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  1. I expect this is going to be a long-running WIP thread. My intention is to convert this heap of vintage lead into war games armies to allow me to field forces for a variety of Tolkien situations, using only vintage Minifigs. For those who are younger than me, Minifigs produced this line of Tolkien-inspired figures starting in 1972, and, as far as we've ever been able to determine, it was the first range of specifically fantasy miniatures ever produced. They were the first that I bought as well, and I will freely admit that this is a nostalgia project. I posted a batch of finishe
  2. Since I went ahead and posted the big project WIP for this, here's what I've already got on hand to start with. For orcs etc., I've finished 6 of the man-orcs, 7 armored goblins with spears and bows, 3 "true orcs", and 7 of the little goblins. There are also four wolves and a rider, a "troll", and two Nazgul on horseback that still sport an original 1970s paint job. For my own amusement, every shield so far is unique, although I hope that the running black/red/white theme gives them a related look. By the time I do nearly two hundred more, I expect there to be some duplication
  3. As you are probably already aware, there is an official Middle-earth D&D 5e setting being released this Summer by Cubicle 7. This will no doubt create strong demand for figures for people's campaigns. I've noticed there are numerous figures already in production that will adapt well. The orcs in KS3, the Mountain Troll in KS2 (a tad Jackson-esque, but perfect for a big Olog-Hai or the like: MORE OF THESE!), the ogres in KS3 (perfect Tom, Bert, and William-MORE PLEASE!), the Balor from KS2 makes a passable Balrog (assuming Balrogs have wings), many dwarves, etc. This is only natural, as
  4. In contnuing to play around with painting some vintage lead, here are two early Tolkien-inspired figures. The little guy on the left is a Minifigs (Miniature Figurines, Ltd.) ME-50 goblin, from their Mythical Earth range (around 1973). I believe this was the first commercial line of fantasy figures, so you can see the sort of thing we had to work with, back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. On the right is an early Tom Meier sculpt, from Ral Partha, an E551 Southron spearman from their Wizards, Warriors, and Warlocks range. He's got a 1976 base stamp, so you can see why those early Ral Pa
  5. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/23/jrr-tolkien-middle-earth-annotated-map-blackwells-lord-of-the-rings Apparently this was one of the printed fold-out maps from an earlier edition which Tolkien made notes on for illustrator Pauline Baynes to make a big color poster of in 1970. It has various jotted notes in pencil and green ink and is being offered by Blackwell's Rare Books for £60,000.
  6. It's 3:30am EST on the 14th of December, 2012. And I have just gotten home from seeing The Hobbit's first installment at the sneak preview. Quite an excellent movie. I won't go into it much as I assume many of us ReaperHeads will be off to add our hard earned Kickstarter monies towards the movie this weekend. Personally, our group had no issues with the 48 frame rate nor the 3D. Everything was spectacular looking. No real grousing to be had from this end aside from the fact that it took some time getting underway. Look for some familiar faces. Couple of them were surpris
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