Post by Michael O'Brien on May 19, 2006 12:54:26 GMT
"Thanks for all the May suggestions. Again, some very creative ideas here like the woman and boy fighting at Helm' deep. I love the concept of the ragged and disheveled Saruman and Wormtongue trudging northwards (how the mighty are fallen!) and also the ideas for Bolg and Beorn in his bear form. Brand would make a nice single figure piece but as this is a "vignette month" maybe some bodies could be present on the base, to emphasize the "last stand”. I also think that the Fellowship in their boats would make an interesting set but as 'ddaines' pointed out would be more suitable for a monthly release." by Chris Tubb.
I think all our fans will be satisfied at the list of 17 options to vote for. Remember one vote per member for this round of voting. You can add your personal comment why you voted for that option as well. Vote ends May 25th. Vote for your favourite. On the 25th I will start a second vote on the 4 or 5 most popular suggestions. This will allow you to vote again to decide on the final winner. That vote ends May 31st. Remember you can always resubmit an idea another month to try again.
I voted for Aragorn & the Hobbits in the Midgewater Marshes because it is so well described in The Lord of the Rings and is a cool thing to visualize in your mind - the uncertainty and desperation to avoid The Ringwraiths, the miserable time they all had crossing that bug infested marsh with all its inherent hardships, and because it would look so cool as a vignette! I hope you agree!
Wow, it was a toss-up for me between the Beorn drama and the King Brand drama. I really like both of those scenes! I voted for Brand because of the possible appearance of different figures.(Human, Dwarf and Orc)
I like the idea of the Lossoth very much! Vote for it! This month the Lossoth hunter, next month a Lossoth fighter as a single miniature, probably some months later a Lossoth woman with a child defending an ice bear ... - by the time I can image a set of GREAT miniatures that additionally can be used to play MERP in an up-to-now un-figured snow&ice area.
Hey thanks to DeanW for resuggesting my idea of a couple of months ago - this time I have to go for Boromir's funeral boat! I know we have the death of Boromir, but the funeral boat would just be so cool!
Well, again I am submitting the Lossoth Hunter. Because this is a vignette month, I have added a sled pulled by dogs, with the Lossoth Hunter inside. The Lossoth Hunter would be clad in furs and leathers, and would carry reins to guide the dogs in one hand and a whip in the other. He would have a belt of many pouches, and carry a long knife. A polar bear necklace would be great as well.
I think it would be awesome to have a Lossoth as a figure, it is one of the few original Cultures created by Professor Tolkien that is not represented by Chris yet.
Hi everybody! – Hmm very difficult to decide this month....
My first round vote goes to fighting Beorn-bear this time, he's one of my favorites from The Hobbit and will surely give a great vignette. Yeah Beorn - Crush the stinking orc!
If the funeral Boat win's it whould be great if Boromir's body and weapons whould be cast seperately, we could use the smart elven boat(s) for other dioramas as well. But think: we have the dying Boromir already...
I also like the lossoth sled and whould support it the second round voting if Boen doesn't make it so far. But Just a comment: As far as I know, dog sleds are NOT guided by reins and whips, but by VOICE! Dogs are not horses and sled dogs are crazy about running by nature! I whould never beat my dog with a whip! – leaves more freedom for the lossoth Hunter figure in pose of action! Better a harpoon than a whip!
And the time of Helm's deep defence will come!
Listen - How the wind howls! - It howls with the voices of wolves!!!
hwolf, thanks for your comments, and support of the Lossoth Hunter and Sled.
I agree with you that modern day dogs are not controlled by reins or whips. They are harnessed to the sled, as in the Iditarod Race. Should the Lossoth Hunter upon a Snow Sled, balanced upon skis of bone, be produced by Chris Tubb, I am sure that the final result would be both realistic and true to JRRT's writings.
extremely hard decision this time! So lots of quite nice ideas, better than ever! Some I think should come out as a part of a normal M-Range, like the Lossoth or even Angbor (maybe some more of the provincial soldiers of Gondor (Yes, YESSSSS)?
I also think, a second range of "the hobbit" would do fine!
I voted for Aragorn & the Hobbits in the Midgewater Marshes ....
I am with you (and wet feet) in this one. Seems like we are the only atm, though.
Thanks for your vote of confidence!!
This is my take so far as a new Fellowship member and what I would like to see happen as far as new miniatures are decided upon by us here. To remain a Fellowship member I have to purchase at least 9 figures/vignettes a year out of the 12 choices voted upon by the membership. That is not many choices when it comes down to it.
I would rather see miniatures voted upon that have real impact on either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings and not something from out of left field that is so minor. I think these kinds of figures are best left to the M releases rather than burden the membership with that as one of their 9 choices for the year. Many of the suggestions for this months voting fit into the real impact category while others do not. I just cannot support those suggestions that do not fit into the real impact category. When I spend my hard earned money I want it to go for some exciting figure or scene like The Death of Boromir or Helm Hammerhand or even the newest Fellowship release. So I urge the membership to think about their vote and what it means to the rest of us. I saw that we have 200 plus members here in The Fellowship yet very few of us have voted so far. Is this normal in that a small minority of Fellowship members decides upon a figure for the rest of us? Does this happen in each month's vote for what figure will be produced? I hope not.
Hi, Savage! The best way to show your disapproval of things that you consider 'minor' or 'from out of left field' is simply not to vote for them. I don't like every suggestion every month either, and I don't suppose anyone else does; but it's all a matter of personal taste, and thankfully we don't all like the same things, otherwise life could get very boring. Personally, I believe that every single suggestion this month has its merits, otherwise people wouldn't have suggested them in the first place. But that doesn't mean I'd necessarily buy all of them. As the old adage says, yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice - in this case, literally.
As for the number of Fellowship members compared to the number who regularly vote, I couldn't agree more. I don't think as many as 70 have ever voted in a single month so far. I wonder why?
Post by Michael O'Brien on May 25, 2006 9:11:31 GMT
I would rather see miniatures voted upon that have real impact on either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings and not something So I urge the membership to think about their vote and what it means to the rest of us. I saw that we have 200 plus members here in The Fellowship yet very few of us have voted so far. Is this normal in that a small minority of Fellowship members decides upon a figure for the rest of us? Does this happen in each month's vote for what figure will be produced? I hope not.
The members of any club vary in their participation. Some members like to watch from the sidelines, some do not regularily use the internet or like computers even, but enjoy collecting miniatures, and they go on autoshipment and collect everything regardless of the vote. I encourage everyone to participate in voting every time and wish that more would do so but it is a club, not the army, so I cannot order people around. The club is very lively and the vote is always interesting so I believe that things are working out well. To address your statement about certain suggestions, well all the suggestions are made by members, not staff, and it is your decision on which way to vote. We often have 16 or more options every month to choose from and the double vote system has improved the final choice. The club is growing and, I hope, so too will the ideas and the amount of voters, so that we always have fun every month.
Michael O'Brien, webmaster, Mithril Miniatures, www.mithril.ie