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Games Workshop LOTR Update

Posted by Jeff the Fridge from Cardiff - Published on 01/02/2012 at 11:47
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It’s been over a year since Games Workshop last did a Lord Of The Rings update, releasing new Moria Goblins and Dwarves, but the wait has been worth it.

All the sourcebooks have been updated, narrowing it down to only five, and a slew of new models and old ones put into finecast. Thankfully, most of the new models are for Moria and Easterlings, which are both coincidently my armies.

The five new sourcebooks consist of Kingdoms Of Men, Free Peoples, Mordor, Fallen Realms and Moria & Angmar. The Kingdoms of Men will probably be the best-seller, mainly because it contains the rules for Arnor, Minas Tirith, Rohan, Fiefdoms and Numenor. Most people will glance over the other armies, mainly heading to Rohan and Minas Tirith, but the Fiefdoms have really cool specialist models, such as Clansmen of Lamedon, which have always been a personal favourite. The other books are self-explanatory, Free Peoples being any good armies that aren’t in Kingdoms of Men, Fallen Realms will contain the same armies as last time, plus the armies of Isenguard, which are no longer a single army, and Mordor is still only the Banner of the Red Eye.

The majority of the new models are old metal models converted to spanking new finecast, which any seasoned painter will now is so much easier to paint. All of these ten boxes consist of four models, making a neat command pack, mainly containing a combat based champion, flag bearer, mage and musicians. Some of these contain really cool models, such as the Rohan Captain, holding the dead Uruk in his hand, the Wood Elf mage in mid spell cast and personal favourite Easterling Dragon Knight, wind flowing through his cloak. Also, the new Mordor model, Great Beast of Gorgoroth looks amazing, especially charging alongside my friend's one hundred strong Mordor orc army.

The new Moria models are amazing, the real standouts of the re-release. The model that really catches everyone eye’s is the Watcher in the Water, a crazy octopus bug that really shows how good the Citadel moulders are. The Dweller in Dark feels like a cash in on the Balrog, even if it is part of the mythology, though is truly amazing in game. My favourite of the new cave-dwellers is the Warg Marauders, showing true movement and looking like something straight out of the movie. There are also two new named characters, firstly Groblog, a new goblin king to rival the now unnamed old king, and Ashrak, a new spider based mage that’s coated in the creepy arachnids.

Now for the army that I’ve got the most pre-orders for, the new Easterlings. They have the only plastic models in this release, doing a plastic conversion of the Kataphrakts, and doing a darn good job at it. The two unnamed champions are a mounted Dragon Knight and mounted War Priest, doing a best of both worlds, having an amazing combat-centric monster and pretty impressive mage. Also, Amdur and Khamul have been converted to finecast, save Amdur having a pretty epic new mounted model.

Sadly, Lord Of The Rings is definitely the smallest fan base for people to play with, even having weekly Sunday beginner’s games in my local Games Workshop being cancelled due to lack of interest. If anyone wants to keep my favourite game mode save Dreadfleet and Space Hulk, Sunday gaming night is free reign for people who want to take on my Easterling army.

Wishing Lady Luck gives you sixes on your dice rolls; I’ll see you on the battlefield.

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