Sauron the Necromancer of Dol Guldur (Jewel of July ’18)

Like The Tainted and the other “Named” Nazgûl that Games Workshop created in the post-RotK space, this model of Sauron is aesthetically based on the look of the characters and villains from Peter Jackson’s LotR films as well as the snippets of information gleaned from The Hobbit. As such, this figure was designed and released many years … Continue reading

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Elite Probe Droid (Jewel of July ’18)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Elite Probe Droid (Jewel of July ’18)

Today’s post is another Star Wars one. We started playing Imperial Assault last week, and while we only got through the intro and first missions, it was quite a bit of fun. One of the enemies that the GM (Overlord? whatever) had in both missions was the Elite version of the Imperial Probe Droid. At … Continue reading

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Emperor’s Royal Guard Champion (Carnor Jax) (Jewel of July ’18)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Emperor’s Royal Guard Champion (Carnor Jax) (Jewel of July ’18)

Today’s model is an add-on Imperial Villain from the Imperial Assault boardgame, the (Emperor’s) Royal Guard Champion. Going by the colour scheme, there’s clearly a basis in Carnor Jax specifically, and perhaps a little of his frenemy Kir Kanos. Apparently Carnor Jax is what’s known as an Imperial Sovereign Protector, Kir Kanos on the other hand, is … Continue reading

Frodo and Sam (Mount Doom) (Jewel of July ’18)

Frodo and Sam (Mount Doom) (Jewel of July ’18)

Today we have another duo for the Jewel of July Challenge – indeed – another pair of Lord of the Rings models. Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee – with the particular sculpts that GW released for the final part of their quest to cast the ring into the Fires of Mount Doom. I’m.. not entirely sure … Continue reading

The Nazgûl: The Tainted. (Jewel of July ’18)

The Nazgûl: The Tainted. (Jewel of July ’18)

Where the other Nazgûl were slowly swallowed by the taint of their rings, the Tainted gave himself wholly and willingly to Sauron. Now all natural things rebel in his presence, vegetation withers, animals sicken and bold warriors cower. He is an abomination whose merest presence is poison to life, honour and hope. The Tainted is … Continue reading

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games) (Jewel of July ’18)

Tom Bombadil and Goldberry (Lady Geneve, Red Box Games) (Jewel of July ’18)

Tom Bombadil is probably my least-favourite Tolkien character. He was omitted from the films, which was a net gain in some ways, but also a loss in terms of the Barrow-Wight scenes with the hobbits not being included at all. I also never liked the official Citadel figure, but ended up with it when buying out … Continue reading