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Shnar Gru/Miniature Gallery

Edit this page (last edited May 21, 2006)

These are a few miniatures I've painted over my time.

  • Stained Uruk-Hai
  • Stained Uruk-Hai Closeup
  • Dipped Uruk Army
  • Uruk Army details
  • Stained Warg Rider
  • Comments

  • Stained Uruk-Hai

    This model was painted by my 5 year old son. He did about 85% of the paint, and I did some minor touch ups. We then dipped it into the Wood Stain you see pictured here, using the infamous "dipping" technique. This shows how well it works, that even a 5 year old can do it!

    I did though do the base, that helps a lot too.

    Stained Uruk-Hai Closeup

    This is a close up of the model to show off some details.

    Dipped Uruk Army

    The Uruks from the TTT boxset, all these mini's were "dipped" and took me a Saturday afternoon to paint (a Sunday afternoon to base).

    Uruk Army details

    Close up of the Uruk Army. I need to figure out a better way to take photos. They aren't very clear.

    Stained Warg Rider

    Another mini of mine using the "Dipping" technique. This one I tried to see how it would look if I did the base too, but the Dip is too strong for the base and made the whole thing black. Nowhere for the stain to drain away, unlike the rest of the model. So, I'll have to paint the bases as normal. But the rest of the mini is pretty much done! Thank goodness too, since the Warg Rider has a lot of annoying details and would be difficult to paint normally.


    Feel free to add any comments to this page
     the Uruk looks great! your son is a better painter than I am...
      -Mighty Mushroom

       Hmm, washing and dipping is cheap a quick, but it looks too shiny, give it a drybrush afterwards and use watered down ink, unless you are, in which case water it down more.

    Heh, that's the power of the technique. I learned it from an article on TLA by addcampbell (he's also a mod on the GW forums), and since TLA is still down, I might redo his article here...
    -Shnar Gru

       did he painted the hand? Im rather impressed after all your son is only 5!
       -Mighty Mushroom

    Yeaup, that's why it looks a little sloppy. He painted almost all of the miniature. I did a little bit of touch-ups (mainly cause his patience dropped, he didn't paint the loin-cloth for example) and of course the base, but 90% of the paint was done by him. The reason it looks so good is 'cause it's been dipped.
    -Shnar Gru

       I heard that if you take the photos with something dark,
       like a green towell the photos will look better

       -Mighty Mushroom

    Perhaps. There's a good article on TLA about taking better photos at by Hithero (his contributions still astound me). First thing I need to get is a tripod, then I can setup a photo "studio" of sorts for my mini-photos.

    -Shnar Gru

    Um, Thanks, whomever you are
    -Shnar Gru

    How much did the wood stain cost? I'm thinking of getting some stain for my minis.


    The small can of stain was very inexpensive, about $4.00 USD. The larger cans can be a bit more (like $10 to $15) but you probably don't need to get one that size. The small one will last you a long while. I've done about 20 mini's now and I can hardly tell that the can's been used. The key is to do a test-model first, make sure it looks right (or else you may want to get a different color stain) before moving on to all your mini's.

    -Shnar Gru

    I am now ashamed of my own Uruks. Your son is 5!?
    I really need to try out that dipping technique.
    Yeah, well, he's six now, how fast they grow up. The techique is incredibly easy, I show do an article on how to do it, though there is a great one on The Last Alliance.

    -Shnar Gru

    OH... MY... LORDY! How the hek du paint that good! Mi painting is all sloppy, oh, goodness, i can never show pics of it here! I cant show pics, anyway, koc i have digi camera but still.... Oh....

    Neix J

    I'm telling you, Dipping really helps. I may do an article on how to do it, but in the meantime there is already a great article on The Last Alliance.

    -Shnar Gru

    THnx, will chek that out.

    Neix J

    Any non dipped moddles that you could show us.

    Wise Wanderer
    Not yet, I just haven't had the time to do any real painting. My Boromir from the Fot R pack was coming along nicely, but I've been out of painting miniatures and been busy painting my house

    -Shnar Gru
    Lol, It should be a lot easier painting in that scale, unless of course you use a 10/0 paint brush .

    -The Precious

    That would take you YEARS!

    -King Of Gondor
    PLZZZ! Post Some More Pics Up of yor Miniatures! PLZZZZ! I Love yor style! Yor Son is bad

    -Captain Of Gondor
    gee ur son is betta than me and im i think 6 or 7 years older than me hmmmmm its probaly my hand is like really shakey wen i try to paint hmmm ne techneqes?

    Actually no, it's not that he's a good painter, it's to show that the Dipping Technique works very well even with beginner painters. In fact, he's not very good at all, but when he dips, the models turn out quite impressive.

    -Shnar Gru

    All good, but the warg rider is awesome. How's this dipping technique work?

    Wise Wanderer

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