Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shagrat and the Wild Warg Chieftain - revisited

We enjoyed a relatively short notice game of LOTR at the weekend; a doubles game, Father and Son vs Father and Son, taking place on Sunday...

Brett and his son Rhys, coming down for some LOTR fun against me and Chris...

Brett has a collection of mostly good LOTR troops, and wanted a refresher in the rules of the game, especially now with the new rules from the Hobbit book in action... He brought with him some Gondorians lead by Faramir and allied in some Galadhrim with Haldir and Legolas.

We played a 600 points basic 'To The Death' game just to go through the ropes of the game.

I normally like to play only with troops I have painted, but this game I fancied trying a few different things out, that were unpainted or just black undercoated, so I didn't take any pictures of the game.

And I wanted to try out Shagrat as my Evil force leader, who I had but still in blister pack, and decided he would be quick to paint up as he is mostly just dark armour... so out came the brushes...

He led a force of Morannon Orcs assisted by Kardush, and also the Mouth of Sauron leading some Morgul knights...


Shagrat the War leader of Cirith Ungol


Equipped with Shield of Cirith Ungol

The game went well for all of us, with mayhem and brutality on both sides, but with an early finish needed, the game was called a One-All draw, as we both scored points for a having banner.

Main thing was Brett and Rhys enjoyed it and got more acquainted with the rules and subtleties of the new army list creation using warbands.

Shagrat didn't do too bad either killing a couple of Gondorians himself thanks to his shield bash knock down rule, and then holding off a late charge by Faramir and Haldir! For once I didn't have a model die, succumbing to the newly painted model syndrome! ;-)

I'll definitely be using Shagrat again - I now need to paint up some Mordor Uruks for him to lead!

The Morannon Orcs were certainly an improvement, with their tough armour, over the Mordor Orcs, which seem to die like flies to the elven archery... Kardush also had some fun too; Channelling Fury early on, but then all 7 orcs that died near him , all failed their 5+ save, curses! He then made use of his abilities to recharge his Will, at the expense of the life of a nearby orc, life is cruel in the evil ranks! He then targeted the Gondorian Banner bearer with a Fireball but then fluffed the casting the roll on a 2! Still I guess it did demonstrate his potential... The Mouth of Sauron did OK, at one point transfixing Legolas just to keep him from shooting for a turn, and the Morgul knights did OK, though I got too close with my first move and then suffered an elven charge to start, though thankfully their armour saved them and they then started cutting down the Galadhrim infantry...

Brett had anchored the other end of his line well in a ruin and this demonstrated the bonus of holding a defended position. Shagrat did managed to break through the centre of the good battle line, but then was confronted by Faramir and Haldir, though withstood their attentions. And this pretty much ended our game as Brett had to get away...

Very enjoyable fun!
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Also over the weekend I revisited my Wild Warg Chieftain, I gave him another coat of matt varnish then had some fun with UHU glue; adding saliva to his gaping jaws!




A neat trick I learned from The Dead Marsh Spectre - thanks for that! :-)


Now I just need to get him into action in our continuing Fellowship of the Ring campaign... The Hounds of Sauron, is next up, as our Fellowship sets out on the Quest for Mount Doom!

More work on the Watcher also went well over the weekend, which I'll update you with in another blog post soon....

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dwarven Gold!

Dwarven gold, recovered from Eebor, from under the very claws of Smaug!

My son recently started 'big school' and made a new friend there. When it came up in conversation we were big LOTR / Hobbit fans, it turned out his father had some 'connections'... and guess what he brought in for us...

Yep they made real metal coins for the movie, goodness knows how many!


One side had a dwarven face... the other what looks like a ship with a row of shields along the side, much like a viking longboat... at least that's how it appears to my eyes...


Another object that will take pride of place in my display cabinet :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Watcher in the Water - WIP

Well despite trying cut cut my thumb off earlier in the week, I have persisted with the big beastie over the last few days, and have managed to get it trimmed, assembled and fix up where necessary with Greenstuff - the usual joint/gap filling, and bubble hole filling, and a little missing detail repair (not that I am the best sculptor, far from it!)...

A picture for each angle, with a regular orc alongside for scale...





I have also completed the individual tentacles that were first released, but wanted to paint both things together so I can get a decent colour match through the painting process...

Progress hopefully over the next week or so...

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Watcher terrain board - progress, and ouch!

Over the weekend I also managed a little time to make more progress on my Watcher board terrain... and got the doors added....


Cut from foamcard or foamboard or whatever you call it. Into which I recessed two small brass hinges; one for each door. These were then glued into the foam block of the walls. Once set I then cut out the interior, enough for there to be a darkness behind the open doors...


Once that was done, I then clad the whole thing in slightly thinned polyfilla to seal and part texture it. I forgot to take a photo of that step, sorry. Anyway once that was dry I then clad that and the whole board in a very dark Grey/Brown sand textured paint mix... being careful not to get filla or gluey paint into the hinges!

So here's where I am up to now...


Next step is to add model railway ballast and cat-litter along the rocky levels, and base of the cliffs and wall...

Other work for the scenario has seen the set of Watcher tentacles prep'ed and undercoated last night, and then I made a start on the full model of the Watcher in the Water...


A Finecast kit, that I started trimming... all was going OK, until the knife slipped... which glanced off my thumbnail, then sliced into the side of my thumb...

To paraphrase Gorbag ... it bled me like a stuck pig! I am always amazed how much blood a relatively small wound produces...

So there I was, hopping around the kitchen with thumb in gob trying to get into the first aid kit with one hand and open an Elastoplast and get it on straight. A fly on the wall would have had a laugh at my expense! Once plaster on and pressure applied for a few minutes the bleeding thankfully stopped... then it was clean the blood up time. My poor watcher model was covered in it! Ah well, its already battlefield christened!



A grainy Ipod picture, probably just as well..., the morning after!

But a salutary lesson to all those using sharp pointy things... try and remember to cut away from your self.

Oh well, its still rather sore this morning, and thus my grip on left hand is buggered up, so this might slow my hobby work for a few days....

It makes me chuckle, pondering those gaming wound charts - "Ha, 'tis naught but a flesh wound!" Yeah right! Try holding a sword or pistol with a sore thumb!

Till next time... stay safe people!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Shadowfax - The Lord of all Horses - Now Running free in the Undying Lands...


I had to share this...

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2014/04/06/88420-in-memory-of-shadowfax/

It moved me deeply...

Only the day before, I had taken my son out on our usual small motorcycle ride together, which normally takes about an hour or so... this time I had a feeling, flipped up my visor and leaned back and shouted over the wind roar: "Its a three day ride to Minas Tirith"...

"OK!" he shouted back... our one hour ride turned into five, as we did a big loop; over Paekakariki Hill Road, across Haywards Hill, up SH2 and over the Rimutakas, on up to Pahiatua and over the Pahiatua track; skirting the south side of Palmy, back along past Massey, through Shannon, past Levin and back on home to P'ram.

For the day, I'd been 'Gandalf' with my son 'Pippin' behind me, riding 'Shadoxfax', my old Harley...

We'd had a great day, smiles all round, though numb bums at the end of it...

We rode that day in your honour Shadowfax (Blanco)...

Run free now, Lord of all Horses... in the Undying Lands...



RIP - Blanco



Sunday, April 06, 2014

Wargs! - The Hounds of Sauron!

More painting finished, readying troops for our next FotR scenario; The Hounds of Sauron...

 The evil forces have 18 Wargs led by a Wild Warg Chieftain. I had 6 Wargs and the Chieftain... so I needed another 12 Wargs.

These winged their way from the UK a couple of weeks ago, and were finished on friday night...

 The 12 new wargs:


And the full pack, with the 6 I already had, and the Chieftain...


Also, looking ahead through the scenarios, as the Fellowship flee to Lothlorien the same number of Wargs feature again, this time allied with Moria Goblins. I have the Goblins all good to go, and the Wargs done too now. I just need to paint up Haldir to be able to play that scenario...

Progressing well... also made more progress this weekend on my Watcher Board... update to follow...

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Watcher - Terrain - WIP

Well I am pleased to say our Fellowship of the Ring campaign is moving steadily onward, though now albeit a bit more slowly, as I am having to get figures painted and/or scenery made as I go along...

...so I thought I'd share a little of what I am currently working on...

Now I had recently made a terrain section to do double duty as The Walls of Moria, and the Dwarrowdelf... here, but...

 I also recently came across 'Celevue's Fellowship thread here, on the The One Ring Forum, and his wonderful terrain, inspired me to try a bit harder, so...

I decided to make a custom Watcher in the Water scenario board; I made a MDF Base and Frame, and lined it with Dense Poly (Styrodur). I read up on the description of the area in the FOTR novel, and decided make the pool, with a stream feeding into it from the side, which in my version will also splash down a rocky cliff face, as cliffs were also mentioned in the area description...

I also then started making a more imposing cliff face for the Walls of Moria, hacking up and gluing together more poly sheet... and then a pause in proceedings came, as I knew I had to figure out how to make a decent door, with that iconic image from the book and movie; the Doors of Durin!

I decided to quiz 'Celevue', on how he'd done his, and he kindly replied, confirming my suspicions, so I set to, printing off a downloaded black and white image of the pattern of the door, scaled down to match my figure scale.

I then over painted the black outline in GW Mithril Silver paint. Then painted the surrounding area in dark grey. A little touch up back and forth with the colours until I was happy. The elven scroll work at this scale was nigh on impossible to copy directly so I hope I have given a good enough impression, to make it look right?

So here's the Doors of Durin, so far...



This took me most of Saturday afternoon to do. I now plan to stick this to two foamcard doors, that will both be hinged to open, and the complete gateway, will then be cut in, to fit flush with the gap in the Walls of Moria below...

The Walls of Moria, WIP

The Watcher scenario board, WIP

Side cliffs and stream feeding the pool, WIP

I am going to have a play with the Woodlands Scenics Water Effects and see if I can make a waterfall for my stream with it...

So things are progressing well, on the terrain front.

I also ordered a crafters kit from the Hotwirefoamfactory in the US, (which was waiting on my doorstep when I got home today!), so looking forward to having a go with that and see what I can do with it... I just need to order up on some more Styrodur as I used the last of my current supply on the above...

Finally for the weekend, I finished off all my hills which had been re-shaped with shallower slopes, then re-flocked and finally sprayed up...



I have also been working on some figures too - more wargs for the 'Hounds of Sauron' mission, and a couple of figures for a fellow blogger as part of a figure swap-deal... more on  that later

So not to bad for a weekends work... stay tuned for more...
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