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Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2019, 07:37:21 PM »
Nothing finished today, so some photos of work I finished previously for our Middle Earth project. More info on the blog...

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2019/08/17/more-from-the-archives/
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Offline Hobgoblin

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #31 on: August 17, 2019, 11:23:54 PM »
Great stuff! I really like your goblin-to-dwarf conversions. Tolkien said his goblins were taken almost entirely from George Macdonald, and he uses "goblin" and "gnome" as synonyms.

The (awful!) pedant in me couldn't help noticing this passage in your blog:

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Then we have some GW Moria Goblins. I hold to the theory that Tolkien used Goblins and Orc interchangeably, but that Goblins are the smaller Snaga type Orcs.

I agree with the first part - Tolkien says explicitly that "goblin" is a translation of "Orc". But the second point is surely confounded by the fact that he uses "goblin" more than once to describe the Uruk-hai of Isengard (as well as various other larger orcs like Azog, Bolg and Grishnakh). And then there are the "goblins of huge size" in Bolg's bodyguard, who are formidable warriors and can hardly be Snaga-types!

Anyway, a great thread (and blog)!

Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2019, 07:47:21 AM »
An excellent point Hobgoblin! This is why I get so confused in his use of Goblin, mixed with how it has been interpreted by others, including Peter Jackson and Ralph Bakshi. We have Orcs small enough for Frodo and Sam to go unremarked for example.

Thanks for the compliment.

I was strongly inspired by the Wargaming in Middle Earth Group on Facebook before I deleted my Facebook account. Jack Sarge and Mike Peters in particular.

Offline Blackwolf

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2019, 08:18:00 AM »
Lovely work Rick :-*

 lol I to was on Facebook and deleted my account  :)
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Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2019, 10:05:23 PM »
Thanks Blackwolf! It is amazing how much time I freed up leaving FB.

That said, still nothing finished today so some photos of previously finished miniatures.... In the Service of Sauron...

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2019/08/19/in-the-service-of-sauron/

Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2019, 07:05:31 PM »
Managed to finish a piece today, a bit of a rework.

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2019/08/20/covering-old-ground/

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2019, 09:45:17 PM »
great looking terrain! love the realism!

Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #37 on: August 22, 2019, 08:20:16 PM »
Thanks again Gibby64.

I finished a couple of my higher priority projects. Not sure how happy some folks are with clockworks and Roman looking marines in Middle Earth...

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2019/08/22/tick-tick-clockworks-and-anchors-aweigh/

Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #38 on: August 24, 2019, 09:01:09 PM »
One of my previously done miniatures....

I think it is supposed to be Strider but I use it as a generic Dunedain Ranger. Does anyone recognize the original manufacturer or sculptor? I do not know it.

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2019/08/24/ranger-danger/

Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #39 on: August 25, 2019, 08:02:11 PM »

Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #40 on: August 26, 2019, 10:24:19 PM »
Some of my older work, frustrating impatience with white and flesh tones led to chalkiness. Lesson learned, thinner paint with more coats. The extra effort pays off in the long run.

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2019/08/26/the-lady-of-the-golden-wood/

Online gibby64

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #41 on: August 27, 2019, 10:27:21 PM »
I love that Ent.... I don't mind the roman's and others... Middle Earth was about legends and lore, about known and unknown things... about present and ancient... I don't see why a certain type of armor and helmet should be disallowed because we know of a period in our reality that it existed. plus... we all know the Romans had some of the best looking armor. I say go for it!

Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #42 on: September 05, 2019, 04:39:09 PM »
Thanks again gibby64.

I still have not cracked the photography skills yet but trying!

Today, some Trolls I finished earlier in the year. Eaglemoss and Games Workshop.

More photos and info on my blog...

https://thegrumpygnome.home.blog/2019/09/05/the-trouble-with-trolls/

Offline von Lucky

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #43 on: September 06, 2019, 09:24:28 AM »
The Eaglemoss one in the middle is a beast!
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Offline Rick W.

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Re: The Grumpy Gnome‘s fantasy figures for Middle Earth
« Reply #44 on: September 06, 2019, 12:08:25 PM »
It is really quite heavy as well!