Lord Of The Rings Birthday Cake – The Road Goes Ever On And On

Nick And The Lord Of The Rings CakeOn Wednesday, January 6 I turned 43 years old, while still not old enough to be considered an adult in Hobbit years it was old enough to earn a cake from the Sweets Fairy Bake Shop. This year I was lucky enough to be made a Lord of The Rings themed birthday cake and it looks smashing!

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From the Archive – The Lord of the Rings Gandalf the Grey miniature

The Lord of the Rings Gandalf  the GreyNo Lord of the Rings miniature collection would be complete without Gandalf the Grey the archetype for fantasy wizards across the entire genre. My Gandalf is from the Games Workshop range of Lord the Rings miniatures and is actually part of the Fellowship of the Ring set. So expect to see some Hobbits in the next couple of weeks.

Gandalf’s robe and hat was painted first using Codex Grey, and then a wash of a 50/50 mix of Chaos Black and Codex Grey. Highlighted first with Codex Grey, and then a light drybrush of Skull White. Flesh tones started using Elf Flesh, lightly washed with Snakebite Leather, and then blended while still wet with Elf Flesh on cheeks and nose. The beard started out as Codex Grey, shaded with the same 50/50 mix as the robes and highlighted through to white. In all a fun miniature to paint and actually a lot easier than he looks. None Shall Pass!

Found in the Archive – They have a Cave Troll as I unbury my Lord of the Rings collection

LOTR Cave Troll“They have a Cave Troll,” one of my favorite lines in The Lords of the Rings movie because it was said in such an offhand manner by Boromir. This Cave Troll is from my LOTR miniature collection, painted to be part of my Moria Goblin warband and at the time was one of the biggest models available in the range.

The dark skin was painted with Blue Grey and washed three times with Armor Wash, then highlighted in a mix of Blue Grey and Chaos Black. The flesh belly tones started with Dwarf Flesh, blended with with SnakeBite Leather while the paint was wet, and the blended again with Dwarf Flesh; to highlight I used Bronzed Flesh. In all a fun miniature to paint and to use in the Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Strategy game.