Middle Earth SBG – Muster the Rohirrim!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, mate! I tend to enjoy painting minis as close to their “real world” equivalents as I can so I’m glad you think the color scheme is matching the movies. It was definitely nice to put the frogs through their paces this week as well.

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  1. Eomer is looking great! I do find it interesting how you describe painting one side, then the other rather than all of the (say) scale armour on the model before moving to a different element.
    Good to hear that the Hellboy game plays well. Keep it up in these posts and you might be able to convince me to crack the shrinkwrap and paint something from it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you, mate! I’m not sure what the standard practice is but it doesn’t really bother me to bounce around to different color schemes as I paint a display piece. I do try to do a couple of the same parts at a time (like I may do all of the NMM metal parts at once, if I can) but I tend to find that if I try to do too many different sections of the mini at once, I make mistakes like forgetting a layer and it isn’t easy to go back and fix those. Hence the slower and more compartmentalized process.

      As far as Hellboy goes, I don’t have a ton of experience playing Dungeon Crawlers so I’d be curious to see what you think of the game when you get around to it. I’m not sure that Hellboy is especially innovative and probably cribs a lot of ideas and mechanics from Warhammer Quest since it has the same designer for Silver Tower anyway. I don’t own any of those games so its new to me anyway!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words as always, John! The original Hellboy movie is a classic and I’m glad to hear it held up for you. I should really give it a re-watch myself one of these days!

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  2. Outstanding work on Eomer, love the way youโ€™ve done that armour. Like Azazel Iโ€™m interested that you seem to do everything on one side of the model then turn it round rather than working on say, all the cloth or all the skin. I think I would struggle to make everything match up. Obviously the results speak for themselves, so whatever your reasons he looks excellent! Looks like you had fun with Hellboy too, always nice to see a game being played with such well painted models and I couldnโ€™t agree more with your final sentence.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, mate! I sometimes hear people say that they struggle to remember how they painted particular things and for me, that is almost never a problem, thankfully. I guess I’ve painted long enough that I can generally guess at what I did or with GW paints, its not too hard to ID what colors someone used to paint something. While there are some paint colors I rarely use from GW, for the most part, I can usually guess what they used to paint something, which is good because the information they share on paints is rarely accurate to the finished models by the ‘eavy Metal team.

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  3. Eomer is looking excellent so far Jeff, and an impressive amount done this week. Nice to see your Hellboy models having an outing, and couldn’t agree more about scenery bringing a game to life.

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    1. Thank you, Dave! Having a week off certainly offers some perks. Though I’ll be paying for it on Monday, I reckon! I’ll certainly have to see if I can’t improve my scenery options for Hellboy as things are a bit too flat for my tastes currently.

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  4. Eomer is looking pretty amazing already. The face is just great! I havenโ€™t played Hellboy, but read most of the comics that Mignola drew and watched all three movies. Iโ€™m guessing Descent or Gloomhaven was the first to have random boss/monster tactics in a dungeon crawler. Out of the two, I only played Gloomhaven once so I canโ€™t completely say. Iโ€™ve played the D&D dungeon crawler boardgames, and if memory serves all the monsters react the same.

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    1. Thank you, sir! I’m a fan of the Hellboy movies and comics as well and I would say the game captures the feel of the source material fairly well. I can believe that Descent and Gloomhaven likely are among the first games to have boss/monster tactics. I’ve heard that Kingdom Death: Monster does a lot with that sort of the thing too. One of these days, I’d like to check it out but I have too many games to play as it is and Kingdom Death is an expensive one to boot!

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  5. Eomer’s face is most impressive. Skin tones are great and I like his eyes. The armour is also well done with good contrast and definition. I would second, that painting towards a goal, may it be a contest deadline or a boardgame session really helps with motivation.

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    1. Thanks, mate! I think the eyes could be even better but the rest of the mini is turning out well so I can’t complain too much. I enjoy painting for gaming purposes but when you have a ton to do, you sometimes need an extra bit of motivation to get some tedious or repetitive tasks done.

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  6. Really nice job on the facial hair! Going to have and wait to see if you do the helmet or maybe the shield for his left hand?

    Looking at the sprue for this figure, congrats on just putting it together!

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    1. Thank you! I can go ahead and spoil that I’ve committed to doing the shield. I think the helmet in hand is great for a display piece but there are some details on it, like the gold crest on the helmet which looked too hard to paint NMM to me so that is why I elected to go with the shield.

      For what its worth, I’ve had better luck putting Eomer together than I did with Theoden. Neither are as easy as they should be though, to be honest! Assembling GW plastics definitely is an art form in and of itself nowadays.

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    1. That is very kind of you to say, mate! Watch the first Hellboy movie, if you can. It is a great movie and I bet you’ll really enjoy it. The second one is good too but it is very much a Guillermo Del Toro movie which is not to everyone’s taste.

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  7. Glad HellBoy has finally made it to the table and even better that you actually liked the game. Itโ€™d be pretty disappointing to paint all those game pieces and then not like the actual game.

    Eomer is coming along exceptionally well. Looks like you had a good week. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. That is the truth! I hope that I will like it as I play it more but I have some painting to do before I’m ready to play again.

      Thanks for the kind words on Eomer as well and not working isn’t too bad as it turns out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Mate, I think Eomer looks incredible so far. The reds work really well, as does the slightly rusty chainmail, and his skin and hair are really well done. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you, mate! I’m really glad you’re liking Eomer. I’m having a lot of fun painting him and look forward to finishing him up relatively soon!

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  9. That is a fantastic job! Iโ€™ve just recently stumbled across your site and was wondering how you have gone about doing the MESBG narrative scenarios as a solo player?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by! Your question is a good one and there is a lot I can say but I’ll try to be concise. There is definitely a substantial commitment in terms of time and resources to play MESBG solo so I want to acknowledge that upfront. Many narrative scenarios require a lot of minis and terrain to play so you have to be willing to put in the hobby time to get everything on the table first. If you already have a collection of minis and/or terrain, that will help with this though. I’m a slower painter and I tend to obsess over the details and so I found the fairly heavy hobby lift required to play each scenario to be the hardest and that’s ultimately why I moved on to other games. Having said that, if you can crank minis and terrain out to a tabletop standard in short order, then you can definitely make it work. Other people I know who play the game solo do just that.

      As far as playing the game goes, what I did is mentally is I tried to play each side as close as I thought they would act in the books/movies. For the good side, which usually has heroes in it, they fight bravely, aren’t afraid to commit to challenges by the enemy, and generally try to play smart. Many of the Evil factions in the game have more models but fewer heroic actions so they try to leverage their numbers to overwhelm the good side. This isn’t always the case of course, but happens in quite a few narrative scenarios. By trying to maintain the theme of each side for a given scenario, while still using tactics that I think fit them well too, I generally found that the games were pretty fun and satisfying. Its more about telling a good story then it is about one side beating the other or having better tactics.

      Having said that, many scenarios are imbalanced in that the Good or Evil side has an advantage and tend to win more often than the other in some scenarios. This usually fits the narrative of the books/movies but not always and is something I wanted to mention before you try playing solo because it is the type of thing that bothers some people. To put it as simply as I can, the narrative scenarios are not points matches and so you can’t expect them to be perfectly balanced like those usually are.

      I hope this info helps and I’m happy to explain more or try to answer any other questions you have. There are several other online friends that I’ve made who got a lot more MESBG games played than I managed and if you go to One.Ring.co.uk and check out the Battle Reports, you can find how other people got on with specific scenarios, which can help you narrow down which ones you want to play as well.

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      1. I appreciate this response! I do have the means of playing solo with a nice assortment of minis/terrains, but was trying to figure out how to implement enemy movement/ai etc. Your comment really helps and Iโ€™ll also check out that link.

        Thanks again!

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      2. You’re very welcome! It sounds like you should be able to hit the ground running which is great. One Ring is a fantastic place for inspiration as well so I hope it helps. I hope you enjoy playing solo when you get around to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. Thanks! Hopefully here soon. Funnily enough just by searching solo on one ring I ran into your posts there as well haha. But Iโ€™m definitely getting a good feeling for what I want from my solo games!

        Definitely going to continue going through your other posts.

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      4. I’m not surprised to hear it! When I was more active on One Ring, I used to get quite a few page views from the forums. You’ve probably already came across their threads but DaveT and Voyager360 both play MESBG solo and completed large scale campaigns, which is more than I managed so I’d definitely point you towards those threads as well. I think I’m better at the hobbying and painting part than I am at actually getting games in, unfortunately for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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