Post by Michael O'Brien on Dec 3, 2018 15:49:21 GMT
Happy New Year everyone. We have a great selection to kick start the year with so many thanks to all members who took part so far. For anyone else, what are you waiting for? Get stuck in and help make the club even better in 2019.
Now PLEASE remember that this is an unusual 2 month vote so you have TWO votes. One for December and One of January. Please look carefully at the suggestions and you will see that they are divided into (JAN) and (DEC) lists. Choose your favourite from each list. There is NO point in voting for two ideas from the same month as they will cancel each other out ultimately.
This is a blind vote so you only see the poll status after voting. This gives everyone a fair shot at support. The next vote will begin on the 18th and will include the top two or three (max) from each month.
You are free to add comments about the suggestions and why others should support or avoid supporting them.
Thorongil Aragorn as Captain of Gondor A young, long haired Aragorn leading his men to attack the Corsair fleet. Sword drawn, cape billowing, and with a shield slung over his back while pointing towards the enemy. Wearing a helmet and light armor and standing on rocky out cropping.
Wounded Troll AT PELENNOR FIELDS A vicious black troll with a spear in his belly, swinging his arms in the air holding a war hammer. Mouth wide open and wearing ragged chainmail and plate gauntlets. A dented Gondor shield laying on the ground.
Resuggestion: Inspired by the very last passage and last words of the novel: 'Well, I'm back, ' he said.
Samwise with baby Elanor
Samwise Gamgee the Hobbit in an Hobbit-sized chair, (maybe an comfy armchair) with a tiny, tiny Hobbit baby girl (six months old) upon his lap, both looking at each other, smiling and laughing.
The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King Chapter IX The Grey Havens
At last the three companions turned away, and never again looking back they rode slowly homewards; and they spoke no word to one another until they came back to the Shire, but each had great comfort in his friends on the long grey road. At last they rode over the downs and took the East Road, and then Merry and Pippin rode on to Buckland, and already were singing again as they went. But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as the day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and a fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap. He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back, ' he said.
... First of all a barrel was cut loose by Bilbo and pushed to the shore and opened. Groans came from inside, and out crept a most unhappy dwarf. Wet straw was in his draggled beard; he was so sore and stiff, so bruised and buffeted he could hardly stand or stumble through the shallow water to lie groaning on the shore. He had a famished and a savage look like a dog that has been chained and forgotten in a kennel for a week. ... "Well, are you alive or are you dead?" asked Bilbo quite crossly... "Are you still in prison, or are you free?" ...
Suggestion is to have a (laying) barrel with open lid, and out of the barrel a dwarf is crawling or creeping, his upper body, arms and head visible. Which one of the 13 Dwarves – if it's necessary to name him – I whould leave to Chris Tubb to decide.
In the book it was Thorin Oakenshield who first came out, Dwalin and Balin were two of the most unhappy, Bifur and Bofur were less knocked about and drier, but very exhausted, Kili and Fili however who were young (for dwarves) came out more or less smiling and they both helped Bilbo and Thorin to search and free the others: Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin and Gloin were waterlogged and seemed only half alive, and poor fat Bombur was asleep or senseless.
... First of all a barrel was cut loose by Bilbo and pushed to the shore and opened. Groans came from inside, and out crept a most unhappy dwarf. Wet straw was in his draggled beard; he was so sore and stiff, so bruised and buffeted he could hardly stand or stumble through the shallow water to lie groaning on the shore. He had a famished and a savage look like a dog that has been chained and forgotten in a kennel for a week. ... "Well, are you alive or are you dead?" asked Bilbo quite crossly... "Are you still in prison, or are you free?" …
I am in the process of suggesting something related to your suggestion (I am in the process of creating a small sketch) - the second suggestion I had in mind I will abandon as it was going to be a dwarf which while not what you have suggested was to have just emerged from a barrel .
So my first suggestion for December is Bilbo sat on a tree stump emptying water out of his boots!!!!
Boots you might ask, but having just read 'Tolkien, Master of Middle-Earth' by Catherine McIlwaine, released by the Bodleian Library, Tolkien, in a letter to his American publisher states "There is in the text no mention of his acquiring boots - there should be! It has dropped out somehow or other in the various revisions - the bootings occurred at Rivendell". This is further supported by the two water colours of Bilbo in the Eagle's eyrie, and his arrival at the huts of the raft elves.
Bilbo will be in a bedraggled state and holding a boot up tipping water out of it and not looking too please in the process.
Legolas (or any elf) as a young prince, i.e. a child-elf but holding a bow which is too large for him. The idea is to have him perhaps receiving the bow from his father as a 'coming of age' gift. A quiver of arrows could be on the base.
The dwarves do have violins. I see no reason for the elves not to have them.
"-Now a little music! Said Thorin. Take out the instruments! Kili and Fíli rushed to find the bags and brought some small violins; Dori, Nori and Ori took some flutes from some pocket of the capes; Bombur drummed from the hall; Bifur and Bofur went out too, and returned with clarinets that they had left between the canes. Dwalin and Balin said: - Excuse me, I left mine on the porch! And Thorin said, "Get mine too!" They returned with violas as big as themselves, and with Thorin's harp wrapped in a green cloth."
The traditionalist Berserker-Warriors devoted to preserve the Old Ways were called Ful Hiam (Hi."Fiery Hearts").Have the appearance of a barbarians. Their beards are long and bushy, they're very muscular, and have very savage fighting styles. in the cold seasons the Hillmen wore fur-capes and high-boots.Armour was also made of hardened leather and heavy hide.Common weapons were the Creg, a very heavy throwing Spear.
(JAN) Cardolanian Ragger
The Raggers (D."Ragh Creann-Sleagh" or "Raging Pikes") were a traditional class of professional Soldiers in Eriador, especially Cardolan.These Raggers were for the most part, descendants of Númenórean Colonists or Warriors who took indigenious women and passed their craft and profession on to their sons anmd grandsons.The Raggers were considered Tergil or "lesser Dúnedain" and were renowned Fighters, especially Pikemen.Aditionally to their traditional set of arms, the High-Helmet, Hauberk and Pike they also used a weapon unique to them, a kind of backsword known as the Ragger's Knife.
Post by stephenjcorcoran on Dec 21, 2018 13:56:53 GMT
Balchoth Warrior (December)
The Balchoth were a fierce Eastering tribe under the sway of Dol Guldur. They lived in the lands to the east of Mirkwood and were possible related to the Wainriders.
They attacked Gondor in TA 2510 and overran the plains of Calenardhon and almost destroyed the army of the Ruling Steward Cirion. It was only with the coming of the Eotheod under Eorl the Young at the Battle of the Field of Celebrant that they were defeated and Gondor was saved.
Warrior dressed in laminated armour, with pointed helmet finished in a spike with ear protection. Holding a long curved sword and with a shortbow with quiver on his back.
I recycle ideas that I had enjoyed and that had received some significant votes.
(DEC) Wainrider girl armed
The appendices mentioned incursions of the Wainriders in Gondor from 1851 TA, for almost a century. To my knowledge, there is no miniature about this people.
The appendices A mentionned that the Wainriders were a people, or confederacy, of Men from the East. They journeyed in great wagons, and their chieftains rode chariots in battle.
In the Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", it states that they camped in fortified camps of wagons. Their young women were also trained in arms, and they, along with old men and youths, stayed behind, able to defend their homes from attackers.
So, for december I propose a girl character on foot with axe or short sword, Gypsy appearance.
(and when we can propose a mounted miniature, I would propose another Gypsy on horseback, then a vignette with a wagon or a chariot with a warrior...)
(JAN) Spider of Mirwood attacking
For the moment, there is only one Mirkwood spider reference....
I suggest to complete this reference with a spider attacking.
I never managed to quite get my head together in time to make any suggestions this month (these months...), but there are so many good ideas here that I doubt I'd have come up with anything better, or even as good. Shame we can't vote on two figures each month, or even more! December in particular has at least three figures that I want...
"A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried."
Yeah, I understand your puzzlement, Dave. I also thought that Chris' decision was a bit "out of left field", as we say in Bree. JRRT's pictures and references, as mentioned in your note above, are all the proof needed to legitimise your envisaged figure as pure canon.
"A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried."