Banner of the Raven Clan

Dwarves usually are clansmen and to keep in contact with their brethren during battle each clan has an unique banner as a point of reference. The Dwarf shown here carries the banner of the Raven Clan which is led by Captain Floí. Dwarven armies usually lack three things in the LotR-game: Magic, cavalry and spears. With the introduction of the Hobbit the dwarves now are able to wield spears but since I have a Khazad-Dûm themed army and the spears seem to be Erebor only a main strategic element are banners. They can get a reroll if they lose combat and in combination with the shield block and their heavy armour even a small amount of Dwarves can ...

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Bane of the Dark Lord’s servants

Much like the sources of gold and mithril, the cities of the dwarves are far-flung. In order to protect their trade routes connecting those, the dwarven cities maintain regiments of dwarven rangers. These units are often supported by the grim and fierce veterans of the Iron Guard who are famously known for fearless fighting even if vastly outnumbered. Using their fine throwing axes and swords forged deep under the mountains they slay their foes and gain a reputation of invincibility. In order to add “some punch” to my dwarven army I recently completed some of my very first Iron Guards. I admittedly have high hopes for them on the battle field and I expect their number to increase ...

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…and my axe!

Even if almost 30 years have passed by since I first read Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Gimli has been my favourite companion of the Fellowship ever since. A rough but faithful comrade who knows how to wield his axe. As my main priority during the last years were special scenarios I never had Gimli’s miniature in mind at all. But now that I am about to visit my first tournament I had to admit that my collection was missing out on heroes. So there were Daín and Gimli on the short-list. But it was Gimli who received a paint job first. I really like the final result and I tried to stay as close to the ...

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Fences in Middle Earth

Since Goatmörser almost completed his LotR board, I myself was highly motivated to start building scenery for LOTR / Hobbit as well. While searching the interwebs I stumbled upon a YouTube-channel of TWS (Tabletop Workshop) having several tutorials for quite good looking and yet not too difficult terrain-making. So I quickly got ready to build some fences during which I slightly changed the TWS-tutorial (but I’ll comment on that a bit later). For building the fences you’ll need: 2mm plastic card for the bases Styrodur pieces (about 15cm x 3cm x 0,5cm) BBQ skewers rattan cane (1,6mm) white glue (PVA) (personally I prefer Ponal) Sand (whatever you prefer) colours to match your gaming board colours for painting the fence ...

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Curse of the freshly painted miniatures

For the first step of our ongoing LotR/Hobbit-Aleator-league one does need a 100 points list. We had a couple of games going on last weekend and my scouts had their first time on the gaming table. To get more variation to the team I added three metal scouts which were a joy to paint as they are sculpted really well. Of course my first enemies were Flattervieh’s men of Rohan on our Westfold board. The performance of my scouts went very well but unfortunately the dice were not with them that day and the three new Uruk-Hai were the first casualties. It was a great match though and of course there’ll soon be a rematch ...

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Saruman’s eyes & ears

In for a penny, in for a pound. It definately is a good idea to have a good aswell as an evil army for the Lord of the Rings. Especially as Goatmoerser and me would like to visit a tournament one day where it usually is a good practice to bring two fractions with. My Dwaves have almost reached an appropriate size for standard games. I’m going to add a couple of miniatures (Gimli, Daín Ironfoot and some Iron Guards) to be able to try different army builds. Therefore the time was just about right to waste some thoughts on an evil army. Isengard has always been tempting for me. ...

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