Monday, June 11, 2012

Whom Do You Serve? Saruman!!!

As I mentioned in the last post, I have had a couple of Saruman miniatures in my painting queue for....well, forever.  While version two is still under construction, I had a moment to snap a few photographs of the first one.

I painted this version from a dark undercoat of brown up to a final highlight of almost pure white.  I struggled with each highlight stage though to keep the white and brown mix from turning too pink but remembered an article I read years ago about adding a bit of yellow to offset the the pink hue.  The technique worked pretty well.  I'm working in the opposite direction in version two where I'll be starting light and washing to get the appropriate shades.  The latter option is certainly going much faster but I'll decide when both are complete which one looks the best.

How do you paint?  Do you start dark and work up to the highlights, in the middle and add both shading and highlighting, or light and wash down to create shades?  I'm assuming most wargamers take the easy route since speed is important for rank and file minis but it would be interesting to hear what technique others use for heroes, commanders, or single minis.


  1. Nice job on Saruman.

    For this figure I worked up from base shade to final highlights in a Foundry/Dallimore method, as I think that was the best way to get the subtle shading to look right with the final cream/white colour.

  2. Very nice!

    I painted mine basically the same way, though I didn't know about the yellow trick. I'm going to have to keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Great job on Saruman!!
    I painted mine from a black basecoat and then bleached bone gradually lightened up to skull white.

    Following your blog, very interested in the Dark Sword miniatures, never seen them before.


  4. @Scott: After working on a few different versions of Saruman, I have to agree with you.

    @David: I can't take credit for the yellow trick but hopefully the tip will help you out in the future as it did me.

    @DMS: I have been reading your blog for about a month now. I found it quite by accident. I'm so happy to see that others have not given up on LotR miniatures. I'm hoping that others will be joining us as The Hobbit gets closer to release....hopefully interest in middle-earth miniatures will increase again to levels near the halcyon days when LotR was new and everyone was playing and/or collecting.