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Nazgūl
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The Nazgūl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Ślairi, the Enemy's most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death. Their steeds were winged creatures: if birds, then greater than all other birds, and were naked, and neither quill nor feather did they bear, and their vast pinions were as webs of hide between horned fingers; and they stank. Creature of an older world maybe. Vultures upon the weak....

-"Silmarillion"/"Return of the King"


Hey all,

After my respective failure with the dragon Smaug, I decided to try my hand at another dragon by joining Sean's contest. Indeed, my axe is rather dull when it comes to dragons, so I hoped to hone my axe a little bit through this contest. I have no expectations of placing but I wanted to show some support for my good friends Sean and Steph.

I lacked inspiration for this contest when suddenly I remembered my Lord of the Rings connections, and this idea was formed. This is, without a doubt, the best creature I have built in LEGO form (my warg comes in at a close second). Those who know my clumsy hand with creatures can testify that this is one of my better ones. I managed to whip this up in about 2 days, either through my efficiency or through sheer determination, I know not. But I managed to finish it.

I spent a good portion of my time on the head alone. Even now, I am not 100% happy with it. Still, it captures the essence of the fell beast and is instantly recognizable. Same with the neck. While it isn't quite as smooth as I hoped it would be, it is flexible and really simple to make. The legs are my favorite part of this creature. I love their muscular thickness. Makes me think the dragon was a soccer player back in the day.... I got rather lucky with how I designed the body, so that it will actually remain on 2 feet without having to tip forward or backward. Very proud of that. The wings fulfill their purpose but I didn't get quite the effect I was hoping to capture. It turns out, I have less black capes than I remember. However, I made do with what I have. I was mainly worried about the shaping and texture of the wings than I was with the look of them. I was hoping for the "leathery" sort of feel for them. Otherwise, this is a really solid creation in my opinion. Thoughts?

I haven't been able to devote as much time to building as I would've liked. While my time with LEGO in general has increased significantly in other abstract ways, my bricks remain in a cluttered heap that needs to be cleaned up here. Hopefully, after some deadlines are done, I'll be able to spend some more time with building!

I am very proud of the creation as you can tell. But please, I really appreciate any feedback you can give me.

Grace and Peace,
-Blake

And as always, SOLI DEO GLORIA!

EDIT: Brickshelf gallery now available

EDIT: This creation achieved 3rd place in the contest!

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Comments

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  March 18, 2014
wow nice nazgul
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  May 10, 2013
This is just beautiful! I know if LEGO made a set with this it would probably be a new Dragon-piece and it would fall utterly short of this. Amazing creation! I like the poses of all the Orc minifigs and the horse's head makes it look like a real, gory battle was fought there. Amazing job!
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  November 9, 2012
How did you remove the horses head? Did you have to cut the horse? I really like how the Nazgul looks (even though that sounds repetitive)
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  October 5, 2012
This Is Great! I Love The Extra Details You Used In It! I Like How Good All Of Your Creations Are.
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  July 25, 2012
I really like the Nazgul! The landscaping on the base is really cool too! Great MOC!
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  July 16, 2012
WOW. That is AMAZING! You have to admit that the Nazgul are the coolest villains of anything. P.S. I get to watch RotK soon!
Blake Baer
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Carter Heald
  May 19, 2012
That is one of the best LOTR MOCs I have every seen! The Nazgul's dragon is so detailed. Nice job!
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  May 13, 2012
This is amazing I really like the use of minifig parts to add detail, and the landscape fits in perfectly with it
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  April 24, 2012
Is the neck made of modified parts? Is it tires with something running trough them? How did you make it
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  April 15, 2012
This set is pretty incredible. I think what you have done here is really capture the nature of the nazgul. The wings are quite perfect I think and I found your use of tires and minifig parts quite ingenious. If there is anything to improve here, it may be the head, although I understand that that may also be the toughest area to work with. As it is, I think overall you have done magnificent work.
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  April 15, 2012
That's a real piece of art, beautifully done. I think this is one of my favorite dragons yet, dark and detailed - the wings in particular strike me as being believable - very effective combination of parts there. The scene compliments it perfectly too, great work!
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  April 5, 2012
Nice can u plz post a link to the post MA chat that vladimere is now in charge of plz
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  April 5, 2012
Cool MOC! I disagree with you about the head, it looks great. The legs were clever too. Please could you join my group, it's called MEDIEVAL MINIFIGS.
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  April 4, 2012
Woah this is awesome! could you join my group please? i sent you an invite
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  April 3, 2012
This guy is amazing! The back and head are two of the best parts! Also, congratulations on winning the Master Builder for the Colossal Castle Contest!
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  March 29, 2012
All I can say is WOW :)
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  March 29, 2012
Dude this thing looks awesome!!
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  March 27, 2012
Quoting jake norris I like the detailing on the wings, but where are the teeth? Also, the black rider was wearing armor and had a helmet on.
At this scale, the teeth would be smaller than a minifigure hand. Believe it or not, but not all dragons had overly large teeth. And actually, there were 9 Oliari and just 1 wore the helmet of Angmar.
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  March 27, 2012
I like the detailing on the wings, but where are the teeth? Also, the black rider was wearing armor and had a helmet on.
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  March 27, 2012
pretty good! i like how you made the blood. the dragons body and legs look a bit pudgy, though. creative design on the dragon head. the spikes on top of the dragon are good but i think just the minifig hands and not the arms would look better.
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  March 26, 2012
Lovely work :D The vig turned out great and I love all the dead Orc's :D Not to mention your dragon's amazing :D Great stuff man :)
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  March 26, 2012
No sweet nasgul helmet for the king of the nasgul, just kidding. Spectacular! The head is a little undeveloped compaered to the rest for the dragon, but it looks great aside from that, which isn't a big deal. Excellant job!
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  March 25, 2012
Awesome, that's the only word that I can think of to describe it.
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  March 25, 2012
Superb work. The beast is awesome and the scene just makes it that much better.
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  March 24, 2012
AWSOME MOC. i will say the head does look a little off but i have tried dragon heads before and you did quite well
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  March 23, 2012
Fantastic, great use of parts and loving the horses head.
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  March 23, 2012
Whoah.
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  March 23, 2012
creepy. and easily recognisable. good work.
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  March 21, 2012
This is absolutely amazing. The use of pieces is exemplary. The head on your beast looks awesome. I like how you manipulated the Ring Wraith's leg. The spines on the beast's back is a great use of minifig arms, and also a little haunting...evil even. So evil, that you would say it was ee-vill. Very impressive work.
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  March 20, 2012
Absolutely speechless. SO MUCH GORE!
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  March 19, 2012
Great, Blake! Amazing realism, that pic with him looking slightly to the left really reminds me of the movies. Impressive techniques on the dragon. Outstanding!
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  March 19, 2012
And who said you could not build dragons! Amazing work! The neck area is a great design! The scene was gory but kinda cool, and the dragon is amazing! Great work once again Blake!
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  March 19, 2012
Wow that dragon is not friendly at all lol Very nicely built, a clever use for all those tyres. I wonder if we'll ever see a car from you ;-) It's funny but the bit that caught my eye was the little pool of blood at the bottom, great use of that trans red dish! BTW I have now sorted the 16x16 issue...I think. Thanks for allowing me to rectify it!
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  March 19, 2012
Yay! Another Blake creation! I gotta say, you are a masterful builder. The fell-beast is excellent. I love the use of minifig capes on the wings. I'd say you really succeeded in creating a "leathery feel." The neck and legs are truly amazing. I can't wait for your next LoTR creation.
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  March 19, 2012
speechless :O
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  March 19, 2012
I'm loving the solidity of it!
Blake Baer
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Büürli Burri
  March 18, 2012
Very nice! I like your PU!
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  March 18, 2012
One of my favorite protagonists in all fiction, and an Epic job of its re-creation in brick-effigy. CHEERS on this magnificent beast. ;)
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  March 18, 2012
Nice scene, and very interesting use of bricks. I especially like the battle gore
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  March 18, 2012
Nice scene, and very interesting use of bricks. I especially like the battle gore
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  March 18, 2012
Wonderful. The mixure of materials for the wings and the great base are highlights for me. Classy work!
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  March 18, 2012
I like the way you gave "life" to the base... Errr... I mean the way you settled all the dead bodies and torn members on the base. ^^ It brings a great atmosphere to your build. The Nazgūl: What a challenge to make it at such a small scale. I think you succeeded anyway with clever use of some parts as tires. Awesome and tough build!!
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  March 18, 2012
very nice, brilliantly unusual techniques!
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  March 18, 2012
So awesome! I have to say, my favorite parts are the body and the landscape. The rest is brilliant too. Can the neck move or is it just straight?
Blake Baer
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Armageddon XD
  March 17, 2012
WOW that is an EPIC moc
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  March 17, 2012
You've got some mad talent boy.
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  March 17, 2012
Everything is amazing! I also really like the wings:D
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  March 17, 2012
The Nazgul itself is fantastic, and I think that the base with all the gore and mutilated bodies really add to the build.
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  March 17, 2012
Wow, this is simply excellent. I love the leg design and the display vig. The best I've seen, well done!
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  March 17, 2012
Personally, I think you've got a pretty good chance at placing! Excellent job Blake!
  March 17, 2012
Wow this is amazing!!! You are the best mocer ever!
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  March 17, 2012
This is incredible. So many amazing techniques - the best 'castle' type creature MOC I've ever seen, and it's true to the look of the films too. An astounding build. 10/10, and that feels like too low a score
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  March 17, 2012
Awesome build man! That thing looks just as vile as it should!
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  March 17, 2012
To cover the joints with tires is some nice idea. The wings are great, indeed, but I rather tend to say it is overall amazing.
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  March 17, 2012
This is excellent, great work on the wings, tail and legs. I'm wondering if maybe Bionicle pieces might be a better fit for the head?
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  March 17, 2012
Really amazing! I love the capes you used for the holey wings! My favorite part of this creation is the horse... (hehe)
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  March 17, 2012
Building organic creatures with LEGO bricks is never an easy task. Using a combination of bricks, rubber and cloth parts was a clever idea. Very good work.
Blake Baer
Alex Jenkins
  March 16, 2012
Amazing,Outstanding,Great,etc.
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  March 16, 2012
I saw this on Eurobricks last week. Incredible work on the wings!
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  March 16, 2012
Amazing job. The battle field underneath the nazgul is a nice addition and it looks great.
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  March 16, 2012
Fierce!
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  March 16, 2012
I like all of it except the head. Congrats on getting 3rd. :)
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  March 16, 2012
Holy cow!! Actually...not holy cow. The cow kind of pales in comparison to this. :D Amazing job! I like how you use unorthodox baseplates. The sloping oval is just enough base for the Nazgul without looking like a standard square plate. I like the dead soldiers too. Amazing job as always!
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  March 16, 2012
Creepy! And of course AWESOME!
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  March 16, 2012
Haha, poor orcs, all crushed underneath...
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  March 16, 2012
Excellent work! The spines are my favorite part. I think you could have done better on the head if you used some smaller elements to get the shape a little rounder. Still, much better than my attempts at a dragon. Nicely done!
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  March 16, 2012
Great stuff! I really like the battleground with the dead horse and the Orc with the arrow in him! Brilliant work. --Blast--
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  March 16, 2012
I like the baseplate its on a lot. But the dragon Nazgul looks a bit to "soft" ... it (imo) should have had a rougher surface. But the wings are awesome .. Thats great part usage. In the Spirit of Ma: Your score 4 :P
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  March 16, 2012
The head,neck and tail look odd but everything else is great!
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  March 16, 2012
Wonderful MOC. :)
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  March 16, 2012
thats some pretty awesome stuff. I love the horse :P
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  March 16, 2012
Great representation, although maybe a few areas to touch up on: The beasts, despite popular belief, aren't actually all black. They aren't really black at all, but hey. LEGO doesn't make a super dark blue. Anyway, maybe adding a blue highlight would help, and tan belly. And, I'm not sure, but I think they have green eyes, so maybe a lime green stud would work. Sorry for going on and on, but I'm deathly serious about my LoTR. And I'm a bit OCD. ;) OKAY! I'll stop... But overall, a great job! Despite my somewhat 'harsh' feedback, I really do love it! 5/5
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  March 16, 2012
Ok Blake, now there's a Nazgul. I've wanted to make one, but the detail has put me off. I think that's the best Nazgul I have seen yet. I'm not a master builder or I haven't even posted a creation, so it's not much for me to say it's the best Nazgul I've seen, but it is. The wings are a little small, but that's a minor flaw that can be easily fixed. Thanks- Griffin
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  March 16, 2012
Awsome! one question, howd you get all your pics so white?
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  March 16, 2012
Nice! I entertained notions of attempting one of these myself, but ultimately my lack of inspiration towards building the neck and wings stayed my hand. It seems you came up with a pretty good solution in tires and capes, and it works well. I'm deeply impressed at the fact that you built this in a mere two days, your speed building skill is incredible. Some good PU in here, especially the helmets on the legs, and obviously the tires and capes. I also really like how the base turned out, I envy your dark tan/ sand green collection. Great work!
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  March 16, 2012
Poor horse... Incredible work Blake! The parts usage is so tastefully done that I'm surprised you didn't land first place. No matter, you still earn five stars from me. Well built indeed!
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  March 16, 2012
Epic! Definitely worth doing a minifig makeover on once the sets come out!
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  March 16, 2012
Simply stunning! The tail and neck are my favorite parts; so few builders (myself included :) are able to make pieces look "organic" but you've done a masterful job! Congrats on getting 3rd place in the contest!
 
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