How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 38: Helm's Deep Uruk-hai

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 Uruk-hai models from Helm's Deep!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Orcs rideswarg, which you can view on this page, we are back with a new guide in which we will see how to paint your own models of Uruk-hai of Helm's Deep, with very simple techniques using i Citadel colors and therefore be able to expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop to 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 38: Helm's Deep Uruk-hai - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

- Uruk-hai they are mighty and ferocious Orcs who destroy everything they encounter and do not fear the light of the sun. After creating a first group of explorers, Saruman the White generates an army of ten thousand Uruk hai to march on Helm's Deep and destroy the world of Men. . Fortunately, Gandalf arrives in time with Eomer and the Rohirrim to help his friends.

to know more on the Uruk-hai 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.

Games Workshop set with 20 Uruk-hai in plastic

Phase 1: Cleaning and Assembling the Uruk-hai of Helm's Deep | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As in the previous tutorial, the first thing to do before starting to paint your plastic Uruk hai miniatures is to gently remove them from the frame with common wire cutters, being careful not to cut their weapons. Also remove the shields and spears from the mold, then assemble the models correctly with plastic glue. Once this is done, use a utility knife to remove any excess burrs that remain after the blending process. Once this is complete, mount your miniatures onto their bases using some plastic glue, available on the Games Workshop website or in any DIY store.

Sprue with 10 Uruk-hai

Practical tip: there are some metal versions of these models such as the Uruk hai captains, but they are out of production; if you own one of these miniatures, you can easily follow this guide, but in the first phase it is a must to remember to remove any metal burrs with a cutter, more frequent than plastic and resin models.

Phase 2: Uruk-hai base color of Helm's Deep | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have assembled the models of your Uruk-hai, you will need to give a background of color to have a base color to work on and to make the shades you apply in the next phases adhere well. Always remember that the important thing is to evenly cover the material your miniatures are made of. To get a homogeneous layer of color use the Citadel Chaos Black spray, as the Uruk-hai are characterized by rather dark shades. Be very careful when using the spray and be sure to apply this technique in well-ventilated areas.

Spray Citadel Chaos Black

Practical tip: to ensure that the color reaches even the most hidden areas, fix all the plastic 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 painting 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, apply 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 make it thicker.

Uruk-hai after the black primer

At this point you can start painting your Uruk-hai and we recommend using the serial painting technique, since you have a group of similar miniatures here, so you can perform each operation on all Citadel models, then move on to the next one. In this way you will work in parallel all the Uruk-hai and at the end of this tutorial they will be completed together.

Step 3: Paint the Metal Parts of the Uruk-hai of Helm's Deep | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Uruk-hai of Helm's Deep wear quite dark and heavy armor, which is why the base color's black is ideal for making up the undertone. To characterize your models' armor with a metallic look, paint all steel parts with Warplock Bronze, then evenly apply Citadel Shade Nuln Oil to create shading in the most hidden areas. When the ink is dry, apply the Leadbelcher with a dry brush, so as to reveal the dark bronze underneath. At this point, you can always use the Ironbreaker with a dry brush to highlight the outermost parts on the chest, legs, helmet and forearms, then for the most prominent areas, such as the edges of the plates, use the 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.

Uruk hai with painted armor

Step 4: Paint the Skin and Hair of the Uruk-hai of Helm's Deep | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To paint the skin of the Uruk-hai, it is useful to resort to layering technique, which features a dark base Citadel color followed by increasingly lighter Layer shades, applied progressively towards the ends as different layers of highlight. First then start creating a base of brown using Rhinox Hide, but add a drop of water to dilute it so it doesn't cover the details, then wash with Agrax Earthshade to shade the grooves. When this is dry, start to lighten the outermost areas using the Doombull Brown and a fine-tipped brush, then pass the Tuskgor Fur with the ruling technique on the reliefs such as the edges of the ears, cheekbones, eyebrows and chin. Of course, as you can easily see, not all of your models have bare heads, as some wear helmets, so in this case, just decorate the chin and teeth.

Now apply the Averland Sunset for the eyes and the Screaming Skull for the teeth. To paint the hair, you can use the Mechanicus Standard Gray with a dry brush, as Uruk-hai have black but dirty hair. To complete, draw Saruman's white hand on most of the miniatures using the White Scar and XS Artificer Layer brush.

Tip: do not paint the white hand only on the forehead, but you can indulge yourself by recreating it in different places such as helmet, chest and cheeks in a different way, just like in the film trilogy.

Uruk-hai at the end of phase 4

Step 5: Paint the Final Details of the Uruk-hai of Helm's Deep | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Your Uruk-hai models wear leather parts and frayed clothing underneath the armor in different shades typical of the Orcs. To decorate them, you can apply two Citadel base colors: in the first case create a color background with Rhinox Hide, in the second with Castellan Green. Then, spread a light wash with Nuln Oil on all areas: by doing so, the recesses will appear darker, giving a much more similar to reality. When the Citadel ink is dry, proceed with the highlights in two ways: for the leather parts you can apply Baneblade Brown with the edging technique, while for the rags use Loren Forest. Finally, for gloves and sandals use Gorthor Brown with a dry brush, in order to give an aged effect.

If you want to use another alternative, use Mechanicus Standard Gray as a base and Dawnstone to lighten. Finally, you can highlight the belt with the Mechanicus Standard Gray with the classic edging technique and define the buckle with Runefang Steel.

Stage 6: Decorating the Uruk-hai Bases of Helm's Deep | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the bases of your Uruk-hai as you always did with previous models, but you can also recreate the characteristic terrain of Helm's Deep; To do this, apply Citadel Texture Stirland Mud to the top of each base and let it dry slowly to create a rocky effect, then dry brush the reliefs with Citadel Dry Terminatus Stone or Layer Karak Stone. , lightening them. To complete, paint the edge of the base with Mournfang Brown or XV-88 and you can also add the Mordheim and Middenland sods to enrich the whole with tufts of grass.

Citadel Texture Stirland Mud

Clods of Middenland and Mordheim

Alternatively, you can apply the Astrogranite Texture (or Astrogranite Debris) and, proceeding in the same way, lighten the upper part with Adminatum Gray, and then finish the edges with Dawnstone or Mechanicus Standard Gray. The effect will be that of a rocky terrain on gray, similar to that of Isengard after Saruman's betrayal.

Citadel Texture Astrogranite Debris

If you want to create a classic turf instead, you can paint the bases with Mournfang Brown and then apply a small amount of static grass or modeling flock with the vinyl glue. Depending on your preferences, you can also add some stones.

Static modeling grass

Practical tip: to apply the static grass, first spread the glue on the upper part of the base, then dip the latter in a jar with the grass, so that it adheres perfectly.

Decorated even the bases, your Uruk-hai warriors are ready to march on Helm's Deep!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 38: Uruk-hai of Helm's Deep

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