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

Tuesday 21 April 2020

The Lady of the Woods

[...] and she grew to be tall beyond the measure even of the women of the Noldor; she was strong of body, mind, and will [...] Even among the Eldar she was accounted beautiful, and her hair was held a marvel unmatched. It was golden like the hair of her father and of her foremother Indis, but richer and more radiant, for its gold was touched by some memory of the starlike silver of her mother; and the Eldar said that the light of the Two Trees, Laurelin and Telperion, had been snared in her tresses.
—Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"

I popped into Vapnartak before the current strangeness - which everyone seems to have agreed, in a very British way, to refer to as 'all this' - started and picked up a couple of Middle earth miniatures at the Bring and Buy. One of them was Galadriel, the lady of the woods.

I decided to paint her up between other projects - basically as something to fiddle with while waiting for bits of Titan armour to dry - and as a result decided to experiment. Would it be possible, I wondered, to paint a miniature using nothing but Contrast paints to a good standard in less than 30 minutes?

Here she is.

White undercoat, one splash of contrast in each area - only three colours used - as a tiny bit of gold for the circlet. 30 minutes. It's a pretty good result, I think you'll agree.

Here she is with the other members of the White Council I have; quality wise it's difficult to spot the difference between her and the one of them that took nearlty six hours of patient layering or the one than required painstaking wet blending.


  1. Just Contrast? Hmm, more than decent, I say!

    1. Thnaks Suber. They're turning into an invaluable tool in the box.