Terrain

Somehow the terrain for LotR / Hobbit matches always seemed to be extra important. Here you can see some of the terrain I built for special scenarios.

First of all I started with the classic adaptation of Balin’s Tomb, the Chamber of Mazarbul. Then I went over to my own version of the Dimrill Gate, the East-gate of Moria. I have to stress out that at the time of its creation the first Hobbit movie wasn’t released yet. So I really had little reference here.

The first almost mandatory Lord of the Rings Terrain - Balin's Tomb.

The first almost mandatory Lord of the Rings Terrain – Balin’s Tomb.

The East-gate of Moria - the Dimrill Gate.

The East-gate of Moria – the Dimrill Gate.

Now for some W.I.P.-shots of the Dimrill Gate. The early start of a project often looks quite similar to others.

Now for some W.I.P.-shots of the Dimrill Gate. The early start of a project often looks quite similar to others.

Taking shape.

Taking shape.

I was not sure about how to create a good looking surface so I ran a test on a small spot.

I was not sure about how to create a good looking surface so I ran a test on a small spot.

The result was pleasing.

The result was pleasing.

Now for the actual gate. A bit more obvious than the West-gate but not to pretentious as this seemed not to fit. Mind you back then I did not saw the Erebor yet.

Now for the actual gate. A bit more obvious than the West-gate but not to pretentious as this seemed not to fit. Mind you back then I did not saw the Erebor yet.

Slowly working my way with lots of plaster.

Slowly working my way with lots of plaster.

An intermediate result.

An intermediate result.

Slowly the board takes its final shape.

Slowly the board takes its final shape.

The last picture I took before the board was painted.

The last picture I took before the board was painted.

Creating the small river was not an easy task at all. Here only the part at the bottom is finished, the rest is still W.I.P.

Creating the small river was not an easy task at all. Here only the part at the bottom is finished, the rest is still W.I.P.

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