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A while back I made a travel set for Kings of War using 10mm minis. Most of the models I used were definitely inspired by the Lord of the Rings and ever since I've been mulling the idea of doing a full scale game.
Recently my main gaming buddy and I went though a bad patch were we seemed to have no willpower to resist buying new games and taking on new projects. Part of that fall from grace was my deciding to go ahead and buy some stuff. You know A few models. Maybe a few armies. Just a bit.
Overall the plan is to use 100mmX50mm scenic bases. The number of models on a base will be varied to bring out the "Last stand of Good against the overwhelming forces of evil" that is such a big theme of LotR.
For rules, since LotR is such a low magic setting, I'm looking at building up from some historical rules. I like the looks of Sword and Spear for it's activation system but I should give Hail Caesar a try. Kings of War is very easy to learn and plays fast so it could go over well as a convention game with some custom army lists. Finally Pendraken has fantasy rules called Warband and there is already an unofficial LotR supplement.
Rohirrim, i.e. Copplestone's Horse Tribe
Overall I plan to try and put as much static grass on the Rohirrim bases as possible.
The cavalry will be in wedges, with the horse archers in loose formation.
Shield wall and archer will be in two deep lines, possibly standing on a gentle ridge.
The Army of the Dead i.e. Pendraken's Late Romans
I like the idea of these infantry standing ominously on top of barrows. Rereading RotK, they should have cavalry as well but I haven't bought any yet.
Wood Elves i.e. Pendraken's Wood Elves
Pendraken's fantasy ranges are quite big for 10mm but then again elves are supposed to be tall. I'm thinking that the bases will have to be leaf strew forest floor and I can make quite a few stumps and fallen logs with my Basius pad. I tried to make an entire 100mmX50mm base our of greenstuff using the pad but I'm not convinced that's practical.
High Elves, i.e. Pendraken's High Elves
The spear elves are in thin lines and I've tried to make the archers appear as if they are conducting organized volley fire. I'm imagining the sword elves to be in very loose formation to give them room to slice and dice.
Dunlingdings i.e. Pendrakens Picts and Gauls
Because you can't always be fighting orcs. They could also stand in for Wild men in other regions.
Front and center is a unit of elite, armored troops. To the right large warbands of wild men. To the left some naked berzerkers. In the back javelin men. Seem to have missed the archers.
Orcs i.e. Copplestone Orcs
Lots and lots of orcs
Ordinary orcs. The close ups shows snagas or lesser goblins being driven forward by what will be whips.
Front Row: Warg riders with bows, Warg riders and wargs
Behind them, Orc Archers, Uruk Archers, Uruks, Uruk Spears, Cave Trolls and Trolls.
So that should be enough to keep me busy.
ive been looking at some of the reaper stuff for some time and want to know what miniatures scale best with Games Workshops LotR stuff. I want to avoid heroic scale miniatures for the time being just for personal preferences.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
By Lidless Eye
After backing it on Kickstarter, I was inspired by Nord Games "Revenge of the Horde" bestiary for D&D 5E. I liked their very "The Hobbit" inspired cave Goblins...backwards underground isolated and mutated.
After some negotiations, I got a friend's old "Escape from Goblin Town" set, and put some paint to it. They've been through a large number of flesh revamps, and the close-ups show the slightly gritty texture from a primer malfunction. I'm happy with them overall, although I'm still not sure how I like the way their hair came out.
The Great Goblin himself. I think he'd be useful as a Fomorian leader or the like.
Wise Snot, you're not a mutant! How did you sneak in here?
By Lidless Eye
Another recent project, some of the cave Goblins from The Hobbit's "Escape from Goblin Town" boxed set.
I had been looking for a set after getting Nord Game's "Revenge of the Horde" 5E monster manual. Their obviously Peter Jackson inspired designs inspired me in turn:
A friend is planning a move and trying to downsize his collection, so his "Escape from Goblin Town" became mine.
Here's the first few:
And a close-up. I may make them a bit more pallid:
I didn't think to start posting these here until now. But this was the Mithril miniature I painted for February. It is called Tom Bombadil and the Badgers.
Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow; bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow.
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