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Lords of the West- Gil-Galad, Elrond, and Glorfindel

He was as noble and fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer." Elrond seemed ageless, resembling neither old nor young. 

As I was searching for a mounted Gil-Galad, I came upon Davale miniatures who also made a Mounted Elrond. While there is a nice official model for the Elf-Lord, this one looked pretty neat and I needed one more thing to get free shipping so, I ordered it!

I'm really quite happy with the sculpt, especially for an unofficial model. Naturally, I picked this up only days before the NEW Elrond sculpt was announced, which I will definitely be picking up. I love how it looks like the Wrath of the Bruinen spell is just kicking off with a wave of water seeming to rip forth from the ground. Cool!

I am overall less happy with the Gil-Galad sculpt but it does the trick. The horse is fantastic! The body and head just seem a tiny bit off. Still, really not bad at all and... there aren't many other options for a mounted Gilly G; and I hate doing knife-work for conversions.

I am a bit bummed I couldn't find the STLs for either of those two Lords of the West. I enjoy 3D printing figures, and buying prints someone else did saps some of that enjoyment. Also, these had significantly more layer lines than my own prints- probably because I don't really care how long it takes to paint. My painting backlog is so massive, a day or two spent printing a few figures is nothing!

I like the old armored Glorfindel. Also painted mere hours before the new, beautiful one was announced. So much better than the OTHER glorfindel with cheekbones that could cut glass.

And a bonus Captain for good measure. Struggle to think of a time I would use this guy over Erestor for the price but... maybe someday! 


  1. For fighting, this guy isn't as good as Erestor - unless he's on a horse or shooting from far away (or shooting from far away on a horse). Erestor's value is that he doesn't have to be charging to be good at killing (though on the charge he has a chance at chipping a wound with his throwing daggers), while the Captain is either feast-or-famine depending on whether he has the charge or not when mounted (especially if he has a lance).

  2. Erestor is probably a better take than a Captain in combat - unless the Captain is mounted and on the charge. Erestor's value is that he doesn't have to charge to be dangerous (and when charging, that throwing weapon can be clutch), but the Captain on the charge (especially with the lance) will be much better than Erestor (and much worse if he's charged in return - feast-or-famine, I guess). Erestor also has Strike, which is potentially good if he hits something big, but also probably redundant with another hero in your force, while the Captain gives you Heroic March, which can be good if you're infantry-heavy and need to get somewhere fast.


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