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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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Rivendell Warriors

The latest figures to be finished for my games of MESBG, these guys are going to please Noshi.Because she tends to pick the elves to play with, and now she can have more basic troops to choose from.This time, I completed 5 more swordsmen and a single archer, to bring more balance to the 1/3rd ratio of options she can have and 47 points to her total available points.  The models are the plastic ones from The Last Alliance, hailing all the way back to the 2001 release of the game system, and still look the deal.Now to get her some spearmen painted up for her battle company...

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Flemish Hobbit League finale 2019 at TSA

It all started with an innocent question and talk with Jasper and Geert at the FHL tournament in Turnhout last july."Do you guys at TSA play a lot of LOTR?"The answer: no.  We have no MESBG orientated community at the club, it's basically me and Noshi that fight out the wars in Middle Earth, and with Noshi now bearing our own little Hobbit...The conversation then went to the question if we could host the finale for the 2019 season of the Flemish Hobby League, and with the powers invested in me (hey, it helps to be on the board) I said of course yes.  You see, I have the location (with large parking facilities and a kitchen) but no players to organise something of our own and step into the list of clubs that are part of the Flemish Hobbit League, while they have a nice and large community, but often issues with finding locations with adequate parking space for larger events.An e-mail later to my fellow board members, and we can now proudly announce that we will be playing host to the finale, which wi

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Armies of The Hobbit

The companion book to Armies of The Lord of the Rings, this book is understandably a bit thinner.Because while the movies where just as long, the sourcebook was only a fraction of Tolkien's masterwork after all.Coming in at 160 pages (that's 80 less then it's companion tome), it does feature the same style and structure, filled with pages of gorgeous movie stills and miniature pictures.The largest section of the book is once again for the army lists of course, as it features 20 lists for you to play, divided into 13 Good and 7 Evil lists.  Now mind you, two of those are one figure lists though.  Wanderers in The Wild allows you to take Thrain the Broken only, while the Desolator of The North features only our beloved (and magnificent model) Smaug.Now, this book also features two of the strongest lists in the game, with on the one hand The Iron Hills dwarves of Dain (the chariot alone takes 4 pages of rules!!!) which are little tanks that can deal a lot of punishment, and on the other hand the Azog's

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The Middle-Earth Hobby Bingo update 4

Hello again, and welcome to the update post the summer vacation.Not that that made a huge difference for painting time, as while work at work died down for a few weeks, work in the new place picked up...Still, I managed to scratch away something on the roster in this period!The first of those being "Build and Paint a Scenery Kit" in the form of this ruined corner set, a resin model that has been round for ages in my stash and now restored to be used at the club in events.Now, I do admit, for the next one I sort of cheated.  "Read The Hobbit or any book from The Lord of the Rings trilogy".  Fact is, I`ve read them already so many times, I wasn`t going to re-read them just for the Bingo.  But I did scratch it out as I finished The Fall of Gondolin recently.I also scratched of "Buy a Model and paint it within 48 hours of receiving it", as I received Lobelia (I LOVE that model) on the 9th in the evening as I opened a parcel from Italy.  Now, I have a bit of a reputation of being able to paint

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Goal Completed: 700 points Mordor force

And then some...With the completion of the Orc warriors and the captain last week, I rounded out the goal I set myself, painting a 700 point force of Mordor.Now, the total will go even higher then that over the coming weeks and months, as I`m still working on more Morannon's, a shaman and a standard bearer, but then they will be put aside for this year.  Though after the move, the legion of the Dark Lord will grow a lot more, as I still have tons of them lying around...Now, to get the Ring back for lord Sauron...

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Wooptiewoo, I'm ranked!

Yups, managed to get myself into this year's FHL ranking, olay!Following the tournament in Turnhout that I went to play end of july, the newest updated ranking for 2019's Flemish Hobbit League has been released this week.And I'm in there nice and cosy on the 26th spot, not bad for a single event debutant.Surely, there are some more ranking tournaments coming up, so I'm bound to shuffle around quite a lot still, while I myself will be playing one still the 11th of november, meaning I should be able to add a few more points to the tally for this year.But it doesn't seem like the red lantern at least will be mine, oof...

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Lobelia Sackville - Baggins

Bilbo's "favorite" relative, Lobelia was a not so much and rather rude Hobbit... but she showed remarkable courage when dragged to the Lockdowns.And I always liked the character, and loved the model.  So when I received her on friday afternoonm I immediatly began painting her.She was varnished 5 hours later, and based and flocked the next morning... so when I fill in the bingo, I can scratch off that 48 hours square as well...In game, she is a cheap 15 points addition to include in a Shire force, and while only a Minor hero, she comes with some great rules... especially if you can force her in the enemy at the moment he is about to brake.Just don`t keep her TO close to your own force either... they don`t like her ;-)

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Of Orcs and Trays

The next batch of movement trays, and the accompanying Orcs to go on them in my continuing plan to line them all nicely up in the miniature cabinets.To that end, I painted quite a few Orcs this entry, lining out those I had already started for the past AHPC but didn't finish back then.Now the fact is, while I wanted to complete a Rohirrim army for the 1tth of november, I won't be able to make that with renovations in full swing, so I opted for safer option of at least getting a force ready, and see if I can get the horselords done by then will be optional.  At least I'll already have an army to go to war with that way.The doubt is still up at the moment wether this will become Minas Tirith or Mordor, but I guess it's going to be more likely that a rabble force of Evil is going to be the way forward, though in worst case I can still take along The Fellowship instead.But for now, I painted up a bunch of the plastic orcs.  Consisting of 4 sword and shield, 6 spears, 6 double handed weapons and 5 archer

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SBG issue 5 - Summer 2017

Time for another "walkthrough" of one of the best fanzines out there, the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game magazine.And this time, the theme of the issue is the epic Battle of Dale, as seen in the third instalment of the The Hobbit trilogy.The magazine starts as always with the editorial and the contents table, so that is nothing spectacular.Next up is the collection of short items, bundled together in the SBG Towers column.The first article in the issue is a first parter of a series, detailing your dice roll odds in the game.  By putting up some combat set-ups, it gives a good idea on how to stack the dice in your favour.  And accompanied by Cubes of Woe, which gives some examples of impossible failed dice rolls...In the next article, a Lifetime of Tolkien Gaming, the author of the Frostgrave fantasy game by Osprey looks back at what inspired him, all th way down to the old Middle-Earth roleplaying game.In this months Tactica, the best use of the various Elven spellcasters is handled, like which v

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The Middle-Earth Hobby Bingo update 3

Hello and welcome to my third instalment of "playing" this bingo in 2019.And while it has been a while since I showed the updated scorecard, some things did get crossed off the roster again.First and foremost, the "Finish an Evil army of at least 600 points" has been completed, as my Mordor force broke through that barrier when Gothmog was finished.Now, as you could read HERE, I also joined my first MESBG tournament ever (there weren't any during my first stint, and since starting again I discovered the Flemish Hobbit League), and this resulted in not only scratching off "Enter a Middle-Earth gaming event" but also "Play a game against an opponent you have never faced before".  It also gave me progress on the play all Matched Scenarios tracker, as Domination and Hold Ground can be crossed off now as well...With the Durin`s Folk battle company, the base was laid for the next army I really want to build out, and so "Start a new army" can be scratched of the list as well...A very good update indeed this tim

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Armies of The Lord of The Rings

The first of the companion books that came out last year for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game 6th edition, this comprehensive book contains all the armies from the Lord of the Rings part of the game.For those looking for Dale, Gundabad or other Hobbit armies, they will be featured in a future article...But this big boy then.  Coming in at 240 pages, this is one hefty volume filled with great movie scene pictures on the one hand, and pictures of painted models on the other.It is divided in two main lists, the Good section and the Evil section, each containing a heap of forces inside, for a total of 16 Good and 11 Evil lists.  While I do plan on eventually getting at least a 400 point force for each and every one of them minimum, not all of them are instant "wants" to expand upon.But there is more to this book.  It contains an (updated) Allies matrix like the main rulebook, but it also has a section on Narrative play scenarios, ranging from The Last Alliance over Ambush at Ithilien all the w

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Rohan vs Last Alliance: Tame the Beast MESBG Battle Companies BatRep

Somewhere in the Westfold, cattle are being slaughtered by an unknown horror.  As the Rohirrim set out to investigate, they soon find that it is a Cave Troll that wanders their lands.  They know they don`t have much hope to defeat it, when suddenly they see black clad warriors and their golden armoured allies appear on the horizon.  A band of the Last Alliance is clearly on the hunt for the beast as well...After last weeks victory for my Rohan warriors, we decided to play a second, more special scenario: the one with the Cave Troll. In this scenario, not only do you have to kill the troll, you must see that your opponent doesn`t steal your hard work and snatch victory...As such, we fielded the same bands from last report, Noshi commanding the Last Alliance while I had the Rohirrim under my command...With the troll deployed in the centre, Noshi opted for the safe route and deployed against her edge.  Knowing I had lousy missile power anyways, the brave men of Rohan went for the more agressi

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The Time of the Orc has Come

Mighty Gothmog, disfigured Gothmog.In charge of the armies of Mordor on the Fields of Pellenor, this orc is a true master of battle in the mesbg game.And as such a great model to join my forces of Mordor in their bid of domination over Middle-Earth.The model adds a hefty boost to my Mordor total with 130 points, and some well needed leadership to the feeble ranks of Morannon and Mordor orcs as a result.Let the world tremble!

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MESBG De Kolonisten Turnhout Tournament 21st of July 2019

It's the national holiday, and as Noshi is out on a birthday picnick, I enlisted to play my first ever Lord the Rings tournament ever.While I played the system since it came out in 2001, organised events where rare back then as the sytem then would have you take along both a Good and an Evil army.Then I learned about the Flemish Hobbit League last year, and now finally had the chance to join in the fun.Now, for this first step into the waters, it also happened to be a special event of sorts, in that you didn't have to bring an army.  Instead, you would be assigned one at random, provided by the organisers, and you have to play the event with that force.The tournament clocked out at 17 participants, with the TO jumping in to fill the 18th spot, so that's a nice turn-out.I got assigned the forces of Lothlorien, so time to look at what I actually have at my disposal:Two warbands, the smaller one led by Haldir consisted of 7 Wood Elf Archers, and a large one led by Celeborn and consisting of 4 swordsmen and

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