How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 31: Pippin, Citadel Guard

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 the model of Pippin, Guard of the Citadel!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! In the previous tutorial, which you can view on this page, we analyzed how to decorate the model of Gandalf the White on Ombromanto, while in this new guide we will see how to paint your own miniature of Pippin, Guard of the Citadel, through 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.

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Tutorial 31: Pippin, Citadel Guard - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Arrived in Rohan after his victory in the Battle of Helm's Deep, Pepin he secretly peered into the Palantìr that belonged to Saruman, thus attracting Sauron's attention and making him believe he was the Ring-bearer. However, with this gesture the young Hobbit was able to see a part of the Dark Lord's plans, whose intentions are to wage war on Gondor with the aim of destroying the last defenses of Men. Thus, Pippin follows Gandalf the White to Minas Tirith and here demonstrates all his courage, placing himself in the service of Superintendent Denethor and becoming Guard of the Citadel.

Find out more about Pippin we refer you to the Wikipedia page.

To know the different basic painting techniques, which are essential for all Games Workshop miniatures, we recommend that you visit this page. In addition, you can use this guide to decorate the Pippin model to be placed on Ombromanto, available in the Games Workshop miniature set “Gandalf the White and Peregrin Took”.

Set Games Workshop with Gandalf the White and Pippin

Phase 1: cleaning and assembling of Pippin | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As in the previous tutorial, the first thing to do before starting to paint your Pepin plastic miniature is to gently remove it from the frame with precision cutters, being careful not to damage the many components present. To clean the separate pieces of the model, you can use a utility knife very gently.

Sprue with plastic models of Gandalf on foot and Pippin on foot and mounted

Once the components have been cleaned, you will need to assemble the front side with the rear side of Pippin, i.e. parts 8 and 9 of the frame, while the mounted model (7) is a single piece. You can use plastic glue for assembly. Also remember to fill the crevice of Pippin's mantle with green matter and thus obtain continuity of material. Once this is done, glue the miniature onto its base.

The Pippin model at the end of the assembly

Step 2: Pippin Base Color | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have mounted the Pippin model on the base, you will need to give a background of color to perfectly adhere the shades that you will apply in the next steps. Always remember that the important thing is to completely cover the material your miniature is made of. To get a uniform layer of color, use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as Pippin wears a uniform featuring dark, metallic tones. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to use this technique in well-ventilated areas.

Spray Citadel Chaos Black

Alternative: if you cannot find the Chaos Black spray, use only the Citadel Abaddon Black 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.

Pippin after the black primer

Now you can start decorating the different parts of Pippin, who like many models wears multiple garments superimposed on each other; to paint them, you should start with the innermost ones, since any smudges will subsequently be covered as you apply the colors on the outermost parts.

Step 3: painting the metal parts of Pippin | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To paint the chain mail under Pippin's tunic apply Leadbelcher with the dry brush technique, then apply Drakenhof Nightshade ink evenly to create a bluish effect under the metal rings. Finally, add a touch of brightness with Runefang Steel with a dry brush.

To paint the silver parts of the sword and helmet you can use Leadbelcher again as a base color, then you can apply a light wash with Nuln Oil and finally highlight with Runefang Steel, respectively with the ruling and dry brush techniques. The sword hilt is initially decorated with Gehenna's Gold on the metal parts and then lightened with Auric Armor Gold using the XS Artificer Layer brush.

Citadel paints recommended for Pippin metal parts

Step 4: painting Pippin's robes | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Pippin wears a tunic characterized by a very intense dark blue. Paint it with an equal parts mix of Abaddon Black and Kantor Blue - this will be the base color. At this point, wash with Nuln Oil and then lighten the external folds with the ruling technique, adding Fenrisian Gray to the previous compound. For the tree of Gondor on the chest use the Runefang Steel with the fine point brush.

To decorate the trousers you can follow the same operations as for the tunic, since they are of the same shade, while for the gloves apply the Mechanicus Standard Gray with a dry brush on a black base.

Citadel shades suggested for Pippin's robes

Step 5: Painting Pepin's Cloak | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

For Pippin's elven cloak you can use the layering technique: mix Castellan Green and Baneblade Brown in equal parts, then add twice as much Dawnstone and spread this shade evenly. Apply after the Nuln Oil to create the shadows and let dry. Once this is done, for each layer of highlight add an increasing amount of Administratum Gray to the base compound and spread this color over all the outer folds.

To decorate the elven brooch use Runefang Steel and add a small amount of Moot Green in the center with the XS Artificer Layer brush.

Citadel paints to paint Pippin's cloak

Step 6: painting the leather parts of Pippin | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Paint Pippin's belt, bag, forearms and sword scabbard with Rhinox Hide as the base color. Then spread a wash of Nuln Oil evenly everywhere and let the ink dry well. Once this is done, highlight the outermost areas with Gorthor Brown, using the ruling technique, as these are small details that require some accuracy. For extreme highlighting, use Baneblade Brown with edging. Then define the gold decorations on the forearms with Auric Armor Gold.

Pippin's model at the end of phase 6

Step 7: painting Pippin's skin and hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Pippin's face should first be painted with Cadian Fleshtone as the base color. When the flesh color is dry, apply a light wash of Reikland Fleshshade to darken the model's grooves and thus create a shading effect. Finally, apply Kislev Flesh with the ruling technique to highlight all the raised parts such as cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin.

To paint blue eyes, you can use Ceramite White and Alaitoc Blue. For the eyebrows use Baneblade Brown.

To decorate the Hobbit's hair, apply a color undercoat with XV-88, then do a brown wash with Agrax Earthshade, thereby creating the shadows in the recesses. At this point, first apply the Zamesi Desert with a dry brush to begin to lighten the outermost locks and then very lightly a mix composed of 50% Zamesi Desert and 50% Screaming Skull to give a sunlight effect. Similarly you can paint the hair on the feet.

Pippin with painted skin and hair

Step 8: Decorate Pippin's Base | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the Pippin base giving space to your imagination; for example you can apply a Citadel Texture such as Stirland Mud or Astrogranite to create a rocky effect on brown or gray. 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

Alternatively, you can decorate the base by painting it entirely with Mournfang Brown and then applying a little static grass or modeling flock with vinyl glue, to recreate a turf. You can also add a small amount of crushed stone to give it a classy effect.

Static modeling grass

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.

Once this stage is completed, your Pippin miniature is ready to become Citadel Guard in the war against Sauron!

The Pippin model is complete!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 31: Pippin, Citadel Guard

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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