How to Paint Lord of the Rings Rohan Warriors

Updated February 21, 2017

The Horse Lords of Rohan are human warriors from the fantasy realm of Rohan in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" book series. These popular fantasy warriors are depicted in miniature form for use with The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game by games workshop and come unpainted. Painting the miniatures adds realism, and is a way to increase the immersive aspects of the game. Rohon warriors have a standard look, with leather armour and long robes. The paint scheme heavily relies on browns and greens, though you can use any colours.

Wash the miniature under running warm water with a mild liquid soap to clear away any residue remaining from the moulding process. Rinse the soap from the miniature with clean water, and then pat it dry with a piece of cloth.

Remove any raised plastic flashing along the miniature's seams by cutting excessive flashing away with a hobby knife, then smoothing the lines to the face of the model with a file.

Prime the miniature with a light coating of dark brown paint. The dark primer helps to add shadow to the detail lines in the model as well as preparing an even-coated surface for the topcoat of paint to adhere. Wait 2 hours for the primer to dry.

Paint the warrior robes and undershirt a scorched brown colour with a small flat paintbrush to give the look of naturally dyed cloth. Mix the brown paint with an equal amount of flat black to create a dark leather colour, and use that to paint all leather armour on the miniature, including the boots. Cover the cloak with a dark green colour created from a mix of your scorched brown, olive green and flat black. Paint pouches and belt with the flat black colour.

Use a mixture of steel-coloured paint slightly darkened with the flat black for covering metal items such as weaponry, chainmail armours and steel helmets. Paint the nose guards of helmets with the nondarkened steel to indicate the slightly polished nature of the pieces because of heavy use. Cover shields with a dark wood colour and paint the dual headed animal icons a yellow, slightly darkened with the flat black.

Cover the hair of the miniatures with a rich brown colour. Use a pinkish flesh colour darkened with brown slightly to emulate the tans received riding the plains of Rohan for the miniature skin. Switch to a tiny detail brush to paint eyes a skeletal white colour with small sits for eyes. Allow all basecoats 2 hours drying time.

Use a drybrushing technique to apply all highlights to the model. To drybrush, coat the brush lightly with paint, and then wipe off most of the paint on a paper towel to leave the brush almost dry so that paint coverage is light. Highlight the raised folds of the robe with a light grey colour, and the leather armour with the brown mixed with a ratio of 2 parts brown paint and 1 part of the flat black. Use the light grey to highlight the green cloak, again placing the highlights on the raised areas. Mix the steel with brown, and use this to highlight the metal to provide a slightly used or dirty appearance. Use a lighter brown to provide highlights to the miniature's hair, and a light brushing of the high marks of the skin on the face and hands. Wait 2 hours for the highlights to dry.

Dilute the flat black paint with 1 part paint to 9 parts water. Use the diluted mix to wash the miniature down by painting over the miniature with the mix. This will enhance shadows and help to bring out the details. Let the miniature dry for 24 hours after applying the wash.

Spray the miniature with a protective coating of matt clear coat paint to lock in the colours and provide a wear layer against damage from use. Allow the miniature to dry 48 more hours before use in gaming or display.

Things You'll Need

  • LOTR Riders of Rohan Warrior miniature
  • Liquid soap
  • Water
  • Lint-free cloth
  • File
  • Hobby knife
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paints
  • Clear coat matt
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