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"During The War Of The Ring..."

Updated: Jan 1


"...The forces of Dol Guldur led three assaults upon Lórien and Thranduil's realm in Mirkwood,"

These two 28mm metal Castellans of Dol Guldur are produced by "Games Workshop", and can be bought as part of a three-figure blister from their Dark Powers of Dol Guldur miniatures range. "A concept which has only appeared in an adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien", the miniatures are destined to proxy Black Númenóreans for my Barad Dur army - at least until the Nottingham-based company once again produce the "bitter adversaries of the Men of Gondor" for "The Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game".


The second of my entries into this year's Zomtober challenge, the pair were given an undercoat of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before being heavily dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal and soaked in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then 'picked out' their belts with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, as well as applied some "Vallejo" Gunmetal to the mindless spirits' ornate armour, swords and Morgul Blades.

"However, they were driven back each time by the power of Nenya, Galadriel’s Ring of Power."

These areas were subsequently drowned with “Citadel” Nuln Oil and later dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Gunmetal. To dirty the armour down somewhat and create a contrast between it and the warriors' hand-weapons, I gave all the Castellan's plates a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade and dash of Reikland Fleshshade.


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In addition to completing my second clamshell containing a trio of Castellans of Dol Guldur this year, I have also begun working in earnest on a number of Allied armoured vehicles for my 10mm World War Two projects using "Pendraken Miniatures". I've recently managed to play a fair few more land battles using various previously-painted tanks taken from the Middlesborough-based manufacturer's extensive range, and this has definitely enthused me to put a brush-tip to even more of their models.

"Pendraken Miniatures" WIPs - This M36 Jackson has been assembled, primed, shaded and dry-brushed

However, it's also made me realise that in trying to field as many of the opposing forces' different weapons as possible, I've disconcertingly made their 'hodgepodge' armies somewhat short of their respective mainstay machines - such as the British Cruiser and German Panzer III/IV tank. As a result, I aim to 'bulk up' on these models next year so the much rarer Wunderwaffe are suitably scarce.


For now though, I really need to 'clear the decks' of all the vehicles I've recently purchased, including a number of American Shermans, M36 Jacksons and British Matilda infantry tanks. My aim is to get all these miniatures completed before the end of December, as I also have numerous armoured cars, motorcycles, infantry and commanders to pigment for the Operation Sealion/Battle of the Bulge projects as well...

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planetmut
Oct 19, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I really like the Castellans, they're wonderfully creepy in that dark and sinister armour! I like your take on Zombtober; I'm still stuck waiting for my bloody Etsy order to show up so I can actually get something done this month.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 19, 2023
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Thanks Matt. I think the Castellans are great too. Super creepy as you say. Not good news on the Etsy order, but Zomtober still has a fortnight to run, so hopefully it'll show up before long.

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undercoat2670
Oct 17, 2023

Cracking Castellans of Dol Guldur. I am a bit fan of that spiky, dirty armour, it looks awesome!

More tanks? Blimey, you are going to have more military vehicles than Bovington Tank Museum soon!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 17, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I've got some more LotR stuff to come but sadly that's the end of the Castellans - at least for now. 😀


Loads more 10mm tanks, armoured vehicles, infantry and big guns to come, as I plan to push on with my Pendraken stuff for at least another month. 😁

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Oct 16, 2023

Those Castellans are suitably grubby and dark. Perfect! I like the poses and details too.


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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 16, 2023
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Thanks Dai. The Castellans have definitely put me in a LotR mood, so I've a few more models from the range currently on the painting table.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Oct 16, 2023

Excellent work on the Castellans Simon, they have an old feel to them. Great progress on the tanks, which is just as well by the sounds of how many more you are going to need ! LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 16, 2023
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Cheers Dave. I just wish GW would re-release their Black Númenóreans so I could paint some of them up. The prices for them on eBay are ridiculous. Lots of 10mm Pendraken coming, and I might even start a third project using another range of their excellent figures. LOL!!!

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Oct 16, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Beautiful work.

Big fan of your rising D Guldur forces!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 16, 2023
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Thanks very much, Michal. It's the Mouth of Sauron up next for Zomtober - just need to varnish & flock his base.

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