"At [Théoden's] feet upon the steps sat a wizened figure of a man, with a pale wise face and heavy-lidded eyes....He laughed grimly, as he lifted his heavy lids for a moment and gazed at the strangers wirth dark eyes."
This is the second Grima I have painted and, like the new Saruman, it was a joy to work with. The old metal one was a lovely likeness but this is a work of art.
Once again painted with Contrast paints but with a a couple of little details - a dark flesh wash around the eyes to give the haunted look and a highlight of bone to make his skin paler.
I also wanted to add some texture to his tunic; the robe is black in the film but his tunic has a brocaded pattern. I changed the tone of the black by giving it a tint over the white basecoat...
...and then adding a small repeating pattern. I painted over this with the black contrast which leaves a very slight texture.
I haven't as yet decided on a basing theme; as part of my evil army it would make sense to base him like the rest of the Isengard force; however the way the character actually plays is that he is fielded as part of the Good side to weaken them so should he be based as my Rohirrim?