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“The Most Barbarous And Brutal Of The Uruk-hai Are The Bezerkers.”

Updated: May 7, 2021

"Frenzied killers who are hurled into battle to break through enemy lines."

This 28mm scale metal Uruk-hai Berzerker is produced by "Games Workshop", and these days can be bought as one of four different resin cast sculpts from the Nottingham-based company’s "The Lord Of The Rings" range. Both “Oblivious To Pain” and “Impervious To Bow Fire” in the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game, this is one of seven such double-handed sword-wielding maniacs I intend to field as part of my 500-point Isengard force.


The figure was initially primed in two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Red, before having his leather sandals, loincloth and hand-guards ‘picked out’ with some slightly watered-down Heavy Sienna. The entire model was then shaded in “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, and had its chainmail pigmented using a combination of “Scale 75” Thrash Metal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Rocket Pig Games" WIPs - The Tin Construct is currently being weathered

Next I tackled the issue of trying to replicate the decades-old metallic paint-job some of my previously-finished Orcs had with modern-day colours. This resulted in me applying some “Citadel” Abaddon Black to their great hand-weapons and helmets as a base coat, and subsequently giving them a lick of “Scale 75” Decayed Metal.


The sword and head-gear were later dry-brushed with “Scale 75” Thrash Metal, shaded with “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and finally dry-brushed with (more) “Scale 75” Thrash Metal. As a last step I applied a hand pattern over the brute’s face with some “Vallejo” White” so as to mark the Bezerker out as being favoured by the treacherous White Wizard himself.

"Rocket Pig Games" WIPs - The Twig Fiend has been shaded and dry-brushed

In addition to my latest Uruk-hai, I have also been working on the first couple of 3D Printed models I bought from “FullyCycled”. Both of these figures are actually produced by “Rocket Pig Games” and printed in resin. However, as part of my experiment into this new aspect of the wargaming world, I did acquire a 40mm print of the Tin Construct and just a 32mm the Twig Fiend; albeit on the tabletop the wooden monstrosity would appear to be of a comparable size.


One of the first learning curves I’ve experienced is being super-careful when removing any support struts still attached to the models, and double-checking to ensure what I’m clipping off isn’t actually meant to be part of the sculpt itself. Unfortunately, I mistook the Tin Construct’s head-handle as being ‘flash’ and whilst tidying up one of the tendrils on the back of my Twig Fiend snapped the surprisingly brittle piece off…

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planetmut
May 05, 2021

Great job on the beserker, the skin looks really good and the white handprint is excellent.


I like the other two minis and the painting on them is great so far. The shading and highlighting on the Twig Fiend is really effective.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 05, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Very much appreciated. I really like the "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade as a quick method of giving the Uruk-hai their dirty red skin. Hopefully the finished Tin Construct will be posted up this week, and the Twig Fiend next week. I'm really enjoying the Rocket Pig Games sculpts, so expect plenty more to come in the future.

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undercoat2670
May 05, 2021

Very nice beserker, great job on the hand print on the helmet. Your Isengard forces are looking great. I like the work in progress models, they are nice sculpts. Lovely details and very characterful. I really like the wood effect you have achieved so far.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 05, 2021
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Thanks very much indeed, Undercoat. More Ururk-hai Bezerkers to come - probably the next few posts will include a finished figure. Plus both the Tin Construct and Twig Fiend are already completed too. Definitely in the painting zone currently.

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