Hey there everyone, following my last post on Gimli we finally have the Mirkwood prince himself, Legolas. I left him last to paint as I knew he would take the longest to paint and I was right! I hoped some lessons I learnt from painting Aragorn and Gimli would better prepare me for painting Legolas but I struggled with the colour pallet I wanted to use because I didn’t want to do the same colour scheme as the box art. In the end the result is what you see here.
I decided to have two contrasting greens for Legolas’s clothes and I think it worked well together. At first the light green tone was too much of a contrasted with the dark green so adjusted the tone of the lighter areas with glazes.
I painted the rest of the model with basic painting techniques. Not too out of the ordinary as the miniature scale is quite small. One thing I was a bit worried about was the skin tone as I knew elves have light and smoother skin. I tried to work up the transitions with layering then a final highlight of white. I think it worked out quite well and the eyes in the end (dread painting eyes) completed the phase and allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief.
I think after painting these three characters I’ll definitely be up for painting more characters in the future. But I shall wrap it up here first. I won’t give too much away about the next post but It’ll involve the Three Hunters.
Take care everyone!
Hey there Edd,
sometimes it takes me ages to paint eyes, sometimes I stuff it up then need to repaint it haha.
I do the old school method of fist using some nuke oil to shad the eyes (if you make mistakes its' easier to rectify) then I line the eyes with black (mainly for outline) then I paint in the white part of the eye (just a thiner horizontal line) keeping the black outline behind then I dot the pupils in with black and a smaller dot of white for a reflective shine.
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Although you hate doing eyes – I think the result is great…Legolas has the best eyes of the lot!
What is your technique?