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The making of Barad-Dûr

Part two

© Lotrscenerybuilder 2009

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… or that's the theory, anyway. Apart from the striking rock formations against the tower's middle regions there are also a few smaller, isolated outcrops breaking through the walls of the stronghold. We studied the pictures carefully, not wanting to miss any of them. When the sculpting was done we glued the fencing to the ground plate. Small broken stones and a layer of structure paint were added to the model.

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The nether regions of Barad-dûr as viewed by Sauron's Lidless Eye, staring down.

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We have shown you how we'd built up this stronghold by putting all these separately prepared walls, towers, fences and rocks together. Now, with everything covered with a uniform layer of brownish-greenish-black paint the composition as a whole suddenly made a lot more sense while, at the same time, the Orcish building plan lost a good deal of its transparency.

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Here it was, Tolkien's "… towers and battlements, tall as hills, founded upon a mighty mountain-throne […], great courts and dungeons, eyeless prisons sheer as cliffs, and gaping gates of steel and adamant…"

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What we were looking at was, above all, the ingenuity and imagination of Richard Taylor's team. But even as a pale imitation of the Weta tower it already gave a fine impression of the unbalanced, warren-like accumulation of bulwarks. And we were only halfway down…

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