The Pillars of the Kings . "Upon great pedestals founded in the deep waters stood two great kings of stone: still with blurred eyes and crannied brows they frowned upon the North. The left hand of each was raised palm outwards in gesture of warning; in each right hand there was an axe; upon each head there was a crumbling helm and crown." - JRR Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring . Although the Argonath only appears on screen for a few seconds in the movie, I remember how it captured my imagination when I first read the book so many years ago. So when I decided to tackle a big LEGO sculpture it was a natural first choice.
I've previously posed earlier revisions of the statues here as my work in progress continued, But now I finally have the pair modeled to my satisfaction, complete with mini-figures (only had to wait 40 years for TLG to make those for me...)
The statues aren't really to the scale depicted in the movie (they're about half that by min-figure standards) but they're big enough to get the idea across that these things are artifacts of Numenor.
The boats are brick built because the shape of the rowboats I have (from an old Hogwarts set) just didn't seem right.
The members of the Fellowship come from the official LoTR sets.
Someday TLG needs to make a "short" mini-figure that can actually sit down, Aragorn can't see to steer because the hobbits are standing in the boats!
The statutes themselves stand about two feet (~61 cm) tall. I have the official Statue of Liberty model and they look pretty good in that company.
I don't have an accurate piece count but I'd guess we're talking about 3000-4000 EACH. There are a lot of tiny parts making up a rather large finished product.
A lot of SNOT design tricks went into getting the hand and sword hilt to look good at this scale. I hope you agree it was worth it.
The outstretched hand was actually the part that defined the scale of the whole model. Once I was happy with the way that looked, I just sort of built things out from there.
This Eastern Shore figurine was born of rather tragic origins. Those of you who follow my work know I had an early draft of this guy some time ago (and he can still be seen on my MOC pages, but sadly he only exists in photos now...)
If you compare this one with the earlier draft, you'll notice the quarried hillside is different, the axe is different and there was more use of darker bricks in the early one. Although they, otherwise, look very similar, this guy is almost a complete rebuild. After taking the original down from the shelf to photographic it, I tripped over my cat and dropped it. It shattered like safety glass hit with a sledge hammer. I think I was able to reuse his left hand and parts of his helmet but other than that it was a complete loss and I had to start all over. Oh well, I like this new one better anyway...
AND HERE'S PANDERING FOR SUPPORT PART...
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Thanks for visiting. As always, comments and questions are more than welcome.