Lord of the Rings


Morannon expansion

The next batch of Mordor troops have been finished, as my ranks keep swelling fo the dark lord Sauron.And this time, it's in the form of more Morannon orcs from the Pelennor boxed set.The total amount of "upgraded" Orc warriors this time are 18 of the warriors, armed in a variety of ways.  The batch consists of 13 hand weapon and shield, 3 spear and shield and 2 with just basic spears, these add some serious rank and file numbers to the budding force.  Not to mention a nice boost of 147 points to the tally.What's more, they have been 'in progress' on the to do pile for over a year, as they came in the starter box, so they'll be a mark off for my Bingo as well...Now to really start painting up some characters to lead all my rabble on the field of battle...

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Mordor Shaman

With the second tournament I want to participate in right around the corner, I needed some more 'generic' heroes for my Mordor force to participate.This due to the fact I painted up 700 points of playable forces this year and then some rank and file, but lacked characters to play the larger, 900 points the tournament would be in format.So to that end, I painted up some more magical support in the form of this shaman, a Minor hero in the list that comes with some good support casting to the Ringwraith I brought along in the force.I followed a colourscheme mix up of how I paint on the one hand my regular orcs, and on the other my Morannon's, to make him blend in in the force, while on the other hand still singling him out as a character.So that's another small addition in itself, but one that makes the whole force playable...Now it will all depend on one factor: the delivery date of the new kitchen...

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My first time playing a Games Workshop game. Kind of*

It was the make up date for the Second Saturday for the Scrum Club. On the agenda was Lord of the Rings skirmish game by Games Workshop. This was a game run by Josh O’Connor, using the LOTR skirmish rules as written. I played Merry (L) and Josh played Pippin (r). They didn’t have the cool Western blades from the Barrow Downs, per the books. Nor the Elven cloaks, as we aren’t into Lorien yet. Steve played Aragorn, Joe played Frodo, Zach, Rich and Francisco played Nazguls. We were all heroic level characters that were head and shoulders above the regular schlub troops in this game system. Our job was to start touching the Prancing Pony and make it through a break in the hedge and off into the fields beyond. I stayed close to Aragorn the first couple of turns to take advantage of his move bonus. There were Nazgul at all the compass points and covering the retreat. Rather than cross over the bridge and bumping into a ringwraith, I opted to dive in the river and cross it

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Relicblade and Lord of the Rings: Bad to the Bone!

Busy busy busy, i finished up these small projects last night but never got round to posting them doh!Relicblade - Bones & Darkness Faction with a Bone Fury and Vandas GreycloakRelicblade - Berzerker Pig for the Battle PigsLord of the Rings - Castellans of Dol GuldorNow that the extra heads have arrived for my Pigsplitterz i can get cracking with them again, just another small project or two to go.

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Cirith Ungol Uruk-hai

Nothing to spectacular in this post to be honest, as these are the first Uruk-hai of Cirith Ungol that I painted up.Now, I keep "paint logs" for my models, to have references when I paint up more of certain troops in the future, and these models have been the first of it's kind as a try out for the colour scheme.In the future, I will be painting up at least some more of his brethren as well as their "leader" Shaggrath, but for now, these three are the ones needed for the Cirith Ungol battle company to be finished.For a "full" army, the list shares a lot of units with Mordor / Barad-dur / Angmar in the end, so if one builds a large army of Mordor, one can field one of the others just as well, as only some characters or a small unit left or right diversify the forces mainly consisting of orcs... And as such, these add 25 points to my Mordor force...

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Goal Completed: 700 points Minas Tirith force

The next painting goal that can be scratched of the list for 2019, is the force of Gondor I wanted to paint this year.Yeah, that means a lot of silver and black has been used for all the rank and file...With the batch of warriors I posted earlier, this now means the number has been broken, and here is a small clip to have a look at the force and how it stands now (though one of the Faramir's, under the Rule of One, will get regular captain duty I guess).I'll be adding to this force for sure over the next year as I still have heaps of sprues and characters for it, but for now, it is put to the side for the remainder of 2019...

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Fantasy Flight Games stavlja pauzu na Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

Lords of the Rings: The Card Game, kooperativna kartična igra iz Fantasy Flight games, će napraviti pauzu nakon što se aktivni ciklus završi iduće godine. Kako navodi šef studija, Endrju Navaro, planirane su ekspanzije do kraja druge trećine 2020. godine, a da nakon toga sledi pauza. To će […] The post Fantasy Flight Games stavlja pauzu na Lord of the Rings: The Card Game appeared first on PITCHWISE.

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Mordor Standard Bearer

A small but essential addition to my Mordor force, the first banner for the army.Banners are incredibly handy in the game, and as such I just needed to have at least one to go with my rabble of orcs.While a basic warrior, albeit an expensive one at 30 points, this guy just will have to lurk at the back of the lines of orcs and provide that all to important bonus to my main line as a result.He will definitly be joining the force I will in all probability field at the tournament in november!

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Lord of the Rings: Orcs! Thousands of them!

Well not quite thousands hehe, but a full warband of 24 Orcs for Sauron's warband for sure:Hand Weapon and ShieldsSpears and BannerThese older metals are a joy to paint up, far better than the more recent plastics! Im glad i picked up quite a lot of them for this project... just a few plastic spears to bulk out the numbers from a mate.The Shaman and warg riders are coming along nicely, hopefully finished in the next day or so too.

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Lord of the Rings: Sauron, The Dark Lord of Barad-Dur

I actually painted him last monday morning but before he was dry i was out sorting my kids dentist visit and the dinner and then washing etc hahaThen it was a mad week covering one of our big sites at work so i never got chance to even post a pic of him until now!Now, Sauron wouldn't be any good just on his own so i am building up a 700pt Barad-Dur force for our inaugural Chelmsford in Flames LoTR tourney next weekend. I am running the event so im lending out my regular Azogs Legion and Return of the King LL forces to people so will be the ringer with just this one list hehe.The rest of my force that i have to paint by friday evening is:1 Shaman on Warg1 Shaman on Foot12 Orcs with Shield11 Orcs with Spear1 Orc with Banner6 Warg RidersWish me luck!

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Gondor at War

The first campaign book released for the current edition of Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game by Games Workshop, this details the epic siege of the White City, and the events on the fields of Pellenor in front of it.Containing not only new models and a trainload of scenarios, the book also introduces the Legendary Legions, a whole new set of army lists for the forces in Middle-Earth.It is produced as the other Games Workshop MESBG publications, with gorgeous painted model scenes alternated with movie stills from the trilogy, bringing the book really to life within it's 128 pages.After the brief Introduction, we get the History of Gondor section of the book, telling how Minas Tirith came into being after the fall of the old kingdoms founded by Elendil.Then the book moves to it's largest portion, the Scenarios section.  Over the course of 29 scenarios, most to be played on 4' by 4' tables, the events of the siege can be recreated, from the first assaults on Osgiliath over the Ride of the Rohirrim and the a

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Reinforcements for the White City

This time, I have a big one for you, as I painted up all those warriors of Minas Tirith that have been on my painting desks for ages.The benefit of these noble soldiers, with their predominant plate armour and black clothing, is that they can be painted relatively fast when getting round to it.For this post, I did just that, and now my ranks are boosted by 6 swordsmen, 14 spearmen and 4 archers, largely expanding the painted up force with a solid 206 points.And as such, the 2019 goal of painting 700 points of Minas Tirith troops has been achieved as well...Next up as such for them, I will be needing to paint the necessary command models and characters to actually be able to field them, as well as a pile of movement trays to nicely line them up in the cabinets.But I guess my next paint project to finish won't be anything plate armoured x-D

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SBG Issue 6 - Spring 2018

As I review this issue, I came to realise I'm slowly catching up on the current edition.  As time of writing, I'm waiting for issue 8 to arrive in the mail, while issue 9 of this fantastic fanzine is entering production and shouldn't take to long either to come out.And the theme of this issue is To The King, following up on the huge battle of Dale last issue, the central battle of this issue is the one in front of the gates of Erebor.Once again produced in high quality, let's flick through the magazine and see what tales of Middle-Earth are brought to us this issue, as we go through the editiorial and right to the first feature, the snippets page of SBG Towers.Of Dice and Men is the second part of the article series that details with the mathematical odds of combats, and how to best min / max those odds to get a preferable outcome in your fights.Cubes of Woe builds further upon this, with some of the most improbable odds rolls around the studio.The Dr's Corner returns this month, as it takes a look at ho

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