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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.  So far, all of the orcs and goblins have been individually based, but for wargaming purposes, I will be switching to three or six figure bases once I've done a dozen big orcs, two dozen middle orcs, and a dozen little orcs.

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This stand of dwarves was one of the triggers for my full-scale vintage binge; the figures came from a dealer table at Cold Wars in 2015, and I hadn't seen a Mythical Earth figure in a long time.

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The elf army to date suffers from a bit of indecision on basing.  The one scout stand in the front on the 60mm square base was built from the same bag of miniatures that contained the dwarves.  I didn't think I'd ever see another.  As I work through the remaining figures, I'll need to do one more stand of three to match it, which will do duty as a Dragon Rampant scout unit, but the rest of the elves will be in threes.  Anything that doesn't currently work out to a twelve man unit will be mounted individually, like the archer next to the command stand.

 

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The two stands of ents and huorns (the range contained two of each for some reason) have been with me since the '70s.  I "enhanced" the horns with some Woodland Scenics tufts, but any more that I acquire, like the large Huorn in the middle, will not be so treated.  I was playing with him to attempt to make his bark a more typical tree bark gray.  I've got five or so ents awaiting attention, and two more huorns are inbound, so Fangorn Forest is well represented.

 

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For humans, I've mostly been doing samples to get the feel of working with them.  The back row is a little group of really old Minifig Vikings (base code V5).  I got about ten of them in a lot, and the ME range has few archers.  I expect them to do duty as needed as Dunlendings, Rohirrim, or Lakefolk. In the front row, a historical NS (Norman/Saxon) spearman is a sample of historical who will be adopted for the same block of cultures.  Next to him is a slightly later IR (Imperial Roman) range early Dark Ages warlord, who fits my idea of a Rohirrim leader on foot.  Then we have two actual ME mounted Rohirrim, in the early versions. (The later versions were helmeted).  You only need one Gandalf, at least on foot, and the ME53 Ranger swordsman has been done as my Aragorn figure.  Next to him is a basic Gondorian swordsman, and an archer of Faramir's Ithilien rangers.

 

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As of today, they would make a rather odd skirmish game, but, given how far along the elves are, I think the first all-vintage-Minifigs battle is likely to be allies of the north against the goblins of the Misty Mountains.

 

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