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Lord of the Rings in 10mm (pic heavy)

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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.  





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Experimenting with some base coats and washes for the Army of the Dead so I can hand these guys off to my nephew.




Only the mint green seems to have made a difference I I don't think they are improved by silver basecoats on the spear tips and the bosses.

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Wow, great project!   I'm a big fan of 10mm fantasy stuff.

I'd say you need a little lighter green for the ghostly look. I agree with Glitterwolf, the third from the left is the best one, but I think you could still go lighter.


Here's the Battle of 5 Armies that I did in 10mm.  Check it out if you think it might provide some inspiration: 



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34 minutes ago, lowlylowlycook said:

Very cool.  


Also apparently there is another set of rules I should investigate.


Is there a youtube vid that would show how Bear Yourselves Valiantly plays?


Thanks, lowlylowlycook!


No, we have not done a video report.  It's one of things we hope to do but haven't gotten to it.  


Here is a more detailed written battle report if that helps: http://onemoregamingproject.blogspot.com/2014/01/bear-yourselves-valiantly-fantasy.html


And there is more info on the rules' webpage: Bear Yourselves Valiantly

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Not yet.  Realistically I've got to finish up two 28mm projects for games I play before I can start on these 10mm projects. 


However I did buy a few Reaper minis to test their scale.







Fell beast.

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nice additions there I know what you mean about doing projects that you are actually playing 1st rather than projects that might tickle your fancy more but aren't getting played which is why my own warmaster armies are currently on the back burner as they say

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Just looking at all the mini's you have to paint makes me scared!

And then they are 10mm...Even crazier!

This is what commitment looks like!


As someone brand new to painting mini's, I will be following along to see how you go about it with such small figures.

Interested to see how much detail goes into playable VS display mini's.


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You are scared ...  I'm terrified!


Here is  couple of pics from my first 10mm armies.  These should be similar but bigger bases and more minis on each base.  Hopefully.  Eventually.:



And a closeup of some of the command figures still on their painting sticks:




You can see my WIP for these  set over here.

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On 4/6/2018 at 9:04 PM, lowlylowlycook said:

Looks like you got about 20 minis there.


Yep only a few ::P:







+ 2 boxed game sets and an actual warmaster 10mm army


I think this is why I've delayed it due to the size of the project in hand

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