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!


  1. An interesting project, looking good :-)

  2. I've been working on 1/72 Middle Earth Armies too. I just finished my Misty Mountains Goblin Army. I'm working on elves next.

    1. Ah yes, I just looked at them; very nice indeed.

  3. That's a good looking unit. The shields especially look fantastic, your eyesight must be better than mine! The future plans sound intriguing, like the idea of splitting North and South gondor.

    1. Thanks Alan. The shields I actually found difficult, since some parts of them are extremely narrow, and I personally have a bit of trouble getting white to look good.