The first thing for me to do was look at the Onyx blog project for reference. Unfortunately the steps are not detailed enough to build out the whole model ... but there is enough there to save you a lot of time on getting the initial front part of the structure underway. I've also decided to make some modifications to the basic approach based on careful study of screen captures from the Two Towers movie that I've printed off for reference.
Anyways ... I first had to loose fit blocks together to get an idea of what the structure would look like. Once that was done I made some changes and then it was time to start gluing the foundation together. Some pictures below ...
|Day 1 ... loose fitting blocks together to see how it would|
all go together ...
|Once I got the general idea, I focused more on the|
foundation, made some modifications, and have set
about gluing parts together ...
|Sizing the foundation and build out on a 2 foot by 2 foot|
MDF base ... which I will build up with blue foam ...
|First wave of blocks that have been cast ... with many|
more to be cast ... I might need to order some more
I know it doesn't look like much right now, but I've made a lot of progress which is not visible, primarily in making sure the whole Hornburg component will fit on the 2' by 2' base and making sure the "inward" design will all fit together and provide the playing space needed for all the models. I've also given thought to getting my big fat hands in there to move models around ... something not to be overlooked in a model like this!
At the same time while waiting for plaster to dry, I've gotten a start into assembling all the miniatures I need. I've begun with the forces of good - the dismounted Rohan warriors and Galadhrim.
|Rohan foot command|
A note on Finecast models from GW ...
Although I've had many disagreements with Games Workshop over the years on multiple fronts, I've always had a respect for the quality of their figures. Very detailed and well sculpted. A little on the flashy/dirty side in many cases for their metals ... but nowhere near the worst I've dealt with ... very acceptable from a cleaning perspective, and detail and range of coverage you can't complain about.
I had stopped buying figures from GW many years ago ... far before Finecast arrived on scene. Some of the new sets I ordered arrived and are Finecast. Now, the details is outstanding and very crisp. However, swords and spears ... and other more flimsy parts of the model are not straight! If you have ever played Zombicide or Battlelore ... you'll know what I mean ... the models are plastic and cast in a flimsy way and usually bent all to hell in ways you can't correct, because cast plastic wants to keep to it's form. I'm not in the business of attempting to slightly melt plastic to correct casting flaws ... "ain't got time for that" ... which is utterly ridiculous that a Finecast model from GW would have similar issues ... something that they are charging you extra for!!! Shit!!! (*&^#($*&^#@$!!!! Give me back basic plastic or metal ... I'll be happy to pay less!!!
Anyways ... fortunately I've been able to correct most of the worst of it ... e.g. cutting away the standard bearer's pole and replacing it with a brass pole (I wish I took a picture of what it looked like before I did it ... the flag was bent over about 45 degrees because of the weight of the cast ... stupid!!). Oh well ... most of the models I have are second hand and of the original range ... so not a big issue for me ... but I pity anyone getting this crap in any sizable numbers.
Okay, enough complaining ...
|Rohan characters ... left to right ... Grimbold, Hama, Eowyn,|
Theoden, and Gamling. Poor Hama, eaten by a Warg ...
still, I love the miniature and he'll just be a regular old
guard captain for Helm's Deep :-)
|Rohan Royal Guard contingent ... oh yeah!|
|Assembly in progress ... foreground is Galadhrim and|
behind is Rohan ... still more to build.
So not a bad start. Once I get all the Rohan and Galadhrim figures assembled I'll be sending them out for painted to my trusty friend Mr. Steve Dake ... who will do an absolutely amazing job on them. After that it is the slug through 300 Uruk-Hai warriors ... yikes!
Stay tuned ... I'll continue to post project updates as I get more done.