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#1 Sat, Jun13 2009 5:40pm

Gavin
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The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Well, after a very long time, and much distraction and procrastination, I took some photos of my mostly completed Woodmen warband and their orc enemies.

Alas the Orcs and Trolls were in the old vault when the window was cut into it, so they are somewhat dusty (on top of the gunge just from being in the vault). So some of the orcs look a bit weird.

Anyway, here's the first image:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodWoodmenandTrolls.jpg

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#2 Sat, Jun13 2009 5:45pm

Gavin
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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

And now, a second:

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodEadmundsBand.jpg

Eadmund, son of Siugurd, son of Girwain

When Siugurd was exiled by Grima Wormtongue, he travelled north to the old site of Framsburg and ruled there as a Northman Atheling. When the storms of war found him, he valiantly gave his life. Now his son Eadmund leads a band of Rohir cnaiths into battle with Sauron's forces.

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#3 Sat, Jun13 2009 5:49pm

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Another shot of the Northmen cavalry in action:

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodRohirWarrior.jpg

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#4 Sat, Jun13 2009 5:51pm

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

And another, before I go out:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodWoodmenWarband1.jpg

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#5 Sat, Jun13 2009 10:06pm

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Excellent Gavin!!!! Sweet!!! big_smile
Can't wait to see more.


These are indeed strange days, dreams and legends spring to life out of the grass! - Eomer

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#6 Sun, Jun14 2009 1:27am

Turambar
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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

AT LAST !
Long desired: the current work of the Skilled Artisan ! 
Brilliant work, Gavin. there is A LOT to recognize . . . And especially a marvellous Eorl ! Or is it here such a single rohirrim . . . wink wink wink
And also a nice conversion aof that mounted archer . . . Great.
Great job, as usual I have to say . . .

Last edited by rita.de (Sun, Jun14 2009 1:29am)


Maybe the magic was the most powerful force in the world. But that was long ago.
The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#7 Sun, Jun14 2009 2:29am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Skilled Artisan?!
Well well, what I can see above needs a lot other skills also!
Maybe change your name to multyskilled Artisan.
Very nice indeed!


Where there is a will there is a way, just as there are no problems, only solutions! Guess it depends on ones own perspective of the matter at that time big_smile

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#8 Sun, Jun14 2009 5:46am

Gavin
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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Thank you all so much.

Here's some more.

A bad shot of The Silent Shadow

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleifMirkwoodTheSilentShadow.jpg

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#9 Sun, Jun14 2009 5:46am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Part of the battle scene:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodCombat2.jpg

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#10 Sun, Jun14 2009 5:47am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Same scene wider shot:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodCombat3.jpg

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#11 Sun, Jun14 2009 5:48am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Dagohir wades into combat:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodCombat4.jpg

(I figure Dagohir makes a useful enemy hero in the Battle of Mirkwood era as well as the mid Third Age era)

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#12 Sun, Jun14 2009 5:49am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

The centre of the fury, wild combat and desperation:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodCombat.jpg

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#13 Sun, Jun14 2009 5:53am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Lachlin the Animist stands beside his Nazgul master:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodLachlintheAnimist.jpg

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#14 Sun, Jun14 2009 6:01am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

And finally, for now:
http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb168/araquael/BattleofMirkwoodWoodmenBandDefendin.jpg

The woodmen warband defends itself.

The plan is to finish off the last nine orcs from the Dol Guldor Orc warband I've been painting, photograph it for the Mithril page and then use the board for my Battle of the Five Armies diorama.

After that is done (whenever that will be) I will return to the Battle of Mirkwood and focus on Lorien Elves. After that I may use a combination of Rohir warriors and Dunlending warriors (from the various Helm's Deep themed released) to create a Beorning warband. I am going to say that the Mithril Beornings, swathed as they are in fur are the "bear shirt" warrior elite of the Beornings, whereas most Beornings look and dress more like other Northmen.

Gavin

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#15 Sun, Jun14 2009 9:06am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

AWE-INSPIRING big_smile Very very very nice!


ménin aeíde, theá, beórnou órkeiphágou!

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#16 Sun, Jun14 2009 12:35pm

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

This simply leaves me breathless .... absolutely marvellous, Gavin ... smile

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#17 Sun, Jun14 2009 3:40pm

Gavin
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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Thanks again.

I am really experimenting with the camera to figure out how to make it work most effectively. I am using a newer camera than before which simply wouldn't behave until I figured out how to suppress its flash.

I might take more test pictures later in the week.

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#18 Sun, Jun14 2009 3:45pm

Kenakko
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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Great work Gavin.  A most creative use for existing figures and wonderful conversions.  This,for me, is what makes MMP such a joy (well, this and the scrumpy:P).  Waiting to see more...

Last edited by Kenakko (Sun, Jun14 2009 3:46pm)

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#19 Sun, Jun14 2009 8:57pm

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Very excellent work Gavin, the muted colours work very well and the battle scenes are very convincing. More please Sir!

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#20 Sun, Jun14 2009 11:57pm

Turambar
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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Gavin, I have to add: After some time of looking and thinking over . . .
I really like your Eorl, I have to say very, very much. Do you think it works giving some more closeups of him ?


Maybe the magic was the most powerful force in the world. But that was long ago.
The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#21 Mon, Jun15 2009 12:31am

Gavin
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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

I'll get you some during the week!

I am in exile from home due to all the pipes being worked on, so no pictures till I get back.

The Eorl conversion worked pretty well, but it wasn't quite as heroic as I had hoped.

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#22 Mon, Jun15 2009 9:47am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

You've said all the world. Excellent work and conversion! I like the "uniformity" in the tones of the colors of the clothing of warriors smile


¡Fuera, viejo Tumulario! ¡Desaparece a la luz! ¡Encógete como la niebla fría, llora como el viento en las tierra estériles, más allá de los montes! ¡No regreses aquí! ¡Deja vacío el túmulo! Perdido y olvidado, más sombrío que la sombra, quédate donde las puertas están cerradas para siempre, hasta los tiempos de un mundo mejor. Tom Bombadil LOTR1

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#23 Sat, Jun20 2009 12:47am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Hey Gavin, I must add my voice to the chorus of praise. I especially like your Dagohir--I think you nailed it!!


"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those that wander are lost." (Strider, The Fellowship of the Ring)

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#24 Sat, Jun20 2009 12:49am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Thanks all.

More pictures over the weekend, maybe, got the plumbing mostly sorted and hopefully I'll have a chance between wall repairs to maybe finish the Orcs off.

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#25 Sat, Jun20 2009 1:33am

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Re: The Battle of Mirkwood (The Woodmen) First photos

Huoommm ... don't forget to feed the cats ... wink ... Master Gavin ... huoomm ...

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