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"Sauron Is The Enemy Of The Free Peoples Of Middle-Earth..."

"...And the Lord of the Rings."

This 28mm scale metal model of the dark lord Sauron is produced by "Games Workshop", and these days can only be bought as a multi-piece resin miniature alongside "the prone forms of Elendil and Isildur" in a boxed set. Happily, I was able to purchase my hefty, 68mm tall "most trusted lieutenant of Morgoth" separately at a wargaming show's second-hand stall many moons ago, I don't recall if I needed to assemble/pin the 'brute', but I did need to apply some green-stuff to an annoying gap between the sculpt's pointing arm and its shoulder.

The entire ensemble was initially primed with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, layered using plenty of "Scale 75" Thrash Metal, and shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then dry-brushed "the greatest subversive Maia" with (more) "Scale 75" Thrash Metal, before washing its plate armour in "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. These areas were 'highlighted' using a (third) dry-brush of "Scale 75" Thrash Metal. In addition, I pigmented the "One Ring to rule them all" with some "Vallejo" Gold and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These Wargs have simply been assembled and base-coated

Due to wanting the figure's giant mace to stand out from his intricate armour, I decided to simply apply some "Vallejo" Gunmetal to the weapon, drown it in "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and later dry-brush it in (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal. I finished Sauron by carefully dry-brushing a little "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal over his already "Citadel" Abaddon Black cloak, and then blending the two colours together with a copious amount of "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

With the leader of my Barad-Dur army for "The Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game" completed, I thought I'd better turn my attention to providing its "Hero of Legend" with some actual troops. Considering that the "second Dark Lord" already costs 400 points on his own, I realised that I only had a 100 points left for my starting force, so decided I had best build up just a couple of cheap units so I could at least field a reasonably-sized force on the tabletop.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - Four Killbots at various stages of completion

To that end I dug out a long-forgotten box of plastic Warg Riders and glued three of together. Comprising of one armed with a sword and shield, and two carrying throwing spears, this cavalry unit would provide Sauron with some fast-moving minions, as well as plenty of points leftover for a dozen or so Orc Warriors. In addition, the "gigantic, evil wolves" would nicely contribute towards the 100 points I currently want to paint as part of my Isengard reinforcements.

Lastly, I've been steadily progressing four more Killbots by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" to use alongside their Corporate Wars range. Having now gratefully received all my miniatures from the company's latest Kickstarter, I'm rather inspired to get these rusty, American automatons finished and subsequently get cracking on some of the new "retro white metal cyberpunk and street fighting miniatures" I now own...

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