The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project Pt4: Mines of Moria Balin’s Tomb and Chest (February Terrain 2019)

Mines of Moria Balin's Tomb and Chest

Another simple one today – basically, I’d hoped to have my Fembruary model up now, but late last night I noticed that her base was cracked. It may have been a Stealth Leonard Attack from anytime in the last year, as he will occasionally bat miniatures off my bench and onto the floor. Anyway, this means I started a replacement base for her last night and am still working on it now. /sigh. So instead, we have a couple more pieces of the small backlog of February Terrain and other models that I have yet to show.

Mines of Moria Balin's Tomb and Chest

These two are the final pieces of the terrain from GW’s Mines of Moria SBG Starter Box Set, from back in 2005 – because I get shit done fast!

Like it says on the tin, we have the rather understated tomb of Balin himself, with books and pages scattered around, as well as a nondescript chest. Obviously these will be perfect for the Moria scenarios in my Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project. Yeah, I need to paint more of the actual things.

Lord of the Rings: Moria Goblin Prowlers.

Moria Goblin Prowlers

Moria Goblin Prowlers in SBG formation. A mass of nasty-sharp axe-blades!

Moria Goblin Prowlers

My original trio of Prowlers, painted a few years ago now.

I finally finished these Goblin Prowlers last weekend after starting them about a month ago during my Moria Goblin push. Unfortunately, and, I guess rather predictably, I got sick of painting Moria Goblins, and they sank to the back of the front of my queue. I took them to work a couple of times. but there were just too many of them to get anything substantial done, so they sat for a little while. I finally split them into two groups and took them to work last week to get stuff done in a more focused manner, and then finished them off on the weekend.
Moria Goblin Prowlers

A Conga Line of Prowler Axemen – all newly painted.

Moria Goblin Prowlers

More of the New Blood

Moria Goblin Prowlers

…and only a couple more of this sculpt.



As with this sort of thing, I put more effort into these than I do with faceless plastics, but still – they’re not exactly models that inspire my top-tier paintjobs. I also wanted them to look grotty and grubby, so after my usual highlighting and shading I gave them a glaze/wash of AP Soft Tone. One commentator remarked at one point that they felt that the Moria Goblins were Ochre rather than Green, but my reviewing of both stills as well as and statues and other such merchandise makes them pretty well green. Though it’s more of a light olive. I’m using Citadel Foundation Gretchin Green (sadly discontinued) as a base, then highlighting it with blends into VGA Rotting Flesh. They do blend upwards into yellow-greens, but Ochre really seems to be something based off this particular still, which can be found with more than one tone to it anyway. Either way, this tone fits the Moria mob much more than the traditional Goblin Green of my (and many other) WHFB Orcs and Goblins.
Both pics here just pulled from pages on the intarwebs, with no touch-up by myself except for resizing and renaming.

How Green is my Goblin?

All depends on the light or filter, I guess?

In Kings of War they’ll be part of my Goblin army, though I couldn’t find an appropriate unit for how they’re armed – and the actual goblin infantry all seem to be listed as pretty much rabble.
Moria Goblin Prowlers

Moria Goblin Prowlers – as KoM Foot Guard

Since this simply won’t do, I’ll be using the unit profile of a KoM unit – either Foot Guard with 2-handers or perhaps Berserkers – it works legally as the armies can be allied anyway, and it thematically fits the unit. I’ll be doing a similar thing with the Gundabad Blackshields when I get around to doing them (probably “regular” Foor Guard). My only real issue is that even Goblin Kings in KoW are Yellow-Bellied, so it’ll be a bit odd to have their Elites braver than their leader. Then again… even that kinda works thematically as well if you think about it…
Moria Goblin Prowlers

Moria Goblin Prowlers – from the side!

12 for a Regiment of “20”, and two leftover for other duties and fill-ins. Unfortunately with only three sculpts there are no fancy-pants models to be banner bearers or leaders, but such is life. Let’s face it, I’m way too slack to convert any for this mob!
Moria Goblin Prowlers

…and from the other side.


Moria Goblins with Spears.

Nothing too exciting today – but since I’m showing off what I finish… and this week I’ve finished this unit of Moria Goblins from GW’s LotR games. I’m working to finish the sword & shield armed batch now. I just need to find their shields, or even some replacement shields since the original ones got lost in a move…

Mines of Moria Goblins, Fellowship of the Ring Goblins

Citadel Moria Goblins from Lord of the Rings

GW Moria Goblins


I’m really taking this desk-clearing, model-finishing thing seriously this year, I’m rather happy to say. Results!