Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ranger retouched and rebased

Just a quickie today.  I did a quick touch up on an old ranger with the goal of dotting I's (or, eyes in this case) and crossing T's in my mostly done painted collection.  Even with my workload I can fit in one mini to polish and wind up at a time.

The photo is crappy, but it's more about charting progress.

In the years since he was first painted, I have learned a great deal, and I thought it worth noting.
First thing I did was thoroughly dust the mini and give it some lahmium medium coats to matt the surface down ready for new paint.
The main upgrade in my technique is using strong contrast between shadows and highlights to make the model pop on the gaming table and in dim light. Though he was originally subtly shaded, I kicked him up a notch witha few simple glaze passes and some edging.  Deeper washes punched out the flesh and seperated the fingers.
The base was decorated with rotten wood, tufts and leaf litter to really sell the outdoorsy aspect of the character.


  1. This looks really good and would stand out on the table perfectly. This revamp idea is something I need to think about doing right now. I'm painting up 6 J. Guthrie personalities from Grenadier to use on the table, and my highlights are very subtle. I can't see them from more than a foot a way. I guess it is time to do some dark washes on the flesh and the glazing technique on the clothes to make the pop.

  2. He's one of my all time favourites, and the one in my collection has been painted more than a few times. If I recall, he is a paladin rather than a ranger.

  3. Now that's a finished mini! How do you get that rotten wood effect? It's a very nice touch.

  4. Bravo for your blog !

    I am also an enthusiast of the old citadel miniatures.
    Your miniature of FARENDIL of the HEROES OF DUNGEONQUEST, is realy good.

    It is a whole time(period)!

    Really an excellent blog.

  5. I used rotten wood! Crumbled, then sealed with acrylic varnish to halt the decay.