Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Friday 7 February 2020


"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?

Decisions, decisions....


  1. Excellent paint job! That subtle texture on his tunic works quite well.

  2. Very nice!
    When you said he was painted with contrast I was wondering how you had achieved those subtle variations, so thanks for showing that.
    Great work!

    1. The darker contrasts like Black and Grey respond really well to being put over different coloured bases. Gives a lof of variation in tone.

  3. This is absolutely wonderful! Beautifully done.

  4. That's simply genius, I love what you achieved on the robes :O

  5. Brilliantly done ... looks spot on to me.