Painting Update – 5th October 2020

I had a small slump in my painting output recently – essentially several days when I really didn’t feel like picking up a paint brush. Whilst I have been an advocate of trying to paint little and often, I think there are times when you just have to go with it and give yourself a break. As it was, in this instance after a few days I returned to the painting table and manged to make some decent progress.

My current project is painting all the miniatures from the Shadowed Paths expansion for Journeys in Middle Earth from Fantasy Flight Games.

First up were some Pit Goblins. I ended up painting the flesh on these twice, as the first attempt left the skin too green, and they didn’t match my Goblins from the core box set. The flesh is a 50/50 mix of Citadel Goblin Green with Coat d’Arms Mid Grey, which gives a better look. Whilst I realise that Tolkien Goblins weren’t described as green skinned, much of the artwork from the FFG LOTR Card Game has them with this skin colour, so I was happy to go with it – plus it helps differentiate the figures from the Orcs.

Speaking of which, these miniatures are Orc Taskmasters – the only new Orc miniatures in the expansion. Again, these are painted with a mix of Citadel Contrast paints (Browns & Black) and more traditional paint/wash method for the skin.

Finally I painted a couple of Cave Trolls over this last weekend. I am really pleased with how these turned out, considering they were a bit of an experiment.

I painted a Hill Troll in the Core Box, using some artwork with gave the Troll a light green skin tone. The artwork I had seen for Cave Trolls had grey skin, but with a distinct green tone (they are Trolls, after all). I decided to try and achieve this by painting the skin grey with several layers of drybrushed highlights, painting the scales Contrast Black Templar, with an extra grey highlight, and then giving all the skin a wash of Army Painter Military Shader (which is an Olive Green version of Strong Tone) – I was really pleased with the result I achieved. The rest of the model was painted with Contrast Paints – Gore Grunta Fur, Snakebite Leather, Wyldwood and Skeleton Horde. This meant that I achieved a really pleasing finish on the models in a very short space of time.

I am really impressed with all the browns in the GW Contrast line as they give a fantastic highlight/shade result from a single coat. Whilst they aren’t great for all situations, I have found these paints easy to use and generally give a pretty decent finish – certainly good enough for the tabletop quality I am looking to achieve – so I am continuing to expand my collection of these.

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