Monday, January 28, 2013

Old School Giants


I was looking through some boxes of minis tonight and I found some old giant figures from my junior high/high school D&D collection. These are some of the few figures that didn't "mysteriously" disappear while I was away at college. Mom swore she no idea what could have happened to the majority of my minis! 

Old School Titan

Titan Rear View
These things look surprising good considering I was using testors gloss enamal paint, a large brush and only had about 20 paint colors total. Also I had no idea how to mix paint and there were no internet blogs to show me how. In addition I had to walk to school barefoot in the snow uphill both ways, ya whippersnapper!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Terrain Project: Autumn in Ithillian Update 1

So I have been working on the Ithillian Terrain this week and I have some more work in progress photos to share. We are going to look at the four smaller pieces today, although I have been working on the two large pieces as well.

Statue and Well
Statue and Well
The Statue & Well piece is coming along pretty well. I just want to do some work on the inside of the well and the ground before adding flocking and foliage.

Friday, January 25, 2013

It Came from the Workbench!

Hello Internet!
I didn't really have a coherent topic for a post tonight so I thought I would just post some random pictures of things that I have been working on the last few nights. I have hobby ADD so I tend to jump around and work on different things at the same time. Mainly I have been working on the Autumn in Ithillian terrain pieces and bases for the Eagles, but I have sneaked a few other things into the mix as well.

Great Eagle with Ruined Wall Base
More pictures after the jump.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Terrain Project: Autumn in Ithillian Table

Hi there. I am starting a new project that I have been planning for a while. I am going to do a whole table's worth of terrain that I am going to call Autumn in Ithillian.  My Gondor arrmy, which heavily features Rangers and is almost always lead by Faramir, is based with an Autumn theme. 

My Rangers of Ithillian Display Board
When I made a display board for the army about a year and a half ago, it too was Autumn themed in order to match the figure's bases. I liked how this looked so much that I have been toying with the idea to do a whole table of terrain pieces in the same style. This "table" will not be a full table like the Mordor table, but use a grass game mat as the base and have individual terrain pieces. These pieces will be a combination of ready made and custom pieces. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: Plastic Eagles

Okay I thought I would post a review of the new plastic Great Eagles box from Games Workshop. I have seen several Lord of the Rings players wondering about this box set.  Since I have a complete army of Eagles I figured I would get the new plastic kit to round out my collection. I passed on the Finecast Gwaihir since I am already happy with my own Gwaihir.

Eagle #1

Eagle #1
Here are a couple of pictures of the first eagle of the two eagles assembled. The detailing and the pose is really nice much better than the old metal eagle.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Battle Report: Mordor vs. Galadhrim

I got a chance to play Lord of the Rings against my friend Jonathan tonight. He has a blog called The Inevitable Spark. I played my Mordor and Jonathan brought his Galadhrim Elves. We rolled the Lords of Battle scenario, which basically gives you a victory point for every wound inflicted on the enemy or every point of Fate you make them spend.

Initial Deployment
Jonathan's Elves were lead  by Rumil and two Elf Captains. He had a small group of Galadhrim Knights and a few Guards of the Galadhrim Court, with the rest of his force made up of Galadhrim Warrirors variously armed with Elf Blades, Spears or Bows.

My Mordor force had two warbands of Black Numenorians and Orcs; one lead by a Nazgul and the other a  Black Numenorean Marshal. Grishnakh lead a third warband of Orcs. I also tried playing with two Castellans of Dol Guldur for the the first time. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Battle Report: Gondor vs. Harad

Hello Internet Game People! (IGPs?)
Last week I had a chance to play the new Hobbit: SGB rules against my friend Aaron. For those that may not know, this is Games Workshop's update of the Lord of the Rings: SBG to tie in with the new movies - its basically just a new edition of the game.  So that explains why we are using LotR armies when playing the "Hobbit" game.

Anyway I brought my Gondor force and Aaron represented the dark side by bringing his Harad army. Aaron also has a blog called Dulce et Decorum Est and you can read his battle report for this game here. He also has some nice pictures (better than mine) from his side of the table.

Initial Deployment - the Harad are hold up in a ruined building.
 We were playing a basic To the Death! scenario since we were trying out the new rules and I had only played a couple of games in the last 8 or 9 months. The above picture shows our initial deployment where Aaron took up a defensive position in the ruin with his archers. With one more warband, I was able to place my archers off to the left where they could shoot at him from behind. Although if I had it to do over I would put them about 12-16 inches closer.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 New Year's Post

Hello Internet!
Or more accurately the teeny, tiny corner that may see this post. :)

So it is a new year - welcome baby 2013, mind the stairs- and as a would be blogger I am required to make a year in review post. So what happened this past year with my gaming hobby and blog? Well the short answer is "not enough". I made one of these posts for 2012 where I resolved to try and make 2-3 posts a week and play a whole bunch of games both new and old.

2012 started out promising with a nice number of games and 30 blog posts between January and May. The end of May is where things went off the rails and real life - work mostly - intruded on my best laid plans to make this blog a regular thing. The remainder of the year saw only a single lonely post in September and no miniature gaming at all between May and December.

The end of the year did see things pick up a bit on hobby and gaming side. I did get in a couple of Lord of the Rings games in before the end of the year. Also the new release of the Hobbit models and rules did spark a resurgence of interest in the game both in myself and our local community. In the last week or so I have assembled the entire Hobbit Escape from Goblintown box set plus a box of Hunter Orcs and a box of Hunter Orcs on Wargs.

I will also take this time to try and revive this blog from the the dead. I will try and learn from last year and not make too many predicitions, but the goals will still be the same. First I will continue to try and make an average of two posts each week, which should end the year at around 100 posts (104 to be exact for you OCD types). Second is to not only build and paint models more consistently, but to actually play more games. I own armies for multiple games, I want to put them to actual use and have some fun playing games.

I guess that is a couple of goals that are actually achievable and not too ambitious. We'll see how it goes!

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