Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings. Sauron. The Dark Lord. Lord of the Black Land.

He has many titles.

Originally a Maiar, who was swayed to follow Melkor; a Valar who became known as Morgoth to the Elves. Morgoth and his lieutenant Sauron, led the forces of evil against the Valar, Elves and Edain in the battles of the First Age of Middle Earth.

Although Morgoth and his hosts were finally defeated, and fortess lair of Angband thrown down and laid bare, many evil creatures fled the wreck and hid in the east, including Sauron, and the Balrog that hid in Moria.

And thus it was the evil rose once again.

In battles and betrayals with the Elves and Numenoreans through the Second Age of Middle Earth, finally these two forces came together in the Last Alliance, and fought together against Sauron and his dark forces in Mordor.
This is the image we see in PJ's movie trilogy, in the opening 'Prelude' battle sequence at the start of the Fellowship of the Ring, and a great and awesome image it is too. The model from GW is an excellent representation.

I must admit, I just had to buy the model, simply from a collectors perspective. How could you play Lord of the Rings and not have The Lord of the Rings? ;-)

However, I am not sure whether I will routinely field him in my tabletop forces. He is rather pigeon holed into one great conflict, thus probably best scenario based, rather than a routine adversary. And as in terms of the game, he is exceptionally powerful in the SBG skirmish game, and yet in the WOTR battle game, whilst powerful, he has some unexpected weaknesses!

Still, a marvelous model to have on the wargames room shelves. :-)


  1. Amazing! The addition of the fiery eyes is simply brilliant! Was assembling him difficult? haven't gotten this kit yet but the way how you painted the model sure makes me wanna get him now.

  2. Thanks, glad you like him. He wasn't too bad to put together. The body was one piece, and I drilled and pinned the arms. The head and crown was a little bit fiddly to do I must admit but some blu-tac helped keep things in place while it glued.
    However there was one, ahem, 'spot the deliberate mistake'...


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