With the shutdown in the UK, Games Workshop has kept the hype train going for all of us stuck at home during the Coronavirus quarantine. While I wouldn’t call the first announcement overly surprising as it has been speculated as the next book to get released, but the Quest of the Ringbearer is officially the next book coming out in MESBG which is really welcome news.
What is this new book? It contains scenarios from the Lord of the Rings movies along with campaign rules (so each scenario will affect a future scenario or characters who take damage will carry that over to the next scenario). While the LOTR scenarios have been core to LOTR SBG and Hobbit SBG and reprinted as one-off scenarios in many places, the campaign way of playing has only taken place in The Journeybook supplements (there was one for each LOTR movie) which are now quite old and not easy to find. I suspect this new version will have a different campaign system then that did as well. What is also cool is that GW is teasing that you can use “alternative” Fellowships like Saruman leading the Fellowship or Haldir instead of Legolas for example. These rules came out in the White Dwarf a long time ago and it is cool to see them be included here in book form. Games Workshop has been doing a good job of updating and more or less replacing older supplements which were popular in MESBG. It used to be difficult to get ahold of some of these supplements but that is no longer an excuse for jumping into the game which is fantastic.
I am excited for this release as when I got into this game, this is ultimately what I wanted to play. It doesn’t get anymore thematic than playing through the Lord of the Rings and my hope is that they redo some sculpts that are only in metal like the original mounted Ringwraiths which are really tough to get the nine you need. A plastic Fellowship would obviously be a strong seller too and very welcome.
That’s not all though! A couple of new characters are getting miniatures as well. The rangers Anborn and Mablung will be released in plastic or resin. Games Workshop didn’t indicate which it will be but they certainly look great and should be easy to paint up well with edge highlighting. I do think the eyes could be tricky on these two as they are so small but that is the only issue I can see with them and they’re excellent sculpts with sharp detail.
As always, I enjoy writing these articles because I like to hear what others think so let me know what you think of these two releases in the comments below. Will either fit into your busy wargaming schedule? I don’t know how I’m going to squeeze it in myself, but I look forward to these all the same and will certainly try my best!