Monday, February 11, 2013

Thorin Oakenshield - The Leader of the Company

As promised, I'm starting to post individual photographs of the dwarves I've been able to complete thus far in the Thorin & Company project.  Here we have Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thrain.

Those that read this blog know that I'm not a big fan of plastic.  Metal is the way to go for me.  However, as far as plastic goes, Thorin is a good sculpt.  The detail is more than acceptable for this particular medium.  The details are crisp except for in a few spots: the armor on the shoulders is rather lacking and the area around the bracers and hands is devoid of much relief.  Otherwise, I think Thorin is rather well done.  I hate Finecast almost as much as plastic but I'll be interested to see how detailed the resin version will be.  Alas for the loss of metal....

I'll not go into much detail on the paint job since the color scheme is rather straightforward.  I used Reaper paints throughout, which mostly matched up well with the suggested GW paints.  I did choose a slightly different blue to better match the color of Thorin's tunic in the movie photography however.

 I have been torn on the subject of basing Thorin & Company.  I almost went with a stony "Mines of Moria" base to better reflect the company's time in Goblin Town.  However, the battle scenarios listed in the Goblin Town set will become stale after several games and I thought the miniatures would be more flexible with standard "outdoorsy" bases.  I'll need to surf the web a bit to see what others are doing with their bases.

Anyhow, the figure completion count continues to rise for Thorin & Company.  I'll try to get Gloin posted a bit later this week.

Thanks for reading.....


  1. I like the blue colour choice you made on him. I have to say I'm not sure how I want to base mine either. i've been thinking of trying to hedge my bets and go for something rocky with tufts but I don't know.

  2. Let me know what you decide to do about your bases. I'm always looking for inspiration.

    Thanks for reading!

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  4. Love how you've painted it. How did you get the eyes done? I've been trying to do that and it's just not working out for me. I've been advised it'd be more effective to just use a wash, which I take as very good advice.

    Nathan from Nathan's Fiction Sphere

    1. Hi Nathan....thanks for reading. I'm not exactly sure how to do eyes by using a wash but painting decent looking eyes the old fashioned way is not all that hard. After basecoating the face, block out the entire eye socket with black. This will provide a bit of depth and instant shading once the eyes are completed. Then use an off white/linen color (if you're a GW person, then bleached bone will work)to paint the white of the eye. Be careful to leave some of the black showing along the edges that you applied in the first step - you basically want a white eye outlined in black. At this point, you're ready for the black again. You can try to paint the iris by applying a small dot. Be careful to steady your shaking hands....ha! I use to paint the eye this way but I found a better method through a blogging friend. Instead of trying to paint the dot, simply start a tiny bit above the eye (it's OK if you get some of the paint on the flesh can clean it up later) and draw your brush down to the bottom of the eye. Basically you're painting a horizontal line through the eye itself. This method is a bit easier than applying a dot and produces fairly good results for table top quality. After painting the stripe, go back and clean up the flesh where the line started and stopped. Hope that helps....

    2. Haven't tried that technique yet. I've done the black base and white over for Goblin King's eyes, but will try and do the black line and see how it turns out now. By the way, have a look at what I've done recently if you've got time. Nathan's Fiction Sphere