The making of Barad-Dûr
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New ribs were cut out from 4mm cardboard. To guarantee a perfect vertical alignment of all parts we added a 'spine-peg' to the backside.
Still, we had to correct the figure several times before we were satisfied with it.
More fun we had with the "Shire! -Baggins!" Belvedere. Basically it was only a 12mm MDF strip jazzed up with bits of cardboard and toothpicks. Frankly speaking, we didn't have a clue of what we were building; we just wanted to create a blackish shape that would provide the desired silhouette on our pictures.
The lower part of the front side was going to be glued against the outer wall, straight behind the aforementioned 'horned extension'. Come to think of it, its position is practically facing the lava canal coming from Mount Doom; its two horns are actually mirroring the twin peaks at the canal mouth… one can almost hear Mary MacLachlan or John Baster muttering: "Alright, let's add this LCT (Lava Control Tower) to Sauron's stronghold, to monitor the Tower's main power supply".
Mouth of Sauron yelling:
"KEEP YOUR FILTHY PAWS OFF THAT SWITCH, GRISHNAKH, OR WE'LL HAVE A MELTDOWN BEFORE THE END OF PART TWO!
Get the hell out of here! Drag your ass to that son of a witch in Isengard and see what he's up to! And take that mental friend of yours with you, damn it!"
(A pity that this scene was deleted from the original script…)
Neither trouble nor expense were spared at Weta to furnish the Dark Tower with a stupendous entrance. The mere sight of that lonely pinnacle soaring miles above the seething crusts of the Gorgoroth plain took our breath away - and that was only a minor outpost of the mammoth structure behind it!
The pinnacle in question belongs to one of these two towers that flank the iron bridge across the lava moat. Both are connected with the main road - and thus with the fortress - by secondary gangways. We made an octangular core out of cardboard which was fattened up with layers of preformed strips…