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Riders of Rohan WIP: Starting with the Greys

I couldn't sleep last night and didn't want to count sheep. Ended up painting horses. Up first are the Greys. These are for my Games Workshop Rohirrim and are in 28mm scale.

Here are the base painted Greys using the lovely Acrylicos Vallejo acrylic paints. They actually have two lines -- the Model range and the Game Color range -- that are perfect for models such as these.  Very, very nice acrylics.

I've been painting since last night and a few hours this morning after breakfast but its been slow going. I'm feeling my age, my eyes are getting tired faster nowadays... Damn bridles and tacks!

I decided to start with the Greys because they're the ones I have more reference pictures of. Here's wiki's entry regarding the horse color:

Gray or grey is a coat color of horses characterized by progressive silvering of the colored hairs of the coat. Most gray horses have black skin and dark eyes; unlike many depigmentation genes, gray does not affect skin or eye color. Their adult hair coat is white, dappled, or white intermingled with hairs of other colors. Gray horses may be born any base color, depending on other color genes present. White hairs begin to appear at or shortly after birth and become progressively lighter as the horse ages. Graying can occur at different rates—very quickly on one horse and very slowly on another.

Gray horses appear in many breeds, though the color is most commonly seen in breeds descended from Arabian ancestors. Some breeds that have large numbers of gray-colored horses include the Thoroughbred, the Arabian, the American Quarter Horse, the Percheron, the Andalusian, the Welsh pony, and the most famous of all gray horse breeds, the Lipizzaner.
More soon.


  1. wow, looks fantastic. And you actually researched how grey horses look, I always just sort of paint what looks right :D

    1. Thanks:) I hope to post the finished ones soon.

  2. it's a start! I hope that you will show more soon!
    Thanks for the infos about the horses colours, always useful and interesting!
    (I saw that you are doing a "pommelé" (the one with little spots):is that a Lipizan ?)

    1. I'm still reading up on horse coat color and I've been trying my hand at painting variations. Very interesting read on horse color at wiki.


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