Abaddon Black
White Scar
Ratskin Flesh
Kislev Flesh
Ushabti Bone
Reikland Fleshshade
Nuln Oil

They looked up, astonished, for they had heard no sound of his coming; and they saw a figure standing at the rail, looking down upon them: an old man, swathed in a great cloak, the colour of which was not easy to tell, for it changed if they moved their eyes or if he stirred. His face was long, with a high forehead, he had deep darkling eyes, hard to fathom, though the look that they now bore was grave and benevolent, and a little weary. His hair and beard were white, but strands of black still showed about his lips and ears.


Saruman has gone by many different sames such as the White, of Many Colours, The White Wizard, Head of the White Council, Lord of Isengard, Sharkey, The Boss and is also called Curumo (Quenya - "Skillful One") or Curunír (Sindarin - "Man Of Skill"), was a Wizard, or Istar, who lived in Middle-earth during the Third Age. Originally, he was the chief of the wizards and of the White Council that opposed Sauron. His extensive studies of dark magic, however, eventually led him to desire the One Ring for himself. Thinking he could ally himself with Sauron and then betray him, Saruman allied Isengard with Mordor in the War of the Ring, in which he was defeated.

Saruman was the first of the five Wizards to arrive in Middle-earth, at the end of the first millennium of the Third Age. He was said to be the eldest of the order, and Gandalf acknowledged him as the chief of the Istari. He was an antagonist of the Free Peoples in the War of the Ring, as recounted in The Lord Of The Rings. Many feared the White Wizard and his compelling voice; even Sauron himself. His dwelling was the fortress of Orthanc in Isengard, below Methedras.

He studied deeply the arts of Sauron, the better to oppose him, but he soon became enamored of Sauron's devices, especially the One Ring. He betrayed his mission, and sought the power of the Ring for himself. He initially advocated an alliance with Sauron, but he soon betrayed Sauron as well, as his ultimate goal was to supplant Sauron and rule Middle-earth. But his plans came to nought, and his power was broken in the Battle of the Hornburg and the Battle of Isengard.

Saruman, before his fall, was the chief of both the wizards and of the White Council (a league of all those opposed to Sauron). His knowledge and skill, especially of Sauron's devices, was said to be great (the name "Saruman" means "man of skill"). However, his deep study of the One Ring and Sauron's other magic corrupted him, and his overweening lust for power led to his downfall. He is one of the few characters in Middle-earth who is morally "grey" - serving neither good nor evil. He betrays both sides and ultimately works for his own ends.

The Face

Before we start, undercoat the entire model in Abaddon Black. I always paint my models faces first, this was done by painting the skin areas Ratskin Flesh and then washed using Reikland Fleshshade. Once dry this was then high lighted again with Ratskin Flesh and then Kislev Flesh.

The Robes

As the robes are a light colour it is best to have a white undercoat on those areas. Undercoat all the robes and hair and beard areas in White Scar. Try not to get any paint on the skin areas and the staff.

Next basecoat the robes in Ushabti Bone, leaving the belt and foot areas white.

Wash the robes using Reikland Fleshshade.

Once dry highlight the robes using Ushabti Bone.

The Hair and Beard

The hair and beard areas (including the eye brows) should already be undercoated in White Scar, if not do so now. Now wash the hair areas in Nuln Oil.

The Staff

Touch up the staff with Abaddon Black where you may of got unwanted paint on it. Paint the circular end with White Scar.