How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 37: Orcs riding warg

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 Isengard Rider Orc models!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! In the previous tutorial, which you can view on this page, we analyzed how to decorate Wild wargs, while in this new guide we will see how to paint Orcs rideswarg, so that you can complete your models and thus be able to expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop to undertake the Strategic Battle Game in Middle-earth. To achieve all this, we will use very simple techniques with i as always Citadel colors.

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Tutorial 37: Orcs riding warg - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

- Orcs rideswarg they are skilled and hideous-looking warriors, who rely heavily on the ferocity and speed of their creatures to defeat opponents on the battlefield. These are Orcs who appear in both the armies of Isengard and Mordor and often go on exploration to carry out the orders of their Captains.

Games Workshop set consisting of 6 models of Wargs and Orcs riding wargs

If you are interested in more information on Orcs cavalcawarg 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.

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

As seen in the previous tutorials, the first thing to do before starting to paint your Orc cavalcawarg miniatures is to prepare the models by carefully removing them from the hoop. Use a wire cutter for this, and then remove any excess burrs that remain after the casting process with a classic utility knife. Be very careful during this phase, as they are not very resistant miniatures, being made of plastic. Additionally, additional weapons are available for all warriors, including swords, shields, bows, and quivers, which you can paint separately for convenience and glue them at the end onto each model. Once this is done, your models are primed ready.

Sprue with 6 Orcs riding warg in plastic

Practical tip: If you prefer, you can temporarily leave the Orcs on the frame, so that they are all close and stationary when you use the spray in phase 2. In this case, leave the models bound only by the attachments present under the feet, so to have them at the same time almost totally cleaned, but firmly in place for the primer.

Cavalcawarg scoter ready for primer

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

Once you have cleaned the models of your Orcs cavalcawarg from their plastic mold, you will need to give a base of color to have a base color to work on and to adhere well the shades that you will apply in the next steps. 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 the miniatures are characterized by rather dark shades. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to use this technique in well-ventilated areas.

Spray Citadel Chaos Black

Practical tip: if you have completely removed the models from the frame, you can fix them on a piece of cardboard with a little paper tape, in order to color a whole part of it; when they are dry, turn them over to be able to paint them on the other as well.

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.

Scoter cavalcawarg after the black primer

Step 3: Paint the Orcs' armor riding warg | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Start painting all the metal parts of the Orc cavalcawarg using the Leadbelcher as the base color. To shade, apply a wash consisting of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade inks, adding a small amount of Warplock Bronze to give a rust effect. For highlights, apply Runefang Steel with a fine-tipped brush, insisting on the edges with the silver edging technique.

Alternative: if you want to highlight the rust effect more, you can apply a mix of Balthasar Gold and Skrag Brow as a base everywhere, then use Balthasar Gold with a dry brush, letting the base color show in the inner areas. At this point, always dry brush the highlight, first with a mixture of Leadbelcher and Balthasar Gold, then moving on to only Leadbelcher. Finally, apply a very light layer of Ironbreaker.

Step 4: paint the fabric and leather parts of the Orc cavalcawarg | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the worn-out garments of the cavalcawarg Orcs using many shades of brown of your choice among those available, but obviously without mixing them all. For example, you can apply Rhinox Hide as a base, shade with Nuln Oil and then perform several layers of highlighting with Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown, using layering and edging techniques. However, we recommend that you use different shades than those you will apply to the skin of the Orcs, in order to differentiate the different parts of each model.

Also, use the pattern, then vary the colors for messy fabrics: a second example is given by the tones Dryad Bark, Mournfang Brown, Skrag Brown or by a scale of green such as Castellan Green, Loren Forest, Straken Green. Remember that the goal is to create a group of models similar to each other but at the same time different from each other just like in the trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings".

In the case of leather parts such as gloves, straps and boots, you can apply shades of gray: start with Eshin Gray as a background of color. Then create the shadows with Nuln Oil, spreading it everywhere. When the ink is dry, you can lighten details using Mechanicus Standard Gray with a fine-tipped brush, such as the XS Artificer Layer, proceeding with the ruling technique on the fingers and edging on the straps that hold the armor together. For further highlighting apply Dawnstone. Of course this is an example, expressed taking into account that you have previously used shades of brown for clothes and therefore to avoid repeating the same colors. Nobody stops you from mixing the parts and experimenting with new combinations.

Another important detail, characteristic of some models, is the fur, which you can paint on gray or brown, always remembering to lighten the reliefs with a dry brush with a lighter color than the base one, such as Baneblade Brown or Dawnstone. .

Suggested Citadel colors for the leather parts of the Orc cavalcawarg

Step 5: Paint the Warg-Rider Orc Weapons | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The weapons of the Warg Rider Orcs are varied and, as mentioned in phase 1, you can equip the models to your liking. Having already decorated the metal areas, paint the leather-covered parts with the Rhinox Hide, such as the sword hilt and quiver, while with the Dryad Bark the wooden ones, such as shield, spear and bow. Now, wash evenly with Nuln Oil, then highlight the surface details with Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown. If you want to lighten further, apply Karak Stone as well.

Some shields feature wood grain, which you can dry brush out to leave the recesses darker. To add a touch of class you can draw emblems on the shields, such as the eye of Sauron or the white hand of Saruman: in the first case use a red like Khorne Red, in the second the Screaming Skull.

Step 6: paint the skin and hair of the Orcs cavalcawarg | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

A characteristic of the Orcs is that they have no standard skin colors. However, try to give them a similar, albeit different, appearance. For example, apply colors to the reddish brown, which you can get by mixing Rhinox Hide, Doombull Brown, Mournfang Brown, and Tuskgor Fur. Remember that you can only use a few, vary the doses or even add some slightly lighter tones like Cadian Fleshtone.

An alternative is given by shades of green, obtainable by mixing Castellan Green, Loren Forest, Straken Green, Elysian Green, or on the brown-gray, using Skavenblight Dinge and Stormvermin Fur, then lightening it up by adding a little Dawnstone.

In any case, remember to shade the faces after applying the base color, experimenting with Shades such as Agrax Earthshade (darker) and Reikland Fleshshade (lighter).

For the eyes, apply a hint of black or brown with the XS Artificer Layer brush on a white base, while for the teeth, the Ushabti Bone is fine. The hair, on the other hand, can be dry-brushed with a not too dark gray or brown, on a black background.

At this point you can apply a drop of cyanoacrylate glue to each weapon and join it to the model. After this, place your Orc on the Warg painted in the last tutorial: this will create your army of Isengard Werewolves!

The Orchetto on the Warg is complete!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 37: Orcs riding warg

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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