This morning, I decided to put some finishing touches to my second Mordor Orc. I haven’t experimented with any new techniques on this model, but instead tried to focus on choosing some more muted colour choices, as I felt it suited the subject influenced by the more realistic low-fantasy tone of the Lord of the Rings movies.
Some minor progress on the Mordor Orc tonight – mostly focused on some simple shading and highlights.
Where Have I Been?
The last few weeks at work have been manic, and I’ve just not had the time, nor the inclination to paint. That coupled with a few weeks of wanting to do other things (movies, theatre and trips), have seen me shift priorities, and I’ve very much enjoyed spending time with people over the more solitary hobby that painting tends to be for me.
Also, to be frank, I’d become a little bored of painting the Star Wars A-Wing after some quite irritating airbrush bleed, I’d lost all motivation. I’d even stopped looking at hobby websites for interest, I’d quite literally lost any interest I had. I think I was feeling a little depressed with everything, so I took a break from hobbies for a bit.
However, I’m now back, and trying to get back into things, and I decided to crack on with working on a fresh model to see if I could get my interest back… so I grabbed an undercoated Mordor Orc, and thought I’d give him a spin.
First Completed Mini or 2017
Well after a few days of painfully wrestling with highlights, I decided to clean up what I’d done so far, complete the base and consider this fellow done.
Today’s Highlights – Highlights
Following suggestions on my WIP thread on CoolMiniOrNot, I’ve revisited the highlights on the Mordor Orc, focusing on trying to add contrast. Mostly the cloth and leather were the flattest part in my opinion, so I tried to add a bit more interest to them. The metal areas were OK, so I’ve not done any more to them, but I did take the face and skin up a notch.
Back on the Case
After a weekend of no progress, I was looking forward to getting back to the hobby desk this evening, only to wake with a seriously sore neck! It’s gradually worsened through the day at work, to the point where I was just really uncomfortable. Fortunately, I stopped making excuses long enough to crack open the paints and at least make another step forward.
Back to the Orc
After a painting session working something different, I’ve switched back to the Mordor Orc. Only had a little time tonight, but I wanted to push through and get some progress…
WIP: Keeping Things Moving
A couple of small updates from today. Painted the feet, the furry scarf, and added a couple of further highlights to the tan leather and the metal. Still not happy with the bow though.
First Work In Progress 2017
It’s taken a while, but I put brush to paint to plastic over the last few evenings for pretty much the first time this year. I have a small collection of Lord of the rings models from Games Workshop that I’ve mostly never even touched (mostly purchased from eBay), sat in plastic crates and boxes. Thanks to “The Two Towers” being played on loop on Sky Movies one weekend (my favourite of the Lord of the Rings movies), I was tempted to break some out and start work on them.