View Full Version : There and back again..

24-07-2008, 00:17
Hello there! Back in january or february or so I went and bought the 'Mines of Moria' box in a fit of LotR-Online induced middle-earth fever, (or something to that effect will work as an excuse for buying minis) and after the first giddy feeling and sense of lightheadedness had worn off I promptly set out to paint the fellowship..

..Only for some reason I thought that batch painting them would be a good way to set about getting them finished quick and easy. Well that went out the window and eventually they all ended up collecting dust with poor excuses for painting covering them halfway.

Now lately I've gotten some positive feedback on my finished warhammer stuff, and all of a sudden I felt inclined to try theese guys for a change of pace what with my current Orc & Goblin and Dwarf collections pretty much finished. Some break fluid and toothbrush action later I had nine riders in black (undercoats) ready for paint again.

Enough drab dribble, I give you Young Master Baggins in a semi finished WIP state:


And here is Boromir in all his Sean Bean inspired awesomeness:



I'm still not sure how and if to highlight chaos black so that it doesn't appear as grey lines, might just leave it as is for now.

24-07-2008, 00:25
The LotR minis seem to be somewhat smaller and with more realistic bodies than Warhammer, and it's certainly abit fiddly to pick out fingers and toes etc for hightlighting. But the minis look decent enough for a plastic starter box and it's fun to try something different!

Here is I think the worst sculpt of the lot, but meh, noone likes elves anyway!
Step forth, Legolas:



There doesn't seem to be much LotR painting going on out there, hopefully you will enjoy these fellows. Please comment and let me know what you think!

24-07-2008, 12:32
Another quick update here. Sam Gamgee went pretty fast after I had decided what colours I wanted:



Hope you like them!

24-07-2008, 15:15
I like the muted tones, very apt for the more realistically proportioned LotR models, and faithful to the films' art direction.

I assume you're using washes which should make the process rather quicker. I've had the metal fellowship since release and might follow your example.

24-07-2008, 22:05
These mini's are really nice mate! I'll have to agree with you on Legolas, out of the box he really has the weakest sculpt of them all, 'Eavy Metal could of at least tried to make him seem as if he was looking at the target :p

You know what? I think your right about the whole LoTR thing, which is a shame seeing as the range has some really great sculpts. You've inspired me to start a log mate!

25-07-2008, 09:56
@feugan - Yes, I really felt like theese minis deserve more muted tones; Badab Black and Devlan Mud are used to great effect! ;)

@Crisis_Core - Haha, yeah, Legolas is obviously so good at shooting a bow he doesn't even need to aim! And I'm glad to see you started your blog, definetly inspiring stuff and great painting.

I'm making headway, here is Pippin; the highlights look abit rough in theese photos, they are smoother IRL, honest!



Thanks for looking, cheers for now!

25-07-2008, 17:52
Good stuff so far, I like your Boromir. Do you have anything else planned other that moria?

27-07-2008, 04:33
Looks good. How are you going to base those guys?

27-07-2008, 11:40
I was thinking of something like this for bases:



Trying for the rough stone floor of the mines, building it up with greenstuff. What do you think?

27-07-2008, 11:42
And here are two WIP's of Aragorn:



27-07-2008, 17:20
To the question of highlight black, so that it doesn't just look gray, for fabric I mix in bronzed flesh (http://home.comcast.net/~kotobuki99/wh40k/Vengeance/raziel.jpg).

03-08-2008, 19:32
That is an interesting colour you use to highlight black, it looks good though!

I've been abit busy lately, but here is finally another update. Gandalf, Gimli and Merry pretty much finished:


A group shot this time, since the camera seems to hate me theese days this was the only picture looking decent enough! :confused:

Anyway, please let me know what you think.

03-08-2008, 22:31
I think they look pretty damn nice to be honest. Gandalf is great! If i'm nitpicking, I'd say gimli's face isn't as good as Gandalf's, and his beard might benefit from a further highlight. But hey, what do I know?

05-08-2008, 14:55
I was taking some pictures of my warhammer dwarfs, so I thought I'd take a groupshot of the finished Fellowship:


05-08-2008, 15:09
Looks great! makes me want to paint the fellowship.....

*resisting urge to purchase*

10-10-2008, 11:12
Small update to this log; I finally got around to painting some moria goblins!

I wanted to portray them as they appear in the Movie, none of this green skin and red clothes crap that GW have going in their guides. Here is what I came up with:



Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!

10-10-2008, 21:52
I totally agree about the "green skin and red clothes crap" Remark! Gimili looks very good, and the rest of the fellowship is top notch as well!

14-10-2008, 08:52
''Here lies Balin, son of Fundin, Lord of Moria..''

Well I finished the first batch of Moria Goblins, and started playing around with some ideas for a small gameboard around Balins Tomb. This is what I've come up with so far, nothing glued in place yet though:



05-12-2008, 12:11
The Moria game board is coming along well, I have some minor details left but it's mostly done:




Fit for a King under the mountain hopefully!

05-12-2008, 12:14
Who goes there?


-They have a Cave Troll!



This fellow is seriously big, he even makes the pillars looks small!

Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think, input is always valued.

Lord Dan
06-12-2008, 04:10
So it's official- you need to keep working now. :)

Looks great. The goblins look fantastic- probably the first I've seen that actually look like they were in the movie.

The board looks good, albiet a bit sparse. You could add some pillars made of foam to the outer edges, and make the wrap-around walkway they had in the movie for an elevated effect.

14-12-2008, 12:16
Thanks for your positive feedback!

I intentionally didn't add alot of extra to make the board more play-friendly, as we are still just learning how this game works. I still have a batch of moria goblins to finish yet, so hopefully I'll get too it during holidays.. it's the cleaning up mould-lines part that always makes me put it off.. ;/

14-12-2008, 12:24
Excellent work but you know what's next?


05-06-2009, 22:21
Balrog ! :skull:

I really like your minis Yorrick, you paint really well. This makes me want to buy the fellowship and paint them (I'd love to be as good as you ... ), I just love the models. But I musn't, I must keep to money for other stuff, keep my money I must :rolleyes:

13-06-2009, 20:54
This was really good.
I really liked how it went from just finishing the fellowship, to making an entire moria board. keep up the good work.

30-09-2009, 19:22
It's been ages since I last posted in this thread it seems, thanks everyone for your kind input! :)

While mostly painting Warhammer Fantasy stuff, I've recently finished some Rangers of Middle-Earth. I went for a more sombre paintscheme than the regular green Robin Hood stuff. Please feel free to comment and critique!


30-09-2009, 19:40
Those rangers are looking awesome, the best minis in the thread (yet ;)). I completely agree with the colour choices.

But, with this thread title I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of The Hobbit inspired stuff. I just bought some LotR dwarven rangers, I want to paint them like Thorin's gang. Besides, I like that the LotR dwarves seem more like the dwarves in the books, and not GWs Warhammer gunline crap. You don't get the name "Oakenshield" by hiding behind a cannon...

30-09-2009, 20:42
Your painting has certainly improved in a year. Good work!

30-09-2009, 23:14
Thank you for the praise! I'm glad you can actually tell me I'm getting better. They do say that to get better at painting you have to keep at it and practice so I guess that works! :)

..and yes, I too would like to paint Thorins fellowship! Here's to hoping the Hobbit movie spawns some excellent miniatures! Until then, I guess I might have to invest in some dwarf rangers aswell hehe!

01-10-2009, 01:49
I love the back of the capes! They have great depth and the "weathering" looks fantastic!

01-10-2009, 10:33
I like!
I'm thinking about gettin back into LOTR, sadly I don't know anyone that plays.

The rangers scheme you chosen isbetter than GW!
Love it!

01-09-2010, 16:01
The 1st figures I painted where LOTR rangers...Needless to say, these bring back good/bad memories of my first miniature that I ever painted! Very nice work on the gray, how did you do it?

01-09-2010, 17:00
Oo those rangers are lookin good! keep it up!