Monday, January 14, 2013

Basing my Gondor troops

Ok I cheated. I got very lucky when it comes to painting up my figures for LOTR. My good friend, who I like to call Thor, paints about 1000 times faster than I do, and he doesn't mind painting up my figures as long as he gets to play with them.  Maybe he's impatient cause if he waited for me, the 5th Age of man would start.

So anyway he painted up 72 Warriors of Minas Tirith and 6 Knights of Minas Tirith. I think that is 3 box sets and all the figures in the Return of the King box set. Here are a few of the figures.

I had him not paint the bases as I wanted to do it. His basing style is different from mine, so if I did the bases that would help give what he did and what I did a more uniform look. Now I am in the process of painting and grassing the bases.

The steps I take to finish the bases is not that hard, but I think looks pretty good on the table top. The first obsessive compulsive thing I do is weight the base. The plastic figures are so light and can bounce all over the place. It bugs me enough to take an extra step basing my figures. I buy lead fishing weights at Walmart, smash them flat with a hammer and Zap Gap them to the bottom of the bases.

Then I texture the bases, with a Liquitex Texture Gel, Resin Sand. That's the white stuff drying.

  Next I paint the whole thing brown with a craft paint, Americana Dark Chocolate. After the first coat dries, I dry brush a mixture of the same paint with white mixed in.

The next step is a few random highlights. If there is a big chunk of the texture gel, I will painted it gray as a stone. Not to many, just a few here and there.

Then add static grass and paint the base ring green. I might also add in some grass tufts, again not to many. I use Army Painter Highland Tufts. I like the contrast of the darker grass on the greener static grass. Army Painter Tufts

And Done. 24 Minas Tirith Swordsmen ready to battle Evil in Middle-Earth.

Only 48 more to go.

Ciao for now, Xin

1 comment:

  1. 'THOR'? OH REALLY hmm...I will agree my basing is not up to yours, great job. Don't stop now, go man go!!!