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The Ents are Marching to Isengard!

Posted in Adepticon, Painting on March 2, 2010 by BrentS

Adepticon is right around the corner.  One of the Lord of the Rings events that is being run is a War of the Ring Big Game.  The game is designed around the Scenario where the Ents are Marching on Isengard.  One of the things that I said I would do to help out is the painting of several Ents for the game. 

I’ve acquired several Tree Giant models from a friend of mine that started sculpting his own models – Majestic Bear Miniatures.  These Tree Giants make fabulous stand-ins for Ents and should allow us to have a nice variety in Ents to use in the scenario.

Here’s  three Tree Giants assembled with the gap filing.  They are the Linden Tree Giant, the Birch Tree Giant, and the Willow Tree Giant.

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Adepticon 2009

Posted in Adepticon, GW Tournament Circuit, Tournament on April 1, 2009 by BrentS

Starting this weekend, the greatest miniature gaming tournament of the year kicks off! Adepticon has really exploded over the last few years. As an avid Lord of the Rings player, Adepticon has grown to accomodate us amongst the hordes of Warhammer and 40K players. My good friend Jamie Welling is the primary driving force between the LotR Adepticon presence. As players, we are lucky to have a hobby champion like Jamie!

Stealing an idea from my friend Tim, here’s a rundown of my Adpeticon 2009 plans.

Thursday:  I’m picking up a friend at the airport in the afternoon.  I offered up a place at my house on Thursday night to off-set the cost a bit for him.  Although we are staying at my place on Thursday night, we are driving straight to the hotel on Thursday to help Jamie set-up the Lord of the Rings tournament terrain.  Most of the terrain is currently sitting in my house anyway.  We’ve got 20 tables planned for tournament gaming – ranging from the Mines of Moria, Angmar, Eriador, Rohan, Osgiliath, Harad, and Mordor!  The Adepticon terrain was created by a group of individuals including me, Jamie, Chris B, Tim K, and we also received a few donates of pieces from CastleKits, and fellow gamers Jeremy and Ambrose.  I hope to bring full coverage of all the Adepticon tables after the weekend is over.

Friday:  Friday kicks off with the Lord of the Rings Singles Championships.  We are sitting at 31 tournament players right now and I expect to get up closer to 40 by Friday morning.  At 30+ people, this makes the Adepticon the largest singles tournament for Adepticon since the early GTs hosted in Baltimore shortly after the first edition of rules were published.  I’m playing one of my favorite armies for this tournament, Rohan.  I’ve put together an all mounted Rohan army led by Erkenbrand.  I’ve been anxious for a reason to paint Erkenbrand and now I had it.  After the tournament, I’m signed up to play in Legends of High Seas Pirate Treasure Hunt game being hosted by Tim Kulinski. 

Saturday:  Saturday marks the return of the Lord of the Rings Team Tournament.  This is the 3rd year for this tournament and is usually the highlight of LOTR tournament season.  Once again, I’m teaming up with Frank Brown as we hope to lay claim to the title, Lords of Middle Earth.  In reality, I’m just hoping Frank makes it to the tournament on time this year.  Last year, with all the fiasco around the grounding of USAir planes, Frank didn’t actually arrive to Adepticon until half way through the team tournament!!  

Sunday:  I’m debuting in a new game system on Sunday.  Frank has convinced me to play in the Warhammer Ancients Battle Team Tournament.  I just finished reading the rules this week so I’m a total newbie.   Frank is bringing the army.  He said something about Persians and Macedonians (whatever they are).  I assured him, I’d at least be able to recognize the front of  Phalanx, but that’s all I’ve promised.  However, having said that, it should be a blast.  A lot of great guys are playing in the tournament and it will be a fun way to wind down the weekend.  The other ting going on for Sunday is the Lord of the Rings Demonstration Table.  Our gaming club is running a Rohan vs Isengard Demo game.  I built all the terrain for the demo and will be supplying the Rohan Models.  Jamie is supplying the Isengard army.  Hopefully, the people attending the demo will enjoy playing on the table and with the miniatures.

Last thing about this weekend…. April 4th marks the Debut of War of the Ring.  I’ve got my copy pre-ordered at my local Games Workshop.  I’m not sure I’ll actually get it until after the convention but I’m looking forward to learning those rules and developping my Rohan army to be worth of War of the Ring.

Stay tuned for future coverage of Adepticon!

The Road to Adepticon

Posted in Adepticon on March 11, 2009 by BrentS

2009 Marks the third year that Adepticon will be hosting a Lord of the Rings Team Tournament.  The last two years, I’ve teamed with Frank Brown and we are preparing for our third tournament together next month.  People who have been following my blog will notice that I’ve been working on a lot of Adepticon related projects including a number of terrain projects.  In addition to the terrain, Jamie Welling (the tournament organizer) has asked Frank and I to assist in writing a series of short articles leading up to the “Road to Adepticon”.  Our first installment was published in January and was entitled “Building a LOTR Tournament Army:  Developing a Theme” and we obviously focused on the was we go about selecting our army theme each year.   The follow-up article, “Building a LOTR Tournament Army:  From Theme to List” was just published and it documents the process of building specific army lists based on the criteria that we set forth in the planning process. 

Happy Reading!

Here’s a Link to the Adepticon Website where you can find out more details on both of the very exciting Lord of the Rings Tournaments, a bunch of 40K, Fantasy, and Warhammer Ancients tournaments as well as a host of other Hobby Fun!

Adepticon Countdown

Posted in Adepticon, Armies, Conversions, Mordor, Rohan, Tournament on March 4, 2009 by BrentS

I’m on a blogging roll, so I thought I’d post a quick update on my status for Adepticon.

First here’s a shot of my WIP miniatures needed to be finished before Adepticon.  You’ll have to look closely to see any real detail.  This wasn’t intended to show off any of my work, just to document what I’ve got to do.

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If you look closely you can see 6 Morannon Orcs that I’ve recently converted (my goal is to have all my Morannon Orcs be unique posed!!).  My teammate and I haven’t finalized our lists yet but these should be enough for me to satisfy most if not all the various options we’ve discussed.  Next up are the new additions to my Rohirrim.  I’ve got Erkenbrand Mounted and on Foot in the painting queue.  I’ve also got two additional Riders of Rohan ready to go.  Both of the riders guys were converted to be unique in my army.  Lastly, I’ve decided to add some additional Outriders to my force.  Seeing as I have an excess of plastic riders, I converted two of them by removing the shield and sculpting on a horsetail plume on their helmets.  Nothing terribly fancy but they get the job done.  Once all of those are painted, I’ll be able to field an army of 20 Rohan Cavalry each one uniquely posed in some fashion.  How’s that for OCD (Obsessive Conversion Disorder).   Lastly, you can see a snapshot of my Rohan Casualty Marker which is required for Adeption. 

So aside from getting these guys painted, I need to finish display boards for both the Singles Championship and Team Tournanments.  I’ve also got a solid weekend of terrain work to finish up (I’m one of the terrain cooridinators for the LOTR events) and finally the LOTR Demo Table.  I’ve got about 3 weeks left to do all this as the week before Adepticon, I’m off to Florida with the family on Spring Break.

Wish me luck!

Building Rohan!

Posted in Adepticon, Terrain on January 30, 2009 by BrentS
One of my many Hobby Commitments this year is to help prepare the Demonstration Game Table for Adepticon.  Last year, we put together a sweet Moria game board.  This year we are hosting demo games featuring the classic Rohan vs Isengard armies.  In sort of a “what if” scenario – Imagine that King Theoden didn’t move the Rohirrim to Helms Deep but decided to stay in Edoras and defend the Golden Hall. 

In order to stage this confrontation, we needed a battle field that could be suitable for the fields of Rohan.  The new Ctadel Realm of Battle seem perfect for this.  I purchased one just prior to Christmas and have just now started to work on it.  The stunning (sarcasm noted please) output so far… a big black plastic board:

Fields of Rohan, Primed and Ready to Go!

Fields of Rohan, Primed and Ready to Go!

I wish there was a more exciting update, but nope, that’s it for now.

Terrain Update: Osgiliath

Posted in Adepticon, Terrain, Tournament on January 21, 2009 by BrentS

Last terrain update for today!  We will also be featuring at least two tables worth of terrain that is themed to resemble the ruined city of Osgiliath.  Here’s a sample of the nicest piece I’ve made to date, a ruined bell tower.

Ruined Tower from Osgiliath

Ruined Tower from Osgiliath

 

 

Close up of Tower

Close up of Tower

 

This tower was constructed using Hirst Arts blocks and based loosely off the plans for the Bell Tower.  The Hirst Arts blocks were graciously supplied by Castle Kits (http://stores.castlekits.com/StoreFront.bok).  They’ve been a sponsor for Adepticon for the last two years.

I’ve got a half a dozen or so pieces of terrain built from these Hirst Arts blocks.   I’ll post some more when I get them painted up.

Terrain Update: Rohan

Posted in Adepticon, Terrain, Tournament on January 21, 2009 by BrentS

I’ve also been hard at work on some Rohan themed terrain.  This terrain will ultimately serve double duty at Adepticon.  First it will be available for the LOTR tournament(s).  Secondly, we are featuring a Demo table on Sunday.  This terrain will be used as part of the Demo table.

From the description of the Adepticon Brochure:

“Rohan, my Lord, is ready to fall.” Saruman has unleashed his army upon the people of Rohan and only the might of the Rohirrim stand in their way. Join the struggle for the lands of the horse lords and decide the fate of Middle-earth.

All skill levels welcome, armies will be supplied.

Here’s a few pieces of terrain.  Mostly finished, but again, a few fiddly details remain.

Generic Buildings of Rohan

Generic Buildings of Rohan

 

Ruined Rohan Building

Ruined Rohan Building

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