Fantasy Flight – Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War – Siege Engines (#Monstermarch6 ?)

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - Siege Engines

Today’s post gives us another couple of models from Fantasy Flight’s Journeys in Middle-Earth app-driven board game. Specifically a pair of “Siege Engines” from the Spreading War expansion. Of course, we wargaming geeks call them “Siege Towers”, but the board game calls them “Engines”, so there you have it as far as the title of this post goes… Looking at their size, they appear to be around 10-15mm scale (very roughly) and so they don’t exactly fit in with the 28/32mm nature of most of the rest of the cast of the game, but such abstration is part of the name of being board game models in a lot of cases.

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - Siege Engines

Pretty straightforward in terms of painting. Both were primed in black, and one was drybrushed up in shades of brown while the other had alternating shades of grey and brown. The one was washed in Agrax Earthshade Gloss for a browner tone, while the other was washed in Nuln Oil Gloss for a less rich tone. One got it’s Eye of Sauron markings in red, the other, white. All designed to make the two of them fit in just fine in a side-by side situation while also allowing the two to be distinctive enough to be used in gameplay in a “ok, move the red one” manner.

Fantasy Flight - Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War - Siege Engines, DAK Infantry, Reaper Miniatures 50153 Berkeley Zombie Survivor

As the Engines have four torches/flaming brands on their upper platform, I felt like they’d look a little odd without some OSL. I’m not the best at this technique, so hopefully they look alright without being too over the top. I’m also not entirely sure if they fit the criteria for Swordmaster’s Monster March Painting Challenge, but this year’s works do include a couple of AT Titans and a unit of Cavalry, so I may as well chuck them into the ring and see what happens!

As usual for my outsized models, Berkeley had to make an appearance for scale purposes, though this time she’s aided by …tiny 15mm infantry of the Afrika Korps?

18 thoughts on “Fantasy Flight – Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth Spreading War – Siege Engines (#Monstermarch6 ?)

  1. Great work on both mate, and the OSL looks good, if you want to push it further on future projects you need to add more high’s and lows. A good exercise is to sit in a dark room with a lit candle, and see how the light plays over objects, and the varying colour it gives.

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    • Cheers Dave – to be quite honest I dislike painting OSL and try to avoid it unless it’s completely necessary due to a sculpt (like this one). I think it works nicely for display models or dioramas, but on a model that’s supposed to be doing something on a wargame table, etc, it’s a bit too specific, even if it can look good when well done! 🙂

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  2. I think those siege engines might just win WWII there! 😉 They came out really nicely, especially considering how small they are. I’ve said it before but the sculpts that FFG made for that game are pretty impressive. I look forward to seeing more when you get them painted up! 🙂

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