Well I ended up doing more of these than planned (my goal is 24 plastics + ~6 heroes/metals per week). I haven't highlighted them or anything - they are simply at "acceptable for tabletop" standard.
The simple sculpts help - old school LOTR is far less "busy" than newer sculpts and there is far less fiddly detail. I like it - it actually looks better from tabletop range.
As usual I will record the "present day" cost (I eBayed these in job lots during the "lull" between RoTK and the Hobbit when no one was playing - so I doubt I paid even a quarter of the current costs.)
Siege troops $45
Ferals (2) $26
Crossbows (6) $50
Command (2) $33
Well, I'm motoring along nicely - I'd say I've painted ~120 models in the last 2 weeks which is double my output goal. At this rate my dwindling paint supplies may provide the biggest impediment!
Though I just looked over and realised I have only painted 3 boxes.... and there are 11 more equally sized boxes to go.... Eeek!