Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weathertop Diorama

Many of you reading this may not know this, but when I was younger I played miniatures wargames.  These are games without a board, where you have armies of metal or plastic miniatures that you line up along a table or other playing surface (I have used a demarcated area of the floor in the past), and then you have at it.  I mostly played either fantasy or sci-fi games, but I haven't actually played any of those in a number of years.  Playing with painted figures is a great spectacle, though, so I have always had a soft spot for gaming miniatures.  I still collect some of them, when I find something that catches my eye.  For example, I have this wonderful miniature of Napoleon Bonaparte on horseback that is much more fun to use when playing Field Commander: Napoleon than the cardboard counter that comes with the game.

A few years ago (I don't remember quite when, exactly) I picked up a miniature set on eBay of the attack on Weathertop in the first Lord of the Rings book/movie, where Aragorn and the hobbits are at Weathertop and the nazgul attack.  Five nazgul, Aragorn, four hobbits, and a little campfire came in the set.  Even when I was bidding on the miniatures, I knew that this begged to be done up in a nice diorama.  Alas, my modeling skills are essentially nonexistent, so this wasn't something that I could do myself with any hope of having a quality result.  So, I contacted Fineline Studios, and they were able to do it up for me.  It wasn't cheap, but the result is quite impressive, as is evident by the photographs below.  I apologize ahead of time for my lousy camera skills, but hopefully the craftsmanship comes through.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

The Joys of Rediscovering Old Music

So this afternoon I was scrolling through my iTunes library to find something to listen to while reading comic books, when I spotted a couple Matt Wertz albums.  "I haven't listened to those in a while," I thought to myself.  Clicking on the album Everything in Between showed that it had in fact been over two years since I had listened to it.  So I cranked it up and jammed out to some great tunes that I had pretty much forgotten about.  Funny how that happens, isn't it?  We get so wrapped up in new things that we can forget how great what we already have is.