Post by Michael O'Brien on Jun 1, 2017 14:15:31 GMT
Thanks to all members who took part in the suggestions in June. Chris kindly sent the list to me and there are eight contenders. This is, as we traditionally do, a blind vote. This vote ends at midnight on the 21st of June and we will have the 2nd round on the 22nd.
Don't forget you can add comments about any idea, whether you submitted it originally or not.
I shall now revert to my old trusted, tactic of suggesting the same thing repeatedly until people get so fed up seeing it listed that they vote for it to win simply so that I stop! So —
FRECA Lord of lands either side of the source of the Adorn
Freca was a fat, arrogant, dark-haired descendant of King Freawine who appears to have had "much Dunlendish blood" in his veins, and probably considered himself more Dunlending than Rohirrim. Certainly he held King Helm Hammerhand in sufficient contempt that he demanded the king's daughter as a bride for his son Wulf (Mithril figure MS280). His main claim to fame in Rohan history is that he was killed by a single blow from Helm's mighty fists.
It's hard to be certain of much else, but when he turned up for Helm's council he brought many men with him, so it seems likely he intended to start trouble, and would therefore have been dressed ready for battle, albeit probably over his finest clothes. His hair, arms and clothes are likely to have been an exotic mix of Dunlendish and Rohirrim styles.
With many good suggestions that show favorites, – and cause ties – it's only reasonable to resuggest, isn't it?
Sam with Baby will also be resuggested – later this year...
Resuggestion of a really bad guy:
Azog the Orc leader with the head of Thrór
There is one vignette in the mithril range that shows the fight between Azog and Dain II. (M164)
I'd like suggest the monstrous creature as the leader, champion or "King" of the Moria Orcs or Goblins doing his cruel deeds to the Dwarven King Thrór. Azog stands upright in triumph holding up the dwarfs head, on the latters forehead the bloody runes AZOG carved in.
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Whould be a horrible, but interresting miniature, showing the cruelty of the orcish race.
Suggestion is meant according to the novel please don't expect a oversized, pale, mutilated monster-thing with scars and with superhero powers... Azog was killed – dead ! – a long time before Thorin & Co. started their Quest to the Lonely Mountain.
Azog was a powerful Orc who claimed rulership over the abandoned Dwarvish mines of Moria (Khazad-dûm).
He initiated the War of the Dwarves and Orcs in TA 2790 by beheading King Thrór, who had come to revisit the ruins of the ancient dwarven kingdom of Moria. Azog called out that he had killed Thrór , and that he now ruled Moria as king. His name in runes was carved onto the brow of Thrór, forever branding it into the hearts of the dwarves. Nár (the companion of Thrór) was barred from retrieving the head of Thrór, and the orcs threw him a small pouch of coins of little worth as a final gesture of scorn. Nár took the pouch, turned, and fled. When he looked back, orcs had emerged from the gate and were hacking apart Thrór's body and flinging the pieces as carrion for the ravens.
In the same scale as the 'Balrog Entombed' (which in my opinion reflects a more realistic size comparison) the fallen Balrog laying amongst the rock of the broken mountain-side where it perished......
‘There upon Celebdil was a lonely window in the snow, and before it lay a narrow space, a dizzy eyrie above the mists of the world. The sun shone fiercely there, but all below was wrapped in cloud. Out he sprang, and even as I came behind, he burst into new flame. There was none to see, or perhaps in after ages songs would still be sung of the Battle of the Peak.’ Suddenly Gandalf laughed. ‘But what would they say in song? Those that looked up from afar thought that the mountain was crowned with storm. Thunder they heard, and lightning, they said, smote upon Celebdil, and leaped back broken into tongues of fire. Is not that enough? A great smoke rose about us, vapour and steam. Ice fell like rain. I threw down my enemy, and he fell from the high place and broke the mountain-side where he smote it in his ruin. Then darkness took me; and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell.'
Here is another re-suggestion! A few months ago Female Lossoth won the first round of voting, but fell in the 2nd round to Barli's suggestion.
So am am putting her out there again! I envision her on bone-skates (per the Red Book of Westmarch) with a hooded warm fur cloak fastened with a rope-belt and fur boots. She would be carrying a satchel and have a long knife tucked in her belt.
At well over 600 32mm figures produced, re-suggestions are inevitable. Perhaps some future month Michael could request only new ideas?
In the mean time, lets give the Lossoth Hunter a mate!!
If re-suggestions are for figures that didn't win, and therefore haven't yet been produced, I really don't see the problem in them making as many attempts to win as they like. Indeed, the majority of my wins (in fact all of them, I think) have only won at their second or subsequent attempts.
"A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried."
Indeed - though in full clothing, spread out all fours to make him as unwieldy to carry as possible would be my preference. Perhaps with a smile on his face. Complementing that we could have some headscratching fellow dwarfs (and master thiefs) in the years to come...
Ori was one of the dwarves of Thorin's expedition, and he followed Balin in his attempt to reclaim the Realm of Moria. He wrote the last pages in the Book of Mazarbul before he and the last few remaining Dwarves perished during a final stand. Ori did not appear in the Mithril range as a stand-alone figure, I think.