Battles in Middle Earth

The Lord of the Rings Strategy battle game is one of the games made by Games Workshop that is neglected by many of their wargaming fans. And to be honest, I also regarded the Lord of the Rings game for a long time as a kiddy game. A game focussed on grabbing money from parents during the hype surrounding the three Lord of the Rings movies. But I now have to admit that I was wrong. In fact, I have to conclude that the Lord of the Rings game fills a gap in Games Workshops product range that only the discontinued ‘Specialist games’ were able to fill.

Aragorn as King of Gondor
Aragorn as King of Gondor

The reason I started with Lord of the Rings, was the introduction of a magazine series by De Agostini. This magazine introduced players with the game rules, model painting and background of the game. It also came with figurines to play the games with. And this last bit was the reason I subscripted as the magazine was cheaper than buying the figures individually. Thus by buying the magazine, I got cheap miniatures that I could paint up and sell with a profit to pay for my hobby.

Small Minas Tirith Army
A small Gondorian army prepairs for war

But the more I got invested into the Lord of the Rings game, the more I realised that Games Workshop had devised an elegant skirmish game. A game that has a rich thematic background, and makes it possible to fight small but detailed battles. Another thing that surprised me was the quality of the miniatures. These figures were much more beautifully sculpted that I expected. Or as some people would say, the pictures do not do these miniatures justice.

The Lord of the Rings miniatures have great detail on them. You can truely recognize the actors of the films.
The Lord of the Rings miniatures have great detail on them. You can truely recognize the actors of the films.

The end result is that I started playing Lord of the Rings in addition to my other board- and wargames. And as time moved on, I have collected armies of most major factions in Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I still have to paint most of the miniatures, but my gaming blog will hopefully stimulate me to pick up the paintbrush more often and finish some of these great looking armies. Because let us face it, there is nothing as compelling as a miniature game on a beautiful gamingfield with two painted armies.

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