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Ninjabread02 Dec 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

Thanks Gorb! Cheers ekipage! Ta ten ball! I get loads of time to while painting stuff to think through the reasons why they're all there.

Len suilon Ninjabread readers. I've painted a set of Dúnedain Rangers in order to play some Fellowship of the Ring games set on the borders of the Shire.

Eleven Rangers – enough for a whole football team. Like Rangers F.C. I know football.

With the exception of Aragorn, Dúnedain Rangers don't appear directly in Tolkein's Fellowship of the Ring book, or the Peter Jackson film adaptation. They're just noted as lurking in the background being mysterious.

"…in the wild lands beyond Bree there were mysterious wanderers. The Bree folk called them Rangers and knew nothing of their origin. They were taller and darker than the Men of Bree and were believed to have strange powers of sight and hearing, and to understand the language of beasts and birds. They roamed at will southwards and eastwards even as far as the Misty Mountains; but they were now few and rarely seen."
– The Lord of the Rings, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

This is no mere Ranger. This is … oh wait, yes, it is a mere Ranger.

Six of the miniatures (all the ones with masked faces) are Citadel's ME-25 Rangers of Ithilien, but I've repurposed them as their distant Dúnedain cousins, as Tolkein is sparse with descriptive details. Modern Games Workshop also produce a set of "Rangers of Middle-earth" that they recommend you use as any type of forest-lurking human group.

This is no mere Ranger. This is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. And you owe him your allegiance.

Attached to the group is the ME-12 version of Aragorn, in his Strider the Ranger persona. He's a really strong sculpt, with a weathered nobility on his face. A nice detail is that his left hand is clutching a second sheathed sword – the pieces of Narsil that he carries as an heirloom of his family and to symbolise his birthright to the throne of Arnor.

This is no mere Ranger. This is Halbarad, son of Halbaron. And you owe him twenty Euro.

In command of the Rangers is my slaphead with an earring rendition of Halbarad. The sculpt's expression of withering disdain is his main tool for keeping the group of strong-willed loners together. Thanks to Jesper Moberg over on the Oldhammer Community for identifying the figure as a C04 Thief.

Sing about the Rangers lads we`ll sing another song,
Sing it with the spirit that we'll start the world along,
Sing it as we used to sing it 50,000 strong,
While we we're marching to Ibrox

I've added some further variety to the group with a pair of Citadel's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Thieves, and a wannabe Hobbit ranger to impress on players they're not just anywhere in Middle-earth, but defending the borders of the Shire. I'm excited to see how they get on in games against the Nazgûl and other nasties.

More from Ninjabread's version of Middle-earth soon! Novaer!

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Mithmee02 Dec 2019 1:35 p.m. PST

Dúnedain Rangers don't appear directly in Tolkein's Fellowship of the Ring book

Actually they did with about 30 of them showing up for the battle of Pelennor Fields.

Most of them did not survive the battle.


CeruLucifus03 Dec 2019 11:31 a.m. PST

Ninjabread: With the exception of Aragorn, Dúnedain Rangers don't appear directly in Tolkein's Fellowship of the Ring book …

I started to reply the same as Mithmee, then realized the statement is literally correct. The Ranger company led by Halbarad to assist Aragorn at Pelennor Fields appeared in the third volume The Return of the King, not the first The Fellowship of the Ring.

wmyers04 Dec 2019 6:47 a.m. PST

The photography and lighting on the Weathertop photo is pretty well done!

USAFpilot In the TMP Dawghouse04 Dec 2019 4:00 p.m. PST

"The Grey Company was a company of thirty Northern Dúnedain (clad in grey) commanded by Aragorn's kinsman Halbarad."

Everyone paints their rangers in green, but in this case shouldn't they be in grey?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Dec 2019 6:29 p.m. PST

USAFpilot: Perhaps Feldgrau?

Ninjabread16 Dec 2019 6:51 a.m. PST

Yes! I am only thinking of Fellowship of the Ring, as I've limited the scope of my gaming to just to the first half of Fellowship – "Book I: The Ring Sets Out". Keeps things manageable. And I'm only using the 2005 Fellowship of the Ring campaign book from Games Workshop.

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