I haven't felt that I have had any 'finished' things to show off for getting on for a year. Even though I don't currently have any opponents for Lord of the Rings, my fondness for the game and its models has not abated. Now that Games Workshop is Under New Management and has really made an effort to unite, balance and reinvigorate the Middle Earth range I have found the lure of it irresistible.
Unfortunately, there are still many, many gaps in the official model range, including discontinued and Out Of Print models, alongside ones that never got an official release to cover the options available in the rules. 3rd party suppliers have tried to fill the odd gap, with mixed results. These three models are by Unreleased Miniatures, and were the very devil to put together, with big gaps needing lots of green stuff to fill in and smooth over. They weren't cheap, either, but I am glad I've given them a go.
The bases are from Dragon Forge, and I used brass rod to pin the pewter models to them. There was an unfortunate incident involving the squished looking one on the right hand side, and eventually the back legs will tear / snap. When that happens I'll have to re-pin and re-paint bits of it but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it!
I used a Dheneb Stone equivalent from Instar paints for the stone of the base, washed it with Agrax Earthshade, then drybrushed Ulthuan Grey. I tried various colours around the edge of the base to emphasise the pale stone but none of them worked so I just went right back to Chaos / Abaddon Black which I think works best.
Next, I am going to work on the official GW models of these figures dismounted!