Post by Michael O'Brien on Sept 3, 2018 12:24:34 GMT
Yeah sorry for the delay in the start of the vote. However we do have the list today and so we will have time for two slightly short voting rounds this month. The second round begins next Tuesday (25th).
Chris was very impressed with the quality of ideas. He loved them all.
Good! A mounted suggestions again! This month I will try a MERP character Ôvatha the Young, King of Khand and Lords of the Variags
Ôvatha the Young was the grandson of his namesake and heir to the lordship of the Orath tribe of the Khandian nations. He ascended the throne in T.A. 1636, at the age of thirteen, when his father Ovag Ito died of the plague while campaigning in Nûrad. Three years later he entered the great Variag trade center and "capital" at Khand Amu and became the Khûr (V. "King of All the Tribes") of his people. He was the second Variag to unite Khand during the Third Age. During the succeeding decades, Ôvatha ruled from the saddle and expanded Variag influence deep into Harad, throughout Nûrad, and across Chey Sart. The so-called Horse-slayer ruled much of central Endor.
His most notable feature was the self-inflicted diamond-shaped scar that surrounded his facial area and lent him a frightening air. The scar, an ancient and theretofore abandoned symbol of spiritual power, was dyed a deep sienna color. His lip- ring was much more contemporary. Ovatha's long dark hair reached to her waist, and she used to use four golden bands to braid it into a ponytail. These broad hair ribbons matched the gold studs she wore on her hardened leather breastplate.
Ovatha is armed with a Usriev while charging at a gallop against the enemy. The Usriev was a long weapon similar to a combination of lance and greatsword double blade. It was used mainly by the Khandians and some Tribes of the Easterlings such as the Asdriags who used it from horseback. On his back hangs a short bow typical of the Variags.
I'd like to suggest: The final lucky rescue of Hero Frodo or Sam at the slopes of Mount Doom by the Great Eagle Landroval or Meneldor. The Great Eagle is swooping down, wings still outspread, clutching the little unconscious, wounded Hobbit gently with his claws, ready for take off into the air again with the next beat of his wings. Means there will be a little rocky base underneath the Hobbit figure, or - the other possibility – the eagle in flight with the Hobbit in his claws, but that means the odd looking pole sticking in the eagles belly.
There is a nice little figure group of Bilbo and Dori, rescued by a Great Eagle, (M140) but no such figure of the little great Hero of the Lord of the Rings yet.
The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King Chapter IV The Field of Cormallen.
... 'Then come and let your brother go with us, and some other of your folk who is most swift! For we have need of speed greater than any wind, outmatching the wings of the Nazgûl.' 'The North Wind blows, but we shall outfly it,' said Gwaihir. And he lifted up Gandalf and sped away south, and with him went Landroval, and Meneldor, young and swift. And they passed over Udùn and Gorgoroth and saw all land in ruin and tumult beneath them, and before them Mount Doom blazing, pouring out its fire. ...
... Side by side they (Frodo and Sam) lay, down swept Gwaihir, and down came Landroval and Meneldor the swift, and in a dream, not knowing what fate had befallen them, the wanderes were lifted up and borne far away out of the darkness and the fire. ...
I like to suggest this one because is the only one were Arwen is described mounted in the novel, and there are too many miniatures of Aragorn if we compare him with Arwen. She deserves a new miniature!
"Upon the very Eve of Midsummer, when the sky was blue as sapphire and white stars opened in the East, but the West was still golden and the air was cool and fragrant, the riders came down the North-way to the gates of Minas Tirith. First rode Elrohir and Elladan with a banner of silver, and then came Glorfindel and Erestor and all the household of Rivendell, and after them came the Lady Galadriel and Celeborn, Lord of Lothlórien, riding upon white steeds and with them many fair folk of their land, grey-cloaked with white gems in their hair; and last came Master Elrond, mighty among Elves and Men, bearing the sceptre of Annúminas, and beside him upon a grey palfrey rode Arwen his daughter, Evenstar of her people.
And Frodo when he saw her come glimmering in the evening, with stars on her brow and a sweet fragrance about her, was moved with great wonder, and he said to Gandalf: 'At last I understand why we have waited! This is the ending. Now not day only shall be beloved, but night too shall be beautiful and blessed and all its fear pass away!'
Then the King welcomed his guests, and they alighted; and Elrond surrendered the sceptre, and laid the hand of his daughter in the hand of the King, and together they went up into the High City, and all the stars flowered in the sky."
A dismounted guard holding a wrapped bundle to deliver to the Mouth. The horse should be agitated and it's saddle highly ornate. The guard stands with a wicked looking sword/ scabbard. He is wearing a wearing a horned Karma style helmet and a cape covering his armored body.
Hi, I am not sure if I have done this right. My suggestion is Wormtongue fleeing Théoden & riding to Isengard.
It's perfect. But it would be interesting if the "title" of your suggestion was in a larger font size or in another color. This would not give rise to confusion and would be more visible in the meantime post. You can also describe, if you prefer, something of your suggestion: pose of the figure, clothes, etc ...
I still have the feeling that this is a figure not to be missing in the Mithril range:
Mounted Dunlending Chieftain
What the Dunlendings still need, is a mounted Chieftain to lead them to Rohan. Or to Cardolan, in order to come to the aid in the war against Angmar (or to support Angmar, choice is yours)! So please don't give him a white hand mark, as it would limit its use.
As usual with chiefs, he has more money to spend for his equipment and so he may have more goodlooking furniture than the common Dunlending warriors (chainmail, coat, helmet...)
I know : very long time ago a mounted Dunlending chieftain has ever been made as part of the unreleased Warband set ‘Half-orcs of Saruman’ but it has never been officially released, so it doesn’t really exist in the official Mithril range, and only a few happy collectors have been so lucky to obtain one of the few samples that have been cast. This is an opportunity for other collectors (like me) to get such a figure in their armies. Thanks to all who wants to support this idea.
"The hobbits at the gate still seemed ill at ease, evidently some rule or other was being broken; but there was no gainsaying four such masterful travellers, all armed, and two of them uncommonly large and strong-looking."
Erkenbrand was the Master of Westfold on the borders of Rohan by the Hornburg at Helm's Gate. He commanded many men in the initial battles Suaruman unleashed against the Riders of Rohan. Erkenbrand played a key role in keeping the Men of the Westfold together and eventually led his men with the help of Gandalf to Helm's Deep, where they helped to route the remaining Sauruman forces.
I envision Erkenbrand raised up in his saddle with his sword pointing forward and his cloak flowing behind him. This scene would be of when he was gathering his scattered men after being overcome in Sauruman's initial surge into Rohan, and before he met up with Gandalf on their return to Helm's Deep.
There is no Erkenbrand in any of the M series of figures. There is an un-mounted figure in the old LT series (#7).
Haradhrim on horse with two ‘long’ drums either side of the horse’s shoulders (or whatever they are called on a horse ). The drummer would be beating-out the ‘pace’ as the foot-soldiers hurry towards the battle.
I picture the saddle being covered in the skin/fur of some southern beast, and as he is a kind of focal point for the legion (or whatever unit of troops they had) I also see some kind of rigid banner that is attached to his back.
barliman: Is it just me, or is anyone else bemused re the purpose of this "Shoutbox" thingy? I'm guessing it's another bit of hip technology that's entirely passed me by. And everyone else in the Pony, it appears. Can someone please elucidate? Ta.
Jul 8, 2019 16:00:54 GMT
Michael O'Brien: It was a feature of the forum that I thought people might like. I can turn it off if its not wanted.
Jul 26, 2019 9:29:39 GMT
hsf62: Its ok Michael, all good! It has been used. Even Master Barliman used it!
Jul 28, 2019 16:05:28 GMT
barliman: Long ago, Master Holger, long ago - but hardly anyone has used it since. Hence my puzzlement.
Aug 1, 2019 7:52:20 GMT