Billy Babel
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AFAIK the only time you use companion counters is to kill a random fellowship member for hunt damage, but since these guys are never part of the fellowship, why do these companion counters exist?
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You put them under the Strider and Gandalf miniatures to denote their transformation.

I personally never use them, since no one forgets the extra FP die, and hence there is no confusion with regard to whether it is Strider or Aragorn / Grey or White in play.
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If you think you might forget which version is on the board, you can put them under their minis. I doubt they are ever actually used...
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I suspect that the real answer may be that if you get John Howe to do your art, you're not going to NOT put it on a token.
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After you got the expansion, there are miniatures for Gandalf the White and Aragorn. So the tokens are basically useless then.
 
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(Note that these 2 don't have the same backside as the other Companion counters, so they would not be used for drawing a random Companion)

I only used them in my first game.
When Gandalf or Aragorn moved to a different region, we constantly forgot to move the token along with them.
"What's this token and what is it doing on the board?"
So yeah, they are not necessary.
And if you have LoME, this becomes moot anyway.
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Anduin wrote:
After you got the expansion, there are miniatures for Gandalf the White and Aragorn. So the tokens are basically useless then.

And even before then.

I never use the Gollum figure either.
 
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They make nice coasters for a LotR themed doll's house. Or maybe a model hobbit hole.
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Desiderata wrote:
Anduin wrote:
After you got the expansion, there are miniatures for Gandalf the White and Aragorn. So the tokens are basically useless then.

And even before then. :D

I never use the Gollum figure either.

The Gollum figure being in the Fellowship box is handy as a reminder to the SP that only one eye dice can be selected for the hunt box. Glance over, see how many models are in there, max out eyes. We know the answer already but it uses slightly fewer braincells, which are needed elsewhere.

Also useful when using the Lords of Middle Earth expansion. Smeagol as guide prevents Gandalf from doing the event card thing, so the model is a handy visual reminder. My regular FP opponent moves the Gollum model around with the Frodo/Sam model.
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