Sunday, May 13, 2012

Alatar the Blue

I used the old version of the Sharkey model. That's the fallen version of Saruman at the scourging of the shire. This guy was fun to paint up and as far as rules go I guess I'd just use him as a another wizard and maybe just swap out one spell for a "blue" spell what ever that may be.



This does leave me with a predicament though. I only have 1 of the 5 wizards left. Palando the Blue. I can't think of any other models for him... Is there an alternate version of one of the wizards I can use? Is there an alternate company with similar sculpts? I guess I'll have to figure something out.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saruman the White

Just got done with Saruman the White a couple of days ago and time to show off the work. He wasn't super fun to paint but he was relatively easy. All his clothes where the same color and his beard was close to the robes color. I'll have to get this guy on his horse and paint him up I'll also be on the look out for some of the older sculpts so I may be able to get my hands on a more interesting version of Saruman.



Friday, May 11, 2012

Gandalf the Grey

I've painted up my childhood favorite character. I first remember Gandalf the Grey when I first read the Hobbit in 6th grade. I'm immersed into Tolkien enough now that I have many favorite characters from the series, however that first love for Gandalf and his odd way of getting things going in the right direction will always remain. A gray cloak, silver scarf, a blue hat and tall black boots. I had already painted up the plastic version but I wanted the metal version. I was at Adepticon and my friend found two copies of Gandalf on horse and on foot. I just wanted one on foot. I didn't expect to get a hold of the the rare OOP model of him on his non-Shadowfax mount. I really enjoyed painting him up and I even tried some new basing techniques from 'Army Painter'. They have these super cool flowers that can be pinched off and glued right on the base. I think they really add a lot to the basing of the miniature.

Anywho Mr. Gandalf the Grey.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Farimirs' Defenders of Osgiliath

I've almost completed my Easterling army barring one or two of the new finecast heros that I'll plan to get. For my second army I decided I wanted to go good. Farimir has always been one of my favorite Gondor characters so I wanted to do an army based around him but before the LotR books so I could more customize his force. I have three goals for the army. The first is to have a cool looking force that would be true to the lore. The second is to have a variety of models because after painting an all easterling army you get tired of gold and red. Lastly I want it to be somewhat competitive. Nothing GT winning, but just not terrible either.


Farimir, Bow, (Leader) He may be better in heavy armor but I like this model better.
5 Osgiliath Veterans, Sw/Sh
6 Osgiliath Veterans, Sp/Sh

4 Rangers of Gondor
5 Rangers of Gondor w Sp

1 Minis Tirith Solider w Banner
4 Minis Tirith Solider w Sw/Sh
4 Minis Tirith Solider w Sp/Sh
2 Knights of Minis Tirith w Sh

6 Citadel Guard w Longbows
6 Citadel Guard w Sp

8 Might, 19 Bows, 47 Models, Breaking Point 23

 The basic idea is that almost all of my troops will be F4 except for Madril's warband but he'll have the banner and a couple of knights to help out. Every group will also have spear support and will be able to function as a combat block. I personally love Madrils 'master of ambush' rule. If everyone starts in reserves I can roll his warband first every time because as soon as he hits the board his rule is in and will help the rest of my force on. Also if he is the only one stuck in reserve it will help hurry him on and his knights can get to the fighting quickly as the rest of the warband walks up to reinforce where needed. The Longbows from Beregond and his Citadel Guard can be plucking away at D3 or D5 targets to make the most of their long bows while the rangers shoot at everything else. I really look forward to painting and modeling up this force. I'll probably just green stuff some stuff on the Osgiliath Vets and make my own so I don't have a bunch of guys with the same pose over and over.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Fellowship round 2

This is more of a repost so I won't waste lots of words on it. I got better pics and have since painted their eyes. Photobucket Photobucket

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Army of the Dead

I got these guys about a year ago. They were the easiest army I've ever painted for any system. Black primer, white primer dust effect from a northern angle, gryphon sepia wash. That was all I did. The Leader of the dead models was a marsh specter dead numenorean I just painted a white tree on his chest to make him stand out as a leader model. Now that the new warband rules have come out though I will need to buy another leader or two and maybe some more troops for some different weapon options. All in all quick and easy. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mines of Moria; Cave Troll

This guy was one of the more fun Lord of the Rings models I've had the privilege of painting. I used the directions right off the GW website and it turned out great. Now this is the one from the beginning plastic Mines of Moria set but I look forward to getting 1 or 2 more metal ones and painting up to match this guy. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Nazgul

I've painted up the 5 Nazgul that come with the Weathertop kit. Still haven't gotten around to the Hobbits or Strider yet. These were easy to paint and I knocked them out in a couple of hours. I'm looking for four more in alternate poses so I can have 9 that are all different. Photobucket Photobucket

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Witch King of Angmar

This has been my favorite nazgul to paint so far. He has really cool looking armor and a flaming sword. Pretty well love everything about these guys. I do have one complaint that's more of a gaming complaint than a hobby one. In a game where WYSIWYG is so important whey did they make the box have a sword on the horse and when the horse gets killed they give you a flail... I'm almost tempted to buy another one of these kits and do a hand swap so I'll have a flaming sword foot and mounted and then a flail foot and mounted. Otherwise fun model to paint and game with. Photobucket Photobucket

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Shadow Lord

The Shadow Lord is a made up by GW ringwraith. I got this guy for a good price on ebay and nazgul are relatively easy to paint so I did. I haven't ever used him in a battle and don't plan to anytime soon. I really like the mounted version of this guy with his epic pose. The foot version kind of looks like hes making a foot ball field goal call... Photobucket Photobucket