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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 DĂșnedain 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 DĂșnedain 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.

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.

Hobby update (18th June)

I spent part of my working week staring at the cabinet between emails, trying to figure out what needs painted in what order. There are a few models that need a shove ahead of the others, and I grabbed a bundle of troops that need some progress made.

So I was working on my Rivendell Elf banner bearer, trying to find a pattern to freehand that wouldn’t be too hard on my hands or eyes. In the end, I just winged it. Still have the other side to do, but that can wait until next session.

I also continued work on my Wood Elves. These guys are intended to be used either for Rivendell (as part of Gildor Inglorion’s warband), or for a separate Lothlorien ally warband, whichever calls for it. I enjoy painting these guys, much like the Orcs; their paint schemes can be a mix and match job, while still maintaining a hint of uniformity.

There’s a real hankering to get a game of LOTR soon, and the Elves are the army I would like to learn the most, whether it be Rivendell or Lothlorien (or mix of both). I like the Elven shooting and movement, and though the Wood Elves are kinda squishy, their troops seem generally high quality.

Finally, this last pic is of the horn-bearer from the Minas Tirith faction. I’ve been having a shit time with Finecast lately, mainly because it is so dreadful. Tonight, this guy’s sword snapped clean off while I was working on him. I’m going to remove one of the warriors of Minas Tirith troop’s spear hand and give it to this guy, but it’ll have to wait until my new bottle of super glue arrives.

Finecast is honestly a piece of trash. Is it any more detailed than the plastic kits these days? I’m not so sure. Is it any cheaper to make than metal minis? Again, I don’t know. But it certainly puts me off buying certain kits in the future because of how wonky it is; kits with spearmen seem like a no-go if this shit is involved, and between the sword snapping on my Gondor captain, the long blade being nastily bent on my Knight of the White Tower, now this… That’s three minis from the Gondor Commander box set, all Finecast btw, that have broken.

But there you have it. I made good progress tonight, and can sit back with a whisky as a result. Finecast will still be absolute trash in the morning, but I have an idea to fix up these flimsy minis next week after my resupply.

Until next time, take care, and thanks for reading.

Hobby update (5th June)

Welcome back, and here we are for another hobby update. As always, I am working through my piles of miniatures, this time mainly those in the Lord of the Rings tabletop game.

This evening, I was working on one of my warbands for my Minas Tirith army; Beregond and a pair of Citadel Guards. I drybrushed some highlights onto the guards, before filling in Beregond’s armour with Leadbelcher (as he was a few steps behind his colleagues). At the end, I gave him a Nuln Oil wash all over, with the intention to drybrush his armour next time, as well as fill in his flesh tones and hair.

I’ve been getting back into the swing of drybrushing using this Gandalf miniature from the Fellowship kit I got a year or two ago. While it was a technique I leaned heavily on for pretty much every one of my armies, I am a little out of practice with everything. I’ve been working with various tones of grey, highlighting with Dawnstone. These new Fellowship models are fairly ugly in comparison to the ones that were doing the rounds back in the early 2000s when I was in my teens, but the reason I picked up the new(ish) kit at all was for using members of the Fellowship as allies in themed armies.

With my small Rivendell force, I could either ally in Gandalf for magic support, or bring in Frodo, Sam and Pippin alongside Gildor Inglorion and his Noldorin Exiles, as in chapter 3 of the book. Alternatively, Aragorn and a few rangers could accompany the Rivendell elves as a scouting party, much as they did in the book before the Fellowship left Elrond’s home.

I’ve stuck with the same scheme for my Rivendell elves, with the grey sash, green cloaks and silver/gold armour. The wood elves (available through the inclusion of Gildor in a Rivendell list) are more individual, though I have opted to keep their colour pool small so there is some coherency among them.

So this evening was about getting a few of the minis across the finish line; one tiny detail on some, basing with the others, and a few that are just in the early stages of painting up. I completed a warrior of Minas Tirith by finishing off his shield (did not photo him because that would have been too sensible), based two of my wood elves, tidied up a base coat on Cirion and an Osgiliath veteran, painted then shaded Gandalf’s skin, and worked on the armour of a few other models, that of Beregond, the Citadel Guard, and a trio of Rivendell elves.

I’m happy with the progress today, and have enjoyed painting again. Jumping back in felt a little scary at first, but it was ultimately relaxing and fun. I do have to apologise for the less-than-stellar pics; whereas the old kitchen was lit up with 12 spotlights in lieu of having a small window, our kitchen in this new place has just two ceiling lamps, but large glass backdoors that obviously let in additional light. I might need to get a small personal lamp for painting, but until then the pics are mostly me experimenting with where the hell the best light is coming from!

Until next time, thanks for reading. Take care.

Boromir: 2 different ways

Much like some amateur chef on a terrible reality TV cooking show, I present Boromir: 2 ways.

First off is the bare bones Boromir with sword and shield. It’s a great model, I like the pose and when I first saw this one I thought how awesome it was to see Boromir in his Gondor armour like one of the troops. He also has the Horn of Gondor hanging down by his waist, which is one of my favourite details of this sculpt.

Secondly, we have Boromir with the Banner of Minas Tirith. As well as counting as a run-of-the-mill banner in game, it also increases the Fight value of friendly Gondor troops within 6″ by +1. I find this to be quite handy as I’ll be filling out Boromir’s warband with a mix of rangers, warriors of Minas Tirith and Osgiliath veterans (who also benefit from an additional +1 to their Fight value just by being near either Boromir or Faramir).

I struggled with the freehand at first. My initial attempt can be seen lurking in the background of one of the shots in my previous post, but I decided to redo this after the tree I painted on the back of the banner turned out better than the front. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I just have the banner on the mounted Boromir mini to do now haha.

I intend to use Boromir as one of my main heroes in the LOTR battle game, as he is one of my favourite characters from the book and just an all-round great warrior. I’ve enjoyed painting both of these minis and am happy to see them integrate with the rest of my Minas Tirith troops.

Anyways, that’s all for this time. Take care!