Post by Michael O'Brien on Jun 30, 2006 9:42:39 GMT
Welcome to another exciting chance to add your ideas and dreams to Mithril's LOTR miniatures. Post your suggestions here. ONE per member.
I have decided to make this another month for single figures as I was very impressed by the selection of superb ideas last month. I would like to see how those ideas, if resubmitted, stand against new ideas. We allow for mounted figures but not multiple figures in this month.
I do promise that in August we will return to another open month, where vignettes are allowed.
Please add some quotes about where it is mentioned or give descriptions to promote your suggestion. If you drum up support NOW, the you have a much better chance when it is time to vote.
Voting will begin on the 19th of July (first round). Second round voting will commence on the 26th. This will last until the 1st of August.
You may add comments about other members suggestions as well. If you post any suggestions elsewhere it may not be seen or credited. Please post any suggestions in English. If you have any questions then post in the other thread provided for such questions.
"Half-troll" chieftain of Far Harad. To me it has always been pretty obvious that this were not at all trolls but Men, somehow akin to masai or zulu warrioirs of todays central and south of Africa. To avoid cofusion I think it could simply be marketed as a Chieftain of Far Harad. I picture a tall man with negroid features and dreadlocks, perhaps filed teeth. He should have gold bracelets and a leopard skin thrown over his sholder. Perhaps an asegai in his hand or a wooden mace of hardwood; in the other a large painted shield of rattan or hippo hide.
I shall be loyal and unoriginal and continue to sponsor my two continuously unsuccessful candidates of previous months for as long as it takes them to win (this could take a long, long time). This month it's the turn of Eorl on Felarof again. Probably a hopeless case, but I remain optimistic (though I'm not sure why).
I could quote all the same passages of text as I quote every month, but I'm sure you all know the story by now...
"A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried."
Inspired by Gothmog's final success after many tries, I will submit the Lossoth Hunter again.
As previously described by Hammershield, myself and others, he would be clad in hooded furs and leather boots. His weapons would be a long knife tucked into a belt with many pouches, and a harpoon. Skates with bone blades slung across his back would be cool, as would a glimpse of a chain of polar-bear teeth around his neck, perhaps to help keep his furs snug at the throat. He could be posed as ready to throw his harpoon at some unseen prey, or in a tracking position.
The Lossoth lived in the frozen lands by the Ice Bay of Forochel, and are mentioned in the LOTR, Unfinished Tales, and the Silmarillion, having aided King Arvedui of Arnor in years past.
While tempted by seconding Eorl, or re-submitting my Elf scout, or even an Elladan to go with the House of Elrond series Elrohir (wow, alliteration!), I think I'll be odd and ask for...
An Elf Maiden of the North.
Basically a model which can be anything from Luthien, to Arwen, to a Lady of the Wandering Companies.
The figure would be dressed for cooler climes. (She would not be wearing that odd swim suit arrangements that 'er indoors complains about all the time.) She would be beautiful, and dignified, hair worn loose around her shoulders. She is not fighting. She is standing, perhaps looking off into the West, or perhaps listening to the sounds of the night. She wears a heavy cloak over her shoulders and perhaps a simple but elegant gown beneath. The cloak is billowing a little, perhaps in a cold wind from the Great Sea. Hidden in the cloak is a sword. We can see the hilt peeking out. Her right hand is not far from the hilt. This is someone who knows how to fight. Her left hand is held tightly to her chest, her left hand touching a jewelled necklace. Perhaps it is Luthien's Silmaril, perhaps it is Arwen's Evenstar, perhaps it is an ancient Sindarin heirloom.
This is a model that could have stood beside Cirdan at a council of the Great. Or watched as the Fellowship left Rivendell. Or (as Luthien) paused a little to take her bearings while Morgoth's hunters pursued her through Beleriand. Or (as Arwen) whispered a message to Halbarad as he mounted his horse to lead the Rangers of the North to Gondor.
(Thus, such a model could tie in with two of the previous Fellowship models, Halbarad and Cirdan)
I admit I have no special idea at this time but Eorl would be great this month after all, we have had Fram in MX series, now we are going to have Frumgar, his father, and now Eorl would be great. we would have the first chieftain of the eotheod (frumgar) and his descendant Eorl who lead eotheod to become Rohirim. Along with Helm Hammerhand, that would be quite a bunch of Rohirim personnalities that's great
"Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill."(Gildor Inglorion, LOTR1)
Huooomm, well, Dave the rhymer is right. So I agree. It'll be Eorl to be the next - though I don't feel good about that man on a sledge from the North. - But let me ask about a word in the second line of that poem. please. What does "srcumpy" mean in that context? ... I've heard the word before, I think. Huooomm
It's the drink of the gods, Master Theobald. Good, strong, rough cider that'll make the, er, leaves on your trunk curl. So add it to your Entish vocabulary, alongside 'splitting', 'headache', and 'hangover'.
And it's nice to see that Eorl might get as many as five votes this month - though I'll believe it when I see it.
"A worthy man, but his memory is like a lumber-room: thing wanted always buried."
In a few days I will have my winning suggestion couple Eowyn and Faramir in my hands... can't await it and looking forward to this moment very, very happily! Thanks again for all support, fellows! ) I hope you are as satisfied with the charming result as I am!
So from my side this month no new suggestion,
BUT ALL SUPPORT from my side too - It's time for EORL THE YOUNG!
Galloping from the north and blowing a mighty Horn! Horns, Horns, Horns! Great Horns from the north! Go Eorlingas, forth!
Greetings from the Borders of Black Forest the Great from Germany!
Listen - How the wind howls! - It howls with the voices of wolves!!!
I would like to resubmit my suggestion of Aragorn as a companion piece to the King of the Dead. I have researched the passage in The Return of the King that speaks to this:
Chapter II - The Passing of the Grey Company - page 53
And thus, just ere midnight, and in a darkness as black as the caverns in the mountains, they came at last to the Hill of Erech. Long had the terror of the Dead lain upon that hill and upon the empty fields about it. For upon the top stood a black stone, round as a great globe, the height of a man, though its half was buried in the ground. Unearthly it looked, as though it had fallen from the sky, as some believed; but those who remembered still the lore of Westernesse told that it had been brought out of the ruin of Numenor and there set by Isildur at his landing. None of the people of the valley dared to approach it, nor would they dwell near; for they said it was a trysting-place of the Shadow-men and there they would gather in times of fear, thronging round the Stone and whispering.
To that Stone the Company came and halted in the dead of night. Then Elrohir gave to Aragorn a silver horn, and he blew upon it; and it seemed to those that stood near that they heard a sound of answering horns, as if it was an echo in deep caves far away. No other sound they heard, and yet they were aware of a great host gathered all about the hill on which they stood; and a chill wind like the breath of ghosts came down from the mountains. But Aragorn dismounted, and standing by the Stone he cried in a great voice: 'Oathbreakers, why have ye come?' And a voice was heard out of the night that answered him, as if from far away: 'To fulfill our oath and have peace.' Then Aragorn said: 'The hour is come at last. Now I go to Pelargir upon Anduin, and ye shall come after me. And when all this land is clean of the servants of Sauron, I will hold the oath fulfilled, and ye shall have peace and depart for ever. For I am Elessar, Isildur's heir of Gondor.'
I like the idea of Aragorn standing near the Black Stone hailing the Dead. He would look magnificent next to The Fellowship piece - The King of the Dead.
Tamer of Felarof, mearas sire, From out of the North, eyes blazing like fire, To the Celebrant Field, he led the Eotheod like a flood, Enemy slaughter and panic, they spilled much orc blood. The reward for their succour, as it had come unplanned, An alliance with Gondor and a fine green land. Through many long years, songs will be sung, For the month of July chosen, 'twas Eorl the Young.
Actually, regarding Aragorn, I recently purchased the "Fellowship of the Ring" Aragorn off Ebay (the one in the Fellowship of the Ring boxed set, and the MC model), and I really didn't like it at all. I chopped off the hand and the arm, gave him a bow and he's now a Ranger of Ithilien. How and ever, while converting it I realised that if you want to make a REALLY good companion model to the King of the Dead, you should get the MC Aragorn and the Mithril Fellowship Aragorn and the Palatir model. And swap the left arm. Maybe do something to the right arm too. Put that beside the King of the Dead. Profit.
Eorl certainly seems to have built up a head of steam this month, hasn't he?
OK, here we go - my suggestion for this month - Gandalf the Grey's passing.
I picture him laying, as if dead (was he or was he not) after hiis battle with the Balrog in Moria. He is naked (but modestly posed on his side). Beaten, torn, emaciated and just spent from his battle, he lies on a rocky crag at the top of the world. This is just before Gwaihir resuces him and carries him to Lothlorien.
Here is a quote from the Two Towers:
“The darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell.” "Naked I was sent back-for a brief time, until my task was done. And naked I lay upon the mountain-top.” “I tarried there in the ageless time of that land where days bring healing not decay." - (Book 3, The Two Towers, "The White Rider")
I had thought of a scene with Gandalf and the Balrog after their final battle, with the Balrog integral to the base, but looking more charred/battered in his ruin (basically a re-working of the existing Balrog, but hopefully done in a way that could reduce costs, i.e. half buried in snow).
I hadn't thought of Gandalf as described by mshartmann, but that sounds a fine idea.
But this (my) idea is for another round of voting as it would not be a single figure.
My only question about such a scene would mean that both figures would be laying down rather than one standing, of course variations of this idea could be made.
Actually, the beginnings of a diorama idea are beginning to form.