A Return To The Hobbit For Games Workshop This Winter

November 30, 2013 by brennon

We’ve now seen what is coming in December for Games Workshop. This time it is of course The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and we’ve got some heroes and warriors of Middle-Earth to enjoy.



Palace Guard Captains

Mirkwood Ranger Captain

We start off with a look at some of the hero clamp packs that are coming out. On the left you can see the human form of Beorn (bear form on the way?), someone we’ve spied in the past, and he does look pretty darn epic. Next to him is the mad Thrain who was locked in the dungeons of Dol Guldur. This also leads us to looking at the hero figures for the Mirkwood Rangers and the Palace Guard. Not the best looking of the bunch.

Barrels out of Bonds

If you’re interested in scenarios then I imagine this is going to feature as a big part of at least one of them. Regardless of the somewhat eye-watering price they have produced Bilbo and Thorin’s Company in their barrels on the escape from Thranduil.

Desolation of Smaug Rulebook

Talking of books there is the new one, Desolation of Smaug, which comes in the form of a Sourcebook!  I was always a little surprised when they made the last book ‘An Unexpected Journey’. Surely it would have been better to make the rulebook a general ‘The Hobbit’ one and then follow it with a sourcebook for the various scenarios.

Mirkwood Rangers

Palace Guard

Next up we have some shots of the infantry sets that will become available. The two choices are essentially an armoured and un-armoured version of the Elves with the Mirkwood Rangers and the Palace Guard. I really, really like the Mirkwood Rangers but the Palace Guard look very strange to me.


Legolas Greenleaf

Mirkwood Spiders

On top of that we have yet more Elves. The first film was all about Dwarves so this one has to be about Elves right? Here you can see Legolas and Tauriel in rather dynamic poses, leaping around the woods. Oh and did I mention spiders? Yeah, see what you think of those spiders. I remember the last spiders they did being very useful for Dungeons & Dragons.


Last but not least we have Thranduil looking a little bit like he isn’t quite prepared for a fight in that big dress of his. I shouldn’t be so against these Elves, but I have a Dwarf heart and I just can’t help it!

I am actually quite impressed with what we’ve seen of the miniatures so far. I said that about the last release for An Unexpected Journey and I stand by it. I think they have done a very good job with the characters and while the prices leave something to be desired the less said about that the better.

It also shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the rumoured Tyranid release hasn’t made it into December. I reckon you are going to have to wait until next year for that one now Broodlords and Broodladies.

We have actually had a bit of a revival surrounding Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit at my local gaming store and we play it most Thursday now. I think that a few more people should be picking this up as the rules are still very good indeed. I like their simple nature and the ease at which I was able to remember them after what has been a very long hiatus!

With that in mind, we know everything about the pricing issues with these models, but what do you make of the game itself?

What do you think of these Hobbit releases?