|These old plastic hobbits aren't of very good quality, especially in comparison to the more detailed metal versions below. I can see why so many hobbyists were metal snobs, though the sculpts companies are now doing in plastic is quite amazing.|
I have a long term goal of replicating a small piece of the battle of Helm's Deep. I've built a rough approximation of the redoubt out of foam and bought the fellowship and a few bad guys.
More recently I procured a pile of Uruk Hai and, facing a long cycle of batch paintings, I realized I better paint up the more famous faces before I tired of painting within the lines.
After a few nights, here's where the first group of minis stand:
|These two came pre-painted, but not well. I probably should have stripped them, but have so many other projects, I just tried to touch them up as best as possible.|
|This is a great sculpt, but it took three tries to get the face to resemble Gollum. Still not happy, but done nonetheless.|
|My favorites of the bunch, these metal minis really captured the likeness of Elijah Woods and Sean Astin. Very fun to paint up, despite their small stature.|
|Merry and Pippen weren't at Helms Deep, but I may pretend otherwise, just so these two can get some action.|
|These two are plastic sculpts, though the poor detail is less noticeable on these larger minis, as opposed to the hobbits.|
|Metal on the left, plastic on the right.|
|Metal Gandalf, looking quite grey.|
I'm hoping to rekindle some of the magic from the original LOTR films, of which the Two Towers was my favorite. They were a remarkable achievement in filmmaking, and it's a shame to see their pop culture impact fading.