Friday, March 29, 2013

Rare Uruk-Hai Pose Diorama

So I was lucky enough to obtain a few of the rare poses not to long ago. I wanted to do these guys justice, rather than just put them on a normal base. For the Uruk Hai with two-handed axe I decided to go with a diorama of him leading the charge of a group of five uruks.

The base and ruins were purchased from Thomarillion. I am really digging thier products, and you can find thier wares here:

The rocks were cast using Woodland Scenics rock molds and thier Hydrocal product. Very light weight stuff, so for those of you games that have to carry boards around, you might want to consider it. My only concern is how they will hold up to drybrushing. I will probably have to go pretty easy on them. I will let you know

So here are the WIP shots.

I finished the diorama today. I think it came out pretty good.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kings of Old

So I recieved my first set of terrain pieces from Thomarillion yesterday. Great stuff, and I highly recommend them.

I wanted to go ahead and get one painted up. I will probably incorporate it into a diorama at some point, but its a nice piece on its own.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Helm's Deep Statues

So I was extremely fortunate and managed to pick up the Helm's Deep playset statues on Ebay last week. They arrived today and I was so stoked I tore right in to painting them. I think I put about 10 different shades on these guys! Here is the finished product, and if you check out the Rohan page you can see some more photos of the statues.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

King Theoden

First up is a pose of the fully armored king of Rohan: Robert Plant...I mean Theoden, hahahaha.

Bill Ferny

I purchased a bunch of miniatures from eBob miniatures ( I bought most of the LotR compatible miniatures under the fantasy section. These miniatures are very nice and alot of fun to paint and you can't beat the price. I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to add some variety to thier collection. Here is Bill Ferny:


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rare Lurtz with Bow Pose

So this mini has a bit of a story behind it. I started collecting GWs Lord of the Rings line shortly before I got married. I am an avid collector and strive to get everything in the line, so by the time I got married in 2003 I had started a pretty nice collection. Between 2003 and 2009 my lovely wife and I ended up moving six times, throw in an apartment for me during an internship and that makes seven times that I moved. I had done everything I could to keep track of what I have in spite of GW continuosly changing thier packaging and naming conventions for minaitures.

So fast forward to the present. At this point I have nearly everything readily available. Naturally, I started to focus my attention on rare poses, unlreleased stuff, etc. So when I saw that the Lurtz with Bow pose was considered rare, I was all excited becasue I remember when it came out and remembered purchasing it. I wanted to dig it out of my backlog of 100s of miniatures I have to paint, and much to my dismay I could not find it.

During one of my moves, I was fairly certain I had left one box behind that contained a LEGO Mellenium Falcon. I thought the worst, and suspected that somewhere during the seven moves in seven years, I had left a box behind. As I thought more about it, I could think of other poses I had in my list that I knew I had bought and didnt recall seeing, some a bit hard to come by today such as the original pose of Saruman holding the palantir, and some I just knew I had like Uruk-Hai shaman.

Back to the back log. I dug out every box I had and went through every boxed set and blister. In the first box my spirits rose when I found Saruman. They rose yet again when I found the shaman. But still no Lurtz. Finally, on the 24th and final box (side note, this is the only time I find it relevant that it was in the last place I looked, because it was the last box. People say that all the time, "its always in the last place you look Randy!" No shit Sherlock, what idiot would keep looking for something after he already found it?), there it was, in a bag full of loose miniatures that I had bought when you could buy individual Modor Orcs from the FotR release.

Now I have tons of models that I have never felt I had enough skill to paint. I have done very few of the actual named characters in the movie/books, always deciding to hold off until my skill improved and could do them justice. I decided to stop being a wuss, and go ahead and paint this rare mini. Here is the finished product. Let me know what you think:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Ok, so I thought I would start a new thread devoted to the terrain pieces I have done. First up is a ruined statue. This came with the Return of the King Boxed set, so that means I first painted it about 8 years ago I think. I wanted to change the base and spruce it up a bit.

 The newly based version of the same.

Here is the circa 2003 version.

And the other staute from the pack:

 These are the two statues from the Ruins of Osgiliath set. They are pretty light in color, but the lighting is making them appear pretty dark. Oh well.