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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Painting Guide, The Hobbit: Escape from Goblin Town - Goblin Town Terrain

Hi All,

Continuing my EfGT painting guides, this one is a slight departure as its of the terrain itself, rather than any of the miniatures. I decided about a week ago that I wanted to get the terrain painted. Firstly, as it would help spare me on to complete the minis & secondly, I thought I may use it to photograph the finished minis on. You will notice in the last pic below I have my finished Bilbo (with added static grass tufts) posing on a piece of terrain.

As for painting guide I am going to cheat a little, as I have basically copied the YouTube guides of a couple of others. Namely Luke at Luke's APS - Luke  & Steve over at Top Table wargaming Steve. These will give you all the info you need to complete the terrain to a good standard & importantly, very quickly.

I just wanted to add a couple of pointers to what they already cover in their vids. Starting with the paint, I used Wilkinson's Emulsion tester pots (£1 each) 'Java Bean' & Cornish Icecream'. The Java Bean is ideal for wood, I mixed this with a little water & a drop of washing up liquid before applying to the whole terrain. Next I added a little of the Cornish Icecream to the Java Bean (without thinning) & dry brushed everywhere. A second lighter (more targeted) drybrush was applied with more of the Cornish Icecream in the mix.

The hardest part was picking out all the details, which are mainly bones. I did this with watered down Cornish Icecream. I then added some serious colours to clothing, wraps etc by adding my regular miniature paints to the Cornish Icecream.

Next up was the main wash (as seen in the vids). Pledge multi surface wax, black & sepia ink were liberally applied in two coats. I used a large brush, rather than dipping. The only drawback to this otherwise fantastic method is that it dries glossy. this is remedied with a good coat or two of matt varnish (which i did next). That the point I chosen to stop with this terrain, you could of course add further highlighting if you want to.


As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

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