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Above. The Trolls given a coat of Army Painter Uniform Army Green Colour Primer Spray.
FLESH COLOUR I approached this slightly differently than on the  Revenants, as I was going to use different colour washes  on different colour areas. Basically I did the flesh wash  first, then blocked in the other colours and then washed  them appropriately. Wash - Quickshade Washes Green Tone all over the  whole model, I did a couple of coats. This is using the  green primer as the base flesh tone, and as there is a lot  of flesh on the Troll, this save a lot of time. Don’t be afraid  go back and slosh a bit more on if an area needs more  definition.   COLOURS Once I was happy with the flesh shading and it had dried, I  Painted in the rest of the colours. As ever keep the block  of colours neat, it’s not a huge range of colours. Below is a  list of the sort of colours I used but you could vary it  considerably.
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Above. Quickshade Washes Green Tone all over the whole model. This is using the green primer as the base flesh tone.
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Above. The Trolls Fur and hair painted in Brown Leather.
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Below. The Trolls with the rest painted in solid blocks..
Everything but the green flesh and big rock got one or two  coats, or more, of Quickshade Mid Brown Wash, adding  more till I was happy with shades. As I still had some  Green Tone about I splodged a bit of it the fur and hair at  random just to see what I would looked like. Then the Big  Rock got a coating of Quickshade Washes Blue Tone  Ink overall, and once it was dry, I painted on some small  blobs of Green Tone and a tiny bit of the Mid Brown  Wash as a nod to weathering processes.   VARNISH As before these models are to be troops on the table not  cabinet pieces they needed a good protective coat of  varnish, two coats of Anti-Shine Matt Varnish, brushed on.   FINISHING I used the same mixed up basing compound as on all the  Oathmark Express troops, which is made up by John by  the bucket. It is self-coloured and dries to a rock hard  mostly matt dark brown textured finish. Once the  compound was thoroughly dry and hard it was dry-  brushed with Desert Yellow, then painted the base edges  with Oak Brown and covered the base with various  flocks. I also had planted on the bases of the two trolls  not throwing a big rock, a couple of big rocks matching  the one being thrown! These are slate pieces I pinched  from a neighbour’s drive and placed them whilst the  basing compound was wet, and they were stuck firm as it  dried, and then I painted and washed them to match the  rock being hurled by the other troll.  
As I still had some Green Tone about I splodged a bit of it the fur and hair at random just to see what I would looked like.
Above. The Trolls with the washes applied.
As before these models are to be troops on the table not cabinet pieces they needed a good protective coat of varnish, two coats of Anti-Shine Matt Varnish, brushed on.
Above. The Trolls varnished.
I used the same mixed up basing compound as on all the Oathmark Express troops, which is made up by John by the bucket. It is self-coloured and dries to a rock hard mostly matt dark brown textured finish.
Above & Below. The Trolls finished.
I used the same mixed up basing compound as on all the Oathmark Express troops, which is made up by John by the bucket. It is self-coloured and dries to a rock hard mostly matt dark brown textured finish.  Painting Oathmark Monsters Trolls  Painting Oathmark Monsters Trolls  Painting Oathmark Monsters Trolls  Painting Oathmark Monsters Trolls  Painting Oathmark Monsters Trolls  Painting Oathmark Monsters Trolls Previous Page click here to order I used the same mixed up basing compound as on all the Oathmark Express troops, which is made up by John by the bucket. It is self-coloured and dries to a rock hard mostly matt dark brown textured finish.  Oathmark Monsters Trolls North Star Magazine home page
I was waiting for Trolls. They were in the rules, so I hoped  they would be along sometime and I could get one more  of the different troops I wanted for the evil side in my  quest to build Lord of the Rings armies unofficially for  Oathmark™. True I did have one Troll, a big lovely  double-headed bruiser, sculpted by my friend Mr  Copplestone for Frostgrave, and it was fine and good, but  I wanted a whole unit of three, and the two heads thing  still bothered me a bit, not being quite, err, quite  Tolkienesque enough, if you follow me… and if you  haven’t been following my fast painting lockdown and post  lockdown escapades you won’t have a clue what I’m on  about. Best thing is to read OATHMARK EXPRESS from  the start, click here,  or briefly, wargaming buddy John  Treadaway and I wrote a series of articles detailing the  fast building and painting, in lockdown and beyond, of  some Lord of the Rings armies for Oathmark™.  IDEAL TROLLS For me the new Oathmark™ Trolls are just perfect for  Tolkien normal cave or hill Trolls, just the sort to chuck big  rocks or turn to stone in sunlight, and ideal for what I  wanted. Michael Anderson’s lovely sculpts are perfect for  
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Above. Hill Trolls; Tom, Bert, and William.
my idea of a big ugly, dim witted Tolkien Trolls, seen  occasionally on battlefields in Middle Earth, I think of them  as Tom, Bert, and William. While Troll stats in  Oathmark™ don’t quite correspond to the Tolkien  originals, they weren’t a bad fit, so the stats for a basic  unarmoured Troll could stand for my Tolkien Trolls too.   ALTERNATIVE TROLLS During my wait for the official Trolls, of which I had no  inkling till they turned up one day of course (Nick likes to  surprise me), I did cast about for some other alternatives  than the beautiful two-headed Copplestone sculpted  Frostgrave Snow Troll that I had already repurposed for  these armies. I couldn’t find any unarmoured Trolls that  pleased me, so I would have to wait, but I did find some  armoured stand-ins in an exotic place. I’m not sure they  work, so I’ll not picture them here, they were “toy” soft  plastic armoured Orcs approx 60mm tall. They are  extremely crude so do not bear any sort of close  inspection, but they were relatively cheap and cheerful  and came all the way from Ukraine! I might use them in an  emergency… 
PAINTING TROLLS Keeping on the same track in this Oathmark Express  series, the Trolls were to be super fast painted so no  shading or highlighting and a straight neat paint job, then  Army Painter Quickshade Washes all over to provide  all the shading and contrast. After what I had done with the Revenants last time I had  no plans to use Army Painter Quickshade - Strong  Shade varnish, relying totally on washes and the quality  of the models and the neatness of my painting. Having  had a proper look at the Trolls I was pretty confident it  would work OK. Don’t be intimated by their size they have  a lot of nice detail. PRIMER The models were sprayed up with car primer as I had to  photograph them anyway, and then given a coat of Army  Painter Uniform Army Green Colour Primer Spray.  
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Fur and hair – Brown Leather  Teeth – Skeleton Bone Gums & Tongues – Oak Brown   Rope – Hemp Rope  Loincloths – Combat Fatigue, Chaotic Red, Field Grey  Big Rock – Uniform Grey  
Above. The Trolls sprayed with car primer
EXPRESS YOURSELF Don’t be afraid to have a go, one layer of paint some  washes, no highlighting, just neatness, good models and  decent bases and get some armies on the battlefield  quick. What next? You never know what I might need to add,  more Dwarves, perhaps some Human cavalry or some  more creatures.   TOM, BERT, AND WILLIAM? The three Trolls Bilbo meets in the Hobbit. 
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Building armies carries on Part 5: Tom, Bert, and William
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