LoTR: SBG – Wrapping up Rohan

 With these minis, I’ve kinda finished the main stage of my LoTR; to have ~6 heroes, ~12 “special” troops, monsters or cavalry and ~50 regulars for each faction.

There are a few things I’d like to finish – Treebeard and a Balrog – and some things I’d like to get – various special troops which will be fun mini-projects – but they are more aspirational than strictly necessary (well, as I define it). I could probably also start another orc faction as I have ~100 orcs beyond the 50 or so I planned to paint, but I can now field an interesting force for all the LoTR factions; at a guess I’ve probably got ~500 minis or so painted in total.

The 16 minis take my LoTR total to 26 for 2023.  I’ve always found them easy to paint; simplistic, realistic scale (no potato faces and giant fists) yet detailed enough to be interesting.  

The central three figures are not official LoTR, instead Helldorado(?) but I’m proxying him for the Golden King of Azkahuni or whatever with bodyguard, and the geni will serve as a locale-specific ringwraith. 

The Rohan heroes have been sitting on my workbench for quite a while. 

I decided I couldn’t do them justice, so just focussed on making them table-ready. They could do with more shading and highlighting for sure…

I have several spare Eomers, so I modified one with a shield and a Gripping Beast viking axe. He’ll serve as a generic captain of the Royal Guard.  A pity I don’t live somewhere like UK as I reckon I could trade my spares to fill in gaps elsewhere. I don’t think I’ve ever seen LoTR played locally and it has only recently appeared in the local games shop.

 My daughter also did a bit of painting – these are her first 28mm. She always loves ‘girls’ – and will dig through my boxes looking for female minis which are pretty under-represented, I do admit. I’d like to find some cheap female heads, as I’d prefer to convert normal male minis for her rather than have a constant stream of short skirts and chainmail bikinis which seems to be the majority of what is on offer. 

I’ve found some Privateer Press Warmahordes which will be my next project I think, but I’ll be doing a deep dive into the unpainted lead mountain looking for interesting projects. My son is nudging me towards 1:2400 ships and I also have some pirates and French-Indian war troops laying out. But then there are Imperialis Aeronautica and Dropfleet vessels sitting looking reproachfully at me…


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