In Defense of the Shire and the Eriador Project

8 thoughts on “In Defense of the Shire and the Eriador Project”

  1. A great looking triad of Hobbitses! They look really good. How many more of them do you have to go? And are these three being submitted for Squaddie September (just leave me a link to this post for when I eventually do the wrap-up!)

    For the various scenarios, keep in mind that you can always play and replay them to your hearts’ content. No reason you can’t play Scouring of the Shire the first time using books and CDs as hills and hobbit holes and a water bottle as a silo and work up to eventually having that custom table that you’ve discussed.

    The rocky terrain likewise seems to have use in a fair few of the scenarios, and of course would work through a ton of the LotR scenarios if you plan to go through those later on as well.

    Have you thought of kitbashing your own Fimbul? It wouldn’t look exactly the same, but a decent proxy gets you playing now, and when/if you eventually get an official model down the line, the proxy then gets sidegraded to captain. “Blue Stuff” (Oyumaru) moulds and some greenstuff is great for making conversion parts, and both should be easily available from Amazon/Etsy/etc. I just made a replacement foot for a model with them overnight, and one of the feet on my recent Beast of Nurgle is made the same way.

    By writing out what you’re working on for your project, you’ve reminded me of my Fellowship lists as well. As did Marouda the other day. Apparently I just need Pippin, Merry and Aragorn done and then there’s a bunch of scenarios I’m model-good for.

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    1. Thanks mate! I think the three hobbits is all I will get done this month and for most scenarios four or eight is how many you’d use but I don’t see why these guys couldn’t be in Squaddie September and I’m not going to have anything else to contribute I’m afraid so I’ll go add this post there.

      You are right about the scenarios but I prefer to have everything done before I play. I use that as motivation to get everything done and not leave a project behind. Bit too much of a perfectionist I’m afraid too!

      As far as the terrain goes, I need a bit of rocky cave terrain and then quite a bit more rocky plains terrain. I should have distinguished those two in this post as they are two very different things! The cave terrain would be useful in Moria so you’re right that it isn’t a total waste. It is also the most daunting to me as I have no idea how to carve up foam to make it look good. I’d love for someone to make some resin or plastic terrain like that and I could just paint it up.

      I’ve never been much of a converter or kitbasher but it is a skill I’d like to learn. The Fimbul sculpt is quite nice but I figure you’re right about rigging up another one. I’ll give it some thought though I do know GW has promised to re-release all Hobbit stuff that is out of print (and have already made good on many models) so I’m confidently waiting that I can get him without paying ridiculous prices on eBay. If I have to keep waiting though, kitbashing it is!

      Marouda and I agree then. Get those Fellowship models done! I want to see how you tackle them and I think you can get some games in then too which will also be a lot of fun 🙂


      1. Yeah, I just need to do my Sam and Bill stuff first before I get onto the others. And before I do Sam (who I recently got out of a tub of half-finished models) there are a few other things to get painted before him!
        For terrain, there’s always the foam option, though that takes resources and space to work.
        If you’re short on that, you could look into (discounted) aquarium scenery as I did with a few pieces here (and I somehow managed to lose a BOX more of the stuff shortly after buying the large desert-y rock formation. Don’t ask how that’s even possible…) Still, Aquarium stuff does cover the “someone else make it” aspect pretty well, and it’s cheaper than GW stuff, reasonably hardy, and is table-ready from the get go.

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      2. Take your time on them, mate and do them when you’re motivated/ready! I’m sure that will make the paint job look even nicer 🙂 Those are excellent suggestions and the aquarium scenery would be perfect for what I need. Thank you so much for recommending that stuff. I will keep that in mind as I get my Goblin Town board together! You are a wealth of knowledge, my friend 🙂

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  2. Nice looking hobbits, those are more ferocious than what I typically think of when I think of hobbits. 😀

    When it’s all written down like that the list seems rather daunting. ☹️ I think there is a lot of overlap in the scenarios but it’s still a such a long term project. Good luck keeping to it and getting it all done to your high standards. Be sure to keep playing games so you don’t get burned out.

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    1. They are quite heroic since they have to save their homeland 😀

      It is not a small list of things to do and to be honest, I didn’t realize how much hobby work it would take when I resolved to do it. I think the project is still doable so I’m sticking to it but I keep having to adjust my expectations as I realize everything takes a long time and almost always more than I imagined. I may look for more ways to save time with terrain instead of making it all from scratch as well. Thankfully, I don’t think I will get burnt out or if I do, I’ll switch to another project to maintain interest. I would say, you may run into some of these kinds of issues as you play more scenarios in Gondor at War. The terrain requirements and model count requires a lot of work there as well unfortunately. I’ll certainly be cheering you on though 🙂


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