Monday, 8 December 2014

Showcase - Ringwraiths

Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing. They had, as it seemed, unending life, yet life became unendurable to them. They could walk, if they would, unseen by all eyes in this world beneath the sun, and they could see things in worlds invisible to mortal men; but too often they beheld only the phantoms and delusions of Sauron. And one by one, sooner or later, according to their native strength and to the good or evil of their wills in the beginning, they fell under the thraldom of the ring that they bore and of the domination of the One which was Sauron's. And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Úlairi, the Enemy's most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death. — The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", 346

Well they're certainly not the most exciting models to show off, black is hard to get looking good regardless of how well painted that it is but I'm surprisingly pleased with how these came out and just how simple they were to paint!

In total (excluding the base) I used 5 paints and two washes and it took about 10 minutes worth of actual painting not including drying time so these really are a simple job, and I'm looking forward to having the nine completed in no time! I'm sure the three on horseback that I've got will be a bit more of a challenge, everyone loves painting mounts haha.

I painted the 2 required for the first scenario from the FotR journey book and I think I'll be painting the witchking once I've completed the rangers which are at the first wash stage, I imagine I'' have them done by the end of this week in between college and exams...

So I have a couple of questions for you all today;

First, do you prefer the named over the generic ringwraiths and if so why?

secondly, what recipe for black did you use for your ringwraiths, post pictures if you want :)

Is there anything specific you'd like me to do a video on, is there anything you'd like to see painted up?

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Have a good week everyone!


  1. I thought these looked great as for recipes for black, I've been using a lot of Formula P3 Coal Black mixed with black - it gives a bluish tinge, but very useful for breaking up the darkest tones.

    1. thank you and than you for your recipe for black, I've never used P£ paints, what are they like and how do they compare to GW and vallejo?

  2. They are very nicely done Vincent. I take a very minimalist approach to doing black; Black undercoat, heavy dry brush with dark grey Foundry 34b, edge highlight with lighter grey like 34c, then wash with vallejo black wash. Job done.

    1. Thanks Scott for the kind comments (as always!) and thank you for sharing how you paint black, as with Michael's P3 paints I've never used Foundry's either, how do they compare with GW and vellejo?

  3. They're looking great Vincent!!!
    Great job!

  4. Great job, they look fantastic!