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 Post subject: [*] Building The Gates of Moria - by Olofér
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:10 am 
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Article Name: Building The Gates of Moria
Author: Olofér
Description: A guide to show you how I built the northen gates of Moria for my diorama, based on my favourite painting by Alan Lee.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:40 am 
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I have to say how impressed I have been with this article Kristoffer; - the finished results are stunning of course (as usual), but the step-by-step photos are extremely well done and demonstrate your technique very well.

The overall design is very good too. I like the way the top of the model curves around in an arc to emphasise the arched doorway, and the blue source lighting is exceptionally well done.

Overall, I think this is your best article Kris and I am keen to see more and more from you. Superb.

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In life, there are some people you simply just love to hate just for the hell of it !

Olofer is one of them, what a complete [word deleted] (lol, you will never know what that word was).

Question : when to use the :shock: icon

Answer: when you see masterpieces like this !!!

You should have had it moulded and cast before painting it Kristoffer, so we could all personally enjoy this remarkable piece of work !

Outstanding mate ! I take my hat off to you a thousand fold !

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I'm just sitting here... staring with my mouth wide open... slimes dripping on the keyboard...

Absolutely stunning! The guide makes it look so easy, I feel like building this myself now... (at least trying...)

Great work mate, absolutely great!

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That is a Brilliant, The detail is awesome!!!

how do you do it?

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What a great idea you had!

that was fantastic! it came out beautiful.

I´ve never seen moria gates in Diorama so it makes you the first and the best.

my Congrats, nice job, and keep going with works like that!
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could be no better than it already is did u put cardboard where the doors are or is it foam insulation
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What a great article!

The final result is outstanding, and the article is so simple and nicelly written that it looks so easy...

Hmmm... I might try this one!

Thanks for doing this! Great work Kris! :wink:

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Definitely one of the most impressive LOTR dioramas I've seen so far.

What I like in particular is how well it reflects the original picture. I'm sure that Alan Lee would be very proud if he could see such a beautiful diorama based on his painting.

Truly fantastic and inspiring piece!

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Fantastic diorama and the guide is perfect. I am tempted a little but other things are higher on the list at the moment and I would not use candles for the trees. It's the mithril inscriptions that really freak me out... I bet I could manage even more curses over those. There must be another way of doing them.

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OMG, this is awesome!!
I don't know what else to say about it...it's just...WOW!!

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Gentlemen, I thank you very much, I really appreciate it :)

And thanks for the nice final things you Admins made, like splitting the materials used into two boxes, and finding the word "PVA glue" for me, hehe! It's really a nice touch that you really put time into your proofing! Dagorlad, DurinsBane and Mac, If I had a hat I'd take it off!

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No, It's just polystyrene, no secrets here!
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It's the mithril inscriptions that really freak me out... I bet I could manage even more curses over those. There must be another way of doing them

Maybe, but I would give it a try! As said in the article, as an alternative you could do the diorama before the insciptions shows up, and then focus more on painting the wall itself!

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I will be honest. When I first saw this on TLA, I thought it was just ok but I have changed my mind. It is superb! The trees are great (the simplicity of their construction as well!) and it all makes sense now I saw the link between the Alan Lee painting and the model. As always Olofer, great stuff. My only suggestion would be a really decent wooden or stone base to really set it off. It far outstrips the WD Hollin gate.

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That's a great article for a superb diorama. How you were brave enough to start the blue lighting effect over those inscriptions is beyond me, although with your talent, probably not as big as a risk as it seems to me. :)

Totally inspirational, a diorama to remember for ever. It looks like it stepped out of the pages of the book, it has that same atmosphere. Marvellous!

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It's a real pleasure to read this article not only due to the fantastic pictures (I could keep staring at for hours) but also due to the nice steps of progress and thoughts you are describing!
five stars with topping :-)
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Wow thats a fantastic diorama. I like the Gandalf! You painted him very good!
The article is very good too. The step-by-step pictures show one how to make that very good.
I can only say that that article is fantastic!

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Thanks :)

Its very probably my goodbye-work. I'm off to Australia backpacking, and I'm not sure when or if I'll be back!

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Have fun in Australia and take care. :D I guess the diorama was 'The wizard before Oz' the..... :oops:

LOL Sorry, I couldn't resist......I can hear the groans from here :oops:

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I really like the design and especially the door itself and the way the it curved to give an arch feel.
well done :-D
I do think it would look better if you moved Gandalf closer to the door so his staff actually touches the shining blue blob on the door
Just an idea.

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Its been a while since anyone posted here, but I just wanted to say it is a great article that is easy to follow, though I cant get the same results, but thats just lack of skill on my part.

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