Saturday, April 10, 2010

Attack on Bree

Not really a canon battle, but here are some pictures of the setup for an attack on Bree. It gives me a reason to put some two level Tudor style houses with my hobbit houses. The story line goes as such; Some elves heading west to leave Middle Earth discover some wandering orcs and a Troll heading towards Bree. The elves decide to intercept them on the outskirts of one of the outlying settlements near Bree.

The Approach towards town.

Orcs pour over bridge.

View of Battle from Town.

Shouldn't that troll be in Mordor?

Elves await orcs.
Customized GW trees.
GW Hill.
GW multi-part hill.
GW multi-part hill and GF9 river.
Customized MBA hobbit house.

Friday, April 9, 2010

GW War of the Ring: Battlehosts

I got a chance to look at War of the Ring: Battlehosts. It is a nice expansion for War of the Ring though I didn’t see if it addressed some of the issues people have with WotR. I don’t think it does, but I may have missed it.

What it does do is give you special formations (or battle hosts) made up of specific formations and characters from WotR. By building them this way and playing an extra cost for the special formation the player gets access to special rules for that formation. Additionally, there are more Fortunes and Fates one may purchase for their force.

Each of the factions from WotR has some battle hosts associated with them. Some have more than others. Here are some numbers

Gondor: 9
Rohan: 4
Elven Kingdoms: 4
Dwarf Holds: 2
Forgotten Kingdoms: 2
Mordor: 9
Isendgard: 6
Misty Mountains: 2
Fallen Realms: 8
Angmar: 3

Not having played with any of these formations yet, I will not comment on their effectiveness. But they seem to be fun and nicely themed. I also think they make a nice guide for collecting the figures even if you don’t put them on the table as a Battlehost.

As always, the book is filled with great pictures and I find myself getting motivated to paint up some more LotR figures. People who do not play WotR may not find this book all that useful, but those that do will find it a nice little product.

GW Knights of Dol Amroth and Morgul Knights

I was able to check out each of these new plastic figures. They are quite grand. They have nice detail and minimal mold lines, plus they go together quite well. Here is a picture of them on the sprue.

Knights of Dol Amroth

Morgul Knights

Here are some shots of the figures removed from the sprue.

Knight of Dol Amroth

Morgul Knight

Without the face plate, the Morgul Knights would make great undead knights in 25mms. One would just need to fill in the hole for the face plate. See a closeup below.

Lastly I will show each of the knights put together.

Knight of Dol Amroth

Morgul Knight

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Forge World Adeptus Mechanicus Army

Here are some figures from Forge World's new Adeptus Mechanicus army.