How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 34: Uglúk

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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 Uglúk model!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! In the previous tutorial, which you can view on this page, we analyzed how to decorate the models of warriors of the Dead, while in this new guide we will see how to paint your own miniature of Uglúk, through 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.

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Tutorial 34: Uglúk - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Uglúk is a mighty Uruk-hai, who takes command of his group after Lurtz's death in Amon Hen. Having captured Merry and Pippin, Uglúk forces his soldiers on a relentless march across the plains of Rohan, with the aim of delivering the two Halfmen to the evil Saruman. However, thanks to Eomer and the knights of the Riddermark, all the Uruk-hai are killed and the young Hobbits manage to escape to Fangorn Forest.

If you are interested in more information on Uglúk, 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.

Games Workshop set containing Uglúk and Vraskû

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

As seen in the previous tutorials, the first thing to do before starting to paint your Uglúk 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 Uglúk it could happen that the sword is slightly crooked, but you can correct this defect by carefully folding it in the correct direction.

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

Uglúk at the end of the assembly operation

Phase 2: Uglúk base color | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have assembled the Uglúk 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 uniform layer of color use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as Uglúk 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 primer

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.

Uglúk's model after primer

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

Uglúk wears heavy metallic and dark armor like all Uruk-hai and is armed with a sword, so the black of the primer is ideal for forming the background of color. To give a metallic look, paint all the steel parts with Leadbelcher as a base, then evenly spread Citadel Nuln Oil ink to give a shading effect. When the Shade is dry, you can apply the Ironbreaker with the dry brush technique to highlight the outermost parts on the chest, legs and sword, then for the most prominent areas, such as the edges of the armor and sword, uses 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 colors suggested for Uglúk metal parts

Step 4: painting Uglúk's skin and hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To paint Uglúk skin, we recommend applying the layering technique. This involves a dark base color followed by increasingly lighter shades, applied progressively towards the ends as different layers of highlight. First then start creating a brown colored base using the Rhinox Hide, but add a very small drop of water to dilute it so as not to cover the details. Then, wash with Agrax Earthshade ink. When this is dry, start to lighten the outermost areas using the Doombull Brown, 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.

As for the hair, this constitutes one of the most characteristic traits of the character, as it is quite clear, different from the other Uruk-hai warriors. To decorate them, first apply XV-88, then evenly spread Agrax Earthshade to shade the grooves. Now, mix equal parts Averland Sunset and XV-88 and apply it with a dry brush, then highlight with the same technique by adding the Screaming Skull to the previous shade. Continue like this until you achieve the desired effect. Also, to get a touch of class, use the pure Screaming Skull on the root of the hair with the help of a very small brush and making sure that the bristles are discharged of color.

Uglúk at the end of phase 4

Step 5: painting Uglúk's leather garments | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Your Uglúk miniature features multiple Orc-like leather parts. 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 whisk with a dry brush Baneblade Brown.

Practical tip: if you want to give a dirty effect to the lower leather areas, mix a small amount of XV-88 and Baneblade Brown, add a drop of water to obtain a homogeneous mixture and draw thin lines downwards on the edge lower, using a fine-tipped brush. Thanks to the water, you will get progressive shades from darker to lighter brown, so just add an extra layer on the edge to mark the desired effect.

Citadel colors for Uglúk leather parts

Step 6: painting the final details of Uglúk | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Uglúk brandishes his sword in his left hand, while in his right he holds the head of an Orc he has just beheaded. As for the sword, you only need to decorate the hilt and to do this you can apply Baneblade Brown with a dry brush, on a base of Gorthor Brown. Instead, the skin of the severed head should be painted with a compound in equal parts of Baneblade Brown and Straken Green, while the hair with Dawnstone and Administratum Gray with a dry brush. Then, shade the face with Agrax Earthshade and highlight the bumps by adding the Screaming Skull to the previous compound. You can apply Khorne Red and Evil Sunz Scarlet for blood in the neck area, using the first as a base and the second as a Layer, interspersed with the brown Shade. For eyes and teeth, the Screaming Skull is fine, applied with the XS Artificer Layer brush. Also, if you want, you can paint the blood on the sword with the colors just described.

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

You can decorate the Uglúk 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 Uglúk miniature is ready to lead the ferocious Uruk-hai to Isengard!

Your Uglúk model is complete!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 34: Uglúk

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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