How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 32: Middle-earth Rangers

How to paint Games Workshop miniatures? In this tutorial we will show you different painting techniques for decorating your Citadel miniatures. In this new guide we will see which steps to follow to paint the models of the Rangers of Middle-earth!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Pippin, Guard of the Citadel, which you can view on this page, here we are with a new guide in which we will illustrate how to paint your own miniatures Middle-earth rangers with very simple techniques using i Citadel colors and be able to expand your collection of models 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

Tutorial 32: Middle-earth Rangers - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Rangers are strong, valiant and skilled warriors in battle, demonstrating remarkable dexterity with sword, bow, and spear. There are many of these fighters in Middle-earth, particularly they stand out in Rangers of the North and the South. The former are descendants of the Dúnedain and patrol the borders of Eriador to protect these lands from the Witch-king of Angmar, while those of the South are known as Rangers of Ithilien and, under the command of Captain Faramir, roam the region of Gondor between the River Anduin and the Shadow Mountains, trying to oppose the continued incursions of the Orcs of Mordor during the Third Age.

If you are interested in more information on the Raminghi we refer you to the Wikipedia pages, relating to those of the North and South.

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

Set Games Workshop related to the Rangers of Middle-earth

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

As in the case of Uruk-hai and the warriors of Minas Tirith, even for the Rangers the first thing to do before starting to paint them is to remove them gently from the frame with a common cutter, being careful not to cut their weapons. Once this is done, carefully remove all the excess burrs, which remain after the casting process, with a cutter and assemble the models with a little plastic glue and possibly green material to fill the cavities that remain empty. Once this is complete, mount the warriors on their bases using the plastic glue again, available on the Games Workshop website or in any DIY store.

Sprue with 12 Raminghi

Rangers mounted on their sideburns

Phase 2: Base Color of the Rangers | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

After assembling your models of the Raminghi, it is advisable to give them a background of color to have a base color 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 completely cover the material your miniatures are made of. To get a uniform layer of color use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as these are warriors characterized by relatively 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 primer

Practical tip: to ensure that the color reaches even the most hidden areas, fix all the 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 having painted them; while using the black spray, rotate the cardboard, so as to apply a uniform color base on all the miniatures.

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 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 thicken it.

Raminghi after the black primer

Now you can start painting the details of your Raminghi and we recommend the serial painting technique, used with Goblins, Uruk-hai, Rohan warriors, Elves and Men: compared to single characters, such as heroes, here you have a group of similar models, so you can perform each phase on all Citadel models, and then go to the next one. This way you will work all the warriors in parallel and complete them all together.

Step 3: Paint the Rangers' tunic, pants and boots | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Rangers' pants are tucked under the tunics, but you can paint them using Stormvermin Fur evenly at first, then apply a black wash with Nuln Oil and, when the ink is dry, lightly wipe the Dawnstone mixed with a small amount of Karak Stone to highlight the few areas in relief with the ruling technique. If you want to make shades on brown, use Dryad Bark as a base, while for lighter shades Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown are good.

To decorate the boots, on the other hand, repeat the techniques just described by applying Rhinox Hide as a background of color and Nuln Oil to create the shading, then lighten with the Tallarn Sand with the ruling technique and finally highlight the details such as the laces using the Karak Stone with a dry brush.

To paint the tunic, apply an even coat of Castellan Green, then add a very small amount of water to the Loren Forest and highlight the large areas above the surface. Once this is done, apply the Straken Green with the edging technique.

Citadel paints for Rangers boots, pants and robe

Step 4: Paint the Rangers' doublet | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To decorate the Raminghi leather doublet, you can opt for different solutions. Our advice is to paint the central part in leather in one color, for example brown, while the upper and lower parts of another, such as gray or green, using matching shades. For example, apply a layer of Rhinox Hide as a base tone in the center and shoulders, then wash with Agrax Earthshade. At this point, highlight the surface parts on the chest with the ruling technique, using first Mournfang Brown and then Skrag Brown, while on the shoulders use the same dry brush colors. For the remaining areas at the top and bottom you can apply Skavenblight Dinge, shade with Nuln Oil and finally lighten with Stormvermin Fur and Dawnstone, but nobody forbids you to experiment with shades on green (Castellan Green, Loren Forest, Straken Green) or on the light brown (XV-88).

Once this is done, use the dry brush Karak Stone to paint details such as the laces.

Citadel shades recommended for the leather doublet

Rangers at the end of stage 4

Step 5: Paint the Rangers' sleeves and leather parts | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To decorate the sleeves of the Rangers, you can give space to your imagination as seen with the Knights of Rohan. For example, first apply the Karak Stone, then define the details by passing the Agrax Earthshade evenly, then you can highlight the outermost folds with the Ushabti Bone, using the thin ruling method.

The leather protection on the shoulders and the gloves should be painted with Rhinox Hide, shaded with Nuln Oil and finally lightened with Mournfang Brown and Skrag Brown, using a dry brush.

For the forearms, on the other hand, use Dryad Bark as a background of color, then pass the Nuln Oil here too and at the end bring out the details with Doombull Brown and Tuskgor Fur, helping you with the fine-tipped brush.

Lastly, the sword belt and sheath can be decorated with Caliban Green and highlighted with Straken Green with the edging.

The Leadbelcher is fine for all buckles and metal parts.

Raminghi with sleeves and decorated leather parts

Step 6: Paint the Rangers' Cloak | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Rangers wear green cloaks, which you can paint with layering technique, initially applying Castellan Green as a base color. Once this is done, wash with Nuln Oil, in order to accentuate the shadow areas between the folds, then highlight the reliefs creating a mix in equal parts of Castellan Green and Loren Forest, then add more and more of the latter shade to lighten more. Finally, apply Straken Green as an extreme highlight on the hood and around the shoulders. If you like, you can also use Ogryn Camo with the edging technique to give it a more aged look.

Citadel colors recommended for Rangers' cloaks

Step 7: Paint the Rangers' face and hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Raminghi's face is initially decorated with Cadian Fleshtone as the base color. When the flesh color is dry, apply a wash of Reikland Fleshshade to darken the recesses of the models and thus create a natural shading effect. Then, use Kislev Flesh with the ruling technique to highlight all the raised parts such as cheekbones, nose and forehead.

To decorate the eyes, use Rhinox Hide if you want to get a brown shade, or Nurgling Green if you prefer green. Regardless of the color chosen, White Scar is good for the white base, while Rhinox Hide or Baneblade Brown is fine for the eyebrows.

For bearded models, you can use Rhinox Hide in the area around the lips, while you can lighten with Tallarn Sand from chin to cheeks, creating a shade with the XS Artificer Layer brush. The Usebti Bone works well as an extreme highlight on the raised chin area.

To paint the hair, apply XV-88 as a color base, then apply a wash with Agrax Earthshade. When the ink is dry, lighten the outer strands with a dry brush with Tallarn Sand and then with a mix consisting of 75% Tallarn Sand and 25% Screaming Skull. However, also based on the previous tutorials, you can have fun with the imagination and experiment with different colors.

Rangers with painted hair and skin

Step 8: Paint the Rangers' weapons | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Paint all the metal parts of the swords with the Leadbelcher. Then do a black wash with Nuln Oil and then highlight each blade with Runefang Steel using the ruling technique to make it appear sharp. Use Caliban Green for the central part of the hilt, which you can gently lighten by applying Warpstone Glow.

The Raminghi arc can be painted entirely with Dryad Bark, then faded to a lighter shade using Gorthor Brown and then Baneblade Brown with the ruling technique on the most exposed parts.

To paint the quiver you can decide whether to use shades of green or brown. In the first case, use Loren Forest, then shade everything with Nuln Oil, then apply the fine-line technique by spreading the Straken Green on the outer areas. If you prefer a brown tone instead, use Rhinox Hide as a base and, after shading, highlight with Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown. Gorthor Brown himself is excellent for the wood of the arrows, while the fletching must be painted first with Castellan Green as a base, and then dry brushed with Ogryn Camo.

Citadel colors recommended for weapons

Rangers at the end of stage 8

Step 9: Decorate the Rangers' bases | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The last step to complete your Raminghi di Gondor models is to decorate the base: to do this, you can paint it entirely in Mournfang Brown and then apply a small amount of static grass or modeling flock with vinyl glue. with the aim of recreating a turf. If you prefer, add some crushed stone for 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.

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 Terminatus Stone (Dry) in the first case or Slaneesh Gray (Dry) in the second. Finally, to complete you can add the Clods of Mordheim or Middenland, available on the website, in order to enrich the base with tufts of grass to remember, for example, the Wild Lands.

Citadel Texture Stirland Mud e Astrogranite

Clods of Middenland and Mordheim

Once this phase is completed, your Rangers are ready to defend the woods of Middle-earth!

The completed Rangers models

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 32: Middle-earth Rangers

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