LotR


Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series

Rumours had it that the new TV series about to be produced by Amazon was to be set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and focus on a young Aragorn, but it may well be set way before then ... in the Second Age if the latest released map and stories circulating the blogosphere are anything to go by.As can be seen from the map above, Numenor still exists. It hasn't been sunk, Atlantis style, yet. This can only mean a story set when Sauron is walking the earth in his "friendly" style and sweet talking the various races into their own enslavement of the One Ring by crafting their own sets of Rings of Power.This could prove to be rather fortuitous for us gamers as I am sure that there will be a whole new raft of heroes and heroines to meet, as well as new races of people to greet, on our tabletops. The vista of new gaming stuff could be as boundless as those conjured up by Peter Jackson et al, New Line and Games Workshop for the Third Age trilogy of films. Let's hope we have a new Renaissance in gaming Lo

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Dwarf Lord on a War Bear

 Just simple dwarven lord riding on his bear. I have really nothing to add here.You can see how it look unpainted in this entry. My other Scibor's dwarves:Scibor Nobleman #1Scibor Nobleman #2Scibor Dwarves WarbandScibor Dwarven Standard BearerScibor Dwarven Ranger#1Scibor Dwarven Ranger#2Scibor Dwarven Warrior#1Scibor Dwarven Warrior#2Scibor Dwarven Warrior#3Scibor Dwarven Warrior#4Scibor Dwarven Warrior#5Scibor Dwarven Warrior#6Scibor Dwarven Warrior#7

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Erkenbrand's Redshields

After much deliberation over last weekend, I decided what to do with the resin shields I had made; one set will be for Erkenbrand's Redshields, another for Grimbold's Helmingas and the final set for Elfhelm's cadre. I don't think I currently have enough figures in the plastic and lead pile to make up all three of these units though, so one set of the shields, for Elfhelm's eored, will remain in the plastic pile for a while longer.I had enough Warriors of Rohan figures for Grimbold (see yesterday's post on Grimbold's Helmingas) and for the mounted contingent for Erkenbrand's Redshields but I am not sure about where to get those I want to use for Elfhelm. Perhaps I can just use other figures that Eomer, Theodred and Theoden use in their units for now until I can afford to buy a couple more boxes of Rohan stuff? But, if I do re-use the standard eored miniatures for Theoden etc. they won't be differentiated by a unit encompassing shield design when used as part of Elfhelm's unit. I will see when I finally get the

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Grimbold's Helmingas

This unit of Rohan foot soldiers have been treated to a set of the shields I had made by a professional sculptor. I was going to go for a converted all hand-weapon and/or spear armed unit (this may still happen as I still have a few boxes of Rohan figures to prep in my plastic pile) but to get through this phase of the LotR preparation project I just added shields to those that have the lugs for them. I will be using the riders mentioned from my plastic pile above and the remaining foot figures for Erkenbrand's Redshields along with another of the shield sets from the sculptor.Grimbold was quite a renowned captain of Rohan, occasionally serving as a Marshal when needs or situation dictated. He rode with Theodred and preserved his almost-dead body from being captured by Saruman's uruk-hai at the First Battle of the Isen. During the Second Battle of the Isen he formed a shield wall to enable others to escape in an orderly manner. I imagine the foot version of Grimbold released by Games Workshop was to represent

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They have a Cave Troll (or 4)!

Although the Moria goblin hordes have been completed (see post from a couple of weeks back), their hard-hitting cave troll brethren needed to be constructed. These are large multi-piece figures that require some modelling skill to put together. Like Shelob, these took a little while to get right but, again, I got away without having to pin them - they will need a fair amount of putty work to smoothe out some joins though.First up is the leader of this little battle of miscreants; Buhrdhur, Hill troll Chieftain. I absolutely adore this mini. It just oozes power and menace. He will make a good leader for any force of bad guys, be they goblins, orcs, evil men or even other trolls.I have been thinking on how to use the four troll miniatures I have in my collection; obviously they can be used for a standard Moria army but as Burdhur is a hill troll I can also use them as a small band of his brethren. Not sure on a paint job yet, but I'd like to paint them so that they can have multiple uses. Here are the three var

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Rohan's Elite Warriors 2

Whilst building my armies for Lord of the Rings : Strategy Battle Games a few years ago I came across a company that sold unreleased miniatures from the Games Workshop range. As a trial to see how the company worked and to get some minis that would fill a small gap in my Rohan army I decided to order some of their dismounted horselords and a leader for them on foot. These were presumably released to cover dismounted Sons of Eorl and Eomer.The figures themselves are not the greatest of sculpts (they may paint up better though) but will fill a gap until (hopefully?) Games Workshop release the same in metal so I can replace them. Each figure consists of three parts; a main body, a shield or left arm and a right arm with hand weapon. The joins are pretty awful and needed a lot of work to file flat so that they could adhere when glued. They will still need a fair amount of putty work to complete, and I may have to go back and pin the arms on if they happen to fall off whilst doing so. To add to the woes of preppin

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[EN/PL] About Hobbits - Border Guards / O Hobbitach - Pogranicznikach (SABRE Miniatures Halfling Swordsmen #1)

Hello everyone!I invite you to the second review of a set of models that I received from Samuel from SABRE Miniatures today.The Spanish company specializes in the production and sale of 28 mm resin half-size models (there are more nations in the pre-production!) stylized in the Middle Ages, and more specifically the Hundred Years War between England and France.The models look very good and preparing them for painting does not require a lot of time.In the ever expanding range of SABRE Miniatures we have various infantry formations of halflings and a fantastic cavalry of a small people on ... donkeys :)Check it yourself:http://sabreminiatures.com/index.phphttps://www.facebook.com/SabreMini/--> FIRST ENTRY <---Border guards were a kind of sheriffs who were patrolling Shire boundaries and border areas.In particular, their task was not to let in various strange and dangerous creatures. During periods of greater danger, their group was enlarged by efficient and growing hobbi

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[EN/PL] About Hobbits - BorderGuards / O Hobbitach - Pogranicznikach (SABRE Miniatures Halfling Swordsmen #1)

Hello everyone!I invite you to the second review of a set of models that I received from Samuel from SABRE Miniatures today.The Spanish company specializes in the production and sale of 28 mm resin half-size models (there are more nations in the pre-production!) stylized in the Middle Ages, and more specifically the Hundred Years War between England and France.The models look very good and preparing them for painting does not require a lot of time.In the ever expanding range of SABRE Miniatures we have various infantry formations of halflings and a fantastic cavalry of a small people on ... donkeys :)Check it yourself:http://sabreminiatures.com/index.phphttps://www.facebook.com/SabreMini/--> FIRST ENTRY <---Border guards were a kind of sheriffs who were patrolling Shire boundaries and border areas.In particular, their task was not to let in various strange and dangerous creatures. During periods of greater danger, their group was enlarged by efficient and growing hobbi

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Personal Rohan resin shield options

Just a quick post for today. As mentioned in a previous post, I put out a commission for a professional sculptor to make me some shields to use with my elite Rohan units. This is what he came up with (ignore the little spiky bits as they are the resin equivalent of flash or venting on metal minis)...The shield on the left in the picture above is a stylised double-horse, and the middle and right are similar to ones already produced for the Eorlingas miniatures. The backs of the shields are also textured to look like wood. I can't recall the reasoning behind the designs I wanted made but I will try to rationalise them now.I think the stylised ones could work well for an elite force as they are quite striking. Erkenbrand's Redshields and Grimbold's Helmingas are both elite units but I feel the warriors in those two units are not quite up to bearing the honour of sporting those shield designs. Maybe they could be a part of Theodred's/Eomer's/Elfhelm's elite cadre? As mentioned previously, Theoden will have Royal

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In the Clutches of Shelob

Shelob is one scary looking critter and has the gravitas to back up her presence on the tabletop. This is a great figure but, again, required some fiddly modelling skills to get her right - she took me nearly two days to complete as the legs were so fiddly!The legs have to go on in a particular order and the joins are not brilliant, so it takes a lot for the glue to hold. I think pinning might have worked better but the issue was deciding where to put the pins and whether the drill could actually get purchase in those most awkward spots. This miniature will definitely be having some putty plonked around certain joins to help them stay together when I get around to completing her ladyship.As Shelob still needs a little work done I did not glue her to her base. I will do that when I deem her to be safe to do so. There are just four very small glue points to keep her in place, so I may need to do something extra to keep her secure.In the same set there were also two little hobbit figures; Sam with Sting defendin

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A short break

Apologies for not getting around to posting on Friday last week - my eldest son had to be collected from university and the rest of the kids broke up from school/college at different times so I was running around all day doing this and didn't find the time to do anything hobby related.However, a little bit of general surfing over the weekend turned up this picture. I think it sums up the might of the horse lords of Rohan nicely. I find the picture very inspiring and it makes me want to complete my Eorlingas quite soon so I can get them onto the tabletop and into a narrative scenario.Picture taken from The One Ring - Oaths of the Riddernark rulebook - Copyright Cubicle 7 EntertainmentI will probably not be posting as regularly over the next week or so whilst the kids are off for their Easter break from school etc. I still have a few miniatures to sort out and get based up, but these figures are all non-standard: Shelob, cave trolls, unofficial Sons of Eorl on foot and a few sprues of Rohan (both Riders and war

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Rohan's Elite Warriors

I think Rohan is my second largest force, after Gondor, number of figures wise. Although, saying that, Isengard (if the orcs and wargs are included) may be pushing for that title too. It will be interesting to do a count up once everything is out of its blister/box and onto the work table.Anyway, here is the original view of the army from two years ago. I think that there have been a few additions to this faction since then whilst I was trying to round out the army to what I originally wanted. I have now reined that in and will get by with what I have here and perhaps one or two small purchases to complete any unit that is a figure or two short... Rohan Royal Guard and other Elites...The majority of the blisters shown in the first photo contained Royal Guard on foot and mounted Sons of Eorl. I also bought some unofficial miniatures to double up as foot versions of the Sons of Eorl - they are not the best sculpts in the world, but we will see how they look when painted up fully.With the Royal Guard I decided t

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Legions of Rhun III

Today turned out to be rather more intersting than I originally anticipated. I started out working on my plastic box set of Kataphracts and then did a side-step onto a quick conversion of one of my eBay bought halberd armed Easterling warriors.First up is the command for the Kataphracts. I decided to only create a drummer and banner bearer this time as, when I eventually get a second box set, I will create a suitable captain for them. Hopefully I will have read the rules by then to see if a halberd armed one will be allowed.Next up are four Kataphracts. I did these all armed with falchions.I really enjoyed putting these together. As mentioned in a previous post, the Easterlings really are one of my favourite factions cultural looks wise. They have interesting armour and weapon choices and make for a force to be reckoned with that even Gondor would find hard to defeat.My final piece of work today was just something I did on a whim. I had already cut the second banner in the box set from the sprue for some unkn

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The Fellowship of the Ring

I had a lot of other stuff to get round to today, so I went for a quick win with the hobby stuff. The box set of the Fellowship of the Ring is the subject of today's snips, files and glue. This was one of the first sets I bought from Games Workshop but, like what happens to so many other gamers, it took me nigh on ten years to actually get around to opening it.These were actually quite easy to put together as all of the figures are single piece sculpts. There was very little flash on these, so all in it took maybe half an hour for me to complete. Most of the other days I have had the best part of a couple of hours in which to get some work done, so at least I managed to finish a set in the limited time I had available today.Unfortunately, when I looked at the contents of the box I found that I had quite a few doubles as many of the figures were presented with the Battlegames in Middle Earth magazine. I will see what I can do with the doubles; perhaps they can be converted to be extra versions of those particu

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Gondor Scouts

The weekend sees a bit of a slow down for my hobby as that is when the kids are away and I get more time for myself to do social things. Therefore, hobby time at the workbench drops but hobby time at friends' houses increases a little (and other parts of my social life too). The D&D stuff I played quite a bit until last year and still touch on from time to time (this Saturday just gone for example I played as a 4th level ranger in a 5e dungeon campaign that takes place sporadically - I have now played him on two separate occasions, and hopefully a few more times in the coming months) being a prime example.Anyway, back to my daily output for Lord of the Rings. Today saw me hit another smallish faction that I have been itching to complete for some time - the old style metal Knights of Minas Tirith. When I first got these I attempted to put them onto the horses supplied in the box, but the legs on them broke rather rapidly (most poses only have one point of contact with the base so this makes them very susce

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