Riders of Rohan! What news from the Mark?

Erkenbrand, second marshal of Rohan and lord of the Westfold. He and his Éored are also known as the red shields. After a to long hiatus there were finally some LotR miniatures back on my painting desk. With the HTL’s idea for very small 150 points matches one of my faves was back again. Of course it had to be some riders of the Rohirrim led by Erkenbrand. This seemed like a good idea because my former troops led by Grimbold had no cavalry yet.  I just checked what I had in stock regarding Rohirrim … great, I already had painted some of them years ago. But now over to my new paint job, Erkenbrand: ...

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Back to Gondor

Alas! Over a year has passed since I started working on some folks from Gondor for the first time. How comes that I found the motivation to get back on this project you might ask? Well I stumbled upon this neat idea from the Hobbit Tabletop Liga (the german answer to the Great British Hobbit League). It is basically about very small and very fast matches with only 150 points and on a 24″ x 24″ board. That’s the perfect answer regarding all my unfinished projects and of course for a lot of new ideas aswell, haha. This is the 150 points list I came up with: Captain of Minas Tirith – ...

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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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