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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Rohan’s military review

After the rework this is the final result of my Éored from the Westfold. Next to my riders for the 150 HTL-matches there were standing some regular warriors of Rohan which got some fresh colour aswell. The troop so far consists of the following: -Erkenbrand on foot and on horse -Grimbold -Eowyn -2 Rohan Royal Guard -1 Rohan Royal Guard on horse -19 Warriors of Rohan -5 Riders of Rohan ...

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Forth Eorlingas!

“Arise now, arise, Riders of Théoden! Dire deeds awake, dark it is eastward. Let horse be bridled, horn be sounded! Forth Eorlingas!” ― King Théoden The Redshields of Erkenbrand are ready for battle! The five riders of Rohan were among the first LotR miniatures I painted some years ago but now got some fresh paint. That’s what I got so far: Erkenbrand on horse 5 Riders of Rohan -5 Westfold Redshields upgrade -2 Throwing spears ...

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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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The Battle for Grimslade

This small battle with 200 points for each side took place during a LotR/Hobbit event day we had a couple of days ago. Both Flattervieh and me were looking forward to field our freshly painted yet small forces. We didn’t roll on the table but went for the “The High Ground” scenario instead as I wanted to see my burial mound in action. Also it was just a perfect setting for the invading Uruk-Hai. Grimbold was certainly upset when he heard of Orcs roaming through the lands of his people, desecrating the graves of his forebears. Yay, great game & cheers Flattervieh! At first it really didn’t look so very good for ...

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His Necessary Rest

Bealocwealm hafað fréone frecan forth onsended giedd sculon singan gléomenn sorgiende on Meduselde þæt he ma no wære Þæt he ma nowere is, þurh niedig rest. And mægen deorost Bealo… An evil death has set forth the noble warrior A song shall sing sorrowing minstrels in Meduseld that he is no more, That he is nowhere anymore, for his necessary rest. And that he is the dearest kinsman. Killing took him… The eloquence of Tolkien’s works has always been very fascinating for me, thus I enjoy to share some examples of Tolkien related writings in the Blog posts in case they seem appropriate. I bet you can all remember the mourning song of Éowyn which she sang during Théodred’s burial ...

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Grimslade

Not much is known about the town Grimslade. Tolkien just mentioned that it is Grimbold’s hometown, not much more. As I am planing to build my Rohirim around the character Grimbold, it just seemed natural to come up with my own interpretation of this town. We have seen Edoras in the movies and since you can’t really refer to it as a huge city by any means Grimslade had to appear even more rural and simple. That’s were the Stronghold Saga Terrain comes in. Their Dark Age Terrain blends in quite nice with the LotR miniatures and is highly recommended. Today’s post is certainly not the finale regarding Grimslade. There’ll come more terrain for ...

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The Westfold

The Westfold was the western part of Rohan, close to the White Mountains and lying between the river Isen and the Folde. The North-South Road ran through the Westfold from the Fords of Isen to Edoras. Its strongpoint was Helm’s Deep. – J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, “The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age” Finishing this gaming board was quite a task actually, as it was meant to be a club project. But working on it together proofed to be more difficult than expected. It’s always hard to find an appointed day and if so most of us prefered to roll the dice instead. So my regards go out to ...

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