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PAINTING GOBLIN WOLF RIDERS In this article I will go through the approach I have to painting  the plastic goblin wolf riders, the techniques would also apply  to any of the vast numbers plastics now available. INSPIRATION That was easy, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit! I decided not  to use the very nice shield decals made for the plastic goblin  wolf riders by LBM studios, preferring to paint shield designs  but using the lovely LBM decals as inspiration (well copying  them actually!).  I have concentrated the pictures on the goblin officer, the one  with the big sword! UNDERCOATING I won’t go through the goblin wolf riders assembled as I have  detailed this kind of thing in several previous articles, (see here  Elf Assembly), when they are fully cured, you can go straight  to the undercoating. Undercoating is essential as it provides a  consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint. For the undercoat I used Humbrol enamel matt black. I usually  undercoat in oil based paint as I find they give better coverage  on the plastic. Again I have detailed this many times in previous articles.   THE PAINT I used Army Painter War Paints to paint the goblin wolf riders,  mixing up colours to suit my style and preferences. The names  here reference The Mega Paint Set provides an adequate range  of colours for almost all needs, but you will always need to mix  colours to get the desired results, however I have tried to work  out colour combinations to reduce mixing if possible.   PAINTING The figure painting follows my well known method of working  from dark to light shaded up from a black undercoat. This three,  four or more colour painting method uses successive tones of  colour (shade, middle and light) which are added to the model  in layers, working up from dark to light. This creates a bold  three-dimensional effect of shadows and highlights, the layers  of colour giving greater depth and subtlety to the model. It may  seem counter-intuitive if you haven’t painted this way before,  but bear with me.  THE SAME COLOURS Although I painted up three goblin wolf riders on the wolf sprue they are painted up to go with a unit, so I will concentrate on  describing the painting of just one goblin wolf rider as the  colours on the rest of the goblin wolf riders are similar. I will  show (lots and lots of) relevant pictures of the rest of the goblin wolf riders from time to time. 
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Above. The whole unit of goblin wolf riders.
Undercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint. For the undercoat I used Humbrol enamel matt black. I usually undercoat in oil based paint as I find they give better coverage on the plastic.
Undercoated goblins and wolves with eyes.
EYES I normally paint the eyes first so I can get them right before  doing the rest of the model, if the eyes are not great it will spoil  the rest of the paint job! I also took the opportunity to paint in  some teeth on a couple of the goblin wolf riders. The eyes  riders and the wolves are the same colours, painted in with a  Warpaints Insane Detail brush. 1.  The sclera of the eye, are Matt White then painted over  with Pure Red   2.  The irises are a tiny dot of Lava Orange and then a tiny  dot of Daemonic Yellow   FLESH I did the flesh next. I wanted the goblin wolf rider’s faces to be  quite craggy with lots of lines and wrinkles.  1.  Dark Stone  2.  Plus Matt White, this follows the layer before. 3.  Plus Matt White. 4.  Plus more Matt White. 5.  Plus still more Matt White.   6.  And finally a tiny touch of Pure Red to the flesh mix for  the bottom lip and that is the faces all done.
THE METALWORK 1.  Gun Metal going over all of the area to be steel type  finish. 2.  Dark Tone Ink is then sloshed all over that first coat to  deepen any shadows that might have inadvertently got filled in  by the first coat and to give the metal that, a bit worn, slightly  rusting feel.
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3. Flesh: Plus Matt White.  
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3.  Gun Metal again, lightly brushed over again. 4.  Plate Mail Metal is then painted on the high points. 5.  Shining Silver is the top coat, used very sparingly. 6.  Matt Black again, but this time in very small and fine  amounts to add distress and damage marks on the helmets and  swords, each of the marks is highlighted with Shining Silver.  
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1. Metalwork: Gun Metal  
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2. Metalwork: Dark Tone Ink.
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5. Shining Silver is the top  coat, used very sparingly.  
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6. Matt Black again, but this time in very small and fine amounts to add distress and damage  marks on the helmets and swords, each of the marks is highlighted with Shining Silver.  
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DUSTY PINK SCARF Take care to delineate the strands carefully if you can, even if  you have to go back and neaten up between them with a tiny bit of Matt Black. Colours as follows:  1.  Chaotic Red.  2.  plus Dragon Red. 3.  plus Matt White. 4.  plus Matt White. 5.  plus Matt White. DARK RED TUNIC It’s worth spending a bit of time on the tunic as it is about the  biggest bit of clothing on the goblins. 1.  Chaotic Red mixed with Dragon Red.   2.  plus Dragon Red. 3.  Dragon Red. 4.  plus Matt White.
Undercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint. For the undercoat I used Humbrol enamel matt black. I usually undercoat in oil based paint as I find they give better coverage on the plastic. Undercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint. For the undercoat I used Humbrol enamel matt black. I usually undercoat in oil based paint as I find they give better coverage on the plastic. Undercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint. For the undercoat I used Humbrol enamel matt black. I usually undercoat in oil based paint as I find they give better coverage on the plastic.
5.  plus Matt White. 6.  Matt Black, in very small and fine amounts to add  damage marks on the edges of the tunic, each of the marks is  highlighted.
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1. Red Tunic: Chaotic Red mixed with Dragon Red.
2. Red Tunic: plus Dragon Red.
DARK GREY BUSKINS Or leggings or hose:  1.  Uniform Grey mixed with Matt Black.   2.  plus Uniform Grey. 
3. Red Tunic: Dragon Red. 
4. Red Tunic: plus Matt White.
3.  pure Uniform Grey.   4.  plus Matt White. 5.  plus more Matt White.
DARK BROWN BOOTS & BELTS And the scabbard: 1.  Oak Brown mixed with Matt Black   2.  pure Oak Brown.  3.  plus Desert Yellow. 4.  plus Desert Yellow. 5.  plus Matt White.
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THE GREEN BAG 1.  Matt Black mixed with Greenskin   2.  plus Greenskin.   3.  plus Greenskin.  4.  plus Greenskin.  5.  plus Matt White.
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Close-up of tear.
1. Boots & Belts: Oak Brown mixed with Matt Black.
3-5. Boots & Belts: plus Desert Yellow and Matt White.
THE BLACK FUR The fur cape, colours as follows: 1.  Matt Black mixed with Skeleton Bone.   2.  plus Skeleton Bone.
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The green bag.
1. Black Fur: Matt Black mixed with Skeleton Bone.
2-4. Black Fur: plus more Skeleton Bone.
5. Black Fur: plus Matt White.
3.  plus more Skeleton Bone.  4.  plus more Skeleton Bone.  5.  plus Matt White.
THE BRICK RED WRISTBAND 1. Chaotic Red. 2. plus Daemonic Yellow. 3. plus Daemonic Yellow. 4. plus Daemonic Yellow. 5. plus Matt White. THE RED SHIELD 1. Chaotic Red mixed with Dragon Red. 2. plus Dragon Red. 3. pure Dragon Red. 4. plus Pure Red. 5. plus Lava Orange. The design is painted in Matt Black, with a bit of highlighting.  THE TEETH 1. Leather Brown. 2. plus Desert Yellow. 3. plus Desert Yellow. 4. plus Skeleton Bone. 5. pure Skeleton Bone.
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The brick red wristband.
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The red shield.
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The bronze.
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1. Flesh: Dark Stone
2. Flesh: Dark Stone plus Matt White.
4. Flesh: Plus more Matt White. 
5. Flesh: Plus still more Matt White.  
6. A tiny touch of Pure Red to the flesh mix for the bottom lip. 
3. Metalwork: Gun Metal again, lightly brushed over again.  
4. Metalwork: Plate Mail Metal is painted on the high points.  
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1. Pink Scarf: Chaotic Red. 
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5. Red Tunic: plus Matt White.
5. Red Tunic: plus Matt White.
6. Damage marks on the edges of the tunic.
6. Damage marks on the edges of the tunic.
1. Grey Buskins: Uniform Grey mixed with Matt Black.
2. Grey Buskins: plus Uniform Grey.
3. Grey Buskins: pure Uniform Grey.
4-5. Grey Buskins: plus more Matt White.
THE WOODWORK The backs of the shields, bows and arrows, spears and knife  hilts, I have tried to paint a wood grain effect, sometimes you  regret putting the shield in a certain place and making it  awkward for you to paint the back of the damn thing! Colours  as follows:  1. Oak Brown mixed with Fur Brown. 2. plus Desert Yellow. 3. plus Desert Yellow. 4. plus more Desert Yellow. 5. plus Matt White. THE BRONZE A darkish bronze for these boys but with a bit of a glint. 1. Rough Iron. 2. plus Weapon Bronze. 3. plus Weapon Bronze. 4. plus Greedy Gold. 5. plus Bright Gold.
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These pictures show the rest of the riders painted up to this point; you will notice that although I have not made them uniform in  their dress, I have use the same colour palette on each to give them a unit look.
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