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Building MESBG armies: the Battle Companies checklist

One thing about Battle Companies that makes it such a great tool, is that it can serve perfectly to start a couple armies for the "regular" game of MESBG.In this follow up article to yesterday's review of the rulesbook, I'm taking a look at the forces in the book, and what I would need to complete them all.I wanted to do this article actually with the previous edition, but didn't get round to it before they announced a second edition would be on the way, so to that end I'm going now over all the lists published in the book, and see what I would need to field the starting forces in the game.If I already completed a starter force, it will of course just be listed as "completed", but if not, it will state a list with either what I still need to Buy (B), and what I already possess but still need to finish (or start) painting (P).  And the completed bands will be marked in italics to show some 'closure' on them...So without further ado, let's run over all the army lists from the book as such...Good Battle Com

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Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Games Battle Companies

It has arrived, the second edition of the Mordheim like, skirmish variant of the The Lord of the Rings game, Battle Companies.Further building on the first edition (not counting the ancient White Dwarf ruleset), it has more warbands and scenarios then the previous book, being almost a third thicker as well.The book, after the Introduction, starts with the rules on mustering your warband, and the aftermath sequence that takes place once your game has ended.In this sequence, heroes and warriors can advance to get better stats and skills, and here the first change is clear.  Now the Heroes, instead of rolling on a generic table, can follow a chosen Path, like that of a Warrior, a Knight or even a Sorcerer, as the differentiate the bands even further.Next we get the Armoury section, where all the special gear can be bought with the use of the Influence points (aka, the game currency) that your warband amasses, as well as Wanderers and Creatures that can be added to bolster your ranks.We then arrive at the la

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The Middle-Earth Hobby Bingo update 1

So playing Bingo and enjoying the hobby... a great way to get one motivated.And I did scratch some squares off in this first update, resulting in the chart now looking as follows:The first one I scratched out was the "Play a game using an army you have never used before", as I fielded Isengard for the first time against Noshi, the battle report can be found HERE.Noshi made a shocking confession to me as well, in that she never had seen the *extended* versions of the The Lord of the Rings movies... so of course I couldn't let this pass and the 28th we sat down for that best of traditions: Lord of the Rings marathooooooooon!!!! and scratch the "Watch the The Lord of the Rings trilogy" of the list.In an ongoing effort to also finish the "Play all of the Matched Play Scenarios at least once", the first one, To The Death!, has been fought between me and Noshi.  You can look at the game HERE in a Battle Report.With Denethor getting painted up, I also could scratch the "Build and Paint a new ;odel for one of yo

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Denethor, Steward of Gondor

As the force of Minas Tirth is being pulled to the 700 points goal for this year, and a lot of infantry has been painted up, it's time to start work on characters to lead it.So who better then the Steward himself... With only Faramir and a single Captain finished so far, I can't field enough models to make it a battleworthy force due to the "heroes and warbands" selection restrictions.  As such, the first one to now be added is Denethor himself, Steward of Gondor.Surely not the best of the characters in the rules, it is just fitting to have him around though.  And of course, once he is finished, I will put Pippin in his warband as well to add some more Might to the army.But for now, he will be commanding some warriors on the field of battle for the measly 35 points he costs, in all probability a bunch or archers, and hold back in the rear of the force.Now to finish his plucky servant...

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Archers of Minas Tirith

It is not because that the AHPC ended, that the painting of LOTR models for this year has gone by.Au contraire, as the year progresses, I will probably be painting more and more of them instead...So the first models "post Challenge" are 5 more archers to defend the White City, part of the large amount I had prepared (but did not finish) for the challenge.  I`m now going to be painting up those armour clad warriors piecemeal, filling out movement trays as they go for nice blocks of units.Following the same colourscheme of course, this bolsters the ranks of missile troops nicely, though for the next batch it will be swords and spears that get attention, considering the 33% limit on missile troops of the game.For the White City!

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Mordor vs Rivendell: Infiltrate and Assassinate MESBG Batte Companies BatRep

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

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Mordor vs Rivendell: Seize Ground MESBG Battle Companies BatRep

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

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It's a dangerous business, going out your door

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...

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Fight! Fight for your lives!

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.

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Here lies Balin, son of Fudin

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...

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We are going to see the Elves Mr Frodo

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.

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The Way is Shut

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...

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What I Painted in January 2019

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!

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Never is too long a word for me...

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

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