How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 33: Warriors of the Dead

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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 the models of the Warriors of the Dead!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Middle-earth rangers, which you can view on this page, here we are with a new guide in which we will see how to paint your own models of warriors of the Dead with very simple techniques using i Citadel colors 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 33: Warriors of the Dead - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

In remote and isolated places of Middle-earth there are many dead who continue to walk, forever linked to this world by witchcraft or curses. Almost all ghostly beings are bound to the service of Sauron, as it was he who forged their immortal existence. The spirits of the Dwimorberg, on the other hand, are tied to a completely different fate. When Elendil marched against Sauron at the end of the Second Age, his son Isildur went to the Dwimorberg, the Mounted Mountain, and obtained from the people who inhabited it an oath of relief against the forces of Mordor. However, when Isildur urged the mountain dwellers to fight, they fled, locking themselves up in their fortress instead of honoring their promise. Enraged by the betrayal, Isildur cursed them, condemning them to wander the hills for all eternity until they fulfilled their oath. In the Third Age, Aragorn, flanked by Legolas and Gimli, goes to the King of the Dead and gets his word as a symbol of a new alliance to fight for Gondor's aid in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. After the victory, the future King of Gondor frees the entire army of the Dead from the curse, giving them eternal peace.



If you are interested in more information on the warriors of the Dead 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.

Set Games Workshop “Warriors of the Dead” con 20 miniature in plastica

Phase 1: Cleaning and Assembling the Warriors of the Dead | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As in the previous guide, here too the first thing to do before starting to paint your plastic miniatures of the warriors of the Dead is to gently remove them from the frame with a common cutter, being careful not to cut their weapons. Also remove the shields from the mold, but do not glue them immediately into the holes on the front of the models, as it will be more convenient to paint them separately and join them later. Once this is done, carefully remove 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. Then, assemble the warriors with plastic glue and remember that each arm separated from the body is in the direction of each miniature.

Sprue with 10 warriors of the Dead

Once this is complete, mount your miniatures onto their bases using the plastic glue again, available on the Games Workshop website or in any DIY store.


Warriors of the Dead on their sideburns

Phase 2: base color of the warriors of the Dead | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once the models of the warriors of the Dead have been assembled, it will be necessary to give a background of color to have a base color on which to work 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 achieve an even color layer use Citadel Corax White spray, as these models are characterized by relatively light shades. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to use this technique in well-ventilated areas.


Spray Citadel Corax White

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 spray, rotate the cardboard, so as to apply a uniform color base on all the miniatures.

Warriors of the Dead after the white primer

Alternative: If you have no way to find Corax White spray, you can apply Citadel Ceramite White paint in a bottle. If this is too thick, add a drop of water and dilute it slightly on the palette, but be careful not to overdo it or it won't be enough to cover your miniatures!


Step 3: Paint the Ghostly Hue of the Warriors of the Dead | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To give your warriors of the Dead an ethereal glow, start preparing a greyish-green base tint by mixing Castellan Green and Fenrisian Gray in equal parts and coat the models evenly. At this point highlight with the layering technique: for each layer add a small amount of White Scar to the base compound, proceeding until the color is almost white, and at the end use the pure White Scar on edges, fingers, features of the faces. and notable reliefs. Once the highlighting is complete, it is a good idea to make the miniatures stand out with the spectral green color, so apply the Shade Coelia Greenshade evenly. When the ink is dry, restore the highlights along the edges with the base compound, which has a significant amount of white.

Citadel colors suggested for the green hue of the warriors of the Dead

Alternative: no one forbids you to experiment with different techniques, as the goal is to obtain a ghostly effect, which is why you can use Citadel Technical Nihilakh Oxide evenly for the color background, then wash with Shade Biel-Tan Green and finally lighten the external parts with Ulthuan Gray with a dry brush.


Alternative Citadel colors to lend a ghostly tone to the warriors of the Dead

Step 4: Paint the Metal Parts of the Warriors of the Dead | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

All warriors of the Dead wear armor characterized by metal components such as chain mail; to paint these parts, you can first use Balthasar Gold or Leadbelcher with a dry brush, being careful not to stain the surrounding areas already decorated. At this point, create a gradient from the metallic color towards the spectral tone, applying the gray-greenish color, made in step 3, on the areas along the edges. Then, highlight the bronze areas with a mix of Balthasar Gold and Runefang Steel and then apply a wash of Nuln Oil everywhere. To complete, it is also necessary to give a greenish-white hue to the bronze areas, so mix in equal parts Castellan Green, Fenrisian Gray and White Scar (or Nihilakh Oxide) and give a touch of dry brush on the affected areas. Lastly, wash with Coelia Greenshade to unify the tones. The same can be said for weapons.

Citadel paints recommended for metal parts of the Dead

Step 5: Paint the Final Details of the Warriors of the Dead | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Beard and hair can be decorated with Ushabti Bone, after which it is recommended to apply the Shade Coelia Greenshade to shade the recesses of the warriors of the Dead and thus create a color that varies from green to ivory. To bring out the locks and outer areas, use the Screaming Skull with a dry brush.

The warriors of the Dead at the end of phase 5

Phase 6: Decorate the Warrior of the Dead Base | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the bases of your warrior of the Dead models giving space to your creativity; for example you can recreate the gray rocky terrain of the Dwimorbeg by applying the Citadel Texture Astrogranite and painting the edges with the Mechanicus Standard Gray or with the Dawnstone. Once this is done, gently drybrush a lighter color such as Adminatum Gray to highlight the raised top. Alternatively you can vary the hue, moving towards brown and then applying the Citadel Texture Stirland Mud, then use the XV-88 on the edges and, when the Texture is dry, gently dry-brush the Karak Stone to lighten. 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 Warrior of the Dead miniatures are ready to honor the bargain with Aragorn and defeat the armies of Sauron!

The warriors of the Dead are complete!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 33: Warriors of the Dead

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

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