How to paint Games Workshop miniatures - Tutorial 8: Merry and Pippin

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 Merry and Pippin models

Welcome back to Painting workshop by techigames! After the previous tutorial on Gimli, which you can view on this page, here we are with a new guide in which we will see how to paint your own models of Merry e Pepin, with very simple but effective techniques and using colors Citadel and be able to expand your collection of miniatures Games Workshop than undertake the Strategic Battles Game in Middle-earth.

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Tutorial 8: Merry and Pippin - How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Meriadoc Brandibuck and Peregrino Tuc, better known by the names of Merry e Pepin, they are two peaceful and friendly Shire Hobbits who are very good friends of Frodo Baggins. They first appear in the film "The Fellowship of the Ring", when they leave the tranquility of the Shire to follow the Ring-bearer, escaping the terrifying and cruel Black Knights and thus arriving in the village of Bree, where they meet the Drifter Aragorn. Arriving in Rivendell, they decide to continue their journey alongside Frodo to destroy the Ring and then set off to reach Mordor. During the journey Merry and Pippin face numerous enemies, including the Goblins of Moria, the Cave Troll and the Uruk-hai in Amon Hen. Here they are taken prisoner by Uglùk, who has the task of bringing the two Hobbits to Isengard on the orders of Saruman the White, but near the Fangorn Forest the Orcs are attacked by the Rohirrim and so Merry and Pippin manage to escape, but they come chased by the Orchetto Grishnakh. To save the life of the two Halfmen is the Ent Treebeard, a legendary creature for the Hobbits. After the Ent march on Isengard, Merry and Pippin split up: the first follows Aragorn and King Théoden, the other goes with Gandalf to Gondor, but later find themselves fighting side by side in the famous Battle of the Pelennor Fields to destroy the armies of Sauron.

If you are interested in more insights, we refer you to the Wikipedia pages of Merry and Pippin.

Find out more about the different basic painting techniques, useful for all your Games Workshop miniatures, we recommend that you visit this page.

Phase 1: cleaning and assembling Merry and Pippin | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

As already seen in the previous tutorials, the first thing to do before starting to paint your Merry and Pippin miniatures is to carefully remove any excess burrs that remain after the casting process and you can use a common knife or a nippers. Don't worry if you accidentally scratch the models, as these small engravings will be covered with acrylic paints later. Once this is done, glue your miniatures onto the bases with the cyanoacrylate glue.

Your Merry and Pippin models at the end of stage 1

Practical tip: Another thing to watch out for is to make sure all parts are straight; it often happens that the sword is slightly crooked and to remove this defect just bend it carefully in the correct direction.

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

Once you have assembled the models, you will need to give a color base to better adhere the shades you will apply later. 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 spray and in particular Chaos Black, as Merry and Pippin are characterized by relatively dark shades. Be careful and make sure you use this technique in well-ventilated areas.

Spray Citadel Chaos Black

As an alternative to the spray, you can apply Citadel Abaddon Black paint in a bottle. However, if this is too thick, add a drop of water and dilute it slightly on the palette, but be careful not to overdo it!

Your miniatures after the black primer

Step 3: painting Merry and Pippin's pants | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To paint Merry and Pippin's pants, use Rhinox Hide as the base shade, then apply a black wash with Nuln Oil or Abaddon Black diluted with a drop of water.

Once this is done, since the pants are a dark brown color, apply the Gorthor Brown with the ruling technique to lighten the raised areas and finally the Baneblade Brown with the border, increasing the level of detail of your miniatures.

Citadel colors recommended for trousers

Your models at the end of phase 3

Step 4: Paint Merry's Shirt and Vest | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Merry's vest features different shades of yellow. Start painting it with Zamesi Desert as a background of color, then apply a brown wash with Agrax Earthshade. When the ink is dry, restore the base color on all bumps using a fine-tipped brush. Once this is done, lighten the edges with Flash Gitz Yellow by applying the ruling technique.

Citadel Shade Agrax Earthshade

For the shirt and vest buttons you can use the Screaming Skull with an XS Artificer Layer brush.

Citadel colors for Merry's shirt and vest

Practical tip: as an alternative to brown ink you can use Mournfang Brown diluted with a little water.

Step 5: Paint Pippin's Shirt and Scarf | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To decorate Pippin's light-colored shirt, we recommend using a very fine-tipped brush (the XS Artificer Layer is fine), as these are only small parts that can be glimpsed from under the jacket. Apply Ushabti Bone as a base color first, then create a shading effect with Shade Nuln Oil and wait for it to dry completely. Finally, highlight the outermost folds with the Screaming Skull.

XS Artificer Layer fine tip brush

To decorate the gray wool scarf, first apply Mechanicus Standard Gray, then do a black wash. Once this is done, to lighten the raised details use a dry brush first the Dawnstone and then the Administratum Gray, taking care not to stain the surrounding areas already painted.

Citadel colors recommended for Pippin's shirt and scarf

Step 6: Paint Merry's Overcoat | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Merry is wearing a dark green overcoat, so a perfect base color can be Castellan Green. After applying it and letting it dry completely, apply a black wash with Nuln Oil, then highlight the reliefs with an equal parts mix of Castellan Green and Loren Forest with the ruling technique. You can decorate the edges with Loren Forest.

Recommended shades of green for Merry's overcoat

Step 7: painting Pippin's jacket | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Pippin's jacket is a deep blue, so you can apply Kantor Blue as a solid shade and then create a shading effect using Nuln Oil. After the ink is dry, lighten the outer creases using Altdorf Guard Blue with the ruling technique and for a touch of class highlight all the details by painting them with Alaitoc Blue with the edging technique.

Progression of blue for the Pippin jacket

Step 8: Painting Merry and Pippin's Skin and Hair | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Merry and Pippin's face, hands and feet should first be painted uniformly with Cadian Fleshtone as the base shade. When the color is dry, apply a wash of Reikland Fleshshade to create a shadow effect in the recesses. As an alternative to ink, you can use Rhinox Hide diluted with a little water. Finally, use the Kislev Flesh with the ruling technique to highlight all the raised parts such as cheekbones, nose, forehead and fingers.

Citadel Shade Reikland Fleshshade recommended as skin ink for your models

Both Merry and Pippin have blue eyes, so you can paint them first with Ceramite White and then with Alaitoc Blue for the pupil. For the eyebrows use Baneblade Brown.

To decorate the Hobbits' hair, apply a primer of color with XV-88, then do a brown or black wash (diluted Rhinox Hide or Nuln Oil are just fine), thus creating shadows in the grooves. At this point, first dry brush the Zamesi Desert to begin to lighten the outermost locks and then very lightly a mix composed of 75% Zamesi Desert and 25% Screaming Skull to give a sunlight effect. Similarly you can paint the hair on the feet.

Citadel recommended hair and skin colors for Merry and Pippin

Step 9: painting Merry and Pippin's cloaks | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Merry and Pippin wear cloaks in different shades. To decorate Merry's, use Castellan Green as a solid color undercoat, then create the shadows by applying Nuln Oil and let it dry thoroughly. Once this is done, use the ruling technique with a mix of 75% Loren Forest and 25% Administratum Gray and spread this color on all the outer folds. Finally, you can create an additional luminous effect by applying a mix of equal parts Nurgling Green and Administratum Gray with the border.

Citadel Shade Nuln Oil for casting shadows on your Games Workshop models

Pippin's coat, on the other hand, is made up of reddish hues, so you can use Khorne Red as a base color. When this is completely dry, do a black wash as described for Merry's coat, then restore the base color on all the bumps. You can then lighten the outer parts with Wazdakka Red by applying it with the ruling technique. To complete add a drop of Screaming Skull to the Wazdakka Red (percentages 10% - 90%) and decorate all the edges. For the silver brooch you can use Runefang Steel with the XS Artificer Layer brush.

Citadel paints to decorate Merry and Pippin's cloaks

Step 10: Painting Merry and Pippin's Weapons | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

Merry and Pippin are equipped with Hobbit-sized swords provided by Aragorn in Collevento. To paint these weapons, first apply Leadbelcher as a base color and, when this is dry, apply a wash of Nuln Oil, using a small brush to avoid staining the surrounding areas that have already been completed. Then highlight the blade and the metal parts of the hilt with Runefang Steel using the ruling technique to bring out the details. 

Metallic Citadel Leadbelcher and Runefang Steel to paint the swords

You can decorate the central part of the hilt with Rhinox Hide and then lighten slightly with Gorthor Brown.

Step 11: Paint the Final Details of Merry and Pippin | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

To paint Merry's backpack use Rhinox Hide as a solid color background and then do a black wash with Nuln Oil, being careful not to stain the coat. To highlight the outermost areas, apply the Gorthor Brown with the ruling technique and finally the XV-88 with a dry brush to further blend the ends.

For Pippin's belt and sword sheath apply Baneblade Brown and highlight the edges with Karak Stone.

Step 12: Decorate Merry and Pippin's Sideburns | How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures

You can decorate the sideburns of Merry and Pippin giving space to your imagination; for example you can recreate the green of the Shire and to do it just paint each base of Mournfang Brown first and, when the color is dry, glue the static grass with some vinyl glue.

Static Grass Games Workshop

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

Alternatively you can apply Citadel Texture Stirland Mud or Astrogranite on top to create a rock effect and paint the sides with XV-88 or Mechanicus Standard Gray. To complete you can add Middenland or Mordheim Clods.

Citadel Texture for the bases of your models

Clods of Middenland and Mordheim

Once this is complete, your Merry and Pippin miniatures are ready for a new adventure in Middle-earth!

Merry and Pippin models with decorated sideburns

How to paint Games Workshop (Citadel) miniatures - Tutorial 8: Merry and Pippin

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