, posting a picture when i get a chance. Definitely by tonight though no excuses!

i'm almost finished w/ the 12 warriors i'm still wondering how to convert a serpent guard to a chieftan. I want to do something subtle but makes him stand out..

17-06-2008, 20:19
excellent looking model! i love the purple (i'm a big fan of purple and blues), i also advertise the new washes i picked up a handful and tried them out on the harad. I am very pleased with how they came out, posting a picture when i get a chance. Definitely by tonight though no excuses!

i'm almost finished w/ the 12 warriors i'm still wondering how to convert a serpent guard to a chieftan. I want to do something subtle but makes him stand out..
how bout the simpleset thing cereal of adding a cloak to one of the serpeant guard... or give him say.. a bow and quiver on his back?
i really should get my pics up but i cant find a good camera at the mo sorry guys...forlongs started now so all is going to plan!

17-06-2008, 20:55
Cerealkiller195 do you have any plastic raiders if you do and your not using all the back banners you could put one on a serpent guard to make him stand out - simple conversion. Actually all of my serpent guard will be done that way when I get round to them, I don't like the horns and I didn't use the banners on the raiders.

Just assembled my Arbalesters ready for the weekend, terrible mini's to put together who ever thought that cutting the crossbow in 2 was a good idea should be taken outside and shot :evilgrin: and it's clear that the guy thats normally pictured with the Pavise on his back wasn't designed that way but you can't put the Pavise in front of him.

Nice Elf Nightsword is the armour gold with an Ogyrn flesh wash? doesn't look dark enough to be Devlan mud quick highlight on the edges and that'll look great. I've had a quick mess around with new washes and while I don't see myself using them much (doesn't suit my painting style) I got a few nice effects on test pieces. For wicker basecoat Khaki, a good thick wash of Ogryn Flesh, drybrush Khaki again, drybrush ivory, Light drybrush with white and your done.

18-06-2008, 04:38
I've promised pictures so here they are. I bought some of the GW washes and i'm very impressed by the results. Of course the basing isn't done, but you can get the idea (hopefully) of how the color scheme is and the more or less finished result. I have to add some details and a few touch ups and washes but more or less i'm really happy on the result.




I do not have a raiders box just yet, though that sounds like an excellent idea. I was thinking of adding some sort of back banner to distinguish him i just haven't had the time. Maybe next week sometime i will pick up a box, i was supposed to buy the box this week but social obligations and celebratory birthdays are this week so my cash is tied up in those engagements.

I do have primer so i will work on the spare 12 guys that came in the box (they won't count for much but might as well keep it going right?) i plan to use the next batch as riders that fell off their mounts.

Kroot Lord
18-06-2008, 07:08
Cereal, they don't seem to work!

18-06-2008, 07:13
I'll post my completed Cave Troll as soon as I get home from Hong Kong on 28th June. Everyone's efforts are looking great so far.

18-06-2008, 07:52
The painting on this thread so far has been so good I'm ashamed to post my work so far..

I've finished this months work 12 harad spear and one banner on foot, I've already started on next months because of a one day tournament at the end of this month.

Here are the 12 spearmen and banner (I did paint a few extras)



And the whole army so far 2000 odd points of harad




18-06-2008, 09:57
@ Cereal: Cheers geezer. The purple was bit of an experiment, not really a colour i have painted before. Your models look great, though maybe a bit too much wash on them for me. Saying that, my favourites are in the second pictures, which clearly had the most wash on. Good stuff.

@ Dax: It was gryphonne sepia on the armour plates, with devlan mud painted into the recesses. I actually altered my painting style to try these bad boys out. I'm a big fan of using the same colour on all bits (can't remember the name of the technique). What I mean is, everything bar the robe has a bit of brown in it, whether it the basecoat or the wash.

Right then, must get these finished.

18-06-2008, 16:05
thank you, i originally painted rotten flesh inked w/ vallejo then painted another layer of paint before adding the GW wash as i did example 1 and 3, but with the 2nd group i just painting rotting flesh and used vallejo ink. lol decisions decisions

Sniper Kelly
18-06-2008, 22:10
@arobe: No need to be ashamed, they look fine to me - that's a very distinctive colour scheme you're using.

Also, I see some watchers of Kharna in the background - will you be using a similar paint scheme on those?

19-06-2008, 00:46
Wow arobe, i'm currently re-doing my haradrim since the new army book. But yours are awesome :D

My army has 4 boxes of raiders 2 boxes of haradrim a mumak and commanders etc.
I have plans for another mumak and another 4 boxes of haradrim raiders.

Now thinking of it i'm going to add in more boxes of haradrim as well :D

The work in this log is really inspiring. It is that inspiring i am actually going to make a dwarf army :p

19-06-2008, 05:54
I like the sigils of defiance on that Mumak. Very nice.

Intrepid Adventurer
19-06-2008, 06:18
Gah, you guys all rock. I've had an insane months so far and I hope I can finish up some of my stuff next week to keep up! Very nice work everyone!

19-06-2008, 10:57
Arobe, don't put yourself down, they look real good.

Intrepid adventurer, Death Krops, where are the pics? :D

Death Korp
19-06-2008, 11:23
arobe: Nice Harad lads there, you have more Harad then i do Evil Armies :D

Everyone else: Nice work, you're all putting me to shame :)

Right, i feel like a git, so i am going to finish some Kataphracts for this month. Feeling unwell and mocks and GCSEs all over the place won't stop me......will it? :D


Kroot Lord
19-06-2008, 21:02
Never will exams, ilnesses, deaths, apocalypses, hippopotomi or wives stop us from painting one hundred points of LotR a month!


19-06-2008, 21:55
Never will exams, ilnesses, deaths, apocalypses, hippopotomi or wives stop us from painting one hundred points of LotR a month!


Indeed not!

However, World of Warcraft seems to be doing so well in my case!


20-06-2008, 07:01
@arobe: No need to be ashamed, they look fine to me - that's a very distinctive colour scheme you're using.

Also, I see some watchers of Kharna in the background - will you be using a similar paint scheme on those?

I've just finished them and there the reversed paint scheme of the normal models

e.g. Brown leggings, yellow head scarves and belts and blue cloaks

I'm trying to make them stand out as elites, serpent guard have the armour on the models but the watchers tend to look similar to the normal troops IMO

Thanks for all the support guys


Kroot Lord
20-06-2008, 09:19
Just an update from me. I have now painted 80 points, no heroes included.

2 Clansmen
2 Dol Amroth men at Arms

Those you've seen, these are new:

2 Rangers of Gondor
1 Knight of Dol Amroth with horse
1 Knight of Dol Amroth

I'll post pictures of them when I can. I'm going to be painting another mounted Knight today, bringing it up to 99 points, and then paint a hero (Boromir of the Fellowship to be precise). After that I'll see what I'm going to paint.

20-06-2008, 10:20
@ Kroot lord: Don't believe you ;)

@ Arobe: Do we got more pics? :D

@ Heldane: Don't give in, LOTR beckons. :cool:

@ Death Korp: Hope you feel better, but enough excuses! LOTR don't paint themselves :p

22-06-2008, 11:42
hey guys i need some help
i've been thinkin about my banner bearer and i dont like the idea that GW did with the banner bearer holding it like a pike...so i've decided 2 convert it so his pike arm is up...but i want something else to distinguish him like being helmetless but i duno which head to choose....help?
but off topic i've got 1 and a half rangers left to paint, got my next batch bein preped for paintin...which are the axmen...i'll try and get my friend 2 take snaps of the pics sorry for the delay...lost my only camera

22-06-2008, 13:09
I've now completed and varnished my 24 dwarf warriors, and I'll be starting on the next months pledge imminently. Point total is now 331.

They aren't the best minis I have ever painted, but they are a decent gaming standard. And now I can begin my characters, which will take me well over 500.

22-06-2008, 18:05
Finally painted the Arbalesters:


After flying off to a good start I struggled to get these painted. I have to let the sand dry them I'll base all 12 Corsairs over the next week ready for the big reveal in July. The Ballista isn't going to get done this month but it was just an extra piece anyway.

The problems I had with the blues going grainy was definitely the paint. i used new ultramarine blue and wolf grey and no problem lesson learned don't use paint thats been sitting in the drawer for nearly 2 years even if it hasn't been used before. I did a bit off experimenting with Badab Black and Gryphonne Sepia on the metals I ended up mixing Badab black with black ink so that my shading went from Black ink to a 50/50 mix to Badab Black. I think I might use them like this in future. The Sepia was washed on here and there to get a slight rust effect but I think it's to subtle.

Death Korp
23-06-2008, 06:01
Right, here we are, not another excuse, and to show that i am doing SOMETHING!


WIP Horses


WIP Riders

Right, off to do a Scienece GCSE :( Wish me luck !

@Dax: Areblasters are looking ace!

@Everyone else: Nice work :)


23-06-2008, 08:18
I hope u don't have to spell science for your exam Death Korps :D Nice to see some progress, but maybe thin your paints a little, the gold looks a little chunky in the pics :angel: remember, two thin coats are always better than one thick coat.

Dax: They looking effin fantastic. Top marks, give him a golden daemon... when he finishes the bases :D

Death Korp
23-06-2008, 14:49
@Nightsword: Git :D I have done 2 thin coats, its probably the photo that makes it look thicker :angel:

Got back from SCIENCE (There, spelt it right :P) and all is fine. Just going to relax tonight, might do some more on the Kataphrakts if i'm up to it :)


23-06-2008, 15:13
Cool. Hope your "scienece" (feel better now? :P) exam went well ;)

And get on with the kataphrakts! :D

Intrepid Adventurer
23-06-2008, 16:05
Can I be totally rude and simply finish my Elladan and Elrohir for this month? That's 100+ points, IIRC... ^_^

Now to find my camera...

Death Korp
23-06-2008, 16:29
@Intrepid Adventurer: As long as it =100pts and over, then its ok. They're 140pts without upgrades IIRC.

@Nightsword: Git :D


23-06-2008, 16:50
My mordor army has just arrived, and in record time!! I have painted the first morannon orcs, just 23 left to do!
Ok here are my rubbish photos!
The other one doesnt seem to work so ill attatch it

24-06-2008, 09:27

Leviro my eyes are burning and my screen needs to be bigger! Reduce the size of the picture please :p

Dax the painting is superb! just like always :D

Dk are you going to apply some wash or contrast to the gold? But you said it's just 2 thin coats atm so i guess it is just a basecoat...

Kroot Lord
24-06-2008, 17:51
Leviro: the picture is a lie! GW is a lie! GW's models are a lie! Morannon Orcs are a lie! How can these so called "new" Orcs have been produced in 1970?


24-06-2008, 17:56
Ah that is a problem with my camera, every time you switch it on it says you are in 1970, trust me its very confusing
sorry about the size of the photos, now painted 4 morannon orcs

25-06-2008, 00:27
LOL! just noticed that,

Leviro what you can do is host your piccies on photobucket and then before you click upload change the cropping size to i think it's 760 x 600 or something close to that :D

Kroot Lord
25-06-2008, 08:08
Hmm, weird camera. My advice is spank it a few times, it seems to work.

Anyway, back on topic. The Orcs look good, especially the armour looks evil.

25-06-2008, 09:52
Hehe, well, that Orc surely has a 70's haircut...

dax.. those guys are great! Very nice..

25-06-2008, 13:17
Ok got some more photos from 2008, resized them too

there is an eye on the shield, you can just make it out

Skin needs a bit of work on this one but...

Hope everyone belives me (i do live in 2008)

25-06-2008, 18:20
Leviro that second orc with the spear looks great!

Doesn't look like i will get a chance to pick up that raiders box to deck out my chieftan before the month is done so i will have to improvise something snazzy.

Intrepid Adventurer
25-06-2008, 21:00
I really like those Orcs. I think you picked the right colours.

Elladan & Elrohir are almost done. I just need to find that camera! Sorry!

25-06-2008, 21:15
Really liking those Orcs Leviro the grey works really well on them.

I've started to base my Corsairs they just seem to take for ever 1 night to PVA and sand let set, 2nd night to Ink let dryt (this is where I'm at now), 3rd night to drybrush and flock! but they'll be done for Tuesday

Sniper Kelly
25-06-2008, 23:09
@Leviro - I like the way you've painted the armour on those Orcs - very effective.

25-06-2008, 23:19
Leviro: the armour looks fab, but perhaps the skin needs a little shading.

Despite early progress, i'm still learning this NMM, so my first month maybe jokered... but not yet. Soon as the painting comp is out the way, expect haldir and two bowmen.

25-06-2008, 23:44
@Death Korp: Nice looking easterlings mate, although as someone has already said, the gold is looking a little thick

@Leviro: Like the orcs, although I reckon the skin could use another highlight or two. The armour is really nice and grungy though:D

Small update here(well, a no-pic update anyway ><), I've started on the next two Rangers, with 3 more to do after this - the previous ones took too much time to do because of my indecisiveness which might be bit of a fatal mistake. I'll be cramming in everything during the lead-up to the end of the month as I've got a few mini's to finish before a tourney on saturday.

Sort of reminds me of exam cramming :|

26-06-2008, 06:15
I haven't finished my Morannons yet, but like Leviro I have also used drab colours for their clothing rather than the brighter red of GW.

They may stronger than the average orc, but they're still scum. Ash-encrusted cloth and rags stripped from the dying, that is all they get.

I also like your armour effect leviro

26-06-2008, 08:19
Thanks everyone, i agree that the skin needs a bit of work.
I should be finnished painting by tomorrow, just one morannon orc and a captain left to do.
the colors i used were actually a mistake, i was going to use darker grey (like nazgul) on the cloth, but i just turned out like that. the armour had 2 washes, and they really work on anything. i used devlan mud, but before i tried washing entire models with devlan mud (even white cloth) and it worked really well.

Everyone, use the new washes there great!
(sorry no new photos)

27-06-2008, 11:45

This is a photo I took to check out for errors, because the camera never lies!:

And these are comparison shots with my previous NMM attempts. Not sure on the scalemail, and the NMM on the fins and chest need further highlights. Just thought I'd share for any critiscisms and comments:



27-06-2008, 14:54
@Nightsword: Hey mate your NMM is looking pretty good, although I reckon the scale mail could use some more differentiation as at the moment it sort of just blends into the pauldrons. I'll be watching your Haldir with interest as I'm doing my own right at this very moment!!

27-06-2008, 14:59
What's a pauldron crisis? The thing is with Haldir is there's a funny sort of curve on the scalemail, on the right hand side, that really puts things out. GW's have it as well, but there's is metallics and stuff, and they place random highlights on it.

Hopefully mine will live up to the expectations.

27-06-2008, 15:12
When I say pauldrons, I mean the actual *metal* parts of Haldir's armour(I actually have no idea if I was using pauldron in the right context >< ). The scale mail and the armour look to be both ending up as the same colour. The GW one (for instance) has a sort of chestnut/darkflesh hue to it so it contrasts with the brighter golds of the armour.

Still, you are doing NMM, I took the easy way out and am using normal metallics :p

27-06-2008, 15:22
More photos, this time the captain, now ive finnished for the month, just a few last minuit changes to some faces...

Now all togeter

27-06-2008, 15:35
Ah, cheers Crisis. I thought about NMM silver on the scalemail, what do you reckon? I've got the WD with the Haldir masterclass in (quite old...). I thought about resorting to metallics, but then the NMM gold might look brown (it does a bit anyway...). I might have a look for a copper NMM.

Looking good Leviro

28-06-2008, 18:43
small update i didn't get a chance to buy the raider box to attach the back banner to my chieftain. So i will have to go ahead and just paint him for now maybe in a week or two i'll be able to head down to the store and get a box of raiders. Also finished basing the warriors so pics coming soon with everything completed and the first small 'journal entry'

Death Korp
28-06-2008, 21:26
Sorry guys for not posting in a while here, been busy :)
(Damn Spanish and 40K)

@Leviro: I love the Mordor models, they look really sweet! I need to get some Morranon Orcs too!

@Nightsword: Good progress, the NMM is really coming on!

Realy need to finish the Kataphrakts i have, i have nearly done them, except for making a banner bearer. I may be a couple of points short this month... :(


Mr Feral
28-06-2008, 22:44
I think my time management skills have failed me again, because we have 2 days left (I think) and I haven't finished this month's batch for either force yet. I'll probably have to pull out of doing the Arnor force because of real life complications (or "empty wallet syndrome" as I like to call it ;))

29-06-2008, 06:37
Here, at the nick of time, I have completed my Morannons for this month. Now you will note this is 68 points, not 100. In August (most likely) I'll be paiting the Troll Chieftain, who clocks in at 140, which will make up the difference.



My apologies for the blurriness, it wasn't taken in the best light.

Kroot Lord
29-06-2008, 10:15
The pictures may not be the best, but somehow it does something to the models that makes them look very different, but not in a bad way. The armor looks great, so do the shields and the faces, although the last is hard to see correctly.

Update time: I've finished 99 points and I am working on Boromir. Pictures of the two mounted Knights of Dol Amroth:




Kroot Lord
29-06-2008, 10:18
And the Knight of Dol Amroth on foot:



And the two rangers:



Kroot Lord
29-06-2008, 10:19
And a "Work in Progress" Boromir:




29-06-2008, 10:33
@ Lorelorn: You still have time to take better pics.

@ Death Korps: Cheers geezer. And you'll have to make it up to us next month... what sort of example are you setting?

@ Mr Feral: Nooooooo!!! (ps. I still haven't finished my batch yet...)

@ Kroot Lord: Boromir lookes cool, but I think the red on the knights could do with an extra layer of colour or a highlight. Looking good fella.

29-06-2008, 22:21
Kroot Lord: Nice crisp basic colours are the foundation of painting minis this small, very nice Boromir.

Lorelorn: Nice, particularly the bases. However would a watered down dark wash be a good idea? I don't know what washes you've applied, or indeed, how bright looking morannon orcs should be.

Kroot Lord
30-06-2008, 09:06
Nightsword and Ben: Thanks! I think I'll go for another highlight of Blood Red mixed with Red Gore or Scab Red (probably Red Gore), but I do not want it to look too bright.

Also another update, but without pictures, I've finished another Clansmen, and have now painted eyes on all my models (Boromir's eyes were my first eyes I ever painted and I thought they looked good, so I did it on the other models too. I'm quite happy with the results!

30-06-2008, 09:12
If you don't want it too bright, add the highlights/extra layers and then wash with either devlan mud or baal red. It will tone it right back down and blend in the highlights.

Death Korp
30-06-2008, 17:30
Nice work lorelon and Kroot lord, you must be proud of yourselves :)

As for me, well.... (cue poor photo)


70pts done, but didn't do the last 30 :( Oh well, i'll make it up next month :)


30-06-2008, 19:31
Massive problems and disaster. I'm stuck on the scalemail and it become clogged and crap and probably needs stripping. Tomorrow may be jokered. Damn and blast...

UPDATE: Right, I've selectively applied nail varnish remover to the area in question, and managed to scrap the crap off. Yay! Also managed to wreck two fins, bad times... Right, here goes again.