How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 48: Dunlanders

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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 your own models of the wild men of Dunland!

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! In the last tutorial, which you can view in This Page, we have analyzed how to decorate the Lake-Town house, while in this new guide we will see how to paint wild men of Dunland, so you can expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop to undertake the Strategic Battle Game in Middle-earth. To do all this, we will use very simple techniques with colors as always Citadel.



We remind you that the miniatures, the colors and all the tools for modeling are available on the website www.games-workshop.com.

Tutorial 48: Wildmen of Dunland - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

- Dunland men they represent a population living south of the Misty Mountains, near Isengard. These are people who harbor a strong resentment towards the Rohirrim and, when Saruman the White recruits them, they quickly join the Uruk-hai to burn down the villages of the people of Rohan.

If you are interested in more information on the men of Dunland 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 Dunland Men | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As already seen in the previous tutorials, the first thing to do before starting to paint your metal Dunland warrior miniatures is to prepare the models, carefully removing any excess parts that remain attached after the making process. Then use a pair of wire cutters or a utility knife for this. Be very careful during this phase, as the details of the models could be ruined in case of improper use of the tools. With this done, your miniatures are almost ready for primer. As you can see, some warriors need to be assembled: in this case use the cyanoacrylate glue and, if there are cracks in the joints, apply the green matter to create continuity of material. Finally, place each character on its base.



Dunland men at the end of phase 1

Phase 2: Dunland Men's Base Color | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Once you have correctly assembled the models of your Dunland men, you will need to give a background 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 an even layer of color use Citadel Chaos Black spray, as Dunlendings are characterized by relatively 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

Practical tip: to spread the black primer with the spray, you can fix your miniatures 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.


Dunland men at the end of the black primer

Step 3: Paint the Dunland Men's Trousers and Boots | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Dunland men's trousers can be painted in shades of brown or gray. Our advice is to vary in order to obtain a host of warriors that are not identical, but at the same time united by similar colors. As for the gray tones, you can use Mechanicus Standard Gray as a base, then apply a black wash with Nuln Oil and finally gently highlight the raised creases with Dawnstone and Administratum Gray. If you want, you can also apply some highlights with Ulthuan Gray and in this case the most suitable Citadel Base can be the Gray Seer.


When it comes to shades on brown, the classic Rhinox Hide, Nuln Oil, Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown sequence is always valid. The boots, on the other hand, can be painted again in brown, using Dryad Bark as the base color and, after applying a black wash to shade the recesses, highlight the reliefs with a dry brush with Gorthor Brown or, if you prefer a leather look. reddish, uses Doombull Brown and Tuskgor Fur.

Dunland men in painted trousers and boots

Alternative: if you want to paint the boots with a shade over black, use the primer as a base, then lighten with Eshin Gray and Dawnstone with a dry brush.

Practical tip: to get a dirty effect on the boots, you can give a touch of class by applying Baneblade Brown with a dry brush.


Step 4: Paint the Dunland Men's Fabric and Leather Parts | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The Dunland warriors have some cloth and leather parts. To decorate the areas characterized by the fabric, you can use shades of green or gray, taking into account in the second case not to use the same colors that you will eventually apply for the trousers. An example would be to spread Deathworld Forest on clothing, shade with Agrax Earthshade and highlight first with Straken Green and finally with Nurgling Green. Alternatively, you can use Gray Seer or Celestra Gray as a base and then, after making the shadows, lighten with Ulthuan Gray and White Scar, applying the layering technique.

Citadel Shade Nuln Oil e Agrax Earthsade

The leather areas can be painted with Rhinox Hide as a base, shaded with Nuln Oil and highlighted with a lighter shade of brown, to be chosen from Doombull Brown, Skrag Brown and Gorthor Brown. Our advice is to use fantasy, since the models are numerous and by doing so you will create diversity between them, obtaining a more realistic effect. To lighten, use the techniques of ruling on the folds and edging on the ends. Finally, perform an extreme highlight with Tuskgor Fur, XV-88 and Baneblade Brown respectively.


To decorate the skins on the shoulders, you can use the dry brush technique, using the following colors: Eshin Gray in an intense way, Mechanicus Standard Gray in a more light but uniform way, Dawnstone very lightly on the upper areas to make them lighter. If you prefer, you can also lightly spread the Baneblade Brown, to mark the aged and dirty effect.

Step 5: Paint the weapons of the men of Dunland | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To decorate the swords of the men of Dunland, you can apply the Leadbelcher evenly on all metal parts. Then do a black wash with Nuln Oil and then highlight each blade with Ironbreaker and Runefang Steel using the ruling technique to make it appear shiny and sharp. Once this is done, use the Rhinox Hide and Gorthor Brown for the grip.

In the case of two-handed ax warriors, to paint the metal part you can use the same operations described for the swords, while for the wood apply Dryad Bark first, then carefully highlight with Gorthor Brown and Baneblade Brown.

Dunland Warrior with Painted Sword

Step 6: Paint the Dunland Men's Face and Hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

The faces of your Dunland men should first be painted with Cadian Fleshtone as the base color. When the flesh color is dry, apply a very light wash of Reikland Fleshshade to darken the recesses of the miniatures and thus create a shadow effect. Finally, apply Kislev Flesh with the ruling technique to highlight all the raised parts such as cheekbones, nose and forehead.

Citadel Shade to shade the face, hair and beard of your models

To decorate the eyes you can use different colors, such as Rhinox Hide, Caliban Green, Hoeth Blue, all on a white base, while for the eyebrows Baneblade Brown or XV-88. At this stage use the XS Artificer Layer brush.

XS Artificer Layer brush for the smallest details

To paint your hair and beard, you can vary shades with the purpose of painting different hairstyles, that is, on brown, black and grizzled. For example, you can apply Rhinox Hide as a color base, then apply a wash with Nuln Oil. At this point, lighten the outer strands with a dry brush with the Mournfang Brown and then with the Baneblade Brown. Alternatively, you can use basic black and lighten with Eshin Gray and Administratum Gray to get a gray effect.

Dunland men at the end of phase 6

Step 7: Paint the Sideburns of the Dunland Men | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the bases of your Dunland men as shown in the previous guides. For example 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 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 also completely paint each Mournfang Brown base and apply after a little static grass or modeling flock with vinyl glue, in order to recreate a turf. Finally, you can add a small amount of pebbles 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 operation is completed, your wild men of Dunland are ready to besiege and plunder the villages of Rohan!

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 48: Dunlanders

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 doubt or request we are available via the comments box below!

Have fun!

We remind you that the new tutorial will be out in 14 days, so don't miss it!

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