Strider

My Fellowship of the Ring project is not forgotten! The Lord of the Rings or better said the Hobbit is everything but dead here aswell. And I would really love to finish this project in 2017. ...

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Du Bekâr!

It’s that time of the year again! During the six years of the cinematic releases of both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies my brain learned that besides Christmas the month of December belongs to Tolkien! I am really looking forward to the recently released new Hobbit Book (which I hope to find under a certain tree in a couple of days). And of course I thought it’s about time for a new project or two as the new year will be upon us soon enough, hehe. Like a lot of other Hobbit-enthusiasts around the globe the new Dwarves hailing from the Iron Hills really got me. Therefore it’ll be Durin’s people dominating ...

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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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Gandalf the Grey

Another most famous member of the Fellowship of the Ring has entered the stage. Gandalf the Grey is among us to help the Hobbits facing the huge amount of Goblins here at my place. While painting him I mixed in a bit blue to his robe which turned out quite nice (at least I think so). ...

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Frodo Baggins & Samwise Gamgee

Finally I started with one of the oh so many projects I’ve had in mind since ages. I guess every LotR fan wouldn’t mind having a painted Fellowship of the Ring on his shelf. Also I got this scenic diorama of Balin’s tomb lying around which begs for paint, too. Will do my best to get these nine fellas ready for the table as I plan to use them for demo-matches with the mines of Moria set. Maybe I can infect some more people with the LotR-virus this way. ...

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The High Ground

With this two new terrain pieces I am happy to announce that this was the last step before I am going for a test match on the new board. Initially I wanted to build Amon Hen, the seat of seeing as a centerpiece. But while I was at it I figured the ruin on top of a hill would be really huge. That’s why I went for a regular hill instead. The mission “The High Ground” will now have a fitting piece of terrain as well. I worked with cork bark for the first time and was quite satisfied with the result. Will definitely give this another try soon. To get the board full I added another terrain ...

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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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