Monday, February 27, 2012

Guest Post: And Now for Rangers

I have begun to put together my second Lord of the Rings army. Not becasue I am bored with my first army - which is Galadhrim Elves (I still do love them), but because I simply wanted to try an entirely new game experience in both aesthetics and gameplay.

I have decided to build a 600-point Arnor force (Grey Company).

The Elves are shiny and disciplined -- the rangers are muddy and individualistic.
The Elves are a highly organized -- the rangers are opportunistic and unconventional.
The Elves are elite fighters that can stand toe-to-toe with any foe -- the rangers must use more subtle tactics.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cirith Ungol Army: First Steps

So this weekend I have have been busily assembling  all kinds of Lord of the Rings Models. Right now, I can happily claim that every Lord of the Rings Model that I own is assembled and ready for priming and painting. This includes the first steps towards my new Cirith Ungol tournament army.

Those first steps include 12 Mordor Uruk-Hai that needed shields. The plastic shields are from the GW Warhammer Fantasy Goblin line. The metal shields are from some Reaper Miniatures weapons packs.

Next up for the army are the 12 Mordor Uruk-Hai with Two Handed weapons. Technically they don't require any work, but with 12 figures and only 3 poses, I want to do some weapon swaps to give the illusion of more poses.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mordor 600 Point Army List (Updated)

I had previously posted my 600 Point Cirith Ungol Army List. This is an updated version to conform to the warbands rules. Since all the Mordor lists have been combined into one list, this is now technically a generic "Mordor" army but thematically it still represents a force from Cirith Ungol.
600 Pts - Cirith Ungol Roster - Cirith Ungol Horde

This is the next army I intend to use for tournaments. I guess I better start getting them painted!

600 Pts - Mordor Roster - Cirith Ungol Horde

Uruk-Hai of Cirith Ungol (13#, 218 pts)
   1 Shagrat, War Leader, 110 pts (Hand Weapon; Shield of Cirith Ungol; Heavy Armour)
   6 Mordor Uruk-Hai w/Shields, 54 pts (Hand Weapon; Armour; Shield)
   6 Mordor Uruk-Hai w/Two Handed Weapons, 54 pts (Hand Weapon; Two-Handed Weapon; Armour)

Minor Hero (13#, 150 pts)
   1 Mordor Uruk-hai Captain, 50 pts (Hand Weapon; Armour) <--Added an Uruk-Hai Capt to lead this warband.
   4 Mordor Uruk-Hai w/Two Handed Weapons, 36 pts (Hand Weapon; Two-Handed Weapon; Armour)
   4 Mordor Uruk-Hai w/Shields, 36 pts (Hand Weapon; Armour; Shield)
   4 Orc Warriors w/Spears & Shields, 28 pts (Hand Weapon; Spear; Armour; Shield)

Orcs of Cirith Ungol (11#, 126 pts)
   1 Gorbag, 50 pts (Hand Weapon; Armour; Shield)  <-- Also added Gorbag and had the generic orc captain lead the orc trackers
   2 Mordor Uruk-Hai w/Two Handed Weapons, 18 pts (Hand Weapon; Two-Handed Weapon; Armour)
   2 Mordor Uruk-Hai w/Shields, 18 pts (Hand Weapon; Armour; Shield)
   2 Orc Warriors w/Shields, 12 pts (Hand Weapon; Armour; Shield)
   4 Orc Warriors w/Spears & Shields, 28 pts (Hand Weapon; Spear; Armour; Shield)

Minor Hero (13#, 105 pts)
   1 Orc Captain, 45 pts (Hand Weapon; Orc Bow; Armour) <-Switched his shield for an orc bow since he is leading a warband full of archers
   12 Orc Trackers, 60 pts (Hand Weapon; Orc Bow; Armour)

Heroes: 4
Warriors: 46
Model Count: 50
Bow Count: 12

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Eagles: Full Army

Blam! Here we are finally at the last post in this series featuring my Eagles of the Misty Mountains army. If you are still with me this far in, then thank you for sticking with me and you already know this is for the Lord of the Rings SBG by Games Workshop. Below is a shot of the entire army assembled together.

Eagles of the Misty Mountains
Back row l-to-r: Astrilmere, Landroval, Gwaihir, Meneldor
Front row l-to-r: Throndil, Westrilan, Evandor
In case you missed any of the posts in this series here are links to all the posts in order for easy reference.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Eagles: Astrilmere

Hi there and welcome back to my series of blog posts showcasing the models in my Eagles of the Misty Mountains army. This is of course for Games Workshop's Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game.  Today we take a look at an Eagle I have named Astrilmere.  Other posts on the Eagles can be found here

Astilmere, work in progress

Astrilmere has earned the title "The Silent Hunter" for his ability to stalk and strike his prey undetected. Here we see Astrilmere about to pounce on an unsuspecting warg.

Astrilmere, work in progress
Astrilmere is represented by the Giant Eagle figure from Ebob miniatures. The stone archway on the base is made from pieces of  GW's Lord of the Rings Terrain Pack and filled in with copious amounts of  putty. The warg is a standard GW Lord of the Rings warg and the base has been painted and decorated with static grass and some clump foliage.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Eagles: Throndil

Welcome back to my continuing series of blog posts showcasing each of the models in my Eagles of the Misty Mountains army for the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. Click here to find other posts in the series about the Eagles.

Throndil, Work in Progress
Today we are taking a look at a model I have named Throndil, the Troll-Killer. Descended from the ancient Eagle hero Throndor, Throndil is a fierce warrior.

Throndil, Work in Progress
Throndil is represented  by the Great Eagle I from Gamezone Miniatures. I have mounted him atop a piece of brass rod on the Dead Troll base from Micro Art Studio.

Terrain Time

I just wanted to see if I could embed a Flickr Slideshow in a blog post. So here is a slideshow of  my War Games Terrain Set on Flickr. These pictures are mostly works in progress of my terrain projects.

If this works I hope you enjoy it.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Gondor Warriors: Converted Citadel Guard

Citadel Guard are an interesting choice for a Gondor army. They have the Bodyguard special rule which allows them to automatically pass all courage checks as long as a designated hero is still alive and on the table. In my army lists I typically have them follow and bodyguard Cirion. The Bodyguard rule, combined with Cirion's own special rule Boldest of the Bold, which gives him +2 courage when charging models that cause Terror, makes for a group that can reliably charge terror causing models.

Citadel Guard can be armed with swords (hand weapons), spears or longbows according to the rulebooks. Unfortunately Games Workshop only makes Citadel Guard models with spears or longbows. Since I wanted to field them with swords, I decided to convert some of my own.

Eagles: Westrilan

Hi, welcome back to the newest post in a series spotlighting the models for my Eagles of the Misty Mountains army for the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game. This is the fifth post in the series featuring an eagle I have named Westrilan. Click here to find previous posts in the series.

This young warrior spends most of his time hunting orc in the Rhovanion east of the Aerie.  Westrilan was among the first to answer Gwaihir's call to arms.

Westrilan is represented by the Great Eagle III figure from Gamezone. The base is made from half of one of the fallen column pieces from the GW Lord of the Rings Terrain Pack.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Gondor Warriors: Converted Osgilliath Veterans

Osgilliath Veterans are a nice choice for a Gondor army that uses either Faramir or Boromir. They have a special rule called Loyal to the Captains, that gives them a +1 to their fight value if they are within 6 inches of either Faramir or Boromir. Since my Rangers of Ithillain army is led by Faramir, I wanted to include some Osgilliath Veterans in my army.

Osgilliath Veterans Converted from Warriors of Minas Tirith
[edit: above picture added 2/6/12]

Now Games Workshop makes some perfect good metal models of the Osgilliath Veterans. The only problem is that they sell them three to a blister pack, 1 with sword, 1 with spear and 1 with bow. Since shooting a bow or supporting another model with a spear does not allow them to take advantage of their increased fight value when near Faramir, these are kind of lame choices.  I was only interested in fielding the veterans with swords.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Minas Tirith 600 Point Army List (Updated)

So if you play Games Workshop's Lord of the Ring Strategy Battle Game, you probably know that whole boatload (5) of new source books were just released for the game this weekend. These books don't change the rules of the game per se, but they do overhaul the army composition rules. Basically your army is now comprised of "units" called warbands. A warband consists of a hero and up to 12 warrior followers. For most armies this shouldn't pose a problem, but for horde armies that are 50 warriors led by 1 or 2 heroes, this is going to cause a major rework.

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