BRINGING THE LEGEND TO LIFE:
The Making of the Argonath
© Lotrscenerybuilder 2008
After a few hours of cutting and plastering we ended up with a perfect looking image of… Michael Schumacher (well, it could have been Mr. Bean's for all that…). It was a dangerous moment: we knew we didn't want the face of a racing hero staring down upon the River Anduin, but at the same time there was a serious risk of cutting away too much flesh and ruin the image completely.
We took our chance and our Schumi underwent an extreme make-over. We used some filler to mould a new set of lips (Why! could this be the stepping stone to a career move?)
The next key-problem was the helmet. We wanted to apply joints of brick-work on an object that couldn't be made of MDF unless we opted for some real sculpting - which we didn't. Instead we used some cardboard and a small sphere of styrofoam (reluctant as we are to use preconditioned materials it took a while before we accepted this sphere as being "honest"…)
We employed the same techniques that were in use during the days of the Ancient Greeks - but of course our helmet would only fit if your head is shaped like Herman Munster's.
Strips of cardboard made up for the lining. Brickwork was imprinted into a layer of filler.