Saturday, 7 February 2015

1/72nd Middle Earth: Second Rohan Formation

Hello all. There's a bit of irritating background behind this post: I actually finished painting the four bases and even had put the sand on, but then school started again and I kept finding myself desperately trying to get back to them. I even ended up going into my room at one point, picking up a brush only to remember that I had to activate my school email. After that I got side-tracked. Anyone who's read most of my posts might be able to tell that that happens all to easily. But despite everything I managed to get the basing done at about 10:30 PM on Friday.

Also, I had a brief inspiration as to how I might separate Rohan up into its own sub-armies. I have thus far used Late Empire era Romans for the more elite troops, whilst in this formation there are a bunch of Saxons thrown in too. I plan to keep using this for the forces of both Edoras and the West-Fold, but I want to introduce some Vikings for the East-Fold forces. The Helmlingas (the permanent defenders of the Hornburg in Helm's Deep) will be a heavy duty, fully mailed force of warriors without cavalry, unlike all other regions of Rohan, which should have a reasonable portion of their forces devoted to it. These groups will also be distinguished by their heraldry, the men Edoras in green, the men of West-Fold in red (to match Erkenbrand), the men of East-Fold in blue and the Helmlingas in gray/black.

Anyway, here are the pictures of my latest addition. Cavalry to follow soon I hope.

The formation in column (double line at start of post).
The formation in wide line.
The formation in staggered.
The command base. Note the dark red heraldry of the West-Fold.

 I have by now figured out clearly what this first army will be composed of when it is finished. There is a command base with miniatures kindly painted by my father including an independent King Théoden hero. Then there is the single unit of what I'm designating medium infantry as well as the new four base archer formation. I am now currently working on a six base formation of riders, which will I hope be accompanied by a second such formation at some point, with one from Edoras, and the other from the West-Fold. Then two eight base formations of light infantry to follow that. After that I'll have to start on an evil army to pit against them.

I'm really looking forward to actually being able to play a game with these models, but for now I'll just have to be content with GW's SBG models in stead.

Talking of GW, during a trip to Launceston, I figured the release of the new codex provided a suitable excuse to buy some new miniatures for my necron army. Ignoring the fact that I do not intend to buy the new codex and may never actually buy it, since by the time I can afford too, we'll probably have the 8th edition of it and I'll have to buy that one. :P

I'm actually attempting a bit of a conversion with the one on the left.
 And finally, whilst I finished these guys about a month ago, I figure I might as well post them up now. The Saruman is a totally new model, while that Aragorn I'd had for a while but not painted him up yet, and Gandalf is a repaint after a rather embarrassing paint spillage.

I was spurred on to finish these guys for a narrative campaign I'm plotting to do with my friends, hopefully starting off in the inter-term holidays. It will also give me an excuse to finish off those holes I still have in my collection as GW shuts down their LotR line. Though I think I may have to skimp on the Balrog and buy it from Mithril.
Anyways, hope you enjoyed this post.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

In the Jaws of the Morranon

Hello again!
I was rooting around through some of my old files, and I found a series of pictures from when myself and two friends attempted (in a veeeery casual fashion) to re-fight the battle of the Black Gate. Since I won't have anything else to post up for a little while due to the fact that I find myself split between several projects at once, I thought I'd throw this up. I believe the game was played about a year ago, in January of last year (happy new year everyone by the way!). Unfortunately I hadn't counted on the fact that one of my friends had never played ANY wargames beforehand and that whilst I have done quite a few with the other, it had been at least six months since the last time we ha played a game together. So I might have been throwing my first friend in at the deep end a little.

Anyway, enough rambling, here are the pictures.
An overview of the battle field.

The men of Rohan and Dol Amroth attempt to counter flank the encircling Easterlings and Southrons.

The Orcs of the Morranon crash against the desperate strung out lines of men. Note the eye of Sauron token, which provides fearless to all evil models under its gaze (we forgot to use it most of the time, and failed the rolls to move when we did).
The game was a very chaotic affair, with various fumbles as far as rules go (like forgetting magic, the effects of banners and pretty much every special rule I wrote for the scenario). But it was still a lot of fun. I can't quite remember the outcome, but I think the Ring was destroyed, but not before several key heroes were killed. I myself took the forces of darkness, while my friends split Rohan and Gondor between them.

I did actually make a few terrain pieces especially for this game, such as the two Mordor mini towers you can see in the long distance shot. I also made several areas of fuming dead ground from the Dagorlad with large rocks on them that are scattered around the field. The game was played on a bed sheet since I couldn't find anything more suitable. I am planning on buying at least one gaming mat for rocky/underground areas, since it would actually see a lot of service (outside of historical games of course), any pointers on where I could get a good one in the comments would be welcome.

The general agreement was that while the game was fun, it was too big to make sure everything flowed smoothly. Not much I can do about that now since it was quite a long time ago, but I am carrying that through for the games I want to play in future.

Now I just wish I could find that War of Ring Pelenor Fields re-fight...

Saturday, 8 November 2014

1/72nd Middle Earth: First completed formation

Hey all.
Well, it has been quite sometime since my first post, in which I showed off a single base of Rohan foot and three bases of generic rangers. I didn't really do very much with that project after that, up until quite recently. I decided that I was sick of just having that single lonely base of foot soldiers, and that it was time to paint up the rest of the formation. So, over the course of about a week and a half (which is about half a week longer than it took to do the first base) I've painted up five more bases of Rohan heavy foot.

The unit is depicted here in double column formation
I decided on six bases since it would allow me to use a fair range of formations for the unit, each of which will have their own strengths and weaknesses. I am slowly formulating a rules system in my head, but since I am still a very long way away from having two complete armies, I'm not really worrying about it.

Double line formation

Single line formation

Marching column formation
Staggered wide formation

Now that this formation is done, I've started (more slowly) on a unit of cavalry and a unit of archers. After the Rohan army is finished, I guess I will try to hunt down some plastic/metal orcs to start an evil army. I am also pondering what kind of models to use for Gondorians. Having considered Normans, Byzanties, Vikings and Saxons, I am leaning towards using Normans for the northern part of the population (possibly with conversions for the men of Dol Amroth) and Byzanties for the southern population (maybe mix them in with the forces of Umbar or Near Harad).
Elves and dwarves I anticipate will be more than a little bit of a problem for me, but I think I will have to just cross that bridge when I come to it.

WIP Rohan horses

WIP Rohan archers
So, that's about it. I'll make a new post once I get another formation done, or when I drift on to something else, as I often do. Until next time, cheers!