Witch-king & the Dwimmerlaik

The Witch-king is one of my favourite characters in the Lord of the Rings, as I might have mentioned several times before. His history is very grim, and the tales of war between Angmar and Arnor makes for an interesting read. Even the snippets of history that appear in the early chapters of the Lord of the Rings tease the horrors of the north from times past, and video games like War in the North also lends to the lore in this regard.

My favourite Witch-king model is this one from the scene at Weathertop in the Fellowship film, when he is approaching Frodo. I managed to get this one for a few pounds on eBay not long ago, and set to work with the black contrast paint. As with the rest of the Ringwraiths, I followed this up with light drybrushes of Dawnstone and lighter touches of white afterwards.

I do like the cheeky Morgul Blade tucked into the belt.

The Dwimmerlaik followed the same steps, and I repeated my painting steps for his horse that I initially used on the Tainted’s steed. I tried to keep the horse as dark as possible, washing the flesh with Nuln Oil before bringing the brown back up again with a light drybrushing of the original colour. All the bases got the snowy Angmar treatment, with the skulls taking a wash of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade.

This is the majority of my Ringwraiths complete now, leaving only the mounted Witch-king to go. Painting the hooded riders has been fun, but the results aren’t always obvious on camera. Alongside the mounted Witch-king, I was basing the Wargs last night and making some progress with the Orc horde too. Things are taking shape.

Thanks again for reading, and catch you next time.

6 thoughts on “Witch-king & the Dwimmerlaik

    1. Steve Post author

      Thanks very much. I was the same, just have to use light drybrushing on the edges and build from there. I used Dawnstone first then just a lighter touch of white; if it all starts to look to light, hit the entire robes with a black ink wash to tone it all down

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