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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "The Lord Of The Rings" May 2021

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

"Isengard is a mighty fortress sited to guard the Gap of Rohan."

This month's effort to chisel away at my rather large backlog of metal, plastic and resin models will primarily focus upon the completion of a 500 point Isengard army for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game by “Games Workshop”. Fortunately as project’s go, this particular one shouldn’t prove too difficult as I already own a sizeable amount of painted Uruk-hai from the Nottingham-based manufacturer’s old "The Lord Of The Rings" range, and have spent a fair portion of the past four weeks ‘picking away’ at some of Saruman’s sword-wielding super-strong orcs.


In addition, as I want my force to be lead by the treacherous White Wizard himself, then I actually only now need to paint up a figure of the Head of the White Council to be done. However, my ultimate plan is to be in a position where, should I wish to replace magic with sheer weight of unnatural numbers, I can swap Saruman out with a hefty horde of extra Bezerkers and crossbow-carrying Uruk-hai.

"Rocket Pig Games" WIPs - Tin Construct, Dwarven War Construct, and Twig Fiend

Alongside this cunning plan, I also thought it was about time I started dabbling in the increasingly impressive wargaming world of 3D printed miniatures. I have been contemplating buying my own additive manufacturing machine for a while, but thought as a first step I would simply purchase a few models from different sellers on Etsy, and explore the quality which the different materials used to create the figures employ.


For now I’m sticking with some of the simply marvellous sculpts produced by “Rocket Pig Games”, and had the company “FullyCycled” print these out for me in different scales and materials. The results have certainly been somewhat mixed, but I’m still hopeful to have enough playable pieces fully-pigmented by the end of this experiment with which to game the eternal struggle for domination between an all-conquering Clockwork Mage and the Forces of Nature…

April 2021 - "North Star Military Figures" dominated the month thanks to its range of Frostgrave models

Painting wise, the past four weeks have resulted in the biggest turn-out I’ve ever experienced during the month of April, thanks largely to my ability to work through a number of animals and monsters for the second edition of Frostgrave. This ever-increasing bestiary has seen “North Star Military Figures” suddenly become my second favourite manufacturer of the year so far, and with even more of their Frozen City-based fauna currently sat upon my painting table I’ve little doubt they’ll continue to make an impressive showing in the months to come too.


I’ve also managed to make some healthy progress with my Iron Star Alliance force for Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika. I’ve never actually finished a model by “Privateer Press” until I started getting the army’s various paladins tabletop ready, but am now reasonably close to getting all the figures in their Command Group Starter Set completed, as well as some additional reinforcements in the shape of three Annihilators.

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wsd50
May 03, 2021

Sorry should have thought of this before, but if you are thinking about getting a 3D printer, can I point you to this excellent post over on Harry's blog.....


https://warthroughtheages.wordpress.com/2021/02/25/trying-something-brand-new/


might be of use mate.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 03, 2021
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Thanks very much indeed, Roger. Very informative. I still haven't hit the trigger but will almost certainly be going for a resin 3D Printer in the future. For now though, I'm resisting, as otherwise I fear I will become swamped with minis - something I'm planning to greatly reduce over the next few years, LOL!!!

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undercoat2670
May 02, 2021

Very productive month! Well done. Not surprised Crooked Dice is top with all those FedSec you have painted.

The Uruk-Hai look great as a group so more of those is most welcome. Helms Deep is a great part of the film, so very fond of the forces of Isengard!

Those WIPs look great. What nice looking minis.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 02, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I think Crooked Dice will continue to dominant my hobby-time for the next few months as I plough my way through more FedSec Mutaints, more X-Commandos, and a lot more Skeleton Warriors from their ever-increasing Fantasy range.


Quite a few more LotR minis to come too, as I hope to have both my contingent of Uruk-hai Bezerkers and Crossbowmen finished this month, along with the White Wizard himself.


Expect loads of pics of the Rocket Pig Games 3D prints. They've really captured my imagination, and I have a fair few to power through.

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wsd50
May 01, 2021

Well you have been a busy boy this month haven't you! very productive mate and some quality work to boot, the Uruk look great.


Oh no Simon with a 3D printer! we might have to call in one of these "Hoarding" shows to dig you out of your house! 😁


Cheers Roger,

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 01, 2021
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Thanks very much Roger. Lots of Uruk-hai to come this month too, so I can finish off my 500-point force.


I've not pulled the trigger on a 3D printer yet. But am certainly tempted. For now though, I'm happy to utilise Etsy and get someone else to print out my minis for me. I think the Clockwork Mage vs Nature will produce some excellent-looking minis too, which should certainly catch your eye.

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