Middle Earth


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!

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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...

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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...

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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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