Connect with us


The Shire from The Lord of The Rings Gets an Incredible War Gaming Board Replica

Now this is what I call a hefty project. YouTube channel Real Terrain Hobbies is known for creating incredibly beautiful war gaming boards and dioramas and one of his latest – and most ambitious – pieces is an insanely detailed and gorgeously realistic recreation of the infamous location The Shire from The Lord of the Rings series. The end result is kind of mind blowing, so I knew I had to talk about it.

Real Terrain Hobbies- otherwise known as Neil- shows exactly how he went about creating The Shire as a wargame board in the twenty five minute YouTube video (which was honestly the fastest twenty five minutes I have watched in a long time. I was so invested), including building the hilly base, modelling the individual Hobbit holes, setting up the light features that would go into the Hobbit holes themselves and the copious amounts of painting. There is just so much painting. It’s also interesting to see how these kinds of projects come about and how they are made. For example, I had no idea that a lot of the features are actually designed digitally and then made via a 3-D printer before they are hand painted. Neil wasn’t alone in his work as he enlisted the help of fellow YouTuber Zorpazorp who painted a little fewer than fifty mini figures in a very short space of time. I’ll include his video here too so you can check out his painting and assembling process.

What I really like about this video is that the whole process is shown, including the mistakes (such as when Neil accidentally cuts one of the wires, leaving the Hobbits in darkness) and the more difficult moments. I love that Neil doesn’t show the process to be an unrealistically easy one. If you want to embark on a project like this, it’s going to be a tough road ahead but the end result will be incredibly rewarding. Make sure to check out the sponsors of this Real Terrain Hobbies video Woodland Scenics as well as Neil on his social media linked below. You can also check out his upcoming Kickstarter at the link here. Patreon, Facebook, Instagram.  

Written By

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.



Vesper poster Vesper poster

Vesper: Sci-Fi That Thinks Big With Limited Means


Full Metal Jacket (1987) Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Full Metal Jacket – Stanley Kubrick’s Misunderstood Masterpiece


Your Full List of All Upcoming Marvel Movies Your Full List of All Upcoming Marvel Movies

A Full List Of Upcoming Marvel Studios Film And TV Releases


Robocop 1987 Robocop 1987

RoboCop is a Social Satire That Gets More Relevant With Age


Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues


Nope Nope

Jordan Peele’s Nope Explained: A Spectacle of “Bad Miracles”


Alex's War (2022) Alex's War (2022)

Alex’s War, a Documentary Study of Alex Jones, Misses the Big Picture 


Signs movie review Signs movie review

M. Night Shyamalan Signs Finds Comfort at the End of the World


Biography: WWE Legends’ Look at Goldberg is One of the Best Wrestling Documentaries Ever 


All Out 2022 Predictions All Out 2022 Predictions

Way Too Early Predictions for All Out 2022


Detective vs Sleuths Detective vs Sleuths

Detective vs. Sleuths: Buckle Up for a Bumpy Ride


The Gray Man movie review The Gray Man movie review

Netflix’s The Gray Man is its Most Expensive and Emptiest Star Vehicle


Incredible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Fan Film Takes The Franchise Into R-Rated Territory


Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop 1987 Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop 1987

Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is an Anti-Fascist Classic 


Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con

Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022: A Full Recap


High Noon at 70: When Time is of the Essence