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#1 Thu, Nov17 2011 6:13pm

ddaines
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The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Just launched, 98% complete a Swan-Ship of Dol Amroth, may Eru Ilúvatar bless her and all that sail in her big_smile.

I will try to get some better photos when I have some natural light about.

Need to add some shields and a pennant, but delayed due to technical difficulties wink.

i hope you enjoy.

David


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#2 Thu, Nov17 2011 6:20pm

Turambar
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Very nice.


Maybe the magic was the most powerful force in the world. But that was long ago.
The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#3 Thu, Nov17 2011 6:23pm

Turambar
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Oh, I forget that I am NOT Master Troy . . . (sorry Troy lol)

Huiiiiiiiiii!!!!! This is extraordinary! Very well done Master David, as far as I can see with my magnifiers . . .
Please, show us a larger pic. And take some detail-photos as well. I know you are about to prepare this already . . .
I like that very much, also the waves are fantastic.


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The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#4 Thu, Nov17 2011 6:23pm

Barliman
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Whose is the ship? Or is it a scratch-built job? Lookes very good either way.


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#5 Thu, Nov17 2011 6:58pm

Milo
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

As a hobbit, I just find this too close to water.
Please show higher details as I cannot see the smashed Champagne bottle lol sorry, being a hobbit again...tongue

Brilliant scene really. must be quite big also?

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#6 Thu, Nov17 2011 7:33pm

ddaines
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Barliman wrote:

Whose is the ship? Or is it a scratch-built job? Lookes very good either way.

It's by zvezda Barli, and a very nice model it is too. It's actually a Crusader cog and the scale was just about right for Mithril figures.

Once i get some daylight i will take some more detailed images.

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#7 Thu, Nov17 2011 8:43pm

Thingol
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Once again beautiful ( this time not small ) diorama.... You should provide us images with better zoom... This project deserves more images and place in your gallery section here on MMP smile

p.s. which materials you are used for sea....


.... Farewell to Middle-earth at last. I see the Star above my mast!

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#8 Thu, Nov17 2011 9:48pm

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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Thingol wrote:

Once again beautiful ( this time not small ) diorama.... You should provide us images with better zoom... This project deserves more images and place in your gallery section here on MMP smile

p.s. which materials you are used for sea....

Thank you Nino, unfortunately with the British clock system it is now dark by the time i get home from work, and I don't have time in the morning smile, so I must wait for a weekend so I can set up the camera tripod to get the better pictures.

I am away this weekend but hopefully if i get back early enough on Sunday I will be able to take some.

And yes, it is my biggest Mithril diorama to date lol.

For the sea I used small bits of packing foam to give the bigger wave effects and covered the whole lot with some casting plaster which was given swirls etc. as it dried. Once dry a sealant of PVA glue was applied, blue paint applied and allowed to dry.

Crests of waves were dry-brushed with white and to give the impression of swirling water I used a tip I picked up from a TV programme on painting (Bob Ross), and that is to use a very fine liner brush - these have a long bristle, but it is very fine. I then apply thin lines of watered down white paint using a very 'loose' grip on the handle. it is something I have never done before, but is a very effective step. I then sealed the sea with gloss varnish, but as the sea looked a little too blue with all the other blues of the sail etc. I gave the sea a wash of 'sea-green' paint and when dry I re-varnished.

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#9 Thu, Nov17 2011 11:49pm

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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

That's great! And you know what? I'm going to tell you a little secret about Tolkien and ships of Middle.earth...

While translating and doing the review of Isildur novel (a fan book by Brian Crawford), I wasn't comfortable with his description of the Círdan's fleet. So I made a research in all Tolkien writtings, but I found no clear description of them.

But then I remembered the Pauline Baynes map of north-western Middle-earth which Tolkien himself approved... Guess what? There are ships in that map in all Belgaer! Elven, Gondorian, from Umbar...

And the ships in the Bay of Belfalas look quite close to yours!

smile

You can check the map here.

By the way, would you mind if I post the image in a Spanish forum devoted to wargaming in Middle-earth?

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Middle-earth forsaking!
In Elvenhome a clear bell
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#10 Fri, Nov18 2011 12:33am

jdbrown55
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

That is excellent, David! You just keep amazing us with your masterpieces!smile


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#11 Fri, Nov18 2011 9:39am

Thingol
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Thanks David... I will translate your text and try to find ingredients smile


.... Farewell to Middle-earth at last. I see the Star above my mast!

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#12 Fri, Nov18 2011 9:41am

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What a wonderful map ! Thanks for the link Arthadan !


.... Farewell to Middle-earth at last. I see the Star above my mast!

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#13 Fri, Nov18 2011 10:27am

Milo
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Yes great map. I will add it in my ME illustrations !


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#14 Sat, Nov19 2011 1:16am

Gavin
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

That is a truly amazing piece of work.

Meanwhile I am painting five figures in little spurts of five minutes of painting. It's pretty sad.

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#15 Sun, Nov20 2011 11:49am

elroi
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Amazing work, Maese Daines, absolutely amazing.

Please, give us bigger and closer pics, to admire the all the details

The sea and waves are so realistic...

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#16 Sun, Nov20 2011 12:12pm

Theobald
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

He'll do so, Master Elroi ... just don't haste him ... smile

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#17 Sun, Nov20 2011 1:10pm

Turambar
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

I think everybody asked him so far . . . cool
Sometimes it helps reading the older posts . . . believe me!


Maybe the magic was the most powerful force in the world. But that was long ago.
The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#18 Sun, Nov20 2011 10:30pm

ddaines
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Arthadan wrote:

That's great! And you know what? I'm going to tell you a little secret about Tolkien and ships of Middle.earth...

While translating and doing the review of Isildur novel (a fan book by Brian Crawford), I wasn't comfortable with his description of the Círdan's fleet. So I made a research in all Tolkien writtings, but I found no clear description of them.

But then I remembered the Pauline Baynes map of north-western Middle-earth which Tolkien himself approved... Guess what? There are ships in that map in all Belgaer! Elven, Gondorian, from Umbar...

And the ships in the Bay of Belfalas look quite close to yours!

smile

You can check the map here.

By the way, would you mind if I post the image in a Spanish forum devoted to wargaming in Middle-earth?

Thank you all for the comments, sorry this is a brief reply, we have just brought in a new member of the family who has sharp teeth and likes to chew everything including my mouse cable big_smile . Please feel free to post any images you wish Arthedan - the More we show what can be done with mithril the better wink.

David

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#19 Sun, Nov20 2011 11:19pm

ddaines
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

These are not the intended final images as I got back too late, but hopefully a bit more detail is shown. Once I have natural light I will try again for the Gallery section. Thanks to all for the kind comments.

David

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p.s. a conversion of the Entombed Balrog is on the work-bench wink

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#20 Sun, Nov20 2011 11:36pm

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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Very impressive, Master D.


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#21 Mon, Nov21 2011 12:30am

Turambar
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Yes, very impressive, David. And thanks for sharing the better pics . . .


Maybe the magic was the most powerful force in the world. But that was long ago.
The dragons are gone, the giants are dead and the children of the woods are forgotten.

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#22 Mon, Nov21 2011 8:18am

Milo
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Now we see how much details which were put on this ship ! great and massive work David.
And this running Balrog sounds great also. roll

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#23 Mon, Nov21 2011 9:40am

Thingol
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

Truly fascinating David !!!!!

Thus when I see pictures of all of these dioramas, I think it would be good to make a great Mithril exhibition show. Too bad we are too distant to each other.....


.... Farewell to Middle-earth at last. I see the Star above my mast!

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#24 Mon, Nov21 2011 9:41am

Thingol
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

... and yes Balrog looks great... too !!! smile


.... Farewell to Middle-earth at last. I see the Star above my mast!

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#25 Mon, Nov21 2011 10:13am

ddaines
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Re: The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

The Balrog will oppose Gandalf using the 20th Anniversary Gandalf figure. This Balrog is in my opinion more to the correct scale as I imagine it.

I had to take moulds of his hands and press modelling putty in to replicate the sculpted detail so that I could insert the whip and sword. Trying to carve the metal was a bit too much big_smile.

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