An entry to Ian Spacek's wonderfully designed "Lord of the Rings Trilogy Contest, Round Two: 'The Two Towers.'" This 8x8 microscale vignette pictures the building of Isengard, the stronghold of Saruman the White. Both metaphorically and physically multi-leveled, the vignette pictures the building of Saruman's facade, and the building of his Uruk-Hai army; the evil cloaked by the outward facade. Please enjoy!
About this creation
The microscale Orthanc represents the might and the darkness of Saruman. It is pictured here being constructed; rising from the foothills of the Misty Mountains.
A crane lifts the massive, black stones into place while several armor-clad orcs continue the construction of the mighty Isengard.
Yet deep beneath the glory of Saruman's city, he is creating an evil army of Uruk-Hai to complete his dastardly plans. He views the caverns of Isengard from a lofty projection beneath the hanging stalactites. A bit of Veggietales inspiration here.
A small portion of Saruman's half orc, half man army.
This second round was a tough one to build for. I went through several prototypes and ideas, but eventually settled on microscale. I have a feeling that this may affect my score, but I am generally pleased with the result. However, I personally think that I broke my only rule, namely, that context is always more important than detail. I feel I have too much detail and not a strong enough context. But I should shut up now and not influence the judges' decisions any more. :-)
Thanks for taking a look!
Great build! In LEGO technique I can find no fault. However, the LOTR 'know-it-all' inside of me reacts (As with Max) to the idea of Saruman building an Uruk-Hai army secretly underneath an 'in-construction' Isengard. Saruman did not build Isenguard and most certainly did not hoard Uruk-Hai underneath it until he allied with Sauron (Who poisoned his mind). Which, once Sauron was on his side there was no need to be secretive about his army building. He had the most powerful man in Middle Earth on his side. But I could see where you were coming from, not seeing the movies and all. But in the movies there are memorable pits in the dry bed of the river Isen; pits that billow smoke and intertwine underneath the surface where the Uruk-Hai are built. This is in direct contrast with the idea of an 'Uruk building lair' underneath Isengard and most likely is what is conflicting in peoples' minds. Sorry, I'm droning about History. For a LEGO model, I can find no flaws. As always, great technique and style!
A most excellent build, though the purist within me must agree with Max: Isengard was built by either Gondorians or Arnorians (northern relative of Gondor) a long while before Saruman came. And even then, Saruman probably wasn't initially evil, and he certainly wasn't building an army when he got there. And it wasn't all Uruk-hai!
But, regardless, I love the detailing on the underground especially, and those construction cranes are so cleverly made. Keep up the building!
Cool! I love the tower! But are you saying that they are building the tower while Saruman is there? In the book, Orthanc has been standing for hundreds of years before the White Wizard moved there. Sweet build. Are you doing the hobbit contest?
What an original idea! This is a fantastic microscale creation; I especially like the mini cranes. As for your fears about getting a lesser score, I wouldn't worry about it; after all, 8x8 isn't much space to build a full-scale vignette. All in all, a great MOC! Hope you do well in the contest, Paul!