Tuesday, April 14, 2020

War of the Ring (LOTR) - Quarantine Painting

I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and sane during these exceptional times.

I'm heads down on LOTR projects at the moment.  My AWI project is in project - but I'm leaving that in the capable hands of my painters - the first wave of that stuff was shipped off for painting.

While that is going on, I decided to dive head first into my Isengard forces for LOTR.  Specifically, I'm going to be using all this for the GW War of the Ring (WotR) rules (yes, one of my QRS for this system is nearly done).

So, this past weekend I started painting my Uruk-hai ... and I finished a couple of companies (took me a 1/2 day of futzing around to get the process/result down that I liked ... involved some repainting).  Phone pictures below of the completed companies ...

I'm using a mix of GW and Wargames Foundry paints for these guys.

The 12 step painting process is as follows:

  1. Armour - gw Iron Warriors
  2. Belts - gw Steel Legion Drab
  3. Hair - gw Rhinox Hide
  4. Skin - Foundry Red Oxide 102C
  5. Shoes/Gloves - gw Mournfang Brown
  6. Wash everything with gw Agrax Earthshade
  7. Cloth - Foundry Charcoal Black 34B
  8. Metal Highlights/Buckels - Foundry Metal 35B
  9. Belt Highlight - Foundry Rawhide 11B
  10. Teeth/White Hand - gw Ceramite White
  11. Hair Highlight - gw Mournfang Brown
  12. Pike Pole - gw Abaddon Black

Some additional pictures below.  I'm happy with the results.

I have *a lot* more to do.  I'm planning on pulling in the amazingly talented Steve Dake in the future to help with this project once he becomes free again.

In other news, I've mustered my Rohirrum and found I can field 8 full units of mounted Rohirrum --- that is 1 x 18 figure Royal Guard (mounted) and 7 x Riders of Rohan Eoreds.  I have lots/tons of dismounted Rohan troops as well ... essentially everything I'll ever need.  That means my Rohan army is done.  I'm very close on my Mordor army from a painting perspective - but I'm currently short of clear bases - so waiting for Litko to reopen for production so I can order more.

I'm working with Litko to get my clear movement trays for WotR ... you can see the results of using clear bases and movement trays below ... I'm sold (note, those are 3mm thickness, which is important IMO for LOTR - I used 1.5mm thickness for my Star Wars Legion stuff - but these LOTR figures in many cases need pins - so the extra thickness is important for that)!

Finally, while not LOTR related, I've very close to being completely/entirely done with my ACW collection.  The most excellent Steve Dake took care of the last wave of ACW painting - all cav - mostly Confederate.  I got these on their bases and just need to finish the basing process.  Quick pic below of the in progress basing ...

While I've been busy with work - this pandemic has certainly given me a new focus and time to work on projects.  In fact, proper massed battle LOTR (ala WotR rules) has been long overdue for me.


  1. Wow Jay, impressive indeed. I especially liked the look of Rohan down the bar.

    I almost forgot you knew how to paint with all the mercenaries you’ve hired;)

    Great job!


    1. Hey Kevin! lol .. yeah, while most of my time is spent on terrain, assembly and basing, I do get to paint every so often - and this pandemic has provided that time :-) But, I still like my merry band of mercenary painters :-) lol

  2. Not only quantity but quality with your production output Jay.

    The clear bases and movement trays look like the way to go when starting a new project and may even save time (if the pinning stage is straight forward) with not having to texture, paint and flock the bases and movement trays.

    1. Thanks Pat! I have to say, it makes a big difference - both in time and I think look on the tabletop. Going to finish those "traditional" ACW cav bases after doing LOTR is tough :-) lol

  3. Great stuff and some wonderful collections. It’s nice when a genre is finished.

    I agree that lotr needs some proper mass battle rules. 😀

    1. Thanks Stew! Yeah, starting will WotR - but will be modifying it --- if nothing else cleaning up the terrible "spend might points going back and forth until you want to jump off a tall building" part ...

  4. Dayum! Impressive on so many different levels - but totally jealous that you are getting to hobby as much as you are lol!
    Every time I see your LOTR collection I feel like Grima looking out over the masses with a tear rolling down my cheek 😀
    Hope you and the family are doing well.

    1. lol, too funny! I hope you are doing well on the horse ranch away from the horse ranch! All good here so far ... taking it a day at a time. Getting some decent painting time in ... just about done an Isengard Troll ... then back to more Uruk-hai :-)

  5. Lovely looking Uruk-hai Jay...
    And the Rohan look amazing...

    All the best. Aly

    1. Thanks Aly! I've always loved the look of the massed Rohirrum charging :-)

  6. Highlingting all that armour will be fun

  7. This is fabulous - well done! I use clear bases for a lot of my skirmish/pulp figures, but never thought of it for massed figures. I really like the clear sabot trays. How do you afix the two layers? I use this GS-E600 glue that doesn't cloud. Do you use something similar.