Post by Michael O'Brien on Apr 3, 2007 9:46:30 GMT
Welcome to another exciting chance to add your ideas and dreams to Mithril's LOTR miniatures. Post your suggestions here. ONE per member.
This is an single figure (+ mounted) month. No multiple figures or vignettes.
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. This suggestion board stops taking new ideas at 16.00 GMT on the 16th of April.
Voting will begin on the 17th of March (first round) in the afternoon (GMT). Second round voting will commence on the 23rd. This will last until the 2nd of May. All votes will end at 16.00 GMT or BST (british standard time).
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- one of the two 'lost' figures from the unreleased Isengard Mw347 warband. I'm sure there's no need for me to provide details of his desired appearance, since there's a picture of him on the centre-spread of issue Number Two of the Fellowship's 'Tengwar' magazine. Besides, I'm sure Chris will know what he should look like, having sculpted him once already!
[glow=black,2,300][shadow=black,left,300]Thorongil in the service of Ecthelion II[/shadow][/glow]
From Appendix A (sorry for the long quotes, but they are just so lovely).
"In much he (Ecthelion II) did he had the aid and advice of a great captain whom he loved above all. Thorongil men called him in Gondor, the Eagle of the Star, for he was swift and keen-eyed, and wore a silver star upon his cloak; but no one knew his true name nor in what land he was born. He came to Ecthelion from Rohan, where he had served the King Thengel, but he was not one of the Rohirrim. He was a great leader of men, by land or by sea, but departed into the shadows whence he came, before the days of Ecthelion were ended."
"Thorongil often counselled Ecthelion that the strength of the rebels in Umbar was a great peril to Gondor, and a threat to the fiefs of the south that would probe deadly, if Sauron moved to open war. At last he got leave of the Steward and gathered a small fleet, and he came to Umbar unlooked for by night and there burned a great part of the ships of the Corsairs. He himself overthrew the Captain of the Haven in battle upon the quays..."
"With him (Gandalf) he made many perilous journeys, but as the years wore on he went more often alone. His ways were hard and long, and he became somewhat grim to look upon, unless he chanced to smile; and yet he seemed to Men worthy of honour, as a king that is in exile, when he did not hide his true shape. For he went in many guises, and won renown under many names. He rode in the host of the Rohirrim, and fought for the Lord of Gondor by land and by sea; and then in the hour of victory he passed out of the knowledge of Men of the West, and went alone far into the East and deep into the South uncovering the plots and devices of the servants of Sauron."
"Thus he became at last the most hardy of living Men, skilled in their crafts and lore, and was yet more than they; for he was elven-wise, and there was a light in his eyes that when they were kindled few could endure. His face was sad and stern because of the doom that was laid on him, and yet hope dwelt ever in the depths of his heart, from which mirth would arise at times like a spring from the rock."
He could be in gear of [glow=black,2,300]Gondor[/glow] with a bit of [glow=green,2,300]Rohan[/glow] influence because of his time in the service of Thengel, but he must have the silver star. Pose and context (in battle, traveling, etc.) is up to Chris.
“At a gap in the circle a great dark wolf-shape could be seen halted, gazing at them. A shuddering howl broke from him, as if he were a captain summoning his pack to the assault”….
A Journey in the Dark - FotR
The Fellowship having been defeated at the mountain pass must now head for Moria.
My suggestion would be for Wolf/Warg as the Fellowship rest on the low hill - I envisage him with front legs on a rock so he is higher at the front, but with his shoulders hunched so that his hideous face is at a lower level, giving a menacing appearence.
Well, if persistence can pay off twice for Barli, then its time for the Lossoth Hunter. We've had elves and dwarves and hobbits and orcs and rangers galore! How about something a little different for a change?
The Lossoth, as all know by now, are a hunter/gatherer people who roam the frozen wastes along the Ice Bay of Forochel, and are mentioned in the Red Book of Westmarch. They sheltered Arvedui, King of Arnor, who with their help escaped the Witch-king's minions with two of the palantiri.
The Lossoth Hunter would be clad in furs, with boots and breaches made of animal hides, with sinew straps and laces. He would be bearded with long hair, and wear a belt about his furs with many pouches. His weapons would be crude, a cudgel fashion from elk horn, or perhaps a spear made from bone. A long knife would be tucked into his belt. A necklace of polar bear teeth would also be a cool addition.
Here comes again an old suggestion as the mounted Halbarad was so impressive:
As I like the side characters of LotR very much, I would suggest the following miniature: [glow=red,2,300]HIRGON[/glow]
Hirgon brought the Red Arrow to Théoden at Harrowdale, in token of Gondor's desperate need for help from its old allies. Riding back eastward to his Lord, Denethor, Hirgon and his companion encountered Sauron's forces on the Rammas Echor, and were cut down as they tried to escape.
I would suggest a mounted figure, a little like a Gondorian officer, but with no heavy armour, as he has to be fast. He should have a visible arrow, carrying in his right hand in a real hard riding pose ( a little bit like Eorl on Felarof) a sword at his side, a bow an a quiver and some kind of dagger. He should have a cloak against bad weather. As I like the Halbarad miniature very much, I would be glad to see another mounted masterpiece from Chris T. and painting Mithril horsemen is a well rewarded job!
Vote for GONDOR!!!
("has no king, needs no king..." as Boromir said in the movies)
I was thinking more of what someone called a "Thematic" figure. We've had the MERP figures and such MX figures as Frumgar and Fram. So to continue along that vein, I offer...
A Shield Maiden of the Horse Lords
An idealised and heroic figure, mounted on horseback, bearing the shield of the Eotheod. This woman is dressed in mail over a long riding dress. Her hair is loose in the wind. She carries a long spear held "at attention," the spearhead aiming for the sky. Perhaps she has a small banner or set of ribbons or colours flowing in the wind, bound to the spearhead.
She is young, she is beautiful, and her expression is cold and distant. She rides alongside her king and his thanes to battle.
In some senses, the figure is a MERP player-character figure. In others, she is a companion to the beautiful MX Frumgar figure. She could be a statue carved an age later, or even a young maiden of the Rohir fighting in some skimish a millenium later.
My suggestion this month is a figure, missing in the mithril range so far also: One of the inhabitants of Dorwinion:
I suggest a WEALTHY TRADER FROM DORWINION ("Wineland")
This area of middle earth, located east of Mirkwood, where the running river meets the River Carnen, and the plains of Rhun is a very vertile landscape. The people are the trading companions to Laketown, Erebor the Realm of the Elvenking and even Gondor in the south. The best wines of middle earth come from this area.
So the trader should be dressed in rich garments, holding a embroidered cup of wine for tasting in one hand and maybe a decanter or a purse/moneybag in the other hand. He also should have some bags for further trade goods.
Just a couple of last minute thoughts to throw into the ring (ideas for future votes maybe, but if I don't put them down now I will forget next time ).
Girion, Lord of Dale as mentioned in the Hobbit (Inside information) - not sure how he should be depicted, but possibly holding the Necklace of Girion - a necklace of 500 emeralds given for the arming of his son in dwarven mail, about to present it to an (unseen) Dwarf King perhaps.
The other thought on the same page is 'long-dead' King Bladorthin - he seemed to have a fair army.
These may have been submitted in the past but I don't recall them.
Of course, if we were to take Hwolf's idea and make the trader slightly younger and female...you'd also have a figure to represent the "Widonu" template character from the MERP 2nd Ed corebook.
Widonu is a Dorwinion bard (though "bard" in MERP terms tended to mean any character which didn't fit into the rest of the "profession" concepts.) Widonu is a trader's daughter, tearaway and a young adventurer.
Such a figure could represent either a MERP adventurer OR a trader character in an urban diorama. Hell, it would be a lovely figure anyway!