The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Art Gallery of Mayor Samwise The Swan Ship of Dol Amroth

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  • #658
    ddaines
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    Just launched, 98% complete a Swan-Ship of Dol Amroth, may Eru Ilúvatar bless her and all that sail in her :D.

    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 ;).

    i hope you enjoy.

    David

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_20111117_46.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_20111117_46.jpg[/imgz]

    #21728
    ddaines
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    Just launched, 98% complete a Swan-Ship of Dol Amroth, may Eru Ilúvatar bless her and all that sail in her :D.

    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 ;).

    i hope you enjoy.

    David

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_20111117_46.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_20111117_46.jpg[/imgz]

    #21730
    Turambar
    Participant

    Very nice.

    #21731
    Turambar
    Participant

    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.

    #21732
    Barliman
    Participant

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

    #21737
    Milo
    Participant

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

    Brilliant scene really. must be quite big also?

    #21738
    ddaines
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    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.

    #21742
    Thingol
    Participant

    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 :)

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

    #21743
    ddaines
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    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 :)

    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 :), 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.

    #21746
    Arthadan
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    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!

    :)

    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?

    #21748
    jdbrown55
    Participant

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

    #21749
    Thingol
    Participant

    Thanks David… I will translate your text and try to find ingredients :)

    #21750
    Thingol
    Participant

    What a wonderful map ! Thanks for the link Arthadan !

    #21756
    Milo
    Participant

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

    #21764
    Gavin
    Participant

    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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