How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 19: Uruk-hai Scouts

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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 your Uruk-hai Scouts models!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Re Elendil, which you can view on this page, we are back with a new guide in which we will see how to paint your own models of Uruk-hai Scouts, with very simple techniques using colors Citadel and therefore be able to expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop to 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 19: Uruk-hai Scouts - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Unlike the common Orcs, the warriors Uruk-hai they are fearsome, strong, courageous and brutal enemies who form an unprecedented army in Middle-earth. They are introduced in the first film of the trilogy, created by the evil Saruman the White according to the wishes of Sauron, the Dark Lord. The Uruk-hai Scouts (scout = explorer), under the guidance of the mighty and cruel Lurtz, are unleashed by the White Wizard on the trail of the Fellowship of the Ring, with the task of returning the Hobbits to Isengard and killing the other members. Like all Uruk-hai, they are aggressive and tireless warriors, marching day and night in pursuit of their prey and, when they find it, they fight to the death. They are partly responsible for the death of Boromir of Gondor and the dissolution of the Fellowship in Amon Hen. They will return in the second chapter of "The Lord of the Rings", when Saruman creates an army of ten thousand Uruk-hai to march on Helm's Deep and destroy the world of Men once and for all.



If you are interested in more insights on the Uruk-hai Scouts we refer you to the Wikipedia page.

To know the different basic painting techniques, useful for all Games Workshop miniatures, we recommend that you visit this page.

Uruk-hai Scouts Set Games Workshop available on the website

Phase 1: Cleaning and Assembling the Uruk-hai Scouts | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As illustrated with the Goblins of Moria, the first thing to do before starting to paint your plastic models of the Uruk-hai explorers is to carefully remove them from the frame with common wire cutters, being careful not to damage them and not to cut theirs. weapons. Also remove the shields from the mold and glue them right now in the holes that are located at the left shoulder of the Uruk-hai swordsmen, as this will not create an obstacle in the subsequent stages dedicated to painting. Some bent guns may need to be straightened, although this is generally not the case with plastic models. Once this is done, carefully wipe off any excess burrs that remain after the casting process with a utility knife and don't worry if you accidentally scratch the models, as these small incisions will then be covered with acrylic paints. Once this is complete, mount your Uruk-hai Scouts miniatures onto their bases using some plastic glue, available on the Games Workshop website or any DIY store.

Games Workshop mold with 12 Uruk-hai Scouts in plastic

Plastic miniatures of the Uruk-hai Scouts on their bases


Practical advice: there are some metal versions of these models, but they are out of production; if you own one of these miniatures, you can easily follow this guide, but in the first phase it is a must to remember to remove any metal burrs with a cutter, more frequent than plastic and resin models.


Phase 2: Uruk-hai Scouts base color | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have assembled the models of your Uruk-hai explorers, you will need to give a background of color to have a base tint to work on and to adhere well the shades that you will apply in the next phases. Always remember that the important thing is to evenly cover the material your miniatures are made of. To get a homogeneous layer of color use the Citadel Chaos Black spray, as the Uruk-hai are characterized by rather dark shades. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to apply this technique in well-ventilated areas.

Citadel Chaos Black spray ideal for the primer of your models

Practical tip: to ensure that the color reaches even the most hidden areas, fix all the plastic models close to each other on a sheet of cardboard with repositionable glue or double-sided tape, to be able to remove them easily after painting them; while using the black spray, rotate the cardboard, so as to apply a uniform color base on all the miniatures. In the case of metal models, being made of heavier material, make sure they are well positioned otherwise they could fall and break!


Alternative: if you don't have Chaos Black spray available, apply 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 little water to dilute it slightly, as too thick a color would be difficult to apply and ruin your miniatures, covering the details . If the color is too liquid, add a little more to make it thicker.

The Uruk-hai Scouts after the black primer

At this point you can start painting your Uruk-hai and, as in the case of the Goblins, we recommend that you use the serial painting technique, since you have a group of similar miniatures here, so you can perform each operation on all Citadel models, then move on to the next one. In this way you will work in parallel all the Uruk-hai and at the end of this tutorial they will be completed together.


Step 3: Paint the Metal Parts of the Uruk-hai Scouts | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Uruk-hai Scouts wear quite dark and heavy armor, which is why the base color's black is ideal for making up the undertone. To characterize your models' armor with a metallic look, paint all steel parts with Warplock Bronze, then evenly apply Citadel Shade Nuln Oil to create shading in the most hidden areas. When the ink is dry, apply the Leadbelcher with a dry brush, so as to reveal the dark bronze underneath. At this point, you can always use the Ironbreaker with a dry brush to highlight the outermost parts on the chest, legs, helmet and forearms, then for the most prominent areas, such as the edges of the plates, 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 paints suggested for decorating Uruk-hai armor

Step 4: Paint the Uruk-hai Scouts' skin and hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As in the case of Lurtz in tutorial 14, to paint the skin of the Uruk-hai, we apply the layering technique, first introduced with the Arwen miniature in tutorial 11. This involves a dark base Citadel color followed by Layer shades lighter and lighter, applied progressively towards the ends as different layers of highlighting. First then start creating a base of brown using Rhinox Hide, but add a drop of water to dilute it so it doesn't cover the details, then wash with Agrax Earthshade to shade the grooves. When this is dry, start to lighten the outermost areas using the Doombull Brown and a fine-tipped brush, then pass the Tuskgor Fur with the ruling technique on the reliefs such as the edges of the ears, cheekbones, eyebrows and chin. Of course, as you can easily see, not all of your models have bare heads, as some wear helmets, so in this case, just decorate the chin and teeth.

Agrax Earthshade to create shading on the skin of the Uruk-hai

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

Tip: do not paint the white hand only on the forehead, but you can indulge yourself by recreating it in different places such as chest and cheeks in a random way, just like in the film.

Citadel shades recommended for painting Uruk-hai Scouts skin, hair and face details

Your Uruk-hai Scouts models at the end of phase 4

Step 5: Paint the Worn Out Uruk-hai Scouts Clothes | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Your Uruk-hai miniatures feature many leather parts with different shades typical of the Orcs. To decorate them, you can apply two Citadel base colors: on some models create a color background with Rhinox Hide, on others instead with Castellan Green, then apply a light black wash with Nuln Oil on all the affected areas: by doing so , the recesses will appear darker, giving a much closer look to reality. When the Citadel ink is dry, you therefore have the possibility to proceed in two ways with the highlights for the leather parts: on the chest, shoulders and back you can apply Baneblade Brown and Loren Forest respectively with the edging technique depending on the chosen base tone, while for gloves and sandals he uses Gorthor Brown with a dry brush, in order to create an aged effect on worn garments. If you want to use another alternative, use Mechanicus Standard Gray as a base and Dawnstone to lighten. Finally, you can highlight the belt with the Mechanicus Standard Gray with the classic edging technique and define the buckle with Runefang Steel.

Citadel paints recommended for painting the leather parts of the Uruk-hai Scouts

Step 6: Paint the weapons of the Uruk-hai Scouts | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Uruk-hai are equipped with different weapons: some have sword and shield, others bow and arrows. To paint the blades and shields you can repeat the steps related to step 3 of this guide, so you can decorate the hilt in a very simple way: just use the Baneblade Brown with a dry brush, on a base of Gorthor Brown. The same way you can proceed for the wooden arrows. For bow and quiver, on the other hand, use Dryad Bark (Rhinox Hide is fine too) 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.

The Uruk-hai with decorated weapons

Step 7: Decorating the Uruk-hai Scouts Bases | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the bases of your Uruk-hai explorers as you always did with previous models, but you can also recreate the characteristic terrain of Amon Hen; To do this, apply Citadel Texture Stirland Mud to the top of each base and let it dry slowly to create a rocky effect, then dry brush the reliefs with Citadel Dry Terminatus Stone or Layer Karak Stone. , lightening them. To complete, paint the edge of the base with Mournfang Brown or XV-88 and you can also add the Mordheim and Middenland sods to enrich the whole with tufts of grass.

Citadel Texture Stirland Mud

Clods of Middenland or Mordheim

Alternatively, you can apply the Astrogranite Texture (or Astrogranite Debris) and, proceeding in the same way, lighten the upper part with Adminatum Gray, and then finish the edges with Dawnstone or Mechanicus Standard Gray. The effect will be that of a rocky terrain on gray, similar to the wastelands of Mordor.

Citadel Texture Astrogranite Debris

If you want to create a classic turf instead, you can paint the bases entirely with Mournfang Brown and then apply a small amount of static grass or modeling flock with the vinyl glue. Depending on your preferences, you can also add some stones.

Base with 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.

Even the bases are decorated, your Uruk-hai Scouts warriors are ready to go in search of the Hobbits and bring them back to Saruman!

Your complete Uruk-hai Scouts models!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 19: Uruk-hai Scouts

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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