An Hour of Wolves and Shattered Shields

Just a quick one today, something a bit different that I spotted in amongst some other models and took a fancy to painting; a warrior of Minas Tirith. To the best of my knowledge this is the first Lord of the Rings model I’ve painted (that hadn’t been converted into something else – more on that soon). I received it as part of a bits drop from fellow blogger IRO and rather than cannibalise it for components for other projects decided to just paint him as is.

Gondor Lord of the Rings Wudugast (1)Gondor Lord of the Rings Wudugast (3)Gondor Lord of the Rings Wudugast (2)

I don’t really know why I’ve always steered away from painting Lord of the Rings models. For me the books were one of the key moments in my introduction to fantasy fiction and something which has proved to have a lifelong influence, and the films are, in my view, amongst the greatest movies ever made (I even enjoyed the Hobbit trilogy, although I admit there were a few moments that missed the mark). However the aesthetic of the Middle Earth models from GW have never really done anything for me so although it all sounds great in theory I’ve instead ended up focusing my interests in the myriad other possible settings. Still I did enjoy painting this brave warrior of Gondor so who knows, perhaps the age of men isn’t over quite yet.


24 responses to “An Hour of Wolves and Shattered Shields

  • Alex

    Looking good mate, and I’m the same regarding the books – Tolkien totally got me into fantasy at a young age, and here we are all these years later painting little figures 🙂
    I agree on the LOTR films being superb, but I’m pretty meh on the Hobbit films to be honest… I found that, while LOTR enhanced my experience of the books, the Hobbit films actually did the opposite! That said, I’d love to find the time to play the game, (especially the new warband flavour), but that isn’t likely to happen any time soon :-/

    • Wudugast

      I know what you mean re the Hobbit films, I felt the same way to begin with. I really wanted to like them but there were so many mistakes and things that should have been done differently. They should never have tried to spin it out into three films, two would have been more than sufficient, and there were too many slapstick moments for my liking, and things that just weren’t necessary (I love Dune, greatest sci-fi ever written IMO, but why the fuck were there sandworms in the third film?!) Plus Billy Connolly was a terrible choice to play Dain Ironfoot (I know you shouldn’t speak ill of the ill, but was basically just playing himself and he’s too divisive of a figure to get away with that). Anyway, those rants aside, there were a lot of good moments that end up getting overshadowed by the bad, and I think that’s a shame. I was watching Desolation of Smaug again recently and I found it a lot more enjoyable now, maybe because I knew what was coming so the duff moments were less of a shock to the system. When it comes to the books, although the Hobbit came first, LotR had a bigger impact on me I think, so if they’d screwed that up I don’t think I’d be able to forgive it in the same way.

    • imperialrebelork

      Same, Lord of the Rings was my first foray into fantasy fiction. I was so young when I read them that I thought it was all true haha

  • Ross

    Lookin’ good! And just in time for the new Battle Companies! I’ve not played the newest iteration of LoTR, but the old ones were always best played at the skirmish level, and the old version of Battle Companies was a lot of fun long before AoS Skirmish and Kill Team existed.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I’m curious about the new Battle Companies. Partly it’s that skirmish games have a bigger draw for me than the large-scale equivalent, and partly it’s because with LotR certain situations or battles just wouldn’t feel “real” to me because I know that’s not how they play out in the books (e.g. Frodo isn’t going to be get killed by a bunch of Easterlings so a battle of that nature would lack a certain authenticity to me). However a bunch of randoms from Gondor fighting some extras from Mordor? That could tempt me!

      • Ross

        Yeah, Skirmish is where it’s at for me too. Battle Companies is great cause it’s got that whole “write your own legends” thing going for it.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Nicely don as always, like the work on the shield.

  • Alexis West

    Looks good! Seconding the compliments on the shield, that sort of fine detail is so easy to screw up, but you’ve done very nicely with it.

    I’ve never played any of the games, but I have bought a number of the minis, just to paint them up, because the books have been a huge influence on me since I was a kid. The LotR movies were pretty awesome, too, which didn’t hurt. The Hobbit ones, less so. I only saw the first of those in the theatre, and still haven’t seen the last one at all.

    • Wudugast

      Aye, painting in the detail on the shield was definitely a moment for a steady hand. Snipers have nothing on us I tell you!

      Yeah, the books and the LotR films had a huge impact on me, I still rewatch the films every few years or so (which I almost never do with any other films). I’d say the Hobbit films got progressively worse, the second one isn’t too bad in and of itself, so long as you can overlook the fact that this is where things start to diverge from the books in a big way (which I couldn’t at first but I’ve started to get over). Honestly, if you weren’t enjoying the second I’d say you’re right to give the third a body-swerve, it was the one where I found the flaws hardest to swallow.

      • Alexis West

        It wasn’t even so much the fact of divergence from the book as the nature of it. The whole How to Gold Plate Your Dragon sequence was just stupid, for instance. Also, I find Martin Freeman annoying. Not entirely sure what it is, but he just bugs me.

  • Pete S/ SP

    He looks great.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • caseyrog

    Great job! I too have been a lifelong Tolkien fan, but I’ve gotten into the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game (talk about a mouthful of a title) about two years ago. The game is really good! The rules are really solid and it’s a lot of fun to play.

    A lot of the figures are really dated and don’t look all that hot compared the the stuff GW can do nowadays. And they can be kind of hard to convert due to most of them being single piece plastics.

    It’s a bit of a fine line of the aesthetics from the films clashing with what I have in my head sometimes, but that’s just a small thing for me. Part of what I enjoy are those “what if” kind of moments the game can create. Like what if Rivendell did march to war and fought a bunch of uruk hai before Saruman could launch the attack on Helm’s Deep. Stuff like that.

    Battle Companies is a really cool rule set for playing skirmish campaigns and an excuse to try and convert some of the minis. It’s actually what drew me into the game to begin with. I was originally researching Legends of the Old West which was part of GW’s Historical line of games. I learned that Legends of the Old West was based on the LotR rules and then some more research pulled up the old Battle Companies rules from White Dwarf that then had a fan-made ruleset and now it’s back into proper print again.

    • Wudugast

      I keep hearing that the LotR game is really good, I’m really not a proper gamer but it definitely appeals. I’ve seen some of the games Warhammer TV have livestreamed from events and it looks like everyone is having fun with it, but also enjoying a well balanced game – as opposed to way 40k sometimes feels like it’s a very serious business. It’s certainly interesting enough to keep drawing me back for yet another look, and I suspect that much as though I love the aesthetic of 40k I’d be more likely to actually play a game of (*deep breath*) the Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game. It’s almost inevitable that I’ll crack sooner or later!

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