The future of the game

Just when it seemed that Games Workshop was letting the game die we have the great news that there is going to be renewed support via Forgeworld. I realise that its not exactly new news now but I thought it was something it was worth passing comment on bearing in mind the focus of this blog.

Re-releases

One of the best bits of news for me are the re-releases. There was a period when I dropped out of the hobby mainly due to lack of funds and other priorities. Unfortunately this was during one of the main periods of releases so my collection is missing various figures from this period. I have already been able to pick up a shade and plan to get the mounted Gandalf. Hopefully in time we will see most of the things I missed released so I can fill in the gaps. One side effect I have noticed is that prices for figures on ebay and trade sites are now much more sensible. I guess people are selling off figures they were hoping to make a quick buck on now they are being made available again.

New releases

I am really looking forward to seeing what Forge world come up with. It looks like GW must have the licence for a good few years yet and from the various bits of information coming out of the various open days and events there are big plans for SBG. The figures released and displayed look great and forge world stuff is always good quality. I am a bit worried about the prices but the iron hills dwarves at 12 for £40 seem fair to me and I will pick some of those up at some point. I hope that they will look at releasing the basic Gundabads at this price point as well as they are just too expensive at the moment costing £15 for 3.

It has been stated everything in the Hobbit films will have a release which is great news. One thing that would be love to see forge world to do was go back to the old scenario box style of releases. I always loved the boxes that contained various characters from a film scene like the old attack at Weathertop or warg attack sets.

The future

Hopefully this is just the start of a log period of renewed support for the game and the Forge world team look to have great plans. It looks like the future of the game is in safe hands and I look forward to seeing what the next few years holds for the game.

Thanks

One thing I think is worthy of note is how well the community supported/promoted the game when the support from Games Workshop was none existent. The GBHL and associated podcasts along with the raft of independent tournaments in the UK and the support from similar organisations over seas just shows how well loved this game is and I am convinced it would have died without these efforts. I have not yet attended a tournament or event but I think that may change next year having seen how much fun they look from the various Facebook posts.

Ahmon Hen

I took a break from gluing squares of cardboard onto the Helms Deep build and built an Ahmon Hen. It’s another bit of terrain needed for the journey book scenarios and as I had all the materials out I thought I may as well get it done. Rather than using the instructions in the journey book I used the instructions from a One Ring article available at http://www.one-ring.co.uk/kb.php?a=17. The article has some good instructions and downloadable templates which make the build very easy.

SBG Amon Hen
SBG Amon Hen

I am going to texture and paint this at the same time as helms deep to save on mixing up separate batches of stuff. This means it will be a little while until its finished.

I am now working out what other terrain I need to get done. The next big piece is going to be Weather top but I might make the Balins tomb bits first as these can be used for some good standalone games. I also need to make a couple of hills and maybe some river sections.

Helms Deep

Making a Helms Deep is something I have wanted to do for ages. We had a lazy weekend planned so me and the boys decided we would make a start on the build. I am using the instructions from the Lord of the Rings Two Towers journey book with the odd modification. The instructions are very straight forward and the foam board structure makes the sections light and strong. The modular way it’s constructed will mean that it can be used for the multiple small scenarios in the journey book or it can be all linked together to be used for the full battle. It also means it’s going to be much easier to store. pics 274

The wall with the culvert

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The causeway

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The breached wall

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The gatehouse. Due to the lack of 10mm foam board I had to alter some of the measurements a bit.

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  Still on the list of things to do to complete the set up are – A rocky raised section to put the gatehouse on Two curved wall sections Another standard wall section It will be a little while before I have the finished sections to show off but I am planning on working on it over the next couple of weeks. I also now need to crack on and paint a few bits needed for the relevant scenarios so I have started base coating a Uruk battering ram, a siege ballista, some demo teams and a few ladders. I am also planning on getting my Haldier’s elves done so we can do book and film versions of the scenarios.

Spectres and wights

I am pretty much just painting anything I fancy at the moment but I am being pretty productive. In the first time for a while I am managing to paint more than I am buying at the moment.

First up are three spectres. They are used in the Two towers journey book in a dead marshes scenario and will be useful in a Angmar army. These are great sculpts and it’s a shame there are only three variations. I plan to convert some more from last alliance warriors and plastic orcs.

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Next up are two barrow wights. Again great sculpts but there are only two variations of these and there are four in the journey book scenario. I can’t decide between getting a couple more or finding some alternatives to add some variation.

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And finally a Minis Tirith banner and captain. The banner is the dismount for the cavalry banner I did some time ago.

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Lake Town Characters

First of all apologies for being rubbish at updating the blog recently. I am training for a marathon and my wife is writing a dissertation so I have not had much time for the blog. Having said that I have still been painting away and have finished a decent amount of figures.

The sun has been out here for the past couple of weeks so I have got a few photos taken and first up it’s the lake town heros. I decided to try snow bases for the first time to give them a battle of the five armies feel. The snow is Woodland scenic’s snow scatter which was very easy to use. I basically did the bases as normal and then just added the snow scatter instead of the static grass I normally use.

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Bard The Bowman

Alfrid

Alfrid
master of lake town The Master of Lake Town

 

I particularly enjoyed painting the master but I am pleased with the way they all turned out. These are all Finecast miniatures and they all had very little flash on them which made a nice change.

York wargames show

Me and the boys love going to the various wargames shows and this weekend was the York wargames show at York race course. There were no LOTR related games but I did manage to pick up three metal dwarves, a complete metal mordor catapult and a box of Gripping beast Vikings which will become Dunlendings. There were loads of fun participation games and some great display games as well. I managed to avoid getting into anything else which is good news as its always tempting when you see lots of nice shiny figures.

Its always hard to get good photos at the shows but here are a few that turned out OK.

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Dol Amroth conversions

Thought I would post a quick picture of my Dol Amroth conversion prototypes. They are very quick and easy to do and I think they look the part. They are simply Perry miniatures war of the roses plastic infantry (The mercenary box)  with  ebob miniatures swan heads. They will work out loads cheaper than buying the official models particularly as the foot knights are no longer available. The heads scale really well and are pretty much exactly the same size as those you get supplied with the figures.

Perry with ebob heads
Perry with ebob heads

This first picture is a scale shot with a warrior of Minas Tirith (he has some of his details scraped off as he is going to be converted to become a warrior of Arnor). One thing to note here is that I have cut off the small integral plastic base the Perry miniatures come on otherwise the Perry miniatures look too tall when put on a standard base.

Perry with ebob heads
Perry with ebob heads

This second picture is a shot of the two prototypes together. The Pike man on the right and the captain on the left.

I have 37 heads so I should be able to make up a decent little force as the Perry box comes with 40 figures.  I am tempted to get a box of the mounted men at arms to use as the knights but the Fireforge knights might be a better option thanks to the barded horses. I am off the York wargames show at the weekend so I might take  head with me to see if I can scale it with the Fireforge guys.

One thing to note is that the heads took ages to arrive. I ordered then back in November and they only arrived this week.