How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 44: Mouth of Sauron

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 model of the Mouth of Sauron!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the last tutorial onObserver in the water, which you can view in This Page, here we are with a new guide in which we will illustrate how to paint your own miniature of the Mouth of Sauron with very simple techniques using colors Citadel and be able to expand your collection of models Games Workshop than undertake the Strategic Battle Game in Middle-earth.

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Tutorial 44: Mouth of Sauron - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Mouth of Sauron is a grim and cruel creature, serving its master for a long time, managing armies and mediating in negotiations with allies of the Great Eye. In the movie "The Return of the King", we see him shortly before the final battle at the Black Gate, when, lying, he tells Gandalf and his companions that Frodo has been killed and suffered greatly. As a result, Aragorn beheads him on the spot without thinking twice, ending the life of this evil being.

If you are interested in more information on the Mouth of Sauron, 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 Mouth of Sauron | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As seen in the previous tutorials, the first thing to do before starting to paint any miniature is to prepare the model, carefully removing any residue that remains after the casting process. Use a wire cutter or utility knife to help you with this. We remind you that the blister of the Mouth of Sauron allows you to assemble and paint both the model on foot and the mounted one. Make sure to clean every single component in the box, then, if necessary, wash it with a little water and neutral soap, in order to eliminate residual dust, due to the manufacturing process. Also, do not confuse the pieces related to the face, as each model has its own correspondent.

The metal components of the Mouth of Sauron

After cleaning the components of the Mouth of Sauron, you can assemble them with cyanoacrylate glue, such as Attack Gel. In particular, this type of glue is useful because it contains a mixture enriched with rubber, which dampens external vibrations and therefore resists any impact better. Also, to fill the cavities due to the forging process, you can use the classic Green Stuff from Games Workshop. 

Practical tip: do not directly glue the model of the Mouth of Sauron on his horse, so as to paint them separately with greater care and join them at the end of the painting phase.

The assembled miniatures of the Mouth of Sauron

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

Once you have assembled the models of your Mouth of Sauron, 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 Citadel Chaos Black spray, as these models 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 the model on a sheet of rigid cardboard with repositionable glue or double-sided tape, to be able to remove it easily after painting it; while using the black spray, rotate the cardboard, so as to apply a uniform color base all over the miniature.


The models of the Mouth of Sauron at the end of the black 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 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.

Step 3: Paint the Armor of the Mouth of Sauron | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Mouth of Sauron wears a rather dark and heavy armor, which is why the black of the base color is ideal for making up the background shade. To give the armor of your models a metallic look, paint all the steel parts with Leadbelcher, then apply Citadel Shade Nuln Oil evenly to create shading in the most hidden areas. When the ink is dry, apply the Ironbreaker with a dry brush, in order to start highlighting the most prominent parts. At this point, you can always use Runefang Steel with the dry brush technique, to further lighten the outermost areas on the arms, legs and helmet, then for particularly visible details, such as the edges of the helmet. , uses Runefang Steel with the edging technique. In this way all these parts will be more realistic and you will be able to give a depth effect on the model.

The Mouth of Sauron and his steed with painted armor

Step 4: Paint the Worn Robes of the Mouth of Sauron | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Mouth of Sauron is a very bleak character and this is evidenced by his black and shabby clothes, very similar to those of the Black Knights. To apply the base color, if necessary, apply the black color again, this time using the Abaddon Black in a bottle, paying particular attention to restoring the areas on which the metallic color related to the previous phase may be smudged. At this point use the Mechanicus Standard Gray to highlight all the parts in relief with the ruling technique and then repeat the operation with the Dawnstone. To give an aged fabric effect, you can dry brush Baneblade Brown on the lower edges of the coat.

Citadel paints recommended for decorating the dark robes of the Mouth of Sauron

The Mouth of Sauron at the end of phase 4

Step 5: paint the final details of the Mouth of Sauron | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

A very particular detail that distinguishes the Mouth of Sauron is given by the area on the face located below the armor, in particular characterized by the chin and teeth. Start painting the skin with Cadian Fleshtone and the teeth with Ushabti Bone as base colors, then apply a small amount of Reikland Fleshshade to shade everything. At this point, apply Agrax Earthshade ink only on the area of ​​the teeth, in order to create a darker effect in the recesses of the mouth, recalling the characteristic features of the character of the film. To lighten the details of the skin on the surface, use the Kislev Flesh first and then the Pallid Wych Flesh, applying them with the ruling technique. Finally, with the help of the XS Artificer Layer brush, highlight the teeth using the Adminatum Gray and thus adding a light touch of color exclusively on the most prominent tips.

In the case of leather parts, such as reins, saddle and sword sheath, 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 the details using the Mechanicus Standard Gray with a fine-tipped brush, such as the XS Artificer Layer, proceeding with the edging technique on the ends of the areas of interest. For further highlighting apply Dawnstone. Of course this is an example, no one is stopping you from experimenting with new colors like a hue scale on brown - in the latter case you could try Rhinox Hide, Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown.

The Mouth of Sauron at the end of phase 5

Step 6: paint the horse of the Mouth of Sauron | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As for the ghostly horse of the Mouth of Sauron, similar to that of the Nazgûl, start applying Rhinox Hide on the coat, excluding the mane and tail. When the base color is dry, apply a uniform black wash with Nuln Oil to accentuate the shadows in the recesses, then use Gorthor Brown, gradually adding it to the Rhinox Hide, to highlight the outer parts with the layering technique. Once this is done, you can then use the Baneblade Brown with the dry brush technique to lighten the ankles and hooves, thus creating a grimy and more realistic effect. Finally, apply Mechanicus Standard Gray and Dawnstone on the mane and tail, again with a dry brush, while for the teeth you can use the Screaming Skull, applying the color with the precision brush XS Artificer Layer.

At this point you can paint the metal and rusty parts, using the Warplock Bronze as a base, then spread the Citadel Shade Nuln Oil evenly to create the shadows 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. Then, you can always use the Ironbreaker with the same technique to highlight the outermost parts, then for the most prominent areas, such as the steel edges, use Runefang Steel with the edging technique. 

The black and aged rags, which mark the time spent in the service of the Big Eye, can be drybrushed with the Mechanicus Standard Gray and then you can lighten them with the same technique using first the Dawnstone and then the Baneblade Brown, applying these shades on the lower areas, creating a worn effect.

Finally, to add a touch of class to your models, apply Khorne Red on the eyes and on the woven details of the worn rags, thus making the horse look like a servant of Sauron in all respects.

The horse of the Mouth of Sauron painted

Step 7: Decorate the Mouth of Sauron Base | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The last step to complete your Mouth of Sauron models on foot and mounted is to decorate the base of each miniature: to do this, you can paint them evenly with Mournfang Brown and then apply a small amount of static grass or modeling flock with vinyl glue, with the aim of recreating a grassy surface. If you prefer, add some crushed stone for a classy effect.

Common modeling static grass

Practical tip: to apply the static grass or flock, first spread the glue on the upper part of the base, then immerse the latter in a jar containing the grass, so as to make it adhere 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

With this completed, your model of the Mouth of Sauron is ready to go to war in the name of its terrible master Sauron!

The Mouth of Sauron is complete!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 44: Mouth of Sauron

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 comment box below!

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