Arwen and Frodo

Another figure done for the journey books. Not a bad model this one but I think Arwens face is a bit on the dodgy side. Not sure what happened with the Arwen sculpts during this timeframe as the foot Arwen is a terrible model and would be high up on a list of the worst models in the range. On the other hand the newer sculpt of Arwen is a beautiful model and one of my favorites of the range. I have the newer sculpt in the paint queue and I am looking forward to getting that one painted up.


The scenario in the journey book has the option of using Glorfindel to replay what happens in the book rather than the film so I will have to get him on the painting table soon.

I have also been converting a few bits to try and fill some gaps in the ranges now that some models are no longer available. The first batch of these are my Corsair alabasters. These were made using the plastic corsair models with crossbow arms from the Perry miniatures European mercenary box set. I have done a total of eight of these along with a converted Bosun/captain to lead them. I will get updated pictures of these guys up once I have them painted but that might be a while away.


Corsair alabaster conversions
Corsair alabaster conversions

Having been inspired by the new film I have also been working through some of the Hobbit bits I have. I have finished 10 Mirkwood rangers and Bard. The Master of laketown and an eagle are on the painting table at the moment. I really need to get on and get some more photos done.


Priming Miniatures

Priming your miniatures seems to be a question that pops up on a regular basis on various forums so I thought I would put up a quick post on how I prime my figures.

I now do all my priming with Vallejo surface primer.

Vallejo surface primer
Vallejo surface primer

I used to use various spray primers but I now brush prime everything. This way I can be assured of getting a good even coverage over all the miniature making sure no detail is obscured and that awkward to reach areas are primed which can often be missed with a spray primer. Spay primers are smelly, messy and you can’t prime reliably when it’s too humid or too cold (normally to cold in the UK). With the brush on primer I can prime my figures indoors and in any weather so I can get them done anytime. It also works out loads cheaper. I bought the Vallejo primers for £9.99 from Boyes and for that you get 200ml. It’s also widely available at various model shops and online stores. I have lost track of the amount of miniatures I have primed and I still have three quarters of the bottle to go.

The next question is what colour to prime. The Vallejo primers are available in a few different colours but I only ever use black and white primers. Having said that I prime 99% of my figures black and only prime a figure in white if it’s going to predominantly white or very light coloured. The only figure I have recently primed white is Gandalf the white. I also sometimes prime horses white if they are going to end up white or light gray. I find that a black undercoat suites the generally muted colours of the Lord Of The Rings range very well.

The method is very straight forward and there is not much to say on it to be honest. I would recommend not using your best brushes for this and although it’s tempting don’t use something too big, something along the lines of a number 2 brush is ideal. I am currently using a past its best army painter regiment brush.  As with all painting give the bottle a good shake, make sure you don’t overload your brush and give the model a nice even coverage of the primer.

Army of the dead

I recently finished of the last half of the army of the dead figures along with the king of the dead. I went for the bog standard green movie look and it was dead easy to do (see what I did there). A white undercoat followed by codex grey over the whole figure. I then picked out some of the details like beards, armour etc and did a heavy dry brush of a relevant colour on these bits e.g. a brown for the beards. I then gave them a wash with green ink and following that a light white dry brush. I now have 24 of these guys with the king to lead them. Unfortunately for points matches there are no army of the dead captains and with the maximum warband size being 12 this means that if I wanted to field more than 12 of them they would be lead by a Dol Amroth captain or similar. Maybe I can come up with a suitable conversion for one. I have a couple of the metal warriors of the dead figures I picked up in a trade so I might be able to do something with them as the base.

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This little guy was painted about 9 years ago. I went for a sickly look using the old dheneb stone foundation paint highlighted up. I think it’s nice little sculpt and it captures the film Gollum really well. I enjoyed painting him and think he came out fairly well.

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I recently picked up a different Gollum sculpt with him clambering over some rocks. I still have half a pot of dheneb stone left so I am going to go for a similar pint job. It will be interesting to see how my painting has changed (if at all) over the years. I suspect the standard will be similar but I will probably finish him much quicker.

Gondor roll call

Thought I would do a couple of pictures of all the painted Gondor forces I have as I have been working on this army recently and it’s my most complete. I still have a fair few things to complete and there are a couple of bits I don’t have that I would ultimately like to add.

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So far I have the following painted

  • 8 x guards of the fountain court
  • 6 x citadel guard with spear
  • 12 x archers
  • 8 x spears
  • 7 x swords
  • 6 x knights
  • Foot and mounted banner bearer
  • 14 x rangers
  • Faramir in armour, foot and mounted and as a ranger
  • Boromir armoured on foot
  • Damrod
  • Cirion
  • Mandril
  • Denathor
  • Pippin in gondor armour

Still to come

I have the following miniatures some of which are currently work in progress

  • A bolt thrower
  • A trebuchette
  • 12 x osgilith veterans conversions
  • 12 x rangers
  • 8 x sword and shield guys
  • Mounted boromir
  • Knight of the tree (converted)
  • Aragorn as king foot and mounted

And I would like to add

  • 6 x citadel guard archers
  • 6 x metal knights which I would like to convert to citadel guard
  • Beregond
  • Boromir whith the banner
  • Another banner on foot