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BRINGING THE LEGEND TO LIFE:

The Making of the Argonath

© Lotrscenerybuilder 2008


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Length: 9½inches / 24cm
Width: 10inches / 25cm
Height: 15½inches / 40cm

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As for painting our models, no Skull White, Rotting Flesh or Snot Green for us. You might have wondered about the exquisite blaze of colours of our scenery. Our secret is our choice of paint: we use ColorWorks spray cans made by Motip Dupli. B.V. For a basecoat we use their "Anthracite High Temp Barbeque and Stovespray", which goes as far as 650° C - climate change-proof therefore. Subtle accents are applied with small spurts from our black, red, green and white cans. Every layer of paint is believed to dry up within an hour, but we have found out that a minute or two suffices… Thus, painting a finished model usually takes some fifteen minutes. At the most.

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Texture paint combined with stovespray on the helmet of Isildur…
(In this style 10/6).

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O Brother, Where Art Thou..?

It took us a little over two weeks to complete Anárion's statue, and another week and a half to build Isildur's. But of course we didn't create these fantastic statues, we only copied them. If we are correct it was John Howe and Mary MacLachlan of Weta's Miniatures Department who designed and built this wonder of ancient Middle-earth. We're indebted to them!

"I love the Argonath. How they [the Númenorians] did it, I don't know. There would have been some fantastic scaffolding and there would've been a great footage to do a rig for a model, to show the construction of the Argonath. Because I think it eclipses the pyramids frankly… But anyway, we had to think it's true and make it look like that's what they did…"
(Mary MacLachlan's commentary on the Argonath, in: "The Appendices", part two)

Im Morloth hain echant

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