Thursday, 14 January 2016

From AaronH - 54 Uruk-Hai (285 Points)

This entry is the majority of the remainder of my Uruk-Hai. As before these are 28mm Isengard models for Lord of the Rings by GW.


This entry is a mix of plastics and metals and from many different sources. Last year I spent some time on E-Bay collecting Gondor and High Elf models for my boys. A remarkable number of those lots came with some Isengard models.

Some were painted, badly, most were gray plastic. Any that were painted got a re-paint to match them to my army. Even among my troops they were a mixture of models assembled over the last ten years. Some had black primer, two different shades, some gray, some metal.


First up are eight pikes. As always I prefer the vertical ones. One of these lads had a broken pike which its previous owner fixed.


This is nine berserkers, including three with torches to light off the black powder under the Deeping Wall. Nine of these is probably enough for my purposes. The metal models are very nice. The plastics are acceptable, a little soft in places but mostly better than the run of the mill LotR plastics.



These six are engineers. A couple of the local guys built an amazing Helm's Deep model and we will need these for the siege game that is coming up "some time".



Also in this group are two of the crew for the siege bow, which is still un-assembled on my desk.





The engineers are followed by a battering ram. This is a very nice models and I'm very pleased with how the wood came out on it.


Next up are twenty one warriors with shields. Sword and board is the most flexible build for these guys so you can't really have too many.


Last up are two banners and a shaman. He will go a little way towards making the Uruks more resilient, and is a nice model on his own merits.



This is a total of 54 28mm models, for 270 285 points.
I feel rather privileged to step in for Dave and comment on such an impressive entry Aaron! This is an absolutely smashing set of Uruks and I'm sure will terrify more than one opponent into submission. That initial photo en masse really reflects the unstoppable tide kind of feeling I get watching them in the films. That tree-trunk surely qualifies as a "crew served weapon" and the banners are worth a few extra points too bringing the total up to 285. Cracking stuff! Cheers, Millsy.

40 comments:

  1. Wow, that's what I call a horde! Great work on a very menacing army!

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    1. Thanks Evan. Evil orcs; go big or go home.

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  2. That's a lot of lovely painted figures to go with a great game. The front on shot of the battering ram is my favourite!

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    1. Cheers Steve. The battering ram is a lovely model. I enjoyed painting it, if for no other reason than it was a break from so many Uruks.

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  3. Really nice bunch. One of my fav all time bad guys ever! Nice big points haul as well. cheers

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    1. Thanks Kiwi. They are sort of my go-to evil army. Had to get them painted so I could use them as such.

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  4. These are great. I am inspired to drag my old figures out and check eBay myself now. Thank you.

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    1. Do Clint. They are a rewarding army to paint and to play. Forgiving but interesting. I always give these guys to the new guy when I'm running a teaching game.

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  5. "Orcs, Sir - farsands of 'em!"

    Lovely work Aaron - you've got quite the production line going on :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin. I was actually expecting these guys to be easier to paint than they ended up. Good for me really, teaching me humility and all that.

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  6. Fantastic! Really fits the theme from the movies nicely, and will look great facing off against the heroes I suspect..

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    1. Thanks MrLee. They do need some heroic opponents. Hmmm.

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  7. Well done Aaron, very menacing lot! Cheers, Peter

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    1. Menacing. Nice. I usually only get that before my first cup of coffee.

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  8. Brings back memories of the films - smashing paint jobs.

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I loved these guys in the films, so that's quite a compliment.

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  9. Great units, love the battering ram

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    1. My favorite part as well Martin. Thanks.

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  10. Great work Aaron - that's quite a force, and I'm sure that game "some time" will be awesome...

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    1. It will. They even built it with sound effects Helm's horn. It's brilliant.

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  11. Excellent work and the ability to make a general view

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  12. I really really like these, if I did a army it would certainly be orcs and I'd want them to look like yours :-)

    Ian

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    1. Well. Thank you so much Ian. I admire your painting so that means a lot.

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  13. Great work Aaron! Always love to see your fabulous LotR miniatures.

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    1. Cheers. Considering how amazing your painting is "fabulous" is a high compliment indeed. I don't know what the German for "Cheers" is, but; that.

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  14. That is an amazing collection Aaron - wonderful work on getting them all looking harmonious (as much as Uruks can be described as such) in your own paint style. And I agree with Millsy, if that battering ram isn't a 'crew served weapon' I don't know what one is!

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    1. Thanks Curt. I was a bit concerned about all of the different primer coats. At one point Privateer Press had a black that counted as a black hole. I had to paint those guys a couple of times around to get everything because the black was so black I couldn't see details.

      I do love the battering ram.

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  15. Great horde. My favorites are the battering ram and the shaman.

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    1. Thanks Sean. They are definitely the ones that stand out from the crowd.

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  16. Grand job, Aaron! I'm jealous of your Urk force! The prices on these and the scouts have exploded!

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    1. I can't believe the prices people are asking for these. I'm glad I over did it back in the day.

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  17. I love a good force of Uruks, nice work!

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