I was wrong.
Once again I have stumbled myself into another big-ish project I hadn't planned on doing. As well as improving paint schemes; I've had some ideas for conversion, basing, and incorporating disparate miniatures into a single force. This is proving to be a fair bit of work thus far, but rather enjoyable and should I get it done in a timely fashion (i.e. this year) I think I might do something similar with my Isengard forces. Below I've collected some pictures of my progress thus far:
Firstly here is my collection as it currently stands. Nazgul and Black Numenorians on the left, behind them my Mumaks and to their right some Haradrim (for the Mumaks). The right hand side are my Easterlings and Khandish forces. My Harad and Umbar force is rather small, and I also have some misc. stuff lying around, so I thought I'd fold them all into my Easterling army as small allied contingents. The Mumaks and their crews I am going to repaint to match my Easterlings, while the Nazgul and friends will remain in their dark palette, but all will be given bases to match. I then plan on adding some more Easterling infantry to match/exceed the number of Haradrim in the mumakil howdahs.
|Pallandor the Blue Oracle|
|Khamul the Easterling, Second of the Nine|
The very first fell beast I owned has been converted for various LOTR and WHFB projects over the years but I decided to bring that home as well. When using it as a dragon for my early Dark Elf army (before I got the plastic one), I added a set of arms from an old troll to bulk it out a bit. These have been re-added to the fell beast, and a helmet crest made from a Skelton's khopesh has been left on from when it was part of my Tomb Kings (the original helmet spike having been broken beyond repair some years ago). The original wings are lost to some other project but I randomly had a spare pair of LOTR dragon metal dragon wings lying around I've used instead making this miniature quite a hodgepodge legacy of many different projects! I'm yet to finish green stuffing all the joints but I'm rather pleased with how this is progressing.
So this is turning into a bigger project than I thought it would (they always do) but I'm hoping to have a rather nice, well painted LOTR force filled with plenty of fun conversions at the end of it. Work on this project will no doubt be fairly sporadic and incremental but I feel I'm going to have plenty of fun making this army feel unique, and you never know; I might actually finish it!