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"So Much Death."

"What can men do against such reckless hate?"

This pair of 28mm scale metal Uruk-hai were manufactured by "Games Workshop", and could be bought as part of their Uruk-hai Command and Uruk-hai Warriors randomly populated blisters respectively. Disappointingly, neither figure now appears to be available as part of the Nottingham-based company's current "The Lord Of The Rings" range for the Forces of Isengard, and were actually purchased in various states of disrepair second-hand at a gaming show or two many moons ago.


In order to eradicate its previous partial paint-job the Uruk-hai Captain was first treated to a couple of layers of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before being given a coat of "Scale 75" Decayed Metal. This "Metal N' Alchemy" water-based acrylic was then dry-brushed with "Scale 75" Thrash Metal, shaded with plenty of "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and given a second, much lighter dry-brush of (more) "Scale 75" Thrash Metal.

"The Uruk-hai are too many."

Having reasonably replicated the old OOP "Citadel" Tin Bitz colour scheme I used on my decade-old, modestly-sized Forces of Isengard army I attempted something similar with the brutal warrior's flesh by applying a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to his arms, legs, and chin. I also 'picked' out the soldier's loincloth, hair and gloves with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and (more) "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.


The Uruk-hai Warrior was painted in a very similar way, albeit I had apparently already pigmented the Isengarder's armour, sword and shield ten years ago. However, as this particular minion of Saruman was actually going to be a Uruk-hai Scout Captain in my army for the "Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game", I free-handed a rough replica of the White Wizard's emblem upon his shield in "Vallejo" White, and then weathered it with a quick dry-brush of "Scale 75" Thrash Metal.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - The Treant is ready for detailing

In addition, it appears that I probably bought this model without its metal tab, and had resultantly propped the figure up on its circular base using the odd piece of plastic sprue and some metal shavings. I therefore pigmented these parts to resemble stone, courtesy of a "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey undercoat, a splash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and a careful dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey.


Sticking with J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth, but moving across to "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", I have also found the time to do some groundwork on their recently-released Treant miniature. This multi-part resin kin has been assembled, pinned, primed, shaded and repeatedly dry-brushed in preparation for the 72mm tall model's leafy detail to all be 'picked out'...

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undercoat2670
Apr 18, 2021

Nice work on the Uruks and I hope the new paints match match your older ones. The warrior with the crested helm looks excellent and the scout with the shield looks great, especially the White hand motif, great job on that.

I really like the LotR stuff, great set of minis.

The treant is coming along well, the wood colour is very good indeed.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 18, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. Really pleased with the new paint tbh, and ordered a couple more bottles as a result, just in case my Isengard Force grows out of all control, LOL!!! The treant is a great piece of resin. One of Crooked Dice's best fantasy-based sculpts, imho.

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wsd50
Apr 16, 2021

Nice work on the GW LOTR Orc's there mate!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 16, 2021
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Cheers Roger. Lots more to come over the next month or two... If not beyond as I've really got caught up in the LotR vibe again suddenly.

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joehcc
joehcc
Apr 15, 2021

Even I instantly recognised the Orks ! The look you have given them is very reminiscent of the film and looks superb. The Treant (?) should look the part when finished, but isn;t one of my favourite 'tree; creature sculpts.


As an aside - I couldn't post on the old blogger fo whatever reason, but do find it useful as a 'prod' to come to this site. Even just a quick message of ;"New post up;", helps greatly.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 15, 2021
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Thanks very much indeed Joe. Really glad you like the colour scheme on the Uruk-hai as I especially bought some new paints so I could match up my decade-old recipe on them. The Treant is already finished as it was a joy to dry-brush tbh, so I quite quickly got it in shape so I could pick-out all his mushrooms and leaves.


The old blogger's comments are switched off, as I was getting inundated with spam comments on a daily basis. After yet another hour of my life lost closing down 20+ advertisements, I decided enough was enough. I will be posting on the old site from time to time to direct people to this website, but even the replica…

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planetmut
Apr 14, 2021

Those Uruk-hai look great, and the freehand on the shield is excellent! The Heavy Red (which I need to get) works well for the skin tones.The treant is looking good so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 14, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Much appreciated. I was really pleased with how the shield turned out as I wanted the white hand to look blobbed on by the Uruk-hai and already flaking off the metal. The "Vallejo" Heavy Red is a great colour for their flesh, imho, especially when I add a fair amount of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to it, as I think that gives them the dirty, swarthy skin seen in the movies.


I've got another series of three Treant WIPs to come which cover my picking out all its leaves and mushrooms, but I've actually already finished that figure, and just now need to work out whether I can squeeze it into this month's posting schedule or…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Apr 14, 2021

Great work on the Uruk's Simon, and the treant has a great wood colour to it

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 14, 2021
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Thanks Dave. I do like the old GW metal Uruk-hai. Marvellous minis imho.


I think I learnt a lot of what not to do when it comes to painting tree-creatures with my recent Groot figure for Marvel Crisis Protocol. Plus I'm now armed with a pot of "Vallejo" Earth as recommended by yourself, and that colour is fast becoming my go-to pot for any wooden highlights.

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