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 :-)
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...
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
It`s been a while, but it`s time for a new unboxing video, and this time it`s the plastic version of the Fellowship.Bought specifically for the AHPC's final bonus round, let`s have a look at the most iconic band of adventurers in fantasy literature.They are worth their money if you ask me!
The Sports bonus round was something I initially planned to skip, as it wouldn't fit in my Lord of the Rings theme.But then I remembred that hilarious // cringeworthy moment from the Two Towers movie.When the Uruk Hai prepare to blow up the Deeping Wall, the lines open and under loud cheering a berserker with torch runs up. In a style like the Olympic Torchbearer (is there a bigger symbolism of sport?) he runs into the powder and explodes the wall.So to that end, I indeed painted up the figures for just this moment: the berserker and some Uruk Hai cheering him on his way as he breaks ranks...So for this bonus round entry, I finished as such 15 infantry models, good for 75 points to the total...
The newest entry for this years challenge, in which I'm trying to paint up enough forces to corrupt both the girlfriend and the Nemesis to take the field in games of Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game gaming.Which is more my goal and focus this year.To that end, I will be needing painted forces for both sides, and this is a good excuse to paint a bit of everything along the range from Games Workshop.For this entry, I went for the forces of Mordor, and their basic troops as such as a result. The lowly orc is a poor combatant, but he comes with a lot of his friends to the field.The entry consists of 15 basic Mordor orcs, armed with a variety of bows, spears and hand weapons.Supporting them is an old metal Mordor Troll, a fearsome foe in the game, as well as a big, heavy dreadnought sized model,bound to give the heroes of good a rough day as it sweeps through the lines.All overseen, or driven forth if you might say, by two of the Nine...So that makes this entry 16 infantry models of 28mm infantry strong, th
So after my defeat at the hands of the White City in yesterday's report, we switched sides and now Noshi would lead the forces of the Eye, while I would try and fend off darkness.The scenario we rolled was Plunder the Camp, so we moved the terrain around a bit to have the clearing in the center.Now, this is quite a special scenario, as the defender (in this case the Orcs) could all flee off the board when broken, yet still win the scenario as the attacker hadn't lighted enough fires. Because the end of the game is random, and you will hope for those extra turns and trying to put the stashes on fire.The orcs deployed in their camp with the 5 objective counters, as the Minas Tirith men set up at least 6" away from their camp edge. Shooting was heavily reduced in range due to it being played at night, yet if you hit, you would hit harder.The Gondorians slowly advanced, while the orcs rearranged their battle lines to try and keep the good guys out of their camp. A pot shot took down an orc arche
Past friday at the club, me and Noshi decided to play Battle Companies again, and duke it out over the lands of Middle Earth.I had made two warbands of sworn enemies, so the opponents would be Minas Tirith for Noshi, and Mordor for me.We set up a table making use of the excellent club Fantasy terrain, which Jo build for actually Frostgrave, and settled on the scenario: Hold the Line. The numbers of the Orcs would be required to try and hold back the plate armour of Gondor as they race to the other side of the table.The Orcs deployed in the centre, and as I had priority, the lines swooped open to cover any possible arrivals of Minas Tirith soldiers along the length of the table edge.And forward they came, moving slowly on the board. The forces of Mordor where required to split off, never a good idea per se, to try and stop all but one Gondorian from ever reaching the other side.My archers jumped down from their vantage point, but one didn't make the best of landings...The Minas Tirith warriors star