Lord of the Rings


Durin's Folk Battle Company

The most recent battle company to roll off the table, and another one to go off the checklist of the forces that have to be painted up.The Dwarves in MESBG are your typical ones, small armoured tanks that compensate speed with survivability.The battle company as it starts out consists of 6 models, in the form of two each of dwarven warriors armed with a shield, a two-handed weapon and a bow respectively.And it now gives another option in the pool for the people wanting to learn how to play the game!

» View Source Article

Pippin, Squire of Gondor

When arriving in the White City, Pippin pledged himself to the service of Denethor and became a squire of Gondor.And as such, I completed the old metal version of this model, ready to stand amongst the forces of Minas Tirith in my games of MESBG.While not the mightiest of heroes, this plucky little chap can't lead a warband of his own, but can be included in another band and add some might to the force for a cheap points ratio.I will put him (thematically) into Denethor's band as a result, and I hope he will prove his might (pun intended) as a result, especially in smaller scale games where the high tier heroes are generally absent anyways.  And at 30 points including his cloak, he is quite a bargain...Now to get some Guards ready to join this warband...

» View Source Article

Rohan battle company finished

Finally I did it, I finished my battle company of my beloved Rohirrim.Now ready to take to the fields of battle, this has always been "my force" in the Lord of the Rings games, ever since I first read the book when I was around the age of 12.The archers had already been finished in the past, so for this paint session I added the warriors armed with shields, some wielding throwing spears to add in to the charge.And it also adds a small amount of points, 39 to be exact, to the Rohan army in build up... No idea how they will fare on the tabletop, they will be my band for the campaign I have planned in 2020 anyways...

» View Source Article

SBG issue 4 - Autumn 2016

The second part of the Dol Guldur theme, the fourth issue of this excellent fanzine is deserving of a better insight look.So with the theme running on, this also means of course we will see how the previous issue's excellent table was made... and find out the consequences of last issue's battle report.The magazine starts with SBG Towers, a snippet page of things going on around the magazine.And then we get a scenario for a fun mini game, including a battle report.  In The Hunt for Thrain, Gandalf has to move through the labyrinthian corridors of Dol Guldur in an effort to unravel it's secrets.The Dr's Corner in this issue tackles the strange fact on why wargamers are still considered an odd niche crowd, while the best watched series at that moment (Game of Thrones) is a pure fantasy based series, or how Lord of the Rings is present and accepted in other media but when playing with little figures it's considered strange.The Tactica article of this issue takes a look at the three Istari, and how their skil

» View Source Article

The Middle-Earth Hobby Bingo update 2

Welcome to the second update on the bingo, now about two months in.And I managed to scratch off some more squares this time round, even though I think the ratio will dwindle in the coming weeks, due to the house works.But before that, I did remove some open spaces, the first this update being the one to paint "Finish a Good army of at least 600 Points" with the soldiers of Minas Tirith.This also results de facto in the centre square being finished, "All of the finished models in your army are based", so that's two birds with one stone.Another square that could be crossed away, was the "Paint a model for an army you don`t currently play", in the form of the first warriors of Numenor.So that is a nice amount of progress on the chart this time round in the end!

» View Source Article

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil - J.R.R. Tolkien

Or as it is fully titled: "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and other verses from The Red Book", an antology of short stories and poems, yet not all based around good old Tom.Instead, we get an inside look at all kinds of short stories Tolkien wrote for his children and grandchildren, and how they get slowly fitted into Middle-Earth lore.One of the most intriguing characters in the The Lord of the Rings, the amusing and enigmatic Tom Bombadil, also appears in verses said to have been written by Hobbits and perserved in the "Red Book" with stories of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and their friends.  The Adventures of Tom Bombadil collects these and other poems, mainly concerned with legends and jests of the Shire at the end of the Third Age.This special edition has been expanded for the first time to include earlier versions of some of Tolkien's poems, a fragment or a prose story with Tom Bombadil, and comprehensive notes by acclaimed Tolkien scholars Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond.Ow, and Harry Potter fans

» View Source Article

Lord of the Rings - Journeys in Middle-Earth

Lord of the Rings - Journeys in Middle-Earth. That's all the models done. It was a real drag to paint if I'm honest, really uninspiring models in a setting I love.I could pimp it but don't have time for this and I'm sure I'll like the game as it's based on Mansions of Madness which is a top game. They could have done so much better with these and I feel this is really below nowadays standards. The one positive I guess is that they're very easily recognizable and obvious. The goblin is really looking like a goblin etc....Anyway, moving onto more exciting stuff :) which won't be hard....

» View Source Article

Finishing The Dead of Dunharrow... for now

I painted up 4 more Dead of Dunharrow, but this time the old metal variants of them for MESBG.This brings my regiment to 24 and the King of the Dead, nicely enough to line them out on War of the Ring sized trays of 8.Whom I duly painted up as well for them, so that presents them a lot nicer in the miniature cabinet now.Now, the splitting and filling out of the units with their equipment is perhaps something I`ll do in the far future, when the Pelennor plastics start showing up cheaply on second hands and bring and buys, but for now I prefer to keep them as a "mass" like they where in the Return of the King. So with that force for the moment ready, they can be put aside and I can turn my attention to readying another one, slowly building up the collection and reducing lead and plastic mountain as we go.The way is shut!

» View Source Article

Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game Rules Manual

The 6th edition of the Lord of the Rings game that Games Workshop released, and after years I jumped back on the bandwagon.As people know, in every hobby I practiced, be it wargames or Lego, I always hover to the Tolkien side of the things, as I'm a real lover of his works.  And it was no amazement that even with a VERY limited base at the club, I never the less went all in again last summer when the game was re-released.In the early days, I played the first three editions, which was basically the book that came with each new movie of Peter Jackson back then.  I skipped the 4th and 5th edition, as I wasn't present in the hobby anymore, but now blessed with a GF who likes (fantasy) wargaming, I'm getting those games in, initially with Battle Companies but slowly expanding the forces and he sizes of our games.  And I will be playing in some FHL tournaments later this year!The book contains of course no extended fluff section as other Games Workshop rulebooks, due to the fact that the story has be

» View Source Article

SBG issue 3 - Spring 2016

The first of a two parter, detailing the setting of Dol Guldur where the White Council takes on the rising power of the Necromancer.And with that premises, it's time to have a look at yet another greatly produced fanzine, I'm really burning through these issues as they are so fun to read and nicely made, offering a variety of articles based around the MESBG game.We open up with SBG Towers, a collection of small facts around the production of the magazine itself, a new and fun feature.In Over Hill and Under Hill, James Baldwin takes us along in his first steps in the GBHL tournament scene.  Being before that a painter and modeller, he took the plunge to be swept of the road and go on an adventure, and tells about his journey into the wider community in a very entertaining writing style.In the third and final instalment of Tom's Top 10, he takes a look at the most undercosted top tier heroes of the Hobbit edition of the game, which was at that time in effect, and how some characters who got an "upgraded" v

» View Source Article

Form ranks, you maggots!

Bound to one day receive the charge of my Rohirrim, it's Morannon orcs this time.While last time's basic Mordor orc is only good for average task, the slightly better Morannon orc was the one present at Pelennor Fields.For this entry, I completed a batch of 13 of the warriors, mix and matching their wargear.  Once I paint up the movement trays for them (not that you need them in the game, but it looks so much better to line them up in your game cabinets) I will be "filling out" their numbers in multiples of eight.The models now are relatively cheap to find everywhere, as they are in the current starter edition of the game, as are their Mordor orc companions due to the fact of, well, these guys just being better to build your battleline around.  It's not that there is much difference between them, but the differences are mostly "where they count" for an army that relies on numbers bound to be cut down by the swathes...But for this bunch, I now have a core of 4 with shield, 6 with spear and 3 with shi

» View Source Article

Men of Numenor

A small batch of figures this time round, as I painted my first 4 Numenorean warriors up.Hailing from way back in the first edition of the box, anno 2001, these Warriors of the Last Alliance formed the ranks together with the Elves of Rivendell.The models are as such the part of a single sprue, but they do serve a dual purpose until I get round to painting up a complete army of them of about 400 points, with Isildur and Elendil as well in the future to lead them.Now they not only mark off a square on my bingo card, as a new force that has been started, but they also complete the Last Alliance battle company now.May is turning out to be a very decent painting month for sure!

» View Source Article