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Offline LouieN

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Colors for Laketown
« on: January 15, 2021, 09:46:04 PM »
Hello All,

I am thinking ahead to the men of Laketown contingent for the Battle of the five Armies.  I choose Anglo-Saxons from splintered Light miniatures for the models. 

I have having a block/debate on what colors/theme to use on the round shields.  I do not want to create unique individual designs and would like a common theme. 

So what does the community think should be the color, or colors, associated with laketown.  No more than 2 please.

Thanks



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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2021, 10:15:09 PM »
How about halved horizontally with dark grey at the bottom (for the lake water) and light blue for the top half (for the sky).

Offline Frostie

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2021, 08:35:41 AM »
Following, I have a load of War and Empire Saxons that I will use as Lakemen/Good Humans in a LotR Setting.

For Gondor I'm using Normans

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2021, 04:36:14 PM »
I think at least one of the colors should be something cold blueish (blue, gery-blue, turquise) to represent the lake.

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2021, 05:37:28 PM »
Mithril Miniatires did a news letter man years ago called Tengwar. Issue 3 had an article on the Kingdom of Dale which I thought was well researched and expanded that bit of the Middle Earth universe in a ways which was consistent with the books. A PDF can be found here.

If you look at the drawings Tolkien made for Laketown the swan is a prominent symbol. I have interpreted that as being the heraldry of the Master of Laketown. Sine Laketown was a a mercantile I have, for the Laketown miniatures I've painted, associated them with guilds, each with their own symbol, like Houses Otter, Kestrel, Swan, Trout.

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2021, 06:00:18 PM »
Mithril Miniatires did a news letter man years ago called Tengwar. Issue 3 had an article on the Kingdom of Dale which I thought was well researched and expanded that bit of the Middle Earth universe in a ways which was consistent with the books. A PDF can be found here.

If you look at the drawings Tolkien made for Laketown the swan is a prominent symbol. I have interpreted that as being the heraldry of the Master of Laketown. Sine Laketown was a a mercantile I have, for the Laketown miniatures I've painted, associated them with guilds, each with their own symbol, like Houses Otter, Kestrel, Swan, Trout.

Another thing that might work is to look at things from Lord of the Rings Online, Dale and Laketown are both in game now.

The Swan might be something difficult to do since it's also tied to Dol Amroth

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2021, 06:32:29 PM »
A very interesting read, thanks for sharing that link Hammers.

Halved grey and blue as James (aka Oshiro Models) suggests sounds good and I may use that myself when I get around to Laketown.
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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2021, 06:57:15 PM »
A very interesting read, thanks for sharing that link Hammers.

Halved grey and blue as James (aka Oshiro Models) suggests sounds good and I may use that myself when I get around to Laketown.

I have the other issues of Tengwar if you are interested. There is a particularly interesting article on the army an strategies of Saruman.

Offline Rick W.

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2021, 08:23:04 PM »
I do not wish to drive this thread off topic but in general I do like reading such sources for Middle Earth background ideas. Such very links are welcome in my Middle Earth thread.

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2021, 08:27:45 PM »
I do not wish to drive this thread off topic but in general I do like reading such sources for Middle Earth background ideas. Such very links are welcome in my Middle Earth thread.

I'll look it up.

Offline Rick W.

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2021, 08:43:13 PM »
Cheers Hammers, I appreciate it.

LouieN, a solid choice with the Saxons. That is how I originally pictured them although GW/Peter Jackson/Weta now have me thinking more Rus thanks to how they designed them. I too have struggled with heraldry and colors.

Offline LouieN

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2021, 09:08:27 PM »
OSHIROmodels,

I really liked your suggestion and thank you for the articles. 

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Re: Colors for Laketown
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2021, 12:17:20 AM »
The men of laketown did use swan headed boats. The illustration in the hobbit shows them. A swans head may therefore be appropriate.  A Tengwar "i" representing the E of Esgaroth perhaps on blue perhaps.

 

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