Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game: Building & Painting Guide For Theoden, King Of Rohan

After sharing my review ofThe Battle Of Pelennor Fields Starter Set‘, what better way to share off the miniatures in a little more detail then by showing a building and painting guide of the stunning new miniature of Theoden, King Of Rohan. Inside the starter set we are also provided with a handy how-to-guide on how to build both the foot and mounted variations. So to share a little more instruction with you, this is where we’ll start.

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To begin, make sure you have a set of hobby clippers, a hobby knife a file and some plastic glue to hand ready to start building. What is really handy here is that the sprue has numbers next to each component. Following the building instructions carefully, you’ll be able to create your new miniature in no time at all. Following the first two steps and you’ll have the body built just like you see here.

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Next part is where Theoden really comes to life. Here we add the arms, a shield and his head. A really nice touch here is that this set comes with two head variations for both the foot model and mounted model, allowing you to build Theoden either wearing his helmet or with out. I chose to do a mix, the foot to not have a helmet and the mounted model to have a helmet, just like he was at the battle of Pelennor Fields.

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Following the instruction guide carefully, you should now be presented with a miniature that looks like below. And what a fantastic sculpt this really is.

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Next up with start building the mounted version of Theoden. Again, closely following the instruction guide we slowly see this model come to life. A couple more steps, but very easy to follow.
A few tips:
1) The horse reins are very thin and delicate! take extra care when removing from the sprue. You make have to hold these in place when gluing to the horse’s headwear as the plastic springs back slightly.
2) The shield on the horse. Now, like most people, I attached the shield in place before I started painting. On reflection, I would advise to paint the model and shield separately and attach at the end. This will just make your life a little easier when painting the mounted model.

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Once you have finished the building guide, you will be left with two spare head variations. Keep these somewhere safe in your bit box’s, these might come in handy when or if you want to convert models in the future!

Take a moment to check out these miniatures in person. Both are highly detailed and look great. At this point I started thinking about different colour schemes I wanted to paint Theoden, how I wanted my new Rohan army to look on the tabletop and what I would plan for future lists to help inspire those creative processing ideas to come through. As Theoden is the first model for my Rohan army I will be painting, I wanted to be sure on the colour scheme and be happy with the basing style I wanted.

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Applying Base Colours:
First thing’s first. When painting any miniatures, applying a base coat to your miniatures is always a great starting point. By basing a miniature you’re allowing a base starting point for other paints to build on. As well as covering and removing any modelling residue. Normally it’s also good practise to give your miniatures a little wash with warm water, but looking at the sprue, I couldn’t see any residue so went straight to base coating.

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I chose to use ‘Corax White Base Paint. Normally, I like base coating my miniatures in darker tones, such as Chaos Black or Grey Seer spray, but seeing how Theoden’s horse is white and I wanted him to appear brighter on the tabletop, I decide to go with a white base colour to help the other colours pop just that little bit more. Below, I have applied a sparingly coat of base paint covering the entire model. Once allowing the model to dry fully, I then applied another thin coat just on the horses skin to help make the horse really stand out once the rest of the model is finished.

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Once the model has complete dried we can begin adding some colours. I’ve started working on the larger areas first to get the most coverage on the models.

Dryad Bark
Theoden has a lot of leather on his horses armour and a little on the foot model and Dryad Bark presents the perfect fix for tackling this. The areas to cover are the horses leather on the body, the hooves, the back of the shield and the gloves. Make sure you remember to do the horses head armour as well. As you can see, I forgot about this and caught myself back up later on in the process. Mix a little bit of water just to smooth out the paint from the pot. This will help you to achieve a smoother application and cover more of the model better.

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Dryad Bark & Khorne Red
Next step is highlighting Theoden’s other leather areas such as the saddle, the horse trim, the front plate of the shield and all of Theoden’s armour. In the films, Thedeon’s armour is more dark brown then a reddy brown, but I wanted him to stand out a little more on the table top against his warriors as well as keeping the same sort of colour palette on the model. In the end, I decided on mixing a bit of Khorne Red with Dryad Bark, about two parts red to one part brown. This helped to create a nice reddy tone I was happy to go with.

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The next two steps are fairly quick and simple to apply, so thought i’d throw these together in the pictures for you below:

Balor Brown
As I mentioned, theoden’s horse has a lot of leather areas on the horse miniature and I didn’t want to use the same colours all the way through. One way around this was to highlight the more delicate and smaller pieces of leather areas with a light tone, helping to break up this up but to also add extra depths of colours. So I applied Balor Brown to all of the horses reins, the attachment on the horses face as well as the squares on the back of the horse just behind Theoden’s saddle.

Khorne Red
Finishing this step off was simply to add Khorne Red to all cloth areas on Theoden himself. This includes the area between his legs on the foot model, and under the arms on both models. I applied a few coats of this as the initial coat didn’t quite pop as I wanted it to due to having a reddy brown armour. However, after two or three coats and knowing I will also be highlighting this are later, I was happy at this stage.

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Similar to above, the next two colours are again base colours and can been shown together:

Rakarth Flesh
Simply apply this to the horses main and tail. These may seem a little odd to some, but we will be adding a few washes to dull this tone down.

Caliban Green
Theoden has a green colour under his armour. Its very small to see, but adds a little more depth once the armour if painted. To applying this, we look at the underwear of armour, going around the trims of the leg armour and painting inside his legs on the foot model. This green will later help to break up the reds and silvers.

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Bugmans Glow
These models don’t require much skin coverage due to the amount of armour he is wearing. Which works great for me, as painting skin has never been something I’m good at. I wanted Theoden to look like an old man. Like he’s had a kingly life of war and struggle. So I wanted to his face to represent that. I begun with a darker skin tone of Bugmans Glow. This would give me a great foundation for the lighter highlights I will be adding later on.

Lead Belcher
Finally, we come to the last metallic colours of the model. The silvers and golds. As its easier to show, I begun by adding Lead Belcher to the swords, the horses lower scale armour and the horses head armour which you ca find around the eyes.

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Retributor Armour – The Foot Model
Applying the gold to both miniatures is the longest part of the process. So before you begin, make sure you have some time to concentrate and have a super fine details brush. On the foot model we apply Retributor Armour to these following areas: The sword hilts, the edge and patterns on the fron of the shields, the fastening on the scarb to the belt as well as the details on the scarb itself. We also apply gold to the leg armour, breaking up the silver plate armour as well as the inlay on the armour that hangs down from Theoden’s waist. All in all, very detailed and intricate work. Take your time!

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Retributor Armour – The Mounted Model
Repeat applying the gold armour to the areas we did above with the added exception of the horse shoe on the horses face armour and the gold plate on the front of the horse just above the left raised leg.
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Next we begin adding a number of washes and then begin the final step of highlighting before moving on to basing the models.

First of all, once I reached this stage, I had completely missed Theoden’s hair on the foot model. So before I continued, I fixed this issue by applying Ungor Flesh to all hair areas. This may seem a little strange at first as he now look a lot like Heman, but once we’ve added washes and highlights, it will look at more like Theoden.

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Applying Washes:
The next few sets are pretty simple and straight forward to complete. When using washes, it depends very much to your liking on how to finish your miniatures with depth and picking out the detail. Some people like to do heavy washes, some very light. I would recommend with any was to always start lighter, leaving it to dry fully before deciding if you want to add more. In the case of Theoden. I applied a mix of washes to suit different applications.
1) Agrax Earth Shade – Used for all leather and gold areas.
2) Seraphim Sepia – Used for Theoden’s skin hair and the horses hair.
3) Nuln Oil – Used as a light wash over the horse, paying particular attention to the sculpted recesses in the legs and neck. As well as all silver areas on the models. If however you want a more dirty looking silver, like a battle hardened look, then Agrax Earth Shade is still perfect for this.

Finally, when creating thinner washes, rather then use water, I find that using Lahmian Medium tend to give you better results. Thats because whilst still watering down the wash, it doesn’t reduce down the pigment.

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Applying Highlights:
Just a handful of steps left the we’re onto basing!

To begin highlighting, make sure you have to hand a few base colours from earlier on a white colour to help mix in. I find that using a wet pallet here make your life easy as it leaves you’re paint slightly wet for long periods of time, but it not, a tile will do the job for you, just might dry out quicker.

1) Balor Brown + Corax White – By adding a little white into this brown, we’re bringing a higher tone of colour which will suit for highlighting any colour this has been applied to. Thea area here are the horses reins and the stirrups.
2) Rakarth Flesh + Corax White – Since washing the horses main and tail, we need to now need to bring that colour back up slightly and apply an edge highlight helping it to stand out a little better on the tabletop.
3) Mournfang Brown – Finally, applying a light dry brushing over the horses leather areas, helps to provide a depth of colour and detail across the miniature.

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Similar to above, we also need to put a highlight back onto the cloth of Theoden. For this we simply mix Khorne Red & Corax White together to find a suitable highlight colour we like before applying. When painting the cloth, take your finest paintbrush and follow the cloth groove marks. Picking these out will help to create depth and help to showcase the detail you’ve added.




The final highlighting process is all about flesh and hair. Now, painting flesh is just something I have never quite mastered, but hopefully one day, I will be able to out do myself and really make my miniatures pop. How I achieved this was:
1) Kislev Flesh – applied a thin coat of this across the forehead, nose and cheeks.
2) Reikland Fleshshade – This wash I find works really well over flesh tones and pulls back the detail into the face. As well as this, applying this over the hair base colour adds the depth back in that we need for the final highlight.
3) Ushabti Bone – Carefully apply a thin coverage this over Theoden’s hair, paying close attention to the flow.



Basing Your Miniatures:
When it comes to basing your miniatures, its always good to have some kind of overall theme and idea you want t aim for. This helps you to build and paint up the rest of your miniatures to suit a certain playing style you may have or simply for everything to be uniformed. For me, painting Theoden presented an opportunity to start something completely new for my Rohan army, but knowing that Rohan has a lot of miniatures I wanted a simple basing theme that I could easily match any added warriors or characters as my army grows.

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Mournfang Brown – First step was too cover the base in Mournfang Brown. Best results when applying paint to bases / sand is to always water them down just enough allow the spreading of paint easier. Once both bases have a nice coverage, allow to stand and dry fully before the next step.

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Ushabti Bone – Ushabti Bone is a really good colour for dry brushing over the top of the base colour as it helps to pop the texture of the sand and look somewhat fitting to earth / mud.
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Abaddon Black – Last paint to use is to paint the rims of the bases just to fully clean up and make the bases look neat and tidy. I always use black to do this as I really like the original black bases but also as I think black blends nicely on any tabletop. This is a personal taste thing, paint the rims of the bases however you see fit and with whatever colour works for you!

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Last step of the miniatures is the basing material. I’ve used Static Grass & Light Green Clump Foliage to help round off and finish these miniatures. Take your time, find the best placements for both the grass and foliage that suit your tastes and there you have it, your completed Theoden King Of Rohan. See below a close up of how I applied the basing materials and the final pictures for you to enjoy!

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“Ride For Ruin And The Worlds Ending!”

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Thanks for reading!

If you like anything you’ve read in this painting guide, I’ve thrown together all the links you need to follow this painting guide step-by-step. Check it out for yourself!

Links:
The Battle Of Pelennor FieldsStarter Set
CLICK HERE
Theoden, King Of RohanCLICK HERE
Corax White Base PaintCLICK HERE
Chaos Black Spray PaintCLICK HERE
Grey Seer Spray PaintCLICK HERE
Dryad BarkCLICK HERE
Khorne RedCLICK HERE
Balor BrownCLICK HERE
Rakarth FleshCLICK HERE
Bugmans GlowCLICK HERE
Lead BelcherCLICK HERE
Wargamer Brush Insane DetailCLICK HERE
Ungor FleshCLICK HERE
Lahmian MediumCLICK HERE
Agrax EarthshadeCLICK HERE
Seraphim SepiaCLICK HERE
Nuln OilCLICK HERE
Mournfang BrownCLICK HERE
Kislev FleshCLICK HERE
Reikland FleshshageCLICK HERE
Ushabti BoneCLICK HERE
Static GrassCLICK HERE
Light Green Clump FoliageCLICK HERE



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