War of the Ring related products, including the new rule book, plastic Ent and plastic Army of the Dead, are now available for Advance Order from GW. Other new products include Isenguard Uruk-Hai Commanders, Minas Tirith Commanders, Morannon Orc Commanders, Sons of Eorl, Rohan Commanders, Grey Company, and Halbarad. It appears that the price of the Ent and the Army of the Dead are each $5 US more than originally announced on the new release boards in US GW stores over the past few weeks. In spite of the small change, at 20 models for $25 the Army of the Dead set seems like a real winner. As for the new Ent model, it is fairly large and contains many optional bits on the frame like two different faces, Orc casualties and some other cool bits.
For those who may not have heard much about War of the Ring, it is not an expansion to the existing Lord of the Rings game, it is an entirely new game system. From talking to people who’ve tried it out, it apparently combines some of the best rules elements of several of GW’s existing game systems. For those interested in a preview of how it works, GW stores in the US, UK and Northern Europe will be having a War of the Ring preview this coming Saturday, February 28. It appears that movement trays for the game will be released this coming weekend as well.
With so many modelling projects backlogged from twenty years of Warhammer and 40K, I haven’t as yet delved into Lord of the Rings in an attempt to focus on my “core” hobby. However, with economical sets that would be a quick paint like the new Army of the Dead, I may have to give Lord of the Rings and War of the Ring a bit of a try. If I could get one done quickly, it would be fun to have an army that I could use in the occasional friendly game or store-run event.