Azog’s Vanguard & first BC match

It was a pleasant experience to finish this new Vanguard Force from Gundabad for the Battle Companies expansion. Painting 6 models in a row is something I can still do without getting too much distraction in between. I am pretty curious to see how the elite from Mount Gundabad will perform in their first match. I think I will nominate the 3 Orcs wearing shields as the heroes. In the meantime Flattervieh and me had our first match with two Battle Companies made from our old stock of miniatures. It was Rohan fighting Moria in the scenario 6 (stand your ground). All I can say is that it was (not surprisingly) a whole lot of ...

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Companies of Battle

I am super excited regarding the upcoming release of the Middle-Earth Battle Companies book! Of course I preordered a copy and will go and fetch it next saturday. What an awesome excuse to start new projects, get them painted fast and even play with them shortly after the project’s start. Another great thing is that most LotR-Players will immediately have enough painted miniatures to start a game or two. But of course I wanted something new for this setting aswell. My first pick were the Dwarves of the Iron Hills. Naturally other projects are lurking already right after them. ...

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Goûrz the ambitious

The “Hobbit Tabletop Liga (HTL)” is the german answer to the “Great British Hobbit League (GBHL)“. And it’s going pretty strong these days. There are already lots of tournaments and events planed for the next year. The last couple of months I was only a spectator of that Facebook group but when they announced a tournament addressed at beginners I knew I had to risk a try. The 24 available slots were full in just a couple of hours and I was only able to get one of the highly sought after starting positions after some other guy canceled. I never played on a tournament like that before just with my Aleator pals. So ...

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More from Moria

Now that I am used to my Goblin / Orc painting scheme again I finished three additional elite Orcs for my Moria army. We still have our LotR campaign going on and am (very slowly) getting to the higher points matches. Named characters are cool to field but I am right now building up a force which has to make a name for themself. Therefore let us all welcome Ushrûg the new leader of my Moria Goblins / Orcs. It’s always good to have a strong boss as a leader for the coward Orcs. Here comes the 300 points list I am going to test on my opponents: 1x Gundabad Blackshiel Captain 2x Gundabad Blackshield 1x Gundabad ...

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Rediscovering orcish Appearance

I just checked, the last Moria Orc in armour was painted in October 2012 by me, almost 3 years ago now. I learned some new tricks here and there in the meantime which I can hardly use now when I am picking up an old scheme again. Yet the main problem was that I wasn’t shure which exact colours I used for the armour of the Moria Orcs. So I had to rediscover how I painted it back then and fortunately I succeeded. Somehow Fall always brings me back in the mood for the Lord of the Rings. I just had two fast games against Flattervieh’s men of Rohan which led me to watching the Movies again while ...

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Poison-Blood

As you can see I am still in the LotR-mood! But after painting 13 Uruks in almost a row I needed something different again to keep the brush motivated. Therefore I came back to my main army, my own Orc tribe of the Misty Mountains (or Moria Goblins to be more precise). When I painted my first Giant Spider and Ashrâk I thought adding lots of red would be a good idea. After some time the chosen colour was more and more…meh. So I threw the painted spider in a pot of acetone (old metal minis be blessed) and thought of a new colour scheme for my spiders. The first thing ...

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