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 Post subject: Re: Celevue's LotR campaign - behind the scenes (22/2 Amon H
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:32 am 
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Top stuff, I like how the stone wall and stairs cut into the hillside. Makes it look very realistic.

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Some of the best terrain I've sever seen, and it's not even finished.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:47 pm 
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Celevue is going to display the Amon Hen table at a local Model Show. I hope he can get time to post photos of the display this weekend. I would like to see more WIP photos too!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:55 pm 
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The terrain is almost ready... I'm waiting for the glue to set, and I'll check tomorrow how much of the dead leaves are still loose. Gonna fix them with hairspray, and hope for the best. I'm fast running out of isoprophyl alcohol as well as scenic cement. I still need to build the support understructure for the entire board - even I haven't seen the completed board with all the pieces put together.

I'm currently painting Uruks and the boats. I decided to use very-much-alive Boromir instead of the dying one - partly because I don't have time to paint the dying model, and partly because I realized that I can hide an iPod and a small speaker into the crypt and have the sound of the Horn of Gondor blast out every five minutes. That adds a whole new dimension to the model, and wouldn't be appropriate for the dying Boromir, since the Horn is already broken at that point. I fear I don't have time to detail the boats, either, but all told, I'm pretty happy with what I apparently will manage to complete by tomorrow evening. I promise plenty of photos on Sunday, both work-in-progress and of the completed board. Just bear with me a couple of days more...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:23 am 
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What's a couple of days on am epic thread like this ? I think we can wait but with a tinge of anticipation.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:39 pm 
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After a very busy week trying to frantically finish my Amon Hen terrain and a reasonable amount of Uruks, I managed to meet the deadline with 31 painted evil warriors (including Lurtz & four casualties) and apart from a couple of details, complete terrain. In the end, I had no time to detail the boats with backpacks, oars etc, and I did not paint the dying Boromir. Instead, I had the horn-blowing version, which prompted me to insert a small speaker and an iPod into the crypt, sounding the Horn of Gondor every five minutes or so. I will post work-in-progress photos tomorrow, but I won't keep you waiting any more for the pics of the finished piece. Without further ado, here you go - my version of Amon Hen, photographed at the model show (hence the people in the background):

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I distributed the Fellowship models around the terrain - Frodo is running towards the boats near the shore.

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...and Sam is not far behind Frodo running also towards the shore:

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Boromir, Merry and Pippin fight with several Uruks nearby:

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...while Gimli and Legolas slay enemies nearer the Seeing Seat around the ruins.

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Aragorn has killed three Uruks next to the Seeing Seat.

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This pic shows the cliff south of the Seeing Seat. I attached some screen shots from the film to the side panels for people not remembering the films by heart (e.g. the stairs go by quite fast in the movie).

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The mid-section with the half-buried head:

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Backside of the staircase:

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Lurtz on the bridge, taking an aim at Boromir:

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"Quick, Frodo, hide here" - a hobbit hidey-hole up the hill from the bridge:

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...and the results of the show:

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The first prize in the category "others" (Tampere model show has plenty of categories for car models, military models, and aircraft; two categories for figures, one for dioramas, one for ships, and one for anything else - which is where I put Amon Hen)... and the model was also voted by the visitors as Best of Show (a.k.a. grammatically incorrect "Peoples choice" award)! Hope you like it, too - more WIP photos tomorrow.
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 Post subject: Re: Celevue's LotR campaign - behind the scenes (1/3 AmHen d
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This is ... words can't capture how awesome it is! I am so jealous, wish I had a gaming board that incredible!

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Absolutely phenomal work :yay: It captures the movie perfectly, even down to the details such as the 'hobbit hidey-hole' :lol: I have followed this thread for quite a while, but never commented, as, to be honest, I have no words in my vocabulary to praise you and your work enough. That first place trophy and the 'people's choice' award are most well deserved 8)

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Absolutely fantastic work! Love it! It has most certainly motivated me to start on my stuff again when I get a chance! What I would give to have this my house! How much you want for it? Haha

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Brilliant mate, I'm delighted you got the recognition this deserves - a big first place.
The landscape stands the test, even at close up and the foliage you have used fits in perfectly with my impression of Amon Hen.
You are a master craftsman and now have the award to show it, my hat is tipped toward you fine sir.

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The final result is stunning, the most realistic version of Amon Hen I've ever seen. Congratulations on winning first place, thoroughly deserved.
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Wow unbelieveble. Fantastic work 8)

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Absolutely stunning work, the submerged head looks like it's taken straight from the film, well deserved prize. Can't wait to see more sip shots.
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As the guys above have already stated, that is a very well deserved prize. Truly awe-inspiring work there Celevue.

I'm quite sure you'll have already answered this question but what were you using for the (incredibly lifelike) fallen leaves?
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Outstanding... nothing more to be said except congrats on the prize, it was well deserved :yay:

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Wow! I wish I could have been there in person. Well deserved prize! Out standing!
I can not wait to see the WIP photos.

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So cool! You have done a great job on it. I think you have captured the whole thing very well. I particularly liked the legolas part, the seeing seat and the hobbit hidey hole - no wonder it got the peoples award! Also, the trees and leaf litter is top notch, not too much either way :)

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Wow, this is fantastic! :D Truly magnificent work you've done there!
The whole layout is brilliant and feels very close to the movie, and the undergrowth looks very realistic, with all the fallen leaves.

Simply stunning! :yay:
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Stunning, truly stunning, and congratulations on the award; would it be easy to provide a link to the fallen leaves used in the piece?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:42 am 
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10/10 well deserved win, totally awesome

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