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I don't really get to paint Lord of the Rings stuff very often, but here is a piece that I rather enjoyed.
Not too complex a paintjob, most of the shading and highlighting is in the magmatic recesses of his cracking skin. Overall, it was a pretty fun mini to paint. Sometime, I'd like to try doing a Balrog with a more normal skin tone and none of the magma (just to make him look like a more fleshy demon).
For the record, I don't really play LotR- there isn't any group for it locally. I paint the minis for it from time to time.
Apart from the gloss, nicely done. Very neatly painted. A nice job there.
2500 points of Empire for ToXG: Points painted for month 4: 0 Points painted overall: 510
the clear coat you used to protect the model reflects light.. which in turn makes it look glossy.. The brighter the light, the more of a shine you will see...
As to the black, it is too solid a color... nothing is that black.. There is always a shade of something else involved.. I would agree that you need to try and highlight the model.. Or at the least dry brush with a dark grey..
Actually, I think the opposite happened with this guy. I think some of the ink washes that I put on him to keep the black from being so dark ended up making him glossy. I took this photo before applying the matt finish to him, and I bet that's what did it to him.
Oh well. I don't really have the mini any more, so I really can't get different photos.