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“The Bulk Of Saruman's Legions Are Composed Of Uruk-hai.”

“Some of the most deadly and savage warriors in Middle-Earth.”

This 28mm scale metal Uruk-hai armed with a crossbow is manufactured by "Games Workshop", and is one of four differently-posed missile models sculpted for their Forces of Isengard range. Back in the day the figure came as one of three randomly chosen models in a single "The Lord Of The Rings" blister, but I actually picked up this particular warrior second-hand at some Wargaming Show.


Saruman’s super-strong orc had actually been previously primed (presumably with “Citadel” Chaos Black), as well as had all of its armour and hand-weapon layered, shaded and dry-brushed, during one of my painting sessions a decade ago. As a result I simply applied the modern day colour equivalents of "Scale 75" Decayed Metal, Thrash Metal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil to these areas whenever my errant painting required tidying up.

"Rocket Pig Games" WIPs - This WoodWard has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

I then gave the brutal warrior's legs, arms and chin a coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, before 'picking out' the savage soldier's shoes, loincloth, hair, gloves, straps, belt, pouches and crossbow with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. In addition, I treated the brute’s knife sheath to a little “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and highlighted his teeth in White. Both of these areas were later washed with (more) “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade.


In addition to my latest Uruk-hai I have been making some fine progress on a couple of my 3D printed resin miniatures designed by “Rocket Pig Games”. The WoodWard is probably going to end up as one of the stalwarts of my ‘Nature’ force, so I’ve been testing out some straightforward dry-brushing on him as I’ll doubtless end up asking “FullyCycled” to print me off some more in the near future.

"Rocket Pig Games" WIPs - This Clockwork Mage is slowly having its details 'picked out'

The Clockwork Mage on the other hand will be the leader of a predominantly robotic force determined to invade the living world. I plan to make the vast majority of this army “Vallejo” Brass and Gunmetal, so have been busy studying the sculpt’s details to establish where I can separate the two different metallic colours from one another – a difficult prospect for a figure whose mechanical appendages appear to ‘melt’ into one another.


These two models also demonstrate one of my frustrations with not knowing how big the “Rocket Pig Games” miniatures will be until they arrive upon my doorstep. For example, I have already settled upon having “FullyCycled” print me off any humanoid-sized characters in 32mm scale, so the Clockwork Mage stands at 48mm in height with his fiery hands raised above his head. However, some of the other figures I have bought in 40mm scale so as to ‘dwarf’ this sorcerer have actually turned out to be significantly smaller than the magic user, such as the so-called Fungal Giant.

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undercoat2670
May 23, 2021

Lovely job on the Uruk crossbow model. Really like him a lot, great painting all around.

The clockwork mage and woodward are once again very interesting and pleasing designs. The progress so far looks really solid.

Very interesting comments about the sizing. To be fair though every company's scaling seems to be slightly different. One company's 28mm is another's 25mm! You live and learn as they say.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 23, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. Hopefully the WoodWard will be finished soon, and then I can crack on with some of the other Rocket Pig Games miniatures. Interestingly, FullyCycled don't seem to sell/own the licence for the bigger sculpts, and I can't help wonder if this is because their equipment can only print up to a certain physical size, and after that they have to use the more filament-based resin, as well as print the model in separate pieces (thus increasing its printing time).

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wsd50
May 23, 2021

Hmmm. nice work on the Uruk, and the Rocket Pig figures look good too, sorry to hear about your size issues, though this is not a new problem we used to have similar issue back in the day, before you could see how big or small stuff was from manufacturers list, so couldn't even tell if they would work together style of scale wise!


Ahh, everything old is new again! 😉

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 23, 2021
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Thanks Roger. The 3D printing size variance isn't by any stretch a deal breaker for the range, just annoying. But as I slowly work through the range, or at least the sculpts FullyCycled own the licence for, I'll hopefully get a better grip on which scale/s to print the minis in to suit my taste.

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planetmut
May 22, 2021

I really like the way you've got painting the uruk hai down pat, the red skin is really effective with the metallic armour (although again I thought this one was holding a rifle!)


The metallics on the clockwork mage are outstandingly good. Do you use any kind of thinner on them to get them so smooth?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 22, 2021
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Interesting and perfectly timed too. I've just added Filthy Brown to a small "Vallejo" order :-)

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
May 22, 2021

The Uruk turned out well Simon, and some good progress on the prints, the problems with printing is you don't know how big they designed the creature in the first place before printing, so are likely to get some variance

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 22, 2021
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Google-Fu does work for some of the figures, Planetmut. Especially for the wave releases Rocket Pig Games have done on Kickstarter. But even these are predominantly just 3D renders of the models photo-shopped alongside one another. There also seems to be few painted group pics on show, but people rarely mention the scale they've printed the figs out at - so like my purchases, I'm never sure if they've all been printed out at the same scale.

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