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.
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.
As always, thanks for reading, and catch you next time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s been nearly 2 months since I posted last, and I have been using the time to work on writing projects. I’ve had 5 pieces published in the last couple of months, so it’s been getting off to a great start.
In recent weeks, I’ve picked up a paintbrush and started working on my LotR armies once again. A recent addition to my Angmar force has been the lovely cave troll, as I felt they needed some muscle in the army. I managed to get him primed this afternoon before the thunderstorm, and after filling in his belly with plastic putty. I’m surprised he is still holding together; Army Painter’s super glue is mighty strong, I’ll say that much.
So far, I’ve given him a blue ink wash and I intend on giving his belly and underarms some fleshy tones when he dries.
As for the troops, I am still painting orcs and elves. The orcs just need alternating between colours to give them that variety; the elves are a massive line of identical troops that I’m trying not get bogged down with. I like the effect when they are all together though, they do properly radiate light, as elves should!
The model at the front is Cirdan, a minor hero for Rivendell. I actually found him on a genuine model shop site, brand new, for £8. I snapped him up instead of being ripped off by everyone on eBay, and have been painting him in similar colours to my troops. I love how much detail he has as a model, and always looks so dignified no matter what haha.
There are a number of extra models that I purchased during the last few months for LotR that I will show in subsequent posts. I also managed to finish my mounted Witch-king, but still need to take the pics for that one. It’s been relaxing getting back into painting and modelling, and not feeling so much of a chore as it kind of did in June. A rest has done me good I think, and I look forward to checking out all of your work that I might have missed.
A month or so ago, I mentioned that I was bringing a warband of Wood Elves into my Rivendell army, which is the benefit of bringing Gildor Inglorion along. The Noldorin Exiles mentioned in the Middle-earth Army Book are meant to represent the Elves that Frodo, Sam and Pippin encounter in Chapter 3 of the Fellowship of the Ring, where Gildor inadvertently scares away a Ringwraith that is crawling at the Hobbits.
The Elf warband led by Gildor gains increased movement, making them fall somewhere in between cavalry and normal infantry in terms of movement. They can also take a host of lovely upgrades that I’ll touch on in another post, but their main benefit is their speed.
Gildor has a sword and Elven cloak, along with a decent stock of Will points and one spell, Immobilise, all for the tiny sum of 70pts. This is a pretty good deal, considering that one of Rivendell’s problems is models with high points cost, so having a hero below 100pts who can lead a warband of 12 troops means he and his Wood Elves can slot into a list without causing too much hassle.
The model itself was fun to paint; I stuck with the colours from GW’s site because they looked pretty cool, and the mix of greens and greys was what I was intending on painting the Wood Elf warriors with. The only part I’m not massively pleased with is the face. This was an unfortunate moment when I discovered that Gildor’s face is actually quite flat and lacking in many grooves to get a wash into. Despite thinning my paints, he was looking like Leatherface at one stage, and I had to strip it and start again. He’s still not 100% where I want him to be, but I fear that more tinkering would lead to catastrophe.
I have just wrapped up work on my entry for the Summer Solstice Painting Challenge, hosted by Ann’s Immaterium. For this challenge, I have completed Erestor for my Rivendell army; he is an advisor to Elrond who suggests that the One Ring be hidden in the care of Tom Bombadil early on in book 2. I chose him because I really like the model for one, the pose being distinctly deadly, but also because I really enjoyed painting him and reckon that he is the best of the Elven troops that I have finished so far.
I went with the Rivendell colour scheme that appeared as an alternative for the Elves in an old copy of White Dwarf (I have only found the image online, I don’t know which issue it appeared in, sadly- if anyone does, please let me know). This mainly involved a grey tunic, green cloak with blue ink wash, and gold armour drybrushed with a mix of gold and silver.
As for the base- with the rest of my Rivendell troops I tried going for an autumnal woodland effect, but this didn’t pan out and I had trouble sealing the odds and ends to the base. I drybrushed green patches over some of it, giving a kind of mossy look before leaning hard on the Valhallan Blizzard to cover up any mistakes. I love that paint, but I use it too damn much…
Erestor is a great figure, and though his role is small in the book, it made me seek him out and read more into him. In the tabletop game, he seems to be an underappreciated gem with a fight value of 6 and a defence of 7 with his heavy armour. He can also throw his Noldorin daggers, and gets re-rolls for wound rolls when throwing them or striking with them. I’ve yet to see how he performs in-game, but as I plan to take Glorfindel as the leader to my Rivendell army, Erestor will no doubt fill a useful role in leading his own warband.
Anyways, that’s all for this post. As always, thanks for reading and take care.
The last few days have seen me painting up some of the High Elves for my Rivendell army. The spear and shield warriors have proved to be some of the fiddliest models I’ve ever worked on, but the results have been pretty pleasing. Deciding to mix gold and silver paints for the final highlight on the armour, I’ve been sticking to batch-painting these elves, which has been moving things along quite swiftly.
These troops feel pretty nostalgic to me, conjuring up images of the first few issues of the LotR magazine and the Warriors of the Last Alliance that I think I recall came attached to one of them. They’ve actually been a joy to work on, and are a nice contrast to the grubby hordes of Angmar orcs that I’ve been painting up recently.
Progress on the wild wargs has still been coming along, with the bases just needing done. I’ll be happy when their ravenous warband is up and running and I can get a game with them. They seem like a fun bunch to play as.