How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 14: Lurtz

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How to paint Games Workshop miniatures? In this tutorial, we will show you a number of painting techniques for decorating your Citadel miniatures. In this new guide we will see which steps to follow to paint Lurtz's model!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Re Elrond, which you can view on this page, we are back with a new guide in which we will see how to paint your model of Lurtz, with very simple techniques using colors Citadel and be able to expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop than undertake the Strategic Battle Game in Middle-earth.



We remind you that the miniatures, the colors and all the tools for modeling are available on the website www.games-workshop.com.

Tutorial 14: Lurtz - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Lurtz he is the strongest and most merciless of all the Uruk-hai, the Orcs created by Saruman the White after betraying the Free Peoples of Middle-earth to side with Sauron, the Dark Lord. Unlike the common Orcs, the Uruk-hai have thick armor and do not fear the light of day and it is to Lurtz that Saruman entrusts the command in the mission to track down the Fellowship of the Ring and kidnap the Hobbits to recover the One Ring of Sauron. In the first film of the trilogy Lurtz and the Uruk-hai attack Frodo and his companions in Amon Hen on the western banks of the Anduin River, where the dissolution of the Fellowship takes place: Frodo and Sam head towards Mordor, Boromir dies at the hands of Lurtz and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli decide to go after the surviving Uruk-hai who have kidnapped Merry and Pippin. Before setting off in pursuit, Aragorn and the ferocious Lurtz fight, but the King of Gondor demonstrates his sword skills and beheads the mighty Uruk-hai.



If you are interested in more insights on Lurtz, we refer you to the Wikipedia page.

Find out more about the different basic painting techniques, useful for all your Games Workshop miniatures, we recommend that you visit this page.

Phase 1: Cleaning and Assembly of Lurtz | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As seen in the previous tutorials, the first thing to do before starting to paint your Lurtz miniature is to prepare the model, carefully removing any excess burrs that remain after the casting process and you can use a utility knife. or a cutter. Don't worry if you accidentally scratch the model, as these small incisions will be covered with acrylic paints later. 

Practical tip: Another thing to pay special attention to is to make sure that all parts of the model are straight; in the case of Lurtz it could happen that the sword or the bow are slightly crooked, but you can correct this defect by carefully bending them in the correct direction.

Once this is done, glue your Lurtz miniature onto the base with the cyanoacrylate glue.

Your metal model of Lurtz at the end of stage 1

Phase 2: Lurtz's base color | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have assembled the Lurtz model, you will need to give a base of color to make the shades that you will apply in the next phases adhere perfectly. Always remember that the important thing is to completely cover the metal your miniature is made of. To get a layer of even color use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as Lurtz is characterized by rather dark shades. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to use this technique in well-ventilated areas.


Citadel Chaos Black spray ideal for the base color


Alternative: if you don't have Chaos Black spray available, use Citadel Abaddon Black in a bottle; shake the jar well to mix the color correctly, then use the brush to put a drop on the palette and add a drop of water to dilute it slightly, as too thick a color would be difficult to apply and ruin your miniature, covering the details. If the color is too liquid, add a little more to thicken it.

Your Lurtz model at the end of phase 2

Step 3: Paint Lurtz's Metal Parts | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Lurtz wears rather dark heavy armor and is armed with a sword and shield, so the black of the primer is ideal for forming the background of color. To give a metallic appearance, paint all the steel parts with the Leadbelcher with a dry brush, so as to reveal the black underneath. Now spread the Citadel Nuln Oil ink evenly to give a shading effect. When the Shade is dry, you can always apply the Ironbreaker with a dry brush to highlight the outermost parts on the chest, legs and arms, then for the most prominent areas, such as the edges of the sword and shield, use the Runefang Steel with the edging technique. In this way these parts will be more realistic and you will be able to give a depth effect on the model.

Citadel metallic shades to decorate Lurtz's steel parts


Step 4: Paint Lurtz's Skin and Hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To paint Lurtz's Uruk-hai leather, we apply the layering technique, introduced with the Arwen miniature in tutorial 11. This involves a dark base color followed by lighter and lighter shades, applied progressively towards the ends as different layers of highlighting. . First then start creating a brown colored base using the Rhinox Hide, but add a drop of water to dilute it so it doesn't cover the details. When this is dry, start to lighten the outermost areas using the Doombull Brown and a fine-tipped brush, then pass the Tuskgor Fur on the edges such as the edges of the ears, cheekbones, eyebrows and chin. 


Now apply the Averland Sunset for the eyes and the Screaming Skull for the teeth. To decorate the hair, you can use the Mechanicus Standard Gray with a dry brush, as Lurtz has black but dirty hair like all Uruk-hai, so it is advisable to lighten the outer strands. To complete, draw Saruman's white hand on Lurtz's forehead using the White Scar and XS Artificer Layer brush.

Citadel paints recommended for painting Lurtz's skin, hair and details on Lurtz's face

Your Lurtz miniature at the end of stage 4

Step 5: Paint Lurtz's Leather Garments | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Your Lurtz model is characterized by numerous leather parts typical of the Orcs. To paint them, create a base color with Rhinox Hide, then apply a light black wash with Nuln Oil on all affected areas: by doing so, the recesses of the model will be darker, giving a much more realistic look. When the ink is dry, proceed in two ways: for gloves and sandals use the Gorthor Brown with a dry brush, while for the leather parts on the chest, shoulders and back you can apply the Baneblade Brown with the edging technique, in order to create an aged effect on worn clothing. Finally, you can lighten the belt with the Mechanicus Standard Gray with the same technique as the beading.

Classic Uruk-hai gear

Your Lurtz Games Workshop model at the end of stage 5

Step 6: Paint Lurtz's Final Details | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Lurtz is equipped with a sword, bow and arrow. After painting the blade in step 3 of this guide, you can decorate the hilt in a very simple way: just apply the Baneblade Brown with a dry brush, on a base of Gorthor Brown. In a similar way you can proceed for the wooden arrows. For bow and quiver, on the other hand, use Rhinox Hide as a base and lighten the raised areas with Karak Stone. You can repeat the operations of step 3 for the metal parts that characterize the arch. Lastly, use Adminatum Gray with the dry brush technique on the fletching of the arrows, but be careful not to spread the gray around the areas around you that you have already painted.

Bow, arrows and quiver decorated at the end of phase 6

Step 7: Decorate Lurtz's Base | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To complete the Lurtz miniature, to make it look more realistic, you can paint the base completely Mournfang Brown and then apply some modeling flock or static grass with the vinyl glue, to simulate a turf. You can also add a small amount of crushed stone to add a touch of class and remember the terrain of Amon Hen.

Common modeling flock

Practical tip: to apply the static grass or flock, first spread the glue on the upper part of the base, then immerse it in a jar containing the grass, so that it adheres perfectly.

Alternatively you can apply a Citadel Texture such as Stirland Mud or Astrogranite to create a rocky brown or gray effect. Whichever you choose, paint the edges of the base with XV-88 or Mechanicus Standard Gray accordingly. When the Texture is dry, gently drybrush a lighter color to highlight, such as Karak Stone in the first case or Adminatum Gray in the second. Finally, to complete, you can add the Mordheim or Middenland Clods, in order to enrich the base with tufts of grass.

Citadel Texture Stirland Mud e Astrogranite

Clods of Middenland and Mordheim

Your Lurtz miniature is now complete and can guide the evil Uruk-hai to retrieve the Ring and bring it to Saruman!

Your Lurtz model is complete!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 14: Lurtz

This tutorial from the Techigames Painting Workshop dedicated to decorating Games Workshop miniatures (eg Warhammer or Lord of the Rings) also ends here. For any questions or requests we are available via the comments box below!

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