Monday, August 29, 2011

The Eagles are Coming

Okay, last Friday I just got my annual bonus from work, so for the next week or so I probably have more money than sense. Having said that, I just ordered a 600 point all Eagle army for Lord of the Rings SBG. Why I did this when I am about cross-eyed from painting so much Gondor stuff recently I have no good answer for. 

I already have one eagle that I painted up for use with my Rangers of Ithillian (Gondor) army. Unfortunately due to the allies rules I have to use him as Gwaihir, the King of Eagles. This is not such a great choice for the Rangers List, so I have not used him much.

My Giant Eagle Figure
Above is a pic of my eagle figure that I have painted up. Below is a shot of the same figure from the Games Workshop website (shhh!) that shows the whole figure.

Games Workshop Giant Eagle, photo copyright Games Workshop

Lord of the Rings: Gondor vs Easterlings

This Saturday I had a chance to play a test game against my friend Rob. I was using the list that I plan to use for the Mayhem in the Mountains tournament next month.  We were also play testing a modified version of the "A Clash of Picquets" scenario that may be one of the scenarios for the tournament. I really hope it is not though, because in my opinion the modifications to the scenario made it confusing and overly complicated. Despite the fact that I ended up winning the game, it wasn't really that fun. If this scenario shows up at the tournament I hope the rules have been cleaned up - alot.

We played the game on my Mordor table. Below is a shot of the table at about the end of turn 1.  Faramir and his veterans are over by the tree on the right. The rest of my army is scattered randomly about the board due to the messed up deployment rules of the scenario. My captain of Gondor and about six or eight more figures are just out of the picture to the left of the rangers guarding the lava trench.

Mordor Table
Gondor vs Easterlings on the Mordor Table. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rangers of Gondor

So the last models that I need to finish painting for Mayhem in the Mountains are my Rangers of Gondor. I had been assembly line painting them, but now I am close enough to finished that I switched to completing one  model at a time.

Rangers of Gondor
Three Rangers of Gondor

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dead? Trees for Mordor

As some of you may know, I have been planning on making some dead trees to add to my Mordor Table for this year's Mayhem in the Mountains. I started the trees last year, but didn't have time to finish them before the tournament. Well, I finally got around to finishing them and I am pretty happy with how they turned out. Although with the fall colored foliage that I used, I don't know how dead the trees really look.  Apparently, Mordor is beautiful in the autumn!

Autumn Trees
The Trees turned out more Autumn-like than dead.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Imperial Fist Color Scheme - Tactical Squads

I was playing around with the Space Marine Painter over at The Bolter & Chainsword the other day and  I decided to produce some examples of my Imperial Fist color scheme. This color scheme is similar to but varies somewhat from the Ultramarines Heraldry laid out in the Codex Astartes (or Codex: Space Marines to you and me).

The basic color of the Imperial Fist's armor is a deep golden yellow with the chest eagle picked out in a brighter yellow. The soft armor showing at the joints is a dark gray verging on black. The left hand is painted black in deference to the chapter symbol. The boots are also black. The standard issue bolter is a utilitarian gun metal with black casing.

The Imperial Fist chapter symbol is displayed on the left shoulder pad. The right shoulder pad displays the marine's squad markings.
Imperial Fist Tactical Marine, 3rd Company
Above is shown the color scheme of a space marine from a Tactical Squad of the Imperial Fists 3rd Company.  The company color of the 3rd Company, is a bright blood red which is displayed on the marine's right knee pad and shoulder pad trim. The gothic numeral 3 is also displayed on the right knee pad. The tactical squad marking of the upward pointing arrow can be displayed in either black or the company color depending on the preferences and traditions of the individual squad. The squad markings also often include the  squad number in either gothic or roman numerals.

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