The point of this blog post isn’t really to break news that many people will have already seen but to share my excitement for the news and explain how it will shape what I’m doing in the near future.
First off, The Scouring of the Shire is like the one thing I always wanted to play in LOTR SBG. I remember being in to LOTR minis at the time it came out and reading about it in White Dwarf and thinking that sounded like mini heaven! The chance to play through stuff not shown in the movies (but really would have been cool to see) and on beautiful terrain really captured my imagination. Since then, I’ve always dreamed of making a really cool Shire board. In fact, I was thinking about starting to work on getting the minis needed for Scouring of the Shire within the next month or so. I have the original book pictured above and had been planning on playing through the little campaign and appendix scenarios in the near future.
So to see new sculpts, which look fantastic, and Hobbit Hole terrain along with a new book is just incredible. Beyond my wildest dreams and I’m so excited to learn more about it. I mean, just look at the pictures! It looks like it will be as easy as ever to play these scenarios and I look forward to seeing what updates they make as well.
So what does this mean in terms of my hobby goals? I don’t know if I mentioned it before on the blog but my goal was to paint up the miniatures and create terrain for an Unexpected Journey campaign. I already had Escape From Goblin Town (which isn’t part of that campaign but it does lead nicely into it) and I was thinking one board could cover the rest of the scenarios in the movie which would be great in terms of a realistic workload. It would also help me learn how to make terrain which is something I have never done before. I’m currently working on getting a Goblin Town board and a board for the remaining scenarios built as well as painting the minis but I have plenty more to paint and some of the models I need like Fimbul and Radagast on Sleigh are out of print right now. So while I plan on continuing to work on this goal, I don’t think I will be able to complete it before Scouring of the Shire comes out and I will jump into that while all the models are available and start working towards it instead. I hope that I’ll be able to play the full An Unexpected Journey campaign as it is my favorite Hobbit movie and I like the sculpts of the minis as well. I mean, I am about halfway there too since I have all of the goblins and Thorin’s Company painted but I think the diversion along the way is probably a good idea and will keep me from getting tired of painting all of the wargs that are needed for many of the AUJ scenarios.
Is anybody else out there as excited for Scouring of the Shire as me? I can’t wait for more details and will be incredibly excited to start painting up some of the models in the nearish future.