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Having completed Nori, I only have four models left to paint for this project; Radaghast, Oin, Bifur and Bofur. This is great news, one final push and I should be done. For now though, I’m pleased to present to you my tutorial to paint Nori.

This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of how to paint. For the beginners, I will explain the techniques as I go along. Each picture below shows four 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. 

Paints you will need for this tutorial:

Black Undercoat (technical)

Cadian Fleshtone (layer)

Bloodletter (glaze)

Rhinox Hide (base)

Kislev Flesh (layer)

Mournfang Brown (layer)

Skrag Brown (layer)

Tau Light Ochre (layer)

Stormvermin Fur (layer)

Russ Grey (layer)

Ulthuan Grey (layer)

Nuln Oil (shade)

Gorthor Brown (layer)

Baneblade Brown (layer)

Karak Stone (layer)

Ironbreaker (layer)

Agrax Earthshade (shade)

Gehenna’s Gold (layer)

Stirland Mud (texture)

XV-88 (base)

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Undercoat the model. The details are small, so I hand undercoated the model (rather then use a spray) with Imperial Primer.

1. I painted the face and fingers with Cadian Fleshtone. I painted around the beard. 

2. I changed the hue of the skin using Bloodletter glaze. Dwarves are a little more red in complexion then humans.

3. I watered down Rhinox Hide heavily and then shaded around the eyes, nose, inbetween the fingers and around the face. Then paint the boots, gloves and knife scabbards with Rhinox Hide (don’t water this down)

4. I highlight the face with Kislev Flesh. Also if you’re feeling brave, this is the opportunity to paint the eyes with a thin black line and two white dots.

5. Paint the hair, beard and weapon’s shaft with Mournfang Brown. Highlight the boots and scabbard with this colour as well. Paint a diagonal cross pattern on the gloves using thin lines of Mournfang Brown.

6. Highlight the hair and beard using Skrag Brown. Thin lines work best.

7. Go over the previous layer’s highlights with thinner lines of Tau Light Ochre.

8. Using the picture in step 8 as a guide, paint the garments with Stormvermin Fur.

9. Highlight the grey garments using Russ Grey.

10. On the tunic’s trim paint criss-cross diagonal lines of Ulthuan Grey. Add some Ulthuan Grey highlights to the raised edges of the grey garments.

11. Wash over all the grey areas with Nuln Oil to tone it down.

12. Paint the trousers and parts of the tunic with Gorthor Brown.

13. Highlight the tunic and trousers with Baneblade Brown. Paint the strap on the shaft (stop giggling) with Baneblade Brown

14. Paint a criss-cross pattern on diagonal thin lines of Karak Stone on the tunic. Highlight the strap and tunic edges. Paint the fur on the boots with Karak Stone.

15. Paint the weapon’s head and pommel with Iron breaker. Pick out the buckles and beard/hair rings with Iron Breaker. Paint the chest armour with this colour and finally on the scabbard on the back paint one of the ends with a dab of silver. 

16. Wash all the metal areas with Agrax Earthshade.

17. Paint some thin grain lines of Skrag Brown on to the shaft of the weapon. 

18. Paint the two pommels of the knives sheathed on his back with Gehenna’s Gold.

19. I added some more grain lines to the shaft using Tau Light Ochre

Finally base the model in a way which fits in with your collection. I used Stirland Mud texture paint highlighted with Karak Stone and the base edge was painted with XV-88. Static grass and scrub were glued on in small clumps.

For more Hobbit tutorials check out my BilboGandalfThorinGloinBomburOriDwalinBalinKili, Dori, Fili, and Goblin tutorials. If you found this tutorial useful, let me know in the comments. 

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