Monday, 22 April 2013

Strider, Ranger of the North

A change for today :)
Back to Knightmodels and their awesome LoTR range.
The sculpt of Aragorn is amazing, as always. The first thing that caught my attention is that he has no beard, not even a trace:

I shaved this morning before coming here
So the sculptor took the production photos as a reference, those at the beginning of the shooting, when Viggo Mortensen indeed didn't wear a beard yet. The head of the mini is a perfect portrait of him.

I painted the shadow of a beard, as he looks in the early stages of the movies, and begun to set up the mini.

Aaaaa! My arms, my arms!
As usual, the sculpt is superb, I wish I could make justice to it, but I'm afraid this is all I can achieve with brushes.

Ahh, now I feel better

What am I supposed to be looking at?
The miniature is full of tiny details that make it come to life. Now that I see the (awful despicable) pics, I think I should add some heavy weathering. My problem with taking photos still remains though, the mini looks much better in the flesh.
You can notice that he is wearing the leather bracers which belonged to Boromir, so you can set the timeline of this mini at some moment during 'The Two Towers'.
Well, I planned setting some kind of full vignette when all the Fellowship was released, but now I know it will have some incoherence, displaying characters at different moments. Hmm, it currently seems to bother only me, so I'm sure you will forgive my obsession with details ;)

Hope you like it!


  1. Great work ! Great effect on l leather .

  2. Thank you very much! Pics are awful, the figurine looks much better in the flesh, I'm afraid.

  3. Fantastic job, as usual, but you need to improve on your pics. Gimme some lessons on sculpting and I'll teach how to use your camera! :D

    1. Haha, I have some kind of mind block with my camera :S, I really need to learn how to take proper photos. Sob, sob...

  4. Great work!!! But boots and cap are so clean. It does that the mini isnt integrated by the pedestal.

    1. Yup, I see what you mean, they need more weathering, you're right. Hmmm, it's never too late to add some more detail...

    2. Exactly, never is too late...never :)