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does anyone know how to make the head of a balrog.
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| November 4, 2009, 3:55 pm
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Quoting Landkreuzer P.1000 ratte
does anyone know how to make the head of a balrog.

I dont have the right pieces but personally i like this model and was trying to model something similar. BUt if you use it make sure you give him credit. Its http://mocpages.com/moc.php/59073
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| November 4, 2009, 3:57 pm
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I havenīt got a building tactic... I think the best ideas come while Iīm building .... but one easy tip : Use fotos or pictures of whatever you want to build!
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| August 17, 2010, 7:50 am
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Quoting Landkreuzer P.1000 ratte
does anyone know how to make the head of a balrog.

Look at my balrog, if you want to have an easy head version...
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| August 17, 2010, 7:51 am
I can't think of any help I would be to you, in building a Balrog, since I've never even attempted to do so. I plan to buy a ton of fire elements and work on one eventually - but not until a later point in the future. But:
Quoting Michael Kringe
Use fotos or pictures of whatever you want to build!

I really couldn't agree more with Michael's comment. When building my Weathertop model I studied every reference picture I could get my hands on. And I would recommend you do the same - the more you are familiar with the shapes and look of the item you want to build, the easier it will be to form it out of LEGO (R) bricks.
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| August 17, 2010, 3:32 pm
Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
I really couldn't agree more with Michael's comment. When building my Weathertop model I studied every reference picture I could get my hands on. And I would recommend you do the same - the more you are familiar with the shapes and look of the item you want to build, the easier it will be to form it out of LEGO (R) bricks.


Definately. I agree 100%. This tactic also helps in drawing, btw.

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| August 31, 2010, 11:31 am
Quoting Athanasios Lazarou
This tactic also helps in drawing, btw.

I'd have to agree with you one-hundred percent, Athanasios. As an artist, myself, I always find reference images helpful. Unless I'm drawing something in real life - photographs and pictures play the part of helping my inspiration take to the page.

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| August 31, 2010, 11:41 am
Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
Quoting Athanasios Lazarou
This tactic also helps in drawing, btw.

I'd have to agree with you one-hundred percent, Athanasios. As an artist, myself, I always find reference images helpful. Unless I'm drawing something in real life - photographs and pictures play the part of helping my inspiration take to the page.


What do you do if you're drawing something from your imagination? Say a battle scene. Do you form it 3D in your head, and look at like that, or do you just have a vague basic idea, and take it from there as you draw?

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| September 1, 2010, 3:08 am
well, if a balrog doesn't need to be minifig scale, you could use LEGO's taun taun horns on the head, I'd like to try that sometime, but I'm too lazy.
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| September 1, 2010, 10:00 am
Quoting Athanasios Lazarou
What do you do if you're drawing something from your imagination? Say a battle scene. Do you form it 3D in your head, and look at like that, or do you just have a vague basic idea, and take it from there as you draw?

We're veering decidedly off topic, but I'll answer your question anyway. Drawing something from my imagination is a very difficult task. Often characters are in action-packed poses, and to draw something, like that, so that all is in proportion can be very difficult for me. I usually get the entire scene figured out in my head, and get an idea of what objects will be where on the page, and then find some reference material so that I don't fall off the ledge of proportion. Even a picture of myself can prove helpful to form a bone structure for a character. Then I fill in the details... It's a hard and messy procedure - but it works on most occasions. But to stay on topic, sorta'...
Quoting Josh LaFollette
well, if a balrog doesn't need to be minifig scale, you could use LEGO's taun taun horns on the head, I'd like to try that sometime, but I'm too lazy.

That's actually a very good idea... I might have to try that sometime.
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| September 1, 2010, 10:15 am
Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
We're veering decidedly off topic, but I'll answer your question anyway. Drawing something from my imagination is a very difficult task. Often characters are in action-packed poses, and to draw something, like that, so that all is in proportion can be very difficult for me. I usually get the entire scene figured out in my head, and get an idea of what objects will be where on the page, and then find some reference material so that I don't fall off the ledge of proportion. Even a picture of myself can prove helpful to form a bone structure for a character. Then I fill in the details... It's a hard and messy procedure - but it works on most occasions. But to stay on topic, sorta'...


Sorry.

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| September 1, 2010, 11:37 am
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Thanks for your comment on my balrog creation, Athanasias! And to answer your question (and for everyone else, who wants to know this): The grey wizardīs hat is from a small Lego castle set ( Lego castle 5614 the good wizard )
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| September 1, 2010, 1:26 pm
Quoting Michael Kringe
Thanks for your comment on my balrog creation, Athanasias! And to answer your question (and for everyone else, who wants to know this): The grey wizardīs hat is from a small Lego castle set ( Lego castle 5614 the good wizard )


Thanks. And by the way, my name is AthanasiOs, not AthanasiAs. But don't worry, it's a common mistake. (Seriously, it is, because all my American relatives have a hard time writing and pronouncing my Greek name, so...)
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| September 1, 2010, 1:35 pm
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Quoting Athanasios Lazarou

Thanks. And by the way, my name is AthanasiOs, not AthanasiAs. But don't worry, it's a common mistake. (Seriously, it is, because all my American relatives have a hard time writing and pronouncing my Greek name, so...)
Thanks for correction and your activity in this group ! (And I deleted the O, because I thought it was the wrong letter..... hahaha... haaaaha... ha!!) ...
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| September 1, 2010, 1:57 pm
Quoting Michael Kringe
Quoting Athanasios Lazarou

Thanks. And by the way, my name is AthanasiOs, not AthanasiAs. But don't worry, it's a common mistake. (Seriously, it is, because all my American relatives have a hard time writing and pronouncing my Greek name, so...)
Thanks for correction and your activity in this group ! (And I deleted the O, because I thought it was the wrong letter..... hahaha... haaaaha... ha!!) ...



Heh, well, they do say to trust your first instinct... I guess they weren't wrong. ; )
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| September 1, 2010, 3:20 pm
Maybe we can start this thread back up again! =D
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| August 8, 2014, 11:17 am
My new favorite tactic are the trees with the 1 by 1 block with studs all around and then put the 1 by 8 or whatever brown plate going up.
Sorry that was kind of confusing!
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| August 8, 2014, 11:19 am
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Quoting J D
My new favorite tactic are the trees with the 1 by 1 block with studs all around and then put the 1 by 8 or whatever brown plate going up.
Sorry that was kind of confusing!

I know what you mean! Those trees look great and more realistic than other designs in my opinion. Plus you can use them when you are out of brown lego pieces.
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| August 9, 2014, 5:40 am
Quoting Michael Kringe
I know what you mean! Those trees look great and more realistic than other designs in my opinion. Plus you can use them when you are out of brown lego pieces.

I know! Also, you can add roots with upsidedown slopes.
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| August 11, 2014, 9:39 am
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Ah....don't you just love the sight of LOTR builds everywhere, I love seeing them. :D
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| August 11, 2014, 9:40 pm
Quoting Chris .
Ah....don't you just love the sight of LOTR builds everywhere, I love seeing them. :D

Yes! LOTR is probably a more popular building theme than (dare I say it?) Star Wars now. It brings warm feelings to my heart. :)
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| August 12, 2014, 10:47 pm
Quoting Evan Botkin
Yes! LOTR is probably a more popular building theme than (dare I say it?) Star Wars now. It brings warm feelings to my heart. :)

Yup. It's a mystery to me why LEGO would discontinue a theme like LOTR... :(
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| August 12, 2014, 10:48 pm
Quoting Thomas B.
Yup. It's a mystery to me why LEGO would discontinue a theme like LOTR... :(

I've heard rumors....whispers of a nameless theme that will be getting a new wave in summer 2015. Not really nameless but I don't know for sure, I think LOTR is getting a new wave next summer. And a new Hobbit wave this winter.
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| August 12, 2014, 10:50 pm
Quoting Evan Botkin
I've heard rumors....whispers of a nameless theme that will be getting a new wave in summer 2015. Not really nameless but I don't know for sure, I think LOTR is getting a new wave next summer. And a new Hobbit wave this winter.

We heard rumors of new sets for this summer...nothing. Yes we'll get more Hobbit sets of course, but I'm not sure about LOTR

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| August 12, 2014, 10:52 pm
Quoting Thomas B.
Yup. It's a mystery to me why LEGO would discontinue a theme like LOTR... :(

The contract maybe.
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| August 12, 2014, 10:53 pm
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