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April 23, 2021

An Unexpected Journey – Rohan is Mustered

Finally; after what seems like an age (but is actually around 3 months) I have managed to finish off my second Lord of the Rings army and the Riders of Rohan are complete

This was another army I picked up from my 2 mates Ade and Jeff last year and my plan was to do a Cavalry heavy army so we can test out how mounted troops work in the game we are writing. (more on that later) But I also wanted to include some lighter troops acting in a militia role so went for big 12 man units of infantry to fulfill that role

so lets look at the army in a bit of detail


as I said earlier I went for big 12 man units of militia that will deploy in unformed units, my thinking is Rohan troops will be trained to fight from horseback so they won’t have the discipline to fight in formed units when on foot.

I’ve got 24 figures armed with Bows and 36 armed with a variety of hand weapons, which should be enough to defend any homesteads


onto the core of the army and I have 48 mounted figures armed with a selection of bows and hand weapons. the Idea for these is to field them in units of 8 as Formed Cavalry and they can act as mounted bowmen but also be hard hitting when they charge in. These are not meant to be knights, their job is to wear down the enemy with ranged fire and then charge in to finish them off, which is how Tolkien describes them in the Two Towers.

Royal Guard

the other main units in the army are Royal Guard, I’ve got a 8 man mounted unit that can act as a retinue for a leader and a small 6 man infantry unit that I’m going to use as a skirmish group that’s trained to hunt down Monsters.


one of the great things about the Lord of Rings figures that GW produced are the character figures they produced, this gives me plenty of choice when it comes to adding in leaders, so I have 5 Mounted Leaders, Gandalf both Foot and Mounted and 8 Foot leaders, plus some standard bearers. so I have lots of choice when it comes to putting the army together.

ok it’s time for the photos



6 Responses “An Unexpected Journey – Rohan is Mustered”

  1. Avatar January 15, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    A really impressive project brought to conclusion! It’s amazing what can be accomplished with the right motivation. How long, start to finish, did it take you?

    Would it be fair to say that the combo of a love of the figures and an impending set of rules to play them with gave you the drive to get them all done?

    • MikeH
      January 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Sean, I started in October so the whole lot took me about 3 months

      I think the style of the figures helped me keep motivated, there is just enough detail on the plastics to show off the figures without making them to picky. so I was able to get through them pretty quick and the characters were a joy to paint which obviously helps

      mind you writing a game where I can use these figures really does help 🙂

  2. Avatar
    Steve Williams
    January 15, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Fantastic army! I’m looking forward to seeing the game that you’re working on.

    • MikeH
      January 15, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks Steve

  3. Avatar January 15, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    That’s a great looking army!
    Inspiring pictures.

    • MikeH
      January 16, 2018 at 9:55 am

      thanks Wim, glad you like it

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