Legolas in plastic is an awesome model. A joy to paint! Whilst the detail is small, it is crisp and with care and attention reasonably easy to paint. More pictures after the jump (over the log).
The hardest part to paint were the eyes. I used a Windsor and Newton series 7 brush that Stahly bought me and kit made it more accurate and easier. I’m a complete convert to these brushes. Stahly also paints his eyes first and then paints the skin tone around the eyes. I do them the more traditional way of painting the face first and then painting the eye. To paint the eyes, I paint a horizontal black line, then a horizontal white line over the black line. Finally a small black dot in the middle of the white line for the pupil. Gets easier with practice. I did both of Legolas’ eyes on the first attempt.
I can’t have a Hobbit post without mentioning the incredible Smaug model. Only 200 were cast for the pre-Christmas run and all of these were gone pretty fast last night. People who missed out will not be able to get one until the new year now (when the next batch will be complete).
So, did I get one? Will there be Smaug WIP posts leading to Smaug tutorials? I’m pleased to say yes! I did manage to get one and I will be documenting the whole process in extreme detail. Remember my Thunderhawk project. Smaug, will be the same.
Cant wait to see Smaug!!
I am sure your Smaug work will be stunning like the Thunderhawk. So giddy with excitement!
On to Legolas. I can't resist saying that the model looks a bit cross eyed at the moment. Perhaps you would consider a retouch. Other than that I really like the Elven chainmail, looks great.
Impressive work Garfy!
You know, its a pity that no one play at LOTR near me…i still have my Sauron and my Balrog with some orcs and gobbos around…someday i'll show you some pics, they are my very first minis!
I REALLY love the dwarves style of the LOTR/HOBBIT but i've put this idea apart… 🙁
amazing the detail on the wrist guards and back of bow are my favourite parts of the model, chain mail looks awesome too. the plastic legolas and tauriel are my favourite miniatures from the hobbit rage the scenic bases are just stunning and great fun to paint.
As for Smaug can't wait to see you build and paint it!
Great to hear that you like the brushes 🙂 Maybe you should invest in an even smaller one for LotR models? I do most of my highlighting work with one size smaller than I brought you.
Impressive stuff . Just looked on the GW site for Smaug and the working with resin gumph on the site does not mention anything about wearing a mask when sanding/cutting the stuff of working it wet to reduce the dust ! No more ready till the new year ? Yeah right , create a demand for a product that's probably sitting in a warehouse somewhere 🙂
Ha, when I saw the Smaugs had all sold I thought "I hope Garfy got one" – congrats on the aquisition!
The W&N Series 7s are the best brushes on the market, imho. The smallest sizes of the S7 Miniature range are almost perfect for detailing eyes, teeth and similar things that call for absolute precision.
I second this as another happy W&S Series 7 customer. Thanks Stahly for referring them!
Beautiful work 🙂
would it be posible to have a tutorial for this?And maybe also one for Mirkwood palace guard? That would be very cool:)
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I love the whole Mirkwood series of models, they're great… Glad to hear you got yourself a Smaug, that will be awesome to see