I have mentioned before that, with the exception of Fili (which is an absolutely horrible model), GW did a wonderful job on the miniatures in the Escape from Goblin Town set. Gloin is a well-detailed mini with an exceptionally pleasing dynamic pose. With legs spread and arms poised for battle, one can almost sense the kinetic energy built up in the sculpt. Gloin is definitely one of my favorites in the set.
Painting was fairly straightforward and mostly agreeable to the GW scheme. His armor was basecoated with Dark Flesh. Scorched brown was then mixed in to provide shadows while several flavors of red were added for highlighting. The armor looked pretty good but it needed something else. So I looked at photographs and searched the web for inspiration. My efforts brought me back to the source however. I was very much impressed with the freehand work on the Gloin miniature by the GW painters in the December 2012 issue of White Dwarf. So I attempted to add a bit myself by adding a dwarven themed cross pattern on the armor after the highlight phase. I used a watered-down darkened brown (Walnut Brown from Reaper if I remember correctly) to allow the paint to flow freely from the brush during the freehand. For the most part the technique worked. Though it's tough to see in the photographs due to my washed-out pics, it's much easier to discern in person. I was thinking of going darker but then I would be worried that the effect would be too harsh and not appear to be part of the leather. What do you think?
The rest of the miniature was pretty standard stuff....leather trim, boots, and metallics were all completed using basic colors.
So Gimli's father is now complete and can join Thorin and Bilbo on their trek over the edge of the wild. Hopefully the rest of the company will join them ere the break of
Thanks for reading......