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Angmar: The Wolves of the North

‘…the wolves that had once come ravening out of the North in bitter white winters were now only a grandfather’s tale.’ The Lord of the Rings, Prologue, pg.5.

I’ve been reading The Lord of the Rings for the past month and I’m halfway through the first book of the Two Towers. So far, the wargs (and just wolves in general) have featured a lot more than I initially thought they would, with even mention of a ‘chieftain’ at one point. The odd line here and there alludes to the evil realm of Angmar and the wolves that would roam from the hills in packs, and such lines are enough to give a chill of dread.

When putting together my Angmar list, I was mainly looking at models that I thought looked cool rather than what’s ‘in’. I’ve always had a fondness for the wargs, and running them as a pack of wild wargs rather than orc-bearing cavalry fits in with this theme of the vicious wildlife from the north lands. I don’t want to go too spirit-heavy with the Angmar army, though the army bonus leans into this method of playing, but instead have a mix of things.

All the wargs have 10″ movement but the rest of their statline is quite similar to that of the orcs; defence 4, courage 2, though their strength sits at a 4 while the orcs have a strength of 3. The chieftain has Heroic Strength and Heroic March with the rule that only fellow wargs can benefit from their Heroic Actions. The chieftain seems like they would be quite decent in a scrap, with a strength value of 6 (same as a cave troll) and the Terror rule which puts up a bit of a hurdle for the enemy to charge them.

In terms of painting, the wargs were built up on layers of Steel Legion Drab mixed with Zamesi Desert, using lighter drybrushing strokes as the layers went on. The faces and paws were Eshin Grey with a brown wash, and some Dawnstone drybrushed for that highlight/fuzzy appearance on their snouts. They were fairly easy to paint and pretty relaxing as well actually.

With the wolf warband done now, I can focus on the remainder of the orc hordes for Angmar, and also finish up some more of my Elves for Rivendell. As always, thanks for reading, take care.

Wild Warg Chieftain

With various bits and pieces nearing completion, something was bound to slip through the cracks… Hello, and welcome back to another model update! This time we have another hero finished for my Angmar list, and leader of his own warg warband, the Wild Warg Chieftain.

Right off the bat, this creature is one of my favourites in the Lord of the Rings range. I love wargs as a standard anyway, and the thought of running a warband of wild hill wolves from the north was too much of an opportunity to pass up. I don’t min/max army builds, and my gut twists at the thought; although Angmar’s army bonus ties in with spirit heroes, I prefer the mixture of wildlife that the region has to offer. Rule of cool, and all that.

The Wild Warg Chieftain has one of those poses that just looks badass, pressing down on the chest of a slaughtered man, roaring into the cold winters air. I love the way the fur is grooved into the model, as it scratches that all-important ink wash itch, and the whole thing is a lot sturdier than I initially thought it would be for a metal miniature balancing on a rock.

For painting, I watched a few YouTube videos, building up the fur with Steel Legion Drab before mixing with Zamesi Desert. The mane stands out more in person I think, it looks quite dull on camera unfortunately. For the fella, I painted him in green, black and brown like that of the rangers’ attire.

In gaming terms, he has a 10″ move with Heroic March and Heroic Strength. His/her Packlord rule means that only their wild kin benefit from their heroic actions. The Chieftain is a pretty meaty model with defense 5 and 3 wounds, making it something of a discount beatstick/objective-grabber that can cover decent ground.

I’m gradually getting the remainder of their warband based, so will hopefully have them done in the next week. My initial plan was to have a Wraith-led warband alongside a band of Wild Wargs for smaller games, expanding on this to include a third to beef out the Orc numbers. We’ll see how things go though.

Anyways, thanks for reading. Take care.

Hobby Progress (22nd April)

April is flying by, though the way the time is going it feels like it’s passing swiftly and slowly simultaneously. It’s a strange feeling. On the other hand, my sleeping pattern has been stable for a little while now, so I’ve been feeling that little bit healthier; couple this with the fact that my work are doing a step-count challenge, and it’s given me a push to get more fresh air and exercise.

On the hobby side of things, I have been continuing to work on my Angmar army for Lord of the Rings. I like how the armies for this game are generally quite small and the pricing for the models isn’t outrageous (when compared to the likes of 40k). I think there’s a lot more incentive to get the models you really want into your force rather than saying “you need to take 10 of these to have this,” etc.

eBay has been pretty useful in finding heaps of cheap troops or the occasional hero. I’m yet to paint up any of my eBay-rescue Orcs, but they will be coming soon. This handsome chap above is another incarnation of the Witch-king, only without his flail. I think this is the Fellowship version, the one where he is about to stab Frodo at Weathertop. I like this version of him the best, as I reckon it’s the most sinister sculpt of the Witch-king available. Furthermore, he was only a couple of quid online so I wasn’t filled with that usual sick feeling I get when I buy something I know I shouldn’t have!

I’ve had fun painting up the Wargs, as it’s been mostly drybrushing. They are very textured miniatures so it’s been a satisfying process, and I’m happy with the end result of the fur. All that’s left are the gums, teeth and claws for the Wild Wargs rank-and-file, but I’ll save that torture for another day.

The Chieftain is a brilliant model and has been near-finished for a while now. This morning I focused on the rock underneath him/her and the body they are standing on. I tried to paint the corpse in the colours of the Rangers of the North/Dunedain, although I don’t think it’s too visible in this pic. I’ll get a clearer shot when the model is finished.

That’s all for this update, anyway. I’ve been looking into taking a postgraduate course in October so much of my free time has been diverted to doing preparatory work for that. I’m still finding the odd sliver of time to paint, so hopefully I can push some of these Angmar models across the finish line soon.

As always, thanks for reading and take care.