Rangers of the North pt.2

Welcome to the follow-up to the initial Rangers of the North post. I have been working on the Dúnedain here and there, tending to batch paint these guys in threes.

This time, I included the army leader, Strider; he was painted up in the same manner as the other Rangers, mixing up greens and browns with darker brown tones and greys. I like this model of him a lot, as it includes his bedroll, bow and quiver on his back, for that wild wanderer appearance. I was also curious as to how he would look alongside his fellow Rangers.

The two accompanying models are more of the metal Dúnedain from GW. The sculpts aren’t bad, though the poses are a little odd; I can’t quite figure out what it is about them. I really enjoy painting these troops though, and making them look weathered in appearance. There are heaps of little details across each model that lend to the appearance and backstory of these men who dwell in the wilds, even if their poses are a bit unsettling.

In gaming terms, Strider/Aragorn is built as you would expect a hero of his calibre. He sits at 3/3/3 for Might, Will, Fate, with the Mighty Hero rule meaning he can expend a free point of Might per turn without reducing his store. He has access to just about every Heroic Action in the game (March, Resolve, Strike, Accuracy, etc), and options for bow, armour, Elven cloak and an Anduril upgrade to his sword, turning it into an Elven hand-and-a-half sword. His downside is he costs 160 points base, but the Rangers army isn’t meant to be one of high troop numbers anyway, with the Dunedain themselves costing 25 points per model.

As always, thanks for checking in. Take care.

Beregond

Hello again! Did I ever do a Beregond post? I’m not sure I did… I wrapped up work on this mini a couple of months back, but I think I was waiting to wrap up a few other minis at the time and just never got around to posting.

Here we have one of the minor heroes from the LOTR MESBG. Beregond is one of the Guards of the Citadel in Minas Tirith, and friend of Pippins when he begins working for Denethor in the books. His character is stout-hearted, even going to extreme lengths to rescue Faramir during the siege of the city. He did not appear in the films, but thankfully like many characters who did not, GW immortalised them in metal anyway.

Beregond, with sword & longbow. Fragments of the ruined White City lie around him.
I realise my blond Beregond looks like an early-2000s era Bon Jovi.

Since he is armed with a longbow as well as a sword, I had imagined running him with his own warband of archers. Being a minor hero (in game terms), he can only lead warbands of up to 6 troops, and as such I thought some of the Gondor rangers would have been adequate company for a group of archers on the battlefield. He also comes with the Bodyguard special rule, meaning that as long as the hero he is ‘bodyguarding’ (i.e: whichever is the highest-tier hero in the army I bring along to the battle- so, likely Denethor or Boromir) is still alive in the match, then Beregond automatically passes all Courage tests.

As always, thanks for reading. Take care out there.

Hobby update (30th August)

Just a brief update today. I’ve been chipping away at the LOTR minis for a little while now, and am finally pushing some of these figures close to, or over, the finish line. For my painting session tonight, I thought I would snap a few of these.

First up is the latest Rangers I have been working on. These guys are an all-hero army in the Middle-Earth Strategy game, so they are a pretty small force. I’m mixing in some Dúnedain models and plastic Ranger troops to bulk out the numbers. You might recognise Strider on the left there, as well.

I’m keeping a small palette of colours for these guys, including mixing up some colours to give a few of the Rangers grey cloaks. It’s not removing the uniformity from them completely, but I guess it breaks up all the dark green to an extent.

Aragorn and some half-finished Dúnedain

One model I did finish tonight is the Rivendell banner bearer. This Elf has been waiting patiently in the queue for a good while, and now he is finally done! I intend to post some group pics of my Rivendell Elves when I have the last of the warriors done.

Rivendell banner bearer (all done!)

As always, thanks for reading, and catch you next time.

Glorfindel: 2 different ways

I bet you were thinking I was one of the lucky 2 people in the world that got a Forgeworld Glorfindel when they released a few days ago, right? Haha, no such luck. As much as I would have loved to have a new sculpt of one of my favourite characters from the books, the all-powerful Elf was just out of reach. I have been painting up my GW metal minis however, the figures having been sitting in my pile for some time.

First off is the armoured figure, Glorfindel in the armour of Gondolin. There isn’t much to say about this one; he’s decked out in similar armour to Erestor, and I painted him in inverted colours from my other Rivendell Elves. As such, his garments are closer to how I have painted Cirdan, with the grey cloak and green skirting.

Secondly is the unarmoured Glorfindel; this one came in a pack with Gildor, and although he is a bit strange in terms of sword size and face proportions, he’s an alright mini. He was fun to paint, and again I used the inverted colours to make him stand out ever so slightly from the rank-and-file, as well as tying in with their scheme.

In gaming terms, Glorfindel has the Lord of the West rule, allowing him to re-roll a D6 in a duel. He also has Unbending Resolve, which allows him to roll two extra dice while trying to resist spells. In summation, he’s a bit of a beast, and a comfortable choice to lead my Rivendell Elves.

That’s all for this time, anyways. Thanks for reading, and I hope you’re doing well. Take care.

Rangers of the North pt.1

At one point last year, I picked up a few blisters with some of the Dúnedain of the North metal minis from GW. The minis themselves are decent enough, with a variety of bow-and-sword poses, and a spear-wielding ranger there too. GW seems to be removing these from sale now, along with the Grey Company rangers, the Dúnedain, and the leaders models (Arathorn & Halbarad), with the entire army falling into the ‘last chance to buy’ section of the site; plus they are instantly out of stock, to boot.

I don’t know if Games Workshop are planning a revival of this line, bringing out new Dúnedain minis perhaps, or are axing them completely like they did to Arnor… It got me thinking that I need to make use of the rangers just sitting in my spares box, unopened, and so I got to work.

Pictured is one of the metal Dúnedain minis, along with a few spares of the plastic rangers of Middle-Earth that I had leftover from my Minas Tirith project. I’ve kept them tied to the green cloak/brown underlayer scheme, with the odd grey mixed in for good measure; obviously these guys will be less uniform than the likes of the Galadhrim or the foot soldiers of Minas Tirith, but I’m going to paint them in groups of three with a rotating palette.

I also have a plastic Aragorn mini from the Fellowship kit, and have been bulking out these rangers with more of my plastic guys from Minas Tirith. I reckon that GW will be using the plastic rangers as the de facto models for this faction for the foreseeable future; hopefully there are more Dúnedain on the way. I’d like to see a few mounted options as well, if there are.

Until next time though, thanks for reading. Additionally, if there are any players who dabble in the Rangers faction, I’d be interested to hear how they perform. In terms of gameplay, they seem like quite a different army to play than the others.

Lady Galadriel

These last few weeks, I’ve made it my goal to power through my Elves, in particular my Lothlorien force. The leader I chose back when starting this army was Lady Galadriel, one of the characters I found most interesting in the films and books.

I got this mini, “the Protectress of Lothlorien”, (as it was called) version, on eBay ages ago for next to nothing. Figuring it to be the moment when she is giving her dark queen speech to Frodo by the mirror, I decided to give her the laziest paint job I could, and kept her in various shades of grey. This also served the purpose of making her stand out more from the rank and file Wood Elves around her, but also show the more terrifying side of her that her enemies seem to fear.

In terms of paints, Galadriel was primed with grey, washed with Nuln Oil, drybrushed with grey again, and some light white highlights applied. Her hair is Rakarth Flesh with a wash, and her flesh is Dawnstone. That was it.

The Elves in these pics have all been batch-painted so have just been completed in one little group. I’ve been working with a small palette, mixing and matching clothing and cloak colours as I do when painting Orcs. It’s a good feeling seeing more colour come into this army now, and less blank, primed miniatures. They’ve been very satisfying and relaxing to paint up.

The Sentinel is an important model for a Lothlorien army, being able to essentially cast a spell without using Will. They can be a nuisance for potentially moving an enemy model in any direction (should they fail a courage test), and seem worth having as a support mini.

My Lothlorien list as it stands is to have Galadriel running with 18 Wood Elves with throwing weapons, and Haldir leading a bow-heavy warband with some Galadhrim sword & shield support too. The Sentinel will be in there somewhere too.

But anyway, thanks again for reading, and take care.

Another Elves WIP

Tonight I managed to crack on with my Elves, which I’d been putting off due to needing a slight paint restock. I have been working on my Lothlorien Wood Elves and Galadhrim, mainly focusing on the bow-wielding warriors that I intend on running in a warband with Haldir.

I’ve been trialling the Galadhrim with a colour scheme I found in The Fall of Gondolin by Tolkien. In a piece of artwork, the Elves of the city were shown wearing outfits of this scheme, and their armour resembled Galadhrim armour quite closely, so it felt like a good opportunity to try this out.

The Wood Elves I worked on tonight were mainly just base-jobs, and I was doing some of the final detail work on the Sentinel model as well. There’s still detail work to be done with this one, but she’s getting there.

I’ve been enjoying working on Lothlorien; I love the models and their ruleset, and in the world of LotR I am a huge Elf fan as it is. My main goal is to get Haldir’s and Galadriel’s warbands wrapped up and start getting games in, whenever that will be.

Thanks for reading, and take care.

Elves WIP

I got a few washes done on a handful of Wood Elves, and some drybrushing done on Galadriel this eve. I’ve been pretty much just batch-painting these Lothlorien troops and have a heap that are a few small details from being finished.

I also picked away at a few details on Glorfindel too. He is the main hero from my Rivendell list, which is mainly centred around himself and Cirdan leading a bunch of troops as they did around the Battle of Forenost in the Third Age. Glorfindel is one of my favourite characters from the book, just being a mighty Elven hero that scares the hell out of the wraiths.

Take care, and thanks for reading.

Hobby update (28th June)

Tonight I’ve been working on a few models of my Elven forces, mainly trying to slap some paint on as many as possible.

First up is Lady Galadriel, a WIP of the Elf-Witch during her moment of spotting the Ring in Frodo’s possession. I was torn between painting her as an ordinary Elf, but figured the pose lent itself to something a little darker. I still have to do highlights and change the flesh colour, but I’m going to aim for something close to what she appears as during her “dark queen” speech in Lothlorien.

I also worked on the Sentinel and some archers as well. There were a good few many minis that were sitting on the precipice of the wash stage, these included. Again, I’ll go back and highlight when dry, but the ink wash is currently tying all the tones together.

And that’s where we’re at this evening. I’ve been losing a lot of sleep to the baby, as well as being struck down with the cold, but aim to get more done this week where possible! Thanks for reading, and take care.

Citadel Guard WIP

A couple of brief shots of the Citadel Guard from my Minas Tirith horde. I don’t know why I like the look of these guys so much, they just have this moody, badass look to them that elevates them above the Warriors of Minas Tirith. I’m yet to tidy up the yellow trim on their clothes, but that detail can come towards the end. So far, I have been drybrushing some highlights onto their armour and cloaks.

My intention with the Citadel Guard are to use the spears as part of Denethor’s warband, while the bow-wielding variety will stick with Beregond’s small, 6-man warband. I enjoyed Beregond’s role in the book, and I think my love of the Citadel Guard must have come from there also.

Anyways, thanks for reading.