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"
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!