Barrow-wights

I’ve not been sleeping very well over the course of the last two weeks, with sleep disturbed by odd wake-up times and the odd nightmare. As such, my day-to-day workings have been fairly skewed and that goes for the painting as well. Still, I’ve found some pockets of time to get work done on the minis in my cabinet, and have managed to finish a couple of Lord of the Rings models. Being tired as hell, they are two of the easiest miniatures that I could paint.

The Barrow-wights act as ‘captains’ for an Angmar army, being classed as a Hero of Fortitude which allows them to lead their own warband of 12. With decent stats and the ability to paralyse enemies, a Barrow-wight seems to be a bargain at 50pts. I painted them up to reflect their appearance in various pieces of Lord of the Rings artwork, having a more earthy/dead flesh colour to them than the default paintjob from the website. I would have liked to have attempted an even darker colour to match that of the spirit that appeared on the Barrow-downs in the LotR: War in the North video game, but I didn’t want them to end up blending in with the Ringwraiths.

As for the models themselves, they bring back pleasant memories. I used to have the ‘Fog on the Barrow-downs’ set that GW came out with about 15 years ago, a set that included Tom Bombadil, Goldberry and a quartet of Barrow-wights; unfortunately the contents of that kit have long since left my possession. I recently bought this pair of Barrow-wights from GW, overjoyed (and also surprised) that they were still in production.

I’m aiming to getting my Imperial Guard Scions finished by the end of April, which is a generous deadline to say the least. I’ll see how my sleeping improves.

Thanks for reading, and take care.

13 thoughts on “Barrow-wights

  1. John@justneedsvarnish

    Those have come out really well, Steve! 🙂 Sorry to hear about you not sleeping – on the rare occasions that I don’t sleep I feel as though I’ve got a hangover the day afterwards! I usually try and read before going to bed and that usually gets me off to sleep without a problem but sometimes I wake up at 4:30am and that’s it, no getting back to sleep!

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    1. Steve Post author

      Thanks John- I’m the same actually, I restrict myself from looking at the phone after 10 and read before bed. Sometimes I’ll wake at 2.30am and get back to sleep at 4, sometimes I’m like yourself and up at 4.30 and that’s me 😄

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  2. Wudugast

    Sorry to hear you’ve not been sleeping, I get terrible insomnia from time to time myself – no idea why it happens but it screws your head doesn’t it? Anyway, great work on those Barrow-wights, I’d forgotten what nice models they are – they bring back fond memories for me too. Now away and get some sleep mate.

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    1. Steve Post author

      Thanks mate. Yeah it’s strange how it happens and it can throw the rest of the day into disarray. (On a side note I wish I still had the Fog on the Barrow-downs, it was a really cool kit!)

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  3. Ann

    Sorry to read that you have been having trouble sleeping, though it seems to me that seems to go along with painting barrow wights. Kind of gives me an idea for a short story. Think I’ll tinker with it over the next week and see if anything comes of it.

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