December 16, 2007
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A little while back I was between projects, and restless for something
to do. I hauled out my box of 1/72 stuff, and began forming ideas with
the figures and scenic items in my box. Eventually I came up with an
idea, and once I purchased a suitable creature it culmitated into what
you see here.
It's not based on anything specific, but rather a
mixing of items to
make the scene I wanted. The walls are from a "Lord of the Rings"
wargaming scenery set I had, and I enhanced it with a fallen walkway
made from craft wood. The 3 humans are Saxon Warriors by Emhar, and are
unique in that they can be slightly reposed. In fact, every one of
these were radically altered from their original poses to suit my needs.
Finally, the centerpiece is the monster, which many of you will
recognize as a cave troll from LOTR. There was no major decision
process in selecting him other than finding a monster of the right size
and pose. He simply worked the best.
The troll is metal, purchased at a Games Workshop
was pretty easy, but painting was complicated by my trouble holding
him. I finally tapped holes in the bottoms of his feet, attached pins,
and anchored him to a block of wood. He's a heavy sucker, and with that
mallet over his head a bit precarious to mount. The pinned feet came in
handy when placing him on the scenery.
As always I painted everything with enamels, and had a wonderful time
playing around with colors for the troll. The Games Workshop
illustrations of this creature don't match how they looked in the
movies, so mine don't match the illustrations. I had fun painting his
teeth, and even gave his mouth a glosscoat to look wet. My putty/liquid
glue method for filling seams worked perfectly.
I might enter this in a contest if theres a suitable
Otherwise it was just a project between projects...a time filler. Hope
you enjoy looking at it, and bye for now.
[DeepGroover, Dec. 16, 2007]