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.

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Rescue the Baggage

This is the second of the scenarios in the starter set scenario book. The dwarves have Bifur, Bofur and Bombur and the Goblins have 12 goblins and Grinnah. The dwarves have to get to the weapon pile and then get back to their starting position. The goblin has to try and kill two of the dwarves.

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The starting positions. The dwarves have two options herein this game. They can jump the gap or go the long way round.

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Ben decided to send Bofur toward the gap and Bifur accompanied Bombur on the long march over the platforms. I attempted to jump two goblins over the gap but ended up rolling two 1’s and they both fluffed the jump and fell to their deaths.

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Bofur jumped the gap but only just. He rolled a one as well and had to modify it with might to avoid the drop.

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Bifur joined Bofur by leaping over the gap and the two dwarves start chopping through goblins like no one’s business. They leave Bombur to hold off the goblins coming round the platforms which he managed to do all game.

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The dwarves soon broke the goblins and Grinnah promptly failed his stand fast and legged it. I had been rolling very badly for my goblin reinforcements all game and the goblins very quickly melted away once they were broken allowing  the dwarves to pick up the weapons and run to safety. I had managed to knock a wound off Bifur and Bombur but could not quite finish them off.

Adding to the lead pile

Managed to bag a bit of a bargain from Denmark this week. Most of the figures don’t help with the things I need for the journey books but there are some nice OOP bits. Felt a bit like Christmas all over again. pics Metal Easterling commanders Narzug Lindir Legolas foot and mounted (the metal version) Bullroarer Tool foot and mounted Mordor taskmaster and Drummer (metal) kardush the firecaller 2 x metal vault warden teams (metal and two different poses) Durin and Mardin Murin and Drar Dain

The Breakthrough

Me and my eldest played one of the scenarios from the “your journey begins here” book from the Goblin town starter set at the weekend. We used the full rules rather than just introducing the suggested sections as we have played a few games now and we have the hang of things.

This scenario pits Fili, Kili, Oin and Gloin against the goblin captain and 12 goblins (killed goblins can come back though). It uses the terrain from the starter set and the dwarves objective is to get from one side of the platforms to the other in 10 turns.

There are not too many options for the dwarves they basically have to charge forward and cut their way through the goblins. The key thing they need to do though is to may sure they get priority so they can keep moving forward with heroic moves and where possible heroic combats. My son played good and I was evil (as per normal).

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The two sides face off
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The dwarves and goblins clash on the rickety walkways of goblin town.

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Turn 9 and the dwarves are close thanks to some well used heroic combats and moves but they really need to win the fight.

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With the majority of the goblins cut down three of the dwarves make it to safety and victory.

The main turning point in the game was the dwarves breaking the goblins. Once this happened some of the reinforcements were vanishing off the board as soon as they appeared. This was an enjoyable games and its a closely balanced scenario. I think it is tipped slightly toward the dwarves but they need some luck on their side to get over in the 10 turns.

We also played the second scenario so I will write this up when I get chance.

Review of the year

As is traditional I thought I would do a quick review of the year.

I set the blog up in roughly July when I decided to work through the Lord of The Rings journey books. Since then I have managed to paint a fairly large amount of miniatures but I have also managed to buy quite a few as well. I have sold off a lot of stalled and half finished projects though to the hobby has been pretty much cost neutral and the overall lead pile has not grown too much. Looking at my painting log list I have finished a couple of hundred figures over the last 6 months.

One thing that did happen is that I got a bit side tracked and painted a load of stuff that’s not needed for the journey books or that does not pop up until later scenarios. This was partly a conscious decision as I wanted to get a decently sized army painted up so I could use it for pickup games. I went for Gondor as I had figures for most of the options in the army list and they will be used in the Return of the King scenarios.

I have played a decent amount of games with my boys and I have also introduced a new person to the hobby and I have had several games with him as well. One thing I need to do this year is get out and play some more games. I have Orc ward games, two games clubs and a couple of games workshops close to me so I need to get some games arranged.

So then aims for the next year are –

  1. Focus on getting the figures and terrain needed for the three journey books (there are a few models I need to get hold of still)
  2. Get more games played and maybe go to one of the GBHL tournaments
  3. Stay pretty much cost neutral by continuing to sell off stuff I no longer use