As documented in my review of The Hobbit box set and Stahly’s review of White Dwarf, it has been mentioned there are no detailed painting guides for the new Hobbit models. If you want those then GW want’s you to buy them for the iPad. Here at Tale of Painters we believe in FREE tutorials and I’m pleased to present to you a comprehensive 21 step guide to paint Bilbo Baggins using the latest GW paints.

Each picture below shows six chronological steps. Underneath each picture are the corresponding instructions. Each step shows the paint I used during that step. it’s good to have reference material close to hand to check colours. I used google images for film stills and Games Workshop’s 360º pictures on their website were a great help.

1. I hand undercoated the model with Imperial Primer. I didn’t want to risk clogging the details with spray. 

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2. I painted all the skin areas with Cadian Fleshtone. Don’t forget the ears like I did. 

3. I wanted to give my skin a red tone so I lightly glazed it with Bloodletter.

4. I then highlight the skin with Kislev Flesh.

5. One final highlight used sparingly of Pallid Wych Flesh.

6. The hair was painted with a couple of coats of Balor Brown.

7. Wash the hair with Seraphim Sepia Shampoo.

8. Highlight the hair with Ungor Flesh.

9. Paint the waistcoat with Waaagh Flesh.

10. Highlight the waistcoat with Loren Forest

11. The trousers are then painted with Mournfang Brown

12. Shade the trousers with watered down Rhinox Hide. Lahmian Medium is great for this. 

13. Highlight the trousers with XV-88 and paint the scarf with this colour.

14. Highlight the scarf with Balor Brown.

15. If you’re feeling brave enough paint the scarf pattern on with Eshin Grey. It’s just some microscopic lines and dots. Dot the spots with some Pallid Wych Flesh.

16. Use Khorne Red to paint the jacket.

17. Watered down (or Lahmian Medium) Rhinox Hide is used to shade the jacket in the same way the trousers were shaded.

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18. Highlight the jacket with Wazdakka Red.

19. Paint Bilbo’s sword Sting with Runefang Steel. This blade is so small it doesn’t require a lot of work. I just shaded lightly with very watered down Abbadon black. Don’t forget to paint Bilbo’s buttons silver as well. 

20. Paint the base with the Citadel Texture paint of your choice. I chose Stirland Mud. 

21. I painted the base rim with XV-88, and highlighted the texture with Baneblade brown. Some static grass and scrub was added to finish the model off. 


This model was an absolute joy to paint. He is so small it makes a refreshing change from the Thunderhawk and Hierophant I painted earler on in the year. I’m really looking forward to painting more from the set now. Maybe a Gandalf tutorial will be next if this one proves popular. 

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