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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 7:59 p.m. PST

"Really, that's my first and foremost argument. If you're a fan of Tolkien's works, then you are guaranteed to feel the entire rollercoaster of emotions of the movies, just that this time you're part of the story! And that makes it 100 times more intense. Protect Minas Tirith alongside Gandalf, ride on a Fellbeast alongside the Witch King or create your own story and army as you see fit…."

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Mr Elmo21 Nov 2022 4:22 a.m. PST

Elmo's FLGS has had a MESBG renaissance with the new Battlehost boxes. Hopefully Mrs Elmo gets me Battle for Osgiliath for Christmas.

In a recent game Aragon fell to the Witch King and the Morghul Blade. It was Epic!

Marcus Brutus21 Nov 2022 6:53 a.m. PST

It is the books that capture my imagination. And I don't really imagine Middle Earth in the way that Peter Jackson does. Like plate armour for instance. I am more in late Roman Early Byzantine camp for historical analogies to Middle Earth.

Perris070721 Nov 2022 11:31 a.m. PST

I am with you Marcus Brutus in how you envision Middle Earth, with a slight difference in my perception of the "when". I imagined Middle Earth during the Lord of the Rings era in the post-Islamic Middle-ages after the Late Roman period. Southrons, Haradrim, and Easterlings all reminded me of the "Saracens" (Arabs, Turks, Pechenegs, etc.) of Tolkien's era. The Rohirrim called Minas Tirith "Mundburg" while the Norse historically called Constantinople "Miklagard". While these are very familiar, there can be little doubt that Minas Tirith was inspired by Constantinople in my opinion. One could write quite and essay of this topic! This is just my imagination of the world of Middle Earth. Maybe Tolkien would have wanted his world to fit each person's own imagination.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 3:35 p.m. PST



Daniel Pickering25 Nov 2022 12:40 p.m. PST

I agree about plate armor being incorrect in Jacksons interpretation and with the resulting figures by GW…but the way around this that I use is to paint the plate armored minis as if they are wearing leather and maybe with a little bit of edge highlighting in metalic. This way they dont look like tin cans walking around or late medieval-renaissance fighters.

Marcus Brutus29 Nov 2022 3:28 p.m. PST

Perris, I am quite happy with your slightly later historical analogy. Charlemagne would also fit nicely into Tolkien's world.

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