Post by Michael O'Brien on Sept 2, 2019 16:26:46 GMT
I am on holidays next week so a slight adjustment to the schedule is required. Chris however has not been able to inform me of the list so I went ahead and complied it. If he vetos an idea then I will exlude that from the 2nd round if required. Its not perfect but thats life. Remember to comment on your favourite idea. If you can sway others to your view then you can seriously improve the odds that your favourite will win.
ELLADAN HOLDING TWO TORCHES ALOFT: PATHS OF THE DEAD
OK, second attempt to get this project moving:
For those of you who weren't able to get involved last month, my hope and desire is to get Mithril's Baldur figure redesigned and re-released, but this time as part of a "three-piece" vignette" (i.e., a vignette entailing three stand-alone Fellowship figures voted for and produced individually in due course..... I hope). These will comprise a crouching Aragorn examining Baldor's remains, Elladan with two torches held aloft, and - though I'm sure the "powers that be" understandably won't be keen about this bit, since some 90-plus MS586 figs are still languishing in stock - a CORRECTLY posed Baldor, i.e. face-down with his hands scrabbling forwards and upwards towards a sealed door (no door actually required, though it would be a nice finishing touch, and would save collectors having to find their own!).
As I said last month, it seems very likely that the "current" Baldor's poor sales are a direct consequence of his inaccurate pose (it's certainly the reason why I never bought him). I think Chris's concern at the time was that a face-down pose would be unpopular, but there may have been other reasons too. It's certainly a nice figure; but alas, it isn't how Baldur is described in the book.
Please also note that I forgot last month that, at this point, Elladan held two torches - his own and Aragorn's. Mea culpa.
“….but between the pillars there stood a silent company of tall images graven in cold stone. Suddenly Pippin was reminded of the hewn rocks of the Argonath, and awe fell on him as he looked down that avenue of kings long dead.”
This is the passage where Gandalf and Pippin are bought before Denethor.
Idea is for a figure, larger in size than a Mithril human, stood upon a carved pillar. The figure could be from any period of Gondor’s history while Kings still ruled so style of helm, armour etc. is open to interpretation. Not a ‘figure’ as such….
This scene represents the moment when Celebrimbor has finished forging the Rings of Power just before handing them over to their future owners. For that reason he wears clothes of high elf (no blacksmith clothes) and pensively observes his finished work in a tray that he holds with his hands or on a small pedestal.
Well, I assume that Chris is able to give Gandalf some clothes while he (Gandalf) ponders the password. I could put a nosy Merry in front of him, too... (I am sure we do have a suitable mini without making this a double figure suggestion).
That said... a naked Gandalf lying on the broken Mountain slope would be a suggestion that certainly is fresh...
I don't think his name is mentioned, but Gamling himself was in charge of the forces defending Helm's Dike, and his own grandson was one of the defenders. Gamling's words were: "Maybe we have a thousand fit to fight on foot, but most of them have seen too many winters, as I have, or too few, as my son's son here."
So it should be a young guy, maybe in a mailcoat a bit too long for him.
Half-Orc of Isengard climbing a ladder, holding in his left hand his shield over his head for protection. He is wearing chain mail and a helmet. His sword is still in the sheath. There is single handed axe on a rope, hanging off his right wrist.
For the seventh idea of this month, I'm trying my luck again....
Wainrider man with whip
The appendices mentioned incursions of the Wainriders in Gondor from 1851 TA, for almost a century. 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. The MZ670 Wainrider girl is the very first miniature representing this people (2018 December votes).
To complete, I propose another Gypsy member : a man this time. He is bearded and has long hair. His head is covered with a bandana tied behind and he wears a thick leather bolero, a wide fabric belt and boots. He is armed with a whip that he wields in front of him and a short scimitar is passed through the belt.
Wow, you and your vertically challenged orc have won at last, Master Holger! Everything comes to he who waits (and waits, and waits, and waits....). As I've found myself many times, perseverance does pay!
"A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried."