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Really cool looking weapons.


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GubernatorFan wrote:Nice additional detail on the vambraces, and that weapon looks like serious trouble for anyone coming up against your Sauron.

Or to himself, I wouldn't want to play with one! Lucky he's powerful sorcerer as I don't think he's a Shaolin Monk!

Rogerbee wrote:Superb stuff! If you don't have a sign on your door saying Genius At Work, you need one. I know that some of the time I keep thinking some of your ideas won't work, but, I should have and keep faith as you always pull it off with great aplomb in the end. This Wraith army is shaping up to be some of your best work to date.

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Stryker2011 wrote:Really cool looking weapons.

Thanks Stryker! More on those below, showing configurations (had to so more filing this morning for tolerances but all fits together nicely now). Turns out painting the chain after assembly was actually a piece of cake to get full coverage. The war hammer has been upped in the aggressive and dangerous scale x10! I used steel crossbow pistol bolt tips after dremelling out the holes in the wood which is actually MDF, the stink and copious smoke brought back memories of building prototypes in the workshops at uni to be used as moulds in the vacuum formers!

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Yikes! That's gonna' hurt!


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I think Stryker summed it up perfectly.


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Some pretty mighty weapons there, Peter Jackson would have to have got an 18 if he'd wanted to show the results of them hitting someone.

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Damn, those weapons are BRUTAL! Especially impressed with that modular staff/ax/max. Awesome stuff.

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Stryker2011 wrote:Yikes! That's gonna' hurt!

GubernatorFan wrote:I think Stryker summed it up perfectly.

Yup! and since they are sharp, heavy and metal I'm trying not to drop them on my bare feet! Laughing

Rogerbee wrote:Some pretty mighty weapons there, Peter Jackson would have to have got an 18 if he'd wanted to show the results of them hitting someone.

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LOL! His Orc and Uruk-Hai weapons were pretty gruesome, more so than these I think and would certainly give you tetanus! Ironic that the animation version of LOTR had way more blood and gore when you compare it to the live action movies.

ReverendSpooky wrote:Damn, those weapons are BRUTAL!  Especially impressed with that modular staff/ax/max.  Awesome stuff.

Cheers! Well why not make something do ten things when it only needs to do one?! Wink Yeah it's a bit overkill (pun?) but was an engineering candle to a moth so to speak.

Some pics of them painted black awaiting the silvers and showing the scale of the war hammer, remember Sauron is 18" or more tall.
I'm also making a start on the throne mapping out the sections to cut (this will take a while with steel sheet cutters, I need a full size hacksaw but can't find mine) and what to bend to make a steel origami throne base; just as well I found that road sign since it seems the perfect size!

















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You got away with more in animation. Just look at Tom and Jerry!

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Rogerbee wrote:You got away with more in animation. Just look at Tom and Jerry!

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I don't remember blood and guts in Tom & Jerry, Ren & Stimpy sure but those were aimed more at students and stoners! LOL.

Okay been one of those days where multiple attempts are in order to achieve what you want. Carved two long lines with the dremell and cutting wheel, decided it was way too noisy and not good for the dremell in this heat either so went around the corner to Timber & Ply and bought a full sized but thin hacksaw. Started attacking it with that but no joy at all! Just got stuck on every thrust (works in reverse to a wood saw), the flexibility of the blade and the steel I was cutting didn't help but the biggest culprit was the reflective coating fused to it,  can't be pealed off and it's like a combination of carbon-fibre and super tough duct tape so the teeth just get trapped. I went back to use the dremell only to discover I've killed it again!! So that's another unwanted rebuild and probably more parts all over again Mad . So with no other choice I went back to the tin snips, which, provided you manage to keep one section of steel sheet/plate out of the way and wear good gloves worked out really well! It's slightly less complex a base than I had planned as I had incorporated armrests too but between me being half asleep when I marked off the final cut lines in red (not shown as I got my geometry wrong by one stupid inch long cut that scuppered it) and being fed up with cutting an inch a minute; the arm rest are not there yet. I haven't decided on the height of the back of the throne yet as there are a lot of variables involved to consider but you can see the seat fits just right as there will be a bit of a dais for his feet. Nothing is set in place permanently jet, just beaten into shape with a mallet Wink .







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Hmmm. I wonder if making the throne out of thin sheets of wood, then assembled, would have been easier...? Metal is nice, but as you clearly pointed out, a pain to work with. Hope it all works out, regardless, to your satisfaction.


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It's great how the more primitive low tech methods are often the best ones. Hope you can salvage the Dremel, if not I expect a new one wouldn't be too much hassle. Must dig mine out before I move.

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I am sorry for your troubles, but have no doubt that your creativity and perseverance will triumph all the same. And your Dremel will whirl again.


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Cheers guys! Definitely been one of those days, had a bunch of gun stuff lined up, all ready to order that I could only find one of each available just waiting for me to get some money and...got the money but the  parts and guns are all gone now, sold out everywhere...they won't be back in stock ever either ..bugger..spent all day searching for replacements but nothing so going to bed with my book and some cookies.. new day tomorrow.

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Such is life, the trick is not to give up looking. Things can turn up when you least expect them.

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Stryker2011 wrote:Hmmm. I wonder if making the throne out of thin sheets of wood, then assembled, would have been easier...? Metal is nice, but as you clearly pointed out, a pain to work with. Hope it all works out, regardless, to your satisfaction.

I have some MDF fake Parquet flooring planks a neighbour was chucking out but I think all the sawing and fitting would have been more work to be honest and I don't like working with wood on anything to be honest. With metal you can bash it into shape with minimal mess and no sneezing! Wink

Rogerbee wrote:It's great how the more primitive low tech methods are often the best ones. Hope you can salvage the Dremel, if not I expect a new one wouldn't be too much hassle. Must dig mine out before I move.

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Yup, just wish house builders thought that way! LOL.

GubernatorFan wrote:I am sorry for your troubles, but have no doubt that your creativity and perseverance will triumph all the same. And your Dremel will whirl again.

I tackle the dremell today to check the damage to it and my wallet! Managed to salvage it using parts from my old Kinzo rotary tool last time.

Rogerbee wrote:Such is life, the trick is not to give up looking. Things can turn up when you least expect them.

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Very true, just going to leave it for a bit as it irked me some! Might have found something better or not depending on the seller and their stance on my RIF defence, it's not as set in stone as I thought and shops have the right to refuse sale to anyone for any reason which is a bugger for a collector and not a skirmisher, of course typically my stuff never leaves the house unlike skirmishers' kit that does all the time Rolling Eyes .

Settled on a height for the back of the throne purely for structural integrity! Any higher and it wouldn't be long enough to fold over and reach the other sections for support Wink . Decided on duct tape as I'm not in the mood to piss around with drills and rivet guns and you only have to skew a hole slightly to muck it all up! The tape will be covered of course.



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Ahh Duct Tape. The universal fix-it. Smile

Will you be adding arm rests eventually like you planned?


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I am glad to see you pressing on, undaunted.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Ahh Duct Tape. The universal fix-it. Smile

Will you be adding arm rests eventually like you planned?

Yup! They'll probably be more intricate now too.

GubernatorFan wrote:I am glad to see you pressing on, undaunted.

Thanks! Just took the dremell apart and there's no obvious sign of damage so I guess parts swapping and multimeter testing is called for...bugger..

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Looking good!

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Rogerbee wrote:Looking good!

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Thanks Roger! Well it's a base to work on. Got all the fun stuff ahead! He's going to be sitting on his own little 'Castle Greyskull' from He-Man! Laughing

I'm going with an organic theme of bone but to look like it has been carved out of a black/white/silver marble, a bit like Sauman's tower but not using all the angled armature of his lair's design. I'm going to have to work out a marbling technique with acrylics and acetone free nail polish remover as I've only ever done it with oils and turpentine on canvas and cork and that was 25 years ago!
I've taken pics of a very basic mock up, the large skull will be cut at the red line and using the bottom section most likely splayed out to cover the front and not stick out a silly amount. The brown 'carved rock' benches will be cut up for various parts like a dais, part of the armrests and general textured covering. All those bone parts will be used in decoration such as buttresses around the 'skirt' of the throne etc with the larger skulls as pommels on the armrests. Since the dremell is down Sad I'll be doing a lot of hacksawing! Wink I'll probably need to use plaster of paris to fill in all kinds of gaps as it would cost a fortune in milliput!





















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Interesting!

You'll have to show me which Movie Maniacs you have in your inventory.

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What an eclectic compilation of materials you have assembled and are preparing to deploy for the throne!


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In the words of Mr. Spock: "Fascinating." That's a lot of cool material to work with.


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Lol, will post follow up pics when my PC finishes installing Win10 properly.

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Oh boy! Good luck, anything but W10 Pro and you could be in for some fun. If you possibly can, avoid the Fall and April Creators Updates at all costs!! PM me of you have any issues.

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PS (Hope you can go back to 7 if you need to.)

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Rogerbee wrote:
Oh boy! Good luck, anything but W10 Pro and you could be in for some fun. If you possibly can, avoid the Fall and April Creators Updates at all costs!! PM me of you have any issues.

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PS (Hope you can go back to 7 if you need to.)

Did that a few years ago, went to win10 too early before they ironed any bugs out so reverted to win7 but got locked out as my key didn't work anymore so been stuck on an 'unregistered version' for the last few years which sucked, could have cured that for 2.99 on ebay if only I'd bloody known! Mad  Did that today so I could upgrade to the Home Premium? 32/64 version today as my win7 was starting to seriously crap out no matter how many bandaids I was putting on it! Trying to sort win10 out to a way I'm used to but will take a day or two.

Done a bit more work, cut that skull down and splayed it for the front of the throne. I added the skulls to Sauron's shoulders, a spiked cover to the top of his ribcage armour hidding the hoop, a new mouth plate on his helmet to cover that oval detail that was driving me nuts (looked like he needed to use a straw to eat or drink!), and finally just added some small detail pieces to the frontmost helmet spikes as they looked very bland.









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LOL. Now he can't drink at all! Just kidding... it does look even better.


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GubernatorFan wrote:LOL. Now he can't drink at all! Just kidding... it does look even better.

As far as food and drink goes I think he's more of a walking BBQ rather than a consumer of such, he even has a rack to to cook on! Wink

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All looking good!

I would have gone for 7 Pro then you could have upgraded to 10 Pro. Pro lets you defer big updates like the Fall Creator's Update, you can't do that with other versions. Considering the age of your machine you run the risk of drivers crapping out and no replacements. Fingers crossed.....

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Man... Hadn't been by in a couple of days. That's looking killer.

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Just realised what I need to bring the throne together, clay! Not the stuff that needs to be fired in a kiln but the grey stuff they gave us as kids in school that dries in the air overnight. I'll need a proper turntable too... at least I have loads of sculpting tools.

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Sounds like a plan!

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Rogerbee wrote:Sounds like a plan!

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Yup, a messy one! Going to need to find that old shower curtain as wet clay gets everywhere! Laughing  I found a bag of fibre reinforced stone coloured ie:grey that's 12.5kg for 12quid, not sure if that was a typo or not as other sellers are asking 7.50 for 1kg...we shall see..

As for Win10, it doesn't seem to remember my folder setting so after spending hours transfering 600gb of contents from the hard drive folders to the win10 folders I now can't find anything after a restart, looked and worked fine before the restart...arghh.

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And voila!... a turntable! Got a few of these old record players lying around, just cheap ones that came with old systems back in the 90's so I figured why spend 30-40quid on a large clay/cake turntable (the photobooth and spraybooth ones are too small and tricky to rotate) when this will do the job perfectly! I masked any vital areas just incase it ever got used again as a record player and disconnected the drive belt from the motor.



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Cool, 33 1/3 ought to do it. 45 would be too fast, LOL!

You'll have to get Cortana to find your files. I hated her and killed her the first chance I got. If you get Classic Shell you can uninstall her completely.

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Rogerbee wrote:Cool, 33 1/3 ought to do it. 45 would be too fast, LOL!

You'll have to get Cortana to find your files. I hated her and killed her the first chance I got. If you get Classic Shell you can uninstall her completely.

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Thanks haven't tried that feature yet, I did get asked if I wanted the April updates but was able to say no, so maybe pro isn't the only version that can do that? I'm in the middle of getting PC tune up to clean up this cluster F*** of win7 stuff trying to work with win10 and slowing everything down to a snail pace at the moment.

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Nice job. Interesting approach.

Stryker2011 wrote:Hmmm. I wonder if making the throne out of thin sheets of wood, then assembled, would have been easier...? Metal is nice, but as you clearly pointed out, a pain to work with. Hope it all works out, regardless, to your satisfaction.

I've tried these kinds of builds before in metal. Never again. I'll be sticking to wood from now on with some magic "gun-metal grey" paint.


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shovelchop81 wrote:

Thanks haven't tried that feature yet, I did get asked if I wanted the April updates but was able to say no, so maybe pro isn't the only version that can do that? I'm in the middle of getting PC tune up to clean up this cluster F*** of win7 stuff trying to work with win10 and slowing everything down to a snail pace at the moment.

That's something at least. You'll need to stick with as old a build of 10 as you can so that all the 7 drivers you have for your PC will still work. There may be things that later builds won't have drivers for. Anyhow, to keep this thread on track, I suggest you PM me if you have any further issues.

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shazzdan wrote:Nice job. Interesting approach.

Stryker2011 wrote:Hmmm. I wonder if making the throne out of thin sheets of wood, then assembled, would have been easier...? Metal is nice, but as you clearly pointed out, a pain to work with. Hope it all works out, regardless, to your satisfaction.

I've tried these kinds of builds before in metal. Never again. I'll be sticking to wood from now on with some magic "gun-metal grey" paint.

Wood and I never get on, I guess I like to 'go against the grain' in all things!  Wink
It actually wasn't the metal that was the problem, it was the reflective adhesive sign on it that was fibrous and jammed everything trying to cut it except the shears.

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shovelchop81 wrote:

Thanks haven't tried that feature yet, I did get asked if I wanted the April updates but was able to say no, so maybe pro isn't the only version that can do that? I'm in the middle of getting PC tune up to clean up this cluster F*** of win7 stuff trying to work with win10 and slowing everything down to a snail pace at the moment.

That's something at least. You'll need to stick with as old a build of 10 as you can so that all the 7 drivers you have for your PC will still work. There may be things that later builds won't have drivers for. Anyhow, to keep this thread on track, I suggest you PM me if you have any further issues.

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Will do cheers!

Waiting on the clay right now for the throne and been busy building a new rifle, even had to do some basic blacksmithing yesterday!

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PC is in bits, trying to use my tablet for this lol. Bloody annoying!






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Glad to see the throne is coming along and Sauron is trying it out. And that guy on the TV screen framed by the throne's horns looks like he's about to deliver a baby. Smile Good luck with the computer.


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Really cool. I love where this is going with the throne.


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The throne is looking ace! Don't forget to PM me if you need any help with your PC.

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GubernatorFan wrote:Glad to see the throne is coming along and Sauron is trying it out. And that guy on the TV screen framed by the throne's horns looks like he's about to deliver a baby. Smile Good luck with the computer.


LOL.. That's Dr. Daniel Jackson from SG1! He's not that kind of Doctor! He's an archiologist/linguist who does lots of Indiana Jones type stuff but on other planets!;-)

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Stryker2011 wrote:Really cool. I love where this is going with the throne.

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Rogerbee wrote:The throne is looking ace! Don't forget to PM me if you need any help with your PC.

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A cunning linguist!

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Rogerbee wrote:
A cunning linguist!

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Very clever LOL!

Got the PC back together and running, I still need a new better graphics card but at least the processor's working, thought I'd knackered it! Found heatsink paste in my H-D tool boxes of all places, forgot Twin Cams needed it for their CPUs.

Right on with the throne, bare with me as this will sound odd but should work... I needed a consistent texture covering the throne to hide the the seams and duct tape, using a ballpeen hammer for a divet texture wasn't enough although I did manage to reshape the throne's seat to a much better shape ergonomically. So I went through multiple bin bags of saved material I keep for projects and finally decided to use a cardigan (I'd found outside with other clothes in bags someone was chucking out) as I'd kept it as the stitching made me think of chain mail. I also found that I could just slide a sleeve over the throne and glue it in place with no need to tailor anything at all! I know it looks like some old folks wicker chair from the 60's right now especially with the brown padded seat area LOL! But when painted black and silver it will take on a much more aggressive and armoured look especially when all the other parts are added, those you've seen and more to come...bones, skulls etc..





























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Would be interesting to see how it turns out in the end.


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Didn't know he liked garden furniture, still, fits the time of year I guess. LOL!

I do have a spare graphics card knocking about, not sure it'd fit your motherboard though.

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Well, damn...

That's going to look killer once you get it painted...uncomfortable as hell, but he's a damn necromancer anyhow, so what does he care about comfort? bounce

Mighty fine work going on there, sir. Looking forward to more, as always.

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GubernatorFan wrote:Would be interesting to see how it turns out in the end.

Should look the part when all the detail is added.

Rogerbee wrote:Didn't know he liked garden furniture, still, fits the time of year I guess. LOL!

I do have a spare graphics card knocking about, not sure it'd fit your motherboard though.

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LOL, well hopefully it will be a lot more Mordor like where there is no summer when done.
Already ordered a graphics card, should have it Monday, can't come soon enough! Thanks though.

dadrab wrote:Well, damn...

That's going to look killer once you get it painted...uncomfortable as hell, but he's a damn necromancer anyhow, so what does he care about comfort? bounce

Mighty fine work going on there, sir. Looking forward to more, as always.

There's actually a padded seat lol! But since he's not even a physical being as such encased in armour (mostly) I doubt it would make a difference! ;-)

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