The title says it all! I got this Balrog when it was released, about a dozen years ago:
|Painted a dozen years ago|
Even then I knew I was doing something wrong, but I wasn't capable of seeing what was it. Some time ago I finally discovered. I had painted the fires just the opposite way, red in the inside and yellow/white in the outside. Ouch!
That slap in the face couldn't remain uncontested. Let's work!
|Only shadow, no flame at all here...|
I decided to go one step beyond. I used some Oyumaru to make molds of the fire crest:
Now to the very beast itself! I needed some white priming all over the back, then I started with white and yellow:
|Fear the Yellow Balrog!|
|More variety in whites. And yellows. And then some more.|
Then some orange & yellow, some pure orange, some orange & red mix... You can imagine:
|Agh! It burns! It burns!|
The next step was daring to paint all the small dark pieces:
|One by one|
Though you really can't see it well in the pics, I have used no pure black in this mini, nor have I used grey for the lights. It is all a mix of black and dark blue, highlighting by adding a little flesh colour to the mix.
|More lava and magma and skin and...|
This is the aspect it was getting:
|Shadow and flame. It begins to look something|
|Rear view. By now I was going nuts|
I extended the effects to other parts of the body:
|Wow, baby, your thighs are on fire!|
Then I begun to work on the base and other details.
|Sexy? I am supposed to look scary as hell!|
|I hadn't shown the wings!|
I painted some light effects on the skin, of course, reflected light from the flames. But by now you may be asking what were the green stuff flames for. That's a legitimate question. Let me answer. I used them on the base, as if the floor itself was caught in fire by the presence of the Balrog. That forced me to paint some additional light effects, of course. This is the final result:
What can I add? Only one thing. Predictable, but here it comes:
You cannot pass. I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The Dark Fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You shall not pass.