The Mouth of Sauron (Foot & Mounted) – Technical August

Citadel Miniatures The Mouth of Sauron Foot & Mounted

After more than 8 years, I finally got motivated to finish The Mouth of Sauron on his mount, and while I was at it, I properly finished off the foot version as well. Finding the mounted model in a figure case was what got this show back on the road. (The same one I found The Tainted in, actually).

Despite a very similar dress sense, The Mouth of Sauron is not a Nazgûl, but a Black Númenórean. In the film his mount is depicted with rusty, aged barding – though decent shots of him or his mount are few and far between. I used a couple of different Vallejo Model Washes, which I haven’t done a lot with, with paint mixed in as well as some stippling to try and get the right kind of rusty effect, followed by a re-highlight of the metal edges. The final outcome isn’t perfect, but I feel like it’s still come up pretty well.

Citadel Miniatures The Mouth of Sauron Mounted

As a Black Númenórean, The Mouth of Sauron was the design cue that GW used to create their Black Númenórean Warriors, and by extension, their Castellans of Dol Guldur. The rusty effect of his armour isn’t quite the same as the brassy look that I gave those troops, but it’s a slight bridge in that direction. I might have done the same with his armour, but keeping it close to the film-canon was more important in this case.

Citadel Miniatures The Mouth of Sauron Foot & Mounted

He’s not much use in the Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project that I started on a couple of months ago, but he’ll certainly have a place when I eventually get to Return of the King.

Sauron the Necromancer of Dol Guldur (Jewel of July ’18)

Sauron the Necromancer of Dol Guldur Citadel Miniatures

Like The Tainted and the other “Named” Nazgûl that Games Workshop created in the post-RotK space, this model of Sauron is aesthetically based on the look of the characters and villains from Peter Jackson’s LotR films as well as the snippets of information gleaned from The Hobbit.

As such, this figure was designed and released many years before The Hobbit Trilogy of films was fully conceived, so Games Workshop went with a mode spectral and – in a sense – Warhammer type of design for Sauron as opposed to the “skinny pupil” design that the films went in the end, which was much more reminiscent of the Last Alliance appearance of Sauron taken from the Beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring film.

Sauron the Necromancer of Dol Guldur Citadel Miniatures

Sauron the Necromancer of Dol Guldur Citadel Miniatures

I could certainly see using this model in a Nighthaunt army alongside the new Age of Sigmar stuff, as the “ghostly” design aesthetic is still actually pretty close between this model from the early 2000s and today’s newest 2018 releases. Some of the paint here is a little bit rough – I used drybrushing for the first couple of layers before blending the later ones. It just wasn’t going to be a model where the amount of that extra effort was going to especially pay off, at least in my opinion. As is often the case, though – larger photos serve to amplify less obvious flaws and rough spots.

Sauron the Necromancer of Dol Guldur Citadel Miniatures

Here’s this iteration of Sauron alongside his fellow speculative models. I do have another of this particular sculpt, so perhaps down the line I’ll paint the other in a black-to-red scheme. Lots of other stuff to get done before that’s an active consideration, though. So for now we have another July model done!

The Nazgûl: The Tainted. (Jewel of July ’18)

Citadel Miniatures Nazgûl, Nazgul, Ringwraith, The Tainted

Where the other Nazgûl were slowly swallowed by the taint of their rings, the Tainted gave himself wholly and willingly to Sauron. Now all natural things rebel in his presence, vegetation withers, animals sicken and bold warriors cower. He is an abomination whose merest presence is poison to life, honour and hope.

The Tainted is a “Named” Nazgûl, created by Games Workshop in the period following the marketing period for Return of the King. With The Witch King and Khamûl the Easterling being named in the books (however brief for Khamûl), they saw an opportunity to expand the lore in the same way that videogames and other properties tend to do with licenced IP.

The Tainted appears to have been inspired (at least in part) by the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where a Nazgûl (The Witch-King, I believe) bends down and “sniffs” for The Ring and the Hobbits, and insects and creatures seem to retreat from it (across the hobbits, natch).

Citadel Miniatures Nazgûl, Nazgul, Ringwraith, The Tainted

I tried to represent its written background by brushing the tufts away from the Nazgûl in both it’s incarnations, and also brushed them with a dark grey and brown, to represent the corruption of this particular Ringwraith blackening the grasses merely by being in its direct presence. I also avoided the dirty and dusty effect that I’ve given the “regular” versions of The Nine, because I wanted the sickly effect on the robes to stand out. I’ve already got 2×9 “realistic” Ringwraiths, after all.

I haven’t looked at the rules for it in many years, and while it’s very unlikely that it will feature in the Fellowship campaign that we’re going to play through, I’m sure it can find a place on the tabletop down the line. In the meantime, it’s a nice enough completed model for display. And let’s face it, that’s the fate of a LOT of my models…

The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project Pt4: The Black Riders – Mounted Nazgûl completed (June-It ’18)

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

“Nine Lords there were, and after the return of their Master, which they aided and prepared in secret, they grew strong again. Then the Nine Riders issued forth from the gates of horror, and we could not withstand them. Do not approach their citadel. You will be espied. It is a place of sleepless malice, full of lidless eyes. Do not go that way!” – Faramir, The Forbidden Pool, The Two Towers

In a case almost exactly like the previous post, this one is a rehash of another super-recent post about Nazgûl. A few days ago I finished seven of The Nine, and then managed to find two more mounted models. In the last couple of days, I’ve raced against time to complete the final pair, so I’m showing them here alongside their dark brethren as a completed set of Nine mounted Nazgûl, which have use in a variety of games, but I’ve been working on specifically for The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project.

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

The final pair.

With only 3+1 sculpts for “standard” mounted Nazgûl from GW, these last two were always going to be duplicate sculpts. Unfortunately, they’re both the same sculpt – so now I have four of the same base rider in a set of Nine, which is a little unfortunate. I mean, it is my favourite of the non-Witch King sculpts, but I’d still much rather have had 3-3-2-1 than 4-2-2-1. Even with some arm variation, it’s become quite repetitive.

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

Finally, here they all are – multibased for Kings of War. In their present form of “basic” Nazgûl, I’ll likely use the Vampiric Cavalry rules for them. When I next get around to playing. Ha!

The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project Pt3: The Nine – Nazgûl on Foot completed (June-It ’18)

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Nazgûl on Foot

“The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Enemy’s most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death.” – Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, The Silmarillion

I know, I know. The last few posts have been more than a little repetitive now. The fact of the matter is that I’ve managed to complete the last four of the Nazgûl on Foot, so I’m posting up the Nine of them now. I’m attempting to also get the last two mounted Nazgûl done today. I need to finish the paint in the next couple of hours in order to be able to varnish them so that the varnish is (mostly) cured by tomorrow, so I can then photograph them for the blog and “final” photo of them.

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Nazgûl on Foot

These models do at least provide the first newly-completed unit for The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project. They also count as a completed unit for this month’s June-It Unit challenge. Now I’ve got to go and try to finish those mounted ones, as well as 7 additional, unrelated figures that will give me two more completed units for the month.

The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project Pt2: The Black Riders – Mounted Nazgûl (June-It ’18)

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

“Then the leader, who was now half across the Ford, stood up menacing in his stirrups, and raised up his hand. Frodo was stricken dumb. He felt his tongue cleave to his mouth, and his heart labouring. His sword broke and fell out of his shaking hand. The elf-horse reared and snorted. The foremost of the black horses had almost set foot upon the shore.” – Flight to the Ford, Fellowship of the Ring

Today we have the next batch Nazgûl for The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project. Obviously, I featured five Nazgûl on foot yesterday, so today we have seven, all obviously mounted. Despite only having Seven of The Nine painted and complete, I think the group of them looks nicely sinister. Once again, a credit to the sculpting talents of the Perry Twins.

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

While four of these models have been seen before on this blog, as noted yesterday they still had work to do to be 100% done – while the other three of these mounted models are all-newly-completed. Sure they were part-painted for godonlyknowshowlong, but the important thing today is that they’re now done – and they have the basing, the rocks, the weathering powder applied. So done and literally dusted.

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

And with that, I’m counting all seven of these this month. They needed work and they got it. At this point they should never need to be touched again, so done and done.

We’re talking two of this boxed set here, plus the singular “non-fancy” mounted Witch King.

Even though there are seven here – and not the full nine that the Nazgûl should be, I’m calling it a completed unit since I only have this many of the unnamed versions before they started getting extra-fancy with the up-armoured Ringwraiths, naming them (all?) post-RotK and giving them unique rules and personalities and models. They only released the three mounted models to my knowledge, anyway. Unless I (possibly) have another two, which would make nine. An old post of mine seems to say I do, but then I’ll need to figure out where they might be… Fake edit: I found them, but it’s going to be especially tight getting them done by the end of this month. They’re also a pair of the same sculpt, which is far from ideal. On top of that, I have the four final Nazgûl on foot to work on. I actually think I have a chance to get them all done, but probably not varnished (and cured) in time, given the tight time frame and terrible cold weather we’ve got right now…

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

Citadel Miniatures Mounted Nazgûl

I also sorted out a unit base for the six of these, so that when I (eventually) use them in a game of Kings of War as (proxy stats) Vampiric Cavalry, they’ll look nice. I’m counting the unit base as a completed model as well, as it’s a distinct piece and has more work in it than a lot of the scatter-terrain boxes and crates and barrels that we put together…

oh, and if you’re wondering why I’m posting this stuff up almost every day – motivation, BAY BAY! The feedback I get from the community (that’s you) on these posts genuinely helps to keep me going and getting this stuff done. It’d be pretty easy to just spend all my free time playing PlayStation and XBox and watching WWE/NJPW wrestling, after all.

The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project Pt2: Five of The Nine – Nazgûl on Foot (June-It ’18)

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Nazgûl on Foot

They are the Nazgûl, Ringwraiths, neither living or dead. At all times they feel the presence of the ring…drawn to the power of the one..they will never stop hunting you.

Here’s the first update of sorts for The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project. I’ve been working on Nazgûl this week, in-between everything else. When laying things out last week, I thought I had more fully-complete Ringwraiths than I actually did have. So I thought I had complete 4 regular wraiths on foot, plus The Witch King on foot, plus The Witch King mounted, plus three wraiths mounted. Turns out none of them were in 100% ready to go complete shape.

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Nazgûl on Foot

So I thought that these figures had all long been completed. That was until I got them out of a figure case and looked at them. None of these foot models or even the original trio of mounted models ever had the weathering powder applied to their robes, nor had the tufts been added to these, or the slate finished (or added in some cases) to the mounted models. The mounted Witch-King on the other hand, hadn’t had his slate painted, and had suffered some damage to his paint as a result of a base jump from a table. (Watch those waving arms near models reared up like that!) One of these regular foot Nazgûl also had fall damage that had to be repainted. FUUUUUUUUUUUU

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Nazgûl on Foot, Witch-King

I do have to say, though – these Ringwraiths are some of the nicer models in many ways that the Perrys ever sculpted. Just look at the Witch-King above and how threatening he looks, slowly unsheathing his Morgul-blade.

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Nazgûl on Foot

Similarly, look at how evocative this pair of wraiths look – and those aren’t even the “golden angle” of either model.

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Nazgûl on Foot

Even these “action” poses show a really effective understanding of movement and anatomy often missing from regular Warhammer models – including those sculpted by the Perrys.

So now these are done. I do have a few more models that I intend to get painted in order to make up The Nine. Unfortunately, some (most) of them are doubles of these existing models as GW only released five different sculpts initially as part of the Attack on Weathertop boxed set. It was not until quite a few years later when they released a full set of nine unique Ringwraiths, by which time they wanted at least AU$100 for it. Now AU$124. Also known as bwahahahahhahahahahhnofuckingwayforninemodelsletalonefoursculpts. No matter how nice those additional four are. And they’re pretty nice.

(Out of interest, I wonder why they don’t send me free copies of Age of Sigmar 2.0 and other product?) 😀

Next up, I guess I need to finish another four Ringwraiths on foot to complete this unit. Will I be able to “June-It” the last few? Stay tuned to find out! But first, there’s a few of their mounted versions to sort out…

Oh, and for some BTS of the process of these posts – Right now as I type all of this, it’s actually Monday Night – here’s tonight’s timeline:

Get home from work. Sit down for a bit, do some work emails (getting a quote). Send an email about some missing spray paint of my own. Realise that it’s still 11.9C degrees and maybe I can fit some spraying before it gets really way too cold.

Go outside, and look at all the crap I’ve got on the spray stocks in various states. Give the things that need a next layer/side a spray, which included the Satin coat for the OtherWorld gates (sprayed gloss for protection yesterday), as well as black on some secondhand foot Nazgul that I found, as well as Matte on 4 other models for another pair of units I want to try to get finished for June-It, and a Satin mid-spray for another 5 models for those same units. There was probably something else as well, but I’ve forgotten.

Come inside, and eat dinner. Listen to some Steve and Larson podcast. Do some basing work on both foot and mounted Nazgûl models.

Realise that the OtherWorld gates are probably dry by now, and I can probably write up a post and get it up tonight if I don’t leave it too late. So I get the camera, head out, snap some shots, then come back in and write up a post, using the Mine Gates post as a template.

Start writing up a post for the Mounted Nazgûl, before realising that I only glued slate to three of their bases this morning before work, and I’ve got to paint and varnish those fucking things before I can post them up. So I save that draft and then start a new one using that as the template. It’s (most of) the post you see above. Except.. none of the figures are actually ready yet.

So I’ve got to apply the weathering for the almost-finished foot Nazgûl, and (if they’re dry enough) start to base the other four that I just sprayed, then move them to the laundry overnight because freshly sprayed figures fucking reek of degassing propellant. Assuming that all goes well, I’ll photograph the five that are (will be) done tomorrow after work, upload this post, and then see what I can do on the other four. Also get to work on the final touches on the three almost-complete mounted Nazgûl, so I can photograph and post them on Wednesday evening. if I manage to find a pair of mounted Nazgûl that I may or may not own, I’ll be trying to complete those in time for June-It as well, not to mention the other two units I alluded to when I was talking about spraying earlier…

So when you read something like “Stay tuned to find out!” here, it’s not a hyperbolic statement based on holding back on showing a completed unit. It’s because I don’t know if I will actually have it all done or not at the time of writing – and probably at the time of posting, as well for that matter…