My Clubhouse is planning a trip to Miniwargaming down in Welland, Ontario! For those of you who don’t know, its a major YouTube Battle Report channel that does a load of 40k and Age of Sigmar content, as well as a few other games.
One of my good friends, Kyle, is a regular on their show, and he managed to get us all excited about going again(we had been once, in December 2019), and we are planning on staying into the weekend. I have been there twice, and have two 8th Edition 40k Battle Reports filmed. They have loads of amenities at the Bunker, and while our Clubhouse is great, the sheer selection of tables and terrain available is fantastic. We are staying on-site, in their crazy 40k and AOS themed rooms. All in all, colour me very excited.
But what to play? Originally, I was just going to bring my 40k stuff. But Kyle told me that Luka, one of the Battle Report hosts, really wants to play Middle Earth. This was possibly the best thing I could have heard! My local group is great, but Middle Earth hasn’t taken off like the other GW stablemates at my Club. Actually getting to play, let alone for YouTube or their Vault, is big.
I’m dusting off my Iron Hills Dwarves collection that is mostly complete, but my goal for the next month or so before November is to get them fully complete, as well as a 700 Point Minas Tirith list done as well. I’ll be bringing a Fellowship just in case we have time to do a scenario, specifically the Ambush at Amon Hen.
I also need to practice playing the game, and luckily I have one friend who plays, and another willing to learn to help me “drill” the system before I go and play it live. The Middle Earth System is absolutely bananas with rules, so it’ll be worth it.
Luka is probably bringing Isengard; this will be a heavy hitting army supported potentially by one of the best spellcasters around. Pikes, Crossbows, and Shamans will make them a tough nut to crack. Luckily, my Iron Hills army is considered by many to be an insanely strong army.
Mind you, it’ll be commanded by me, an utter pillock, so it should remain balanced.
So lets take inventory of what I potentially need to paint:
12 Iron Hills Warriors with Spear/Shield-I may not need to since I have 24 done already…
The Fellowship at Amon Hen-I have specific models for this, but I’ll have to wait and see what Luka says we’ll have time for. I already have the Hobbits done!
8 Knights of Minas Tirith, one with a Banner-This is if I take a Minas Tirith list for a second Matched Play game.
12 Warriors of Minas Tirith, assorted weapons-Again, this is if I bring my second army.
12 Rangers of Gondor, with Bows-Same as above, to be led by…
Faramir, Captain of Ithilien-Oh yeah, its time for Boromir and Faramir to do a double feature! painting the silver tree on his chest should prove fun….
8 Citadel Guardsmen-Led by Irolas, this warband will be a tough infantry choice if I need it.
Captain of Minas Tirith, Hornblower and Banner Bearer-To potentially lead my Warriors, if i don’t bring…
Ingold, Captain of the Rammas Echor-What I’ll probably lead those Warriors with, if I’m frank.
So, as they say….
I’ll be posting work in progress content over the next few weeks, as I feverishly try to get everything done. I’m quite excited though, and this does give me a lot of energy to as they say in my neck of the woods, “Git er dun”.
Now a lot of this is still up in the air; If Luka becomes unavailable, chances are I will pivot to a 40k Battle Report. Which will still be fun! But not, maybe, as fun as this could be!
But, time typing is time not painting. So, Happy War-gaming wherever you are, and I’ll catch you in the next one!