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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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

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


This little guy was painted about 9 years ago. I went for a sickly look using the old dheneb stone foundation paint highlighted up. I think it’s nice little sculpt and it captures the film Gollum really well. I enjoyed painting him and think he came out fairly well.

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I recently picked up a different Gollum sculpt with him clambering over some rocks. I still have half a pot of dheneb stone left so I am going to go for a similar pint job. It will be interesting to see how my painting has changed (if at all) over the years. I suspect the standard will be similar but I will probably finish him much quicker.


I have made a decent amount of progress and I now have most of what I need for the first journey book painted up. I am still looking for 4 barrow weights and then I have everything I need for this book.

I still have the following to paint for this journey book


2 mounted wraiths

1 foot wraith

The balrog

6 wild wargs

The Warg chief

1 goblin captain

Some wood elves

The barrow weights when I source them

I have made a start on some of the scenery I did not already have in my collection as well. The thing that is going to take a fair amount of time to build is Weathertop and that’s needed fairly early on in the book.

I have also decided to try and reduce my backlog a bit by painting up some of the figures that are quick to finish. I will need them at some point so it’s good to see a good chunk of progress getting made. Currently on the painting table I have all the Goblins from the Hobbit Goblin town set which are finished baring a few details and basing. Next I plan to rattle off some Gondor troops, then the rest of the wargs and after that who knows, maybe some orcs.

I also have a load of finished bits that I need to base up as well as some conversions and priming to do of more recently acquired figures. I am planning on having a big photo session as some point so I can post up pictures on here.

Battle games in Middle Earth

I managed to bag a bargain on e-bay thanks to a poorly worded and placed listing. This little lot consists of issues 1-50 of the battle games in middle earth magazines along with the three special editions. They have never been opened and come with all the figures. This should give me plenty of reading and all the troops I need for the first couple of journey books. I plan on using some of them for conversions for things like Rohan outriders and Osgilith vets. It does mean I have a fair few duplicate figures though so I will be listing them on various trade forums once I have had a proper sort through


Battle games mags


I am not sure why I did not get these magazines the first time round. I think it was mainly because the first few issues had figures I already had, then it went subscription only. In addition to the figures there are some good modeling articles and a fair number of scenarios to have a go at.


My bloging has not been up to much recently due to being away with work, on holiday and doing some decorating. Hopefully now all thats out of the way I can get to it a bit more.

The journey of the ring

I have been a fan of Tolkien for as long as I can remember. My dad was a big fan and he read me the Hobbit and lord of the rings when I was young. I loved the films and when the games workshop picked up the figure license I was made up as I was already a Fantasy battle wargamer so these were the perfect range for me. I picked up various sets and figures over the first few years but then I kind of moved away from the hobby as jobs, marriage, mortgages and kids took priority.

Fast forward a few years and I have 9 and 7 year old boys who love the lord of the rings and wargaming. What better time to pick up where I left off with the Lord of the Rings miniatures. The plan is to work through the Games Workshop journey books building the terrain and painting up the required figures.


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I have a good number of the figures needed and a good chunk of them are already painted. There are a few things I need and the plan is to try and fill these as cheaply as possible via e-bay and funding purchases by selling off stuff I no longer use. I have already managed to plug a few gaps with some e-bay purchases so I currently need to following to have all that I need for the first journey books.

2 Ringwraiths on foot

3 Mounted Ringwraiths

6 wild wargs

The Warg Chieftain

6 uruk scouts with bows

1 goblin captain (Might convert him)

Gildor (He seems very hard to find so I will probably use a stand in for him)

Watcher in the water tentacles (I plan on sculpting these)

I currently have 9 rangers on the painting table that are almost finished and the hills for the first few scenarios are almost done. which means I will have everything done for the first couple of games very soon.