In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Bodyguard of Bolg

Like all Servants of the Enemy, these hobgoblins have spent 20+ years hiding in a dusty box. But now, the Enemy is gathering his forces and they are ready to march to war! I thought I had sold them at a Hotlead bring and buy years ago, but now they are the new addition to my Legions of Angmar, the Bodyguard of Bolg.

This unit is described in The Hobbit as "goblins of huge size with scimitars of steel." Later during the Battle of Five Armies, Thorin and Company issue from the gate, driving deeply into the goblin ranks, becoming surrounded.

The bodyguard of Bolg came howling against them, and drove in upon their ranks like waves upon cliffs of sand.

Since these fellows are bigger than my other orcs and looking more aggressive, they will be classed as Heavy Foot with the offensive upgrade.
L-R: New hobgoblin/uruk, Vendel goblin/orc, GW Moria goblin/snagas/scout

I'm not sure what manufacture they are. A search of Black Tree and Harlequin doesn't turn them up. They came in a blister pack of 15 figures. But no matter, they are nice figures packed with detail. The extra Eyes of Mordor on belt buckles and shoulder guards gives them an elite look. The smaller shields and big scimitars and axes mean these guys want to charge in and break some heads.

Lots of details

Note shoulder guards with the Red Eye

20 years ago my eldest daughter had done a good job of blocking in the main colours and she had already anticipated my preference for brown skinned goblins. So it was a simple matter of spending a few hours finishing up and tidying things then giving them a brown ink wash. I then went back and highlighted the red Eyes before basing and adding a banner.

At long last they are ready to take to the table and smash the Mad Padre's Riders of Rohan.

Edit: a fellow on the Facebook Dragon Rampant group identified these fellows as Scotia-Grendal models. Listed in their catalogue as "Orc Regiment." I must've gotten them second hand because I don't have a horn blower as shown in the catalogue listing.


  1. Great looking orcs. Fantastic banners.

  2. Looks like you're having fun with this project ;)

    1. I am! I've been wanting to do Middle Earth since I was 10 and first read the Hobbit.

  3. I'm glad someone was able to identify the manufacturer because those are some beautiful sculpts. And you (and your daughter) really did justice to them, James.