After the abysmal failure of the Orcs of Mordor to run amok in the lands of Rivendell, Saruman decides to unleash his army of Uruk-Hai, unbridled hate made flesh, against the Elves of Elrond.To that end, scouting parties have been dispatched to cause trouble in the surrounding lands, but the Elves are prepared to stand fast and repel the invaders no matter the cost.This week's game is actually one of the older Battle in Middle earth magazine ones, tracing all the way back to issue 4. It features the High Elves, who at all costs must defend from the Uruk-hai breaking through. And it will also be the scenario and forces I will use when teaching new players the base mechanics of the game in the coming weeks.The table is a 3` by 3` area, through which a road runs in the center and the Uruk-Hai must cross the table and exit on the opposing side. The Uruk-Hai deploy on their edge, and the Elves must remain at least 18" from them initially. In order to win, the evil side must exit at least 5
A Middle-earth fanzine by the fans - for the fansI recently gotten into possession of the first 6 issues of this fanzine, produced by the guys of the GBHL YouTube channel, and I must say I was impressed.So I am doing a small, albeit perhaps late, review on the issues as I read through them, because they are so worth it for an MESBG lover as myself. Now take into account, this magazine rose during the days of the The Hobbit edition of the game (aka, 5th edition) and while the game got some coverage in the White Dwarf on a monthly basis until the recent 'reboot'. So there definitly was a market for this sort of fanzine, and it being both high quality AND printed makes me an instant fan.There are a lot of great articles in this issue, starting out with a great painting masterclass for white horses.Next up we get an article on the back then 10 most undercosted models in the game, in theory, and how they go up in the game. Things like Woses Warriors are for example far undercosted, but no-one car
Today`s post is something I found on the Warhammer Community site, in which 4 gamers are running a bingo while building their forces.So I decided to jump in and give it a try as well, starting today with any possible mark-offs.Every time I finish one or more of the squares, I will be publishing an update on the bingo near the half of each month, and see hoz long it will take to complete this chart. Which in some cases might be quite a while I guess.Anyways, it looks like a fun little thing to do :-)
After being held off during their raid into the forests around the Last Homely Home, the orcs have set up camp in an ancient ruin to lick their wounds. But the Elven patrol hunting them has plans to assassinate the leader and break their spirits...Following the first battle me and Noshi did last friday, we had time for a second game of Battle Companies still, and this time I let her choose the scenario, coming up with scenario 7.In this scenario, my forces would be the defenders, meaning I had to keep my lieutenant alive while trying to push the elves past their breaking points, meaning 3 off the 5 had to be taken out. No easy task considering how it went before and the problems I had beating them down.The forces picked where the same as in the first game, and my Orcs would be moving as setries until the alarm was raised.I had priority and my troops wandered around a bit, except those that mattered. My lieutenant stayed where he was, and the ones defending the entrances walked away...So ente
Beware guardians of Rivendell, a band of Mordor has been spotted on your borders, sneakingly making their way to the Last Homely House to cause mayhem... She has her elves, at last. So that meant Noshi and me would face off in Battle Companies again, me taking the command of the forces of Mordor this evening.We actually managed to put two games in, so expect the second battle report to come in a few days... and believe me, it's a recordbreaking one for me...So past friday at TSA, we took a table and set it up for a game. Force wise, I have the standard Mordor list as per the book, but for the Elves we had to do some modifications. I took Gil-Galad as a spear elf, as I don't have the warriors with shield and spear, but as suc she also had one of those instead of the starting two. Enter Elrond, who became a regular sword armed warrior, but as he was a sergeant as well, it was easier to keep him apart from his fellow swordsmen.The scenario we rolled was Seize Ground, and the objectives sc
And so it already came to pass, three months of painting and reducing lead mountain for the challenge.And I must say, I managed my 750 points goal again this year... with 3 points and 2 days to spare.Yes, live has been busy...So in the end, I finished over 100 Tolkien models (and 3 pieces of scenery) for the challenge, divided over 9 entires all using Lord of the Rings quotes as titles.Take a look at all that I painted in this short videoclip:Thanks again to Curt and the team for setting it up once again, and hopefully I'll be in next year again!
A short and quick one today.The first of the 3D printed trays for my Lord of the Rings have been painted up.They are painted to the same green as my bases, and gotten the same flock. These will as such allow me to better line up and "complete" all the units I have in the pipeline, and easier to arrange in the cabinets.Now a couple more *couch* to go...
And this is it, the final entry from me in this years challenge.Gone are days of preparing the legions of Middle Earth I painted up for this years challenge.And gone are the days of needing to think up Tolkien quotes to serve as titlesAnd what better figure to conclude the challenge with the lovely Bilbo Baggins figure...So the challenge ends for me just as it began... with a single 5 pointer, and takes me nicely over my 750 points goal of this year.Thanks everyone for a great challenge once more, now all that is left to do is make the group shot post...
As my first entries in the challenge where all about the orcs besieging the White City, I thought it reasonable to also include the defenders in this years challenge.And so the Men of Minas Tirith found their way in my paintline...Armed in full plate and wearing black clothing, I must admit these where probably the fastest to paint up so far. And with two characters alongside who also have a predominantly solo colourscheme...The warriors come equipped with their possible combinations totalling 12 of the plastic warriors, joined by a captain and a standard bearer.A bit more of a heavy punch comes from the accompanying cavalry force, totalling 2 more models.So that yields 90 points due to 14 infantry and 2 cavalry models.
The Fellowship bonus round, the climax of the challenge I have been working to...Because in this years theme, what else could I work towards....Of course, to that end I painted them all, drawn from various metal sets instead of the plastic or classic metal sets. Including a second Gandalf the Grey just for completeness sake, it would be silly to leave one spot open.Because, this was also the perfect time to finally paint that limited edition Balin's Tomb that came out 15 odd years ago. It has named places for all the members of the Fellowship, so to recreate their positioning from the movie.Of course, that also meant all the fellowship members got a paint job for this round, hauling from the plastic version, bought for the Challenge specificallyWhile I have 9 infantry models for 45 points, I have no clue for the tomb how much that scores...
This past Friday night at 8:00 PM EST, registration has opened for the 10th Anniversary of the NOVA Open on August 29th - September 1st 2019.You can register for the convention by visiting the NOVA Open Store.Last year my son and I attended and played in some of the Warmachine/Hordes events (Team Tournament / Breakfastmachine) and then also played some open gaming. This year, the plan is to play in 3 different gaming events.NOVA Open is host to one of the largest Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game events of the year, the Lord of the Rings GT and the Doubles event. We wont be playing in the GT (a 2 day event), but my son and I will team up for the Doubles event on Friday. Seeing how we do not play the game much, it will just be for a fun time to play on all the beautiful themed tables that the NOVA Open displays.On Saturday, we are signed up for the X-Wing Grand Championship Heat 2, where the top 32 players of the day will move on to Sunday's final event, more than likely it will not be us, bu
In this entry for the AHPC, I'm going back to the end of the second age... and the very beginning of the game system.Back in 2001, these models of elf troops and numenoreans where included in the base set, and as Noshi has decided that she wants to play the Elves, they just had to be painted up during the challenge.To lead these brave men and elves into battle, the great heroes of the time are included as well. Gil-Galad and Elrond led the Elves of the Great Alliance of the age against the Dark Lord Sauron.But as we know, the strength of man would fail...So for this entry, I've finished 10 models of 28mm infantry, which should yield me a nice 50 points.
For the mercenaries bonus round, I decided on not picking a force that fights for money or lands.No, these fight for gaining their eternal peace!When Rohan mustered to aid Gondor, Aragorn and his companions went to look for reinforcements in the most unlikiest of places. The oathbreakers of Dunharrow, traitors of the previous age, linger here in eternal torment.So they where made a deal: fight for their king and regain their freedom.I painted up as such 20 warriors, who came in the recent Battle of Pelennor Fields set, and led by the King of the Dead.That results in 21 models, and a nice bonus entry for the tally...
Well, Lord of the Rings for the AHPC 9 of course, beginning 2019 as we ended 2018.But this month, I made some nice progress on finished units, due to two bonus rounds taking place.The first was Reconnaissance, for which I completed Faramir and 4 of his Rangers.The second bonus round was Sports, to which end I gave a nice olympic torch twist for the round... and completed 15 Uruk Hai as a result.But that wasn't all I finished this month, as I managed to actually get a regular entry up in the form of this force of Mordor, containing Mordor Orcs, two of the Nazgul and a big juicy Troll.I also managed to get Treebeard done, and add some small forests made out of heavily discounted christmas ornaments.So that brings this month to a lovely 41 models finished, not to bad a start for the new year!Onwards to February, and more AHPC goodness!
In this entry, I've painted up that lovely ent model from Games Workshop of Treebeard.Though I went on to remove Merry and Pippin from him, in order to be able to use him if needed as a regular Ent as well in my games.Old as the Fangorn forest, Treebeard is one of the mythical Shepherds of the Forest, a race slowly dwindling, but when aroused a force to be reckoned with. As Saruman and Isengard learn when the Ents march one last time.The model is the old GW metal one, painted using a combination of Strong Tone by Army Painter and drybrushing with a variety of browns and greys.To accompany him, I also painted up two small forests, based on old christmas cd's. The pinetrees are from that wonderful period that is happening right now: christmas decorations being liquidated in the various decoration pop-up stores for three times nothing.I have no idea on how many points to calculate for the entry though, it's the first time I entered scenery in the challenge, and the Ent itself is about the weight and