The wisest and most powerful of Middle Earth finally come together, ready to battle whatever evil they must!
A final wee push added the last three members to the council, completing the force.
I’ve painted many a Gandalf over the years, but surprisingly never on a horse. I’m happy with how he turned out overall, but wish I’d gone a bit grayer on the cloak as it feels much bluer than it should.
Glamdring was a delight! Every time I paint a Gandalf I always enjoy the sword. I tried to push my NMM on this one and I’m really happy with the result.
The final elf and Lord of the West! I found this a challenge because of the material. Finecast has a lot of problems that I won’t get onto, I will say I’ll avoid working with it if I can.
I decided to play with the colour scheme a little, as most of the force has a darker feel to them. I decided on black and gold for the armour, kind of mix of the elf’s I’d already done, and the red lent itself well accenting that.
The final member and the most recent release, Saruman the White!
A beauty of a sculpt, so much so I had to replace the foot model I’d prepared for the plastic one. The detail disparity between the old foot model and the plastic rider was too great.
He did turn out a bit more cream/bone coloured than white, I was happy with the result. It keeps him in tone with the sombre tone of the rest, and he doesn’t overshadow the brightness of Galadriel.
The first of the Istari and definitely the..well…least renowned (unless we’re counting blues), but he does have some massive tricks up his sleeve. Not only an epic sleigh, pulled by Rhosgobel rabbits no less, but also one of the legendary great eagles.
It was a daunting task but the variety of models and base sizes meant some interesting opportunities.
The bases alone where an enjoyable, if sticky, affair. I wanted to continue the Dol Guldur theme, my White Council battling the forces of the Necromancer through the ruins. For the on foot model this meant a fairly simple stepped base, Radagast leaping into the fray, but for the sleigh and eagle I could get a bit more creative.
The sleigh already had a fantastic leaping pose, so rolling with that I created a chasm for them to leap over. This was achieved by positioning the model with blue tac and pencilling in the contact points, as well as a channel for the chasm. Then when I started building the base I could build around these guidelines.
I was free to create anything for the eagles base, just needing a contact point for the flight stand itself. I tried to create something more indicative of Dol Guldur than I had before. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if I pulled it off or not.
Overall I had a blast painting these. The variety of creatures was fun to tackle. I was going to complain about the amount of brown, but that’s definitely something I was forewarned about.
Take a look at the White Council so far…
That just leaves me with 3 members left; Gandalf, Elrond and Saruman. I’m still not sure which one takes my fancy the most.
These have been awaiting paint for a while and, like the Inhumans, I found my inspiration and got stuck in!
Galadriel leads the White Council so I felt she was a suitable place to start the painting. It’s also a fairly simple sculpt and felt really small after some of the other miniatures I’ve done recently.
I’m theming the models around Dol Guldur, so I wanted to push the creepy feel on the bases but also on Galadriel herself. This is why I chose the colours for the robes, White to off green.
Celeborn felt like a natural follow on. I chose the colours to link him to Lothlorien, golden armour, and to Galadriel, the robes. I also added some floating leaves to both bases using thin wire and miniature leaves. I hope it comes across as the leaves in the wind I was trying to portray.
Last but definitely not least is Glorfindal. I wanted to keep up the spooky theme and keep this chap fairly sombre. He has died before after all. It’s a fairly monotone mini, with only the sword and the hair to really add some colour, but not a lot of warmth.
I’m really pleased with the end result, especially with the way it helps the blade stand out.
The last of the elves or the first of the wizards? Still not sure what I’ll work on next…
Gandalf and Elrond were in dire need of some help and it wasn’t difficult to muster up a few friends for them…
The first of which is the Lady Galadriel herself. Mustering up a respectable profile, she provides a great deal of support. Helping to stop incoming shots as well as offering some help with resisting magic for those needing to get stuck in.
She seems like an easy paint, but I want to keep her fairly dark using her hand as the light source of the model.
Following on from such a powerful sorcerer, is the second Lord of the West to make it into the list, Glorfindal. A combat beast, with impressive defences to match, he’ll make mincemeat of the opposition.
This one’s going to be a lot of fun to paint. It will be my very first time tackling that beautiful elvin armour.
That’s the reinforcements for now, just awaiting availability on a certain brown wizard and to find the right model for a certain white. Once they’re in there I’ll have the White Council properly ready for battle!