The Watcher in the Water – The West Gate of Moria

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Art Gallery of Mayor Samwise The Watcher in the Water – The West Gate of Moria

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  • #582
    ddaines
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    The Watcher in the Water is the ‘Missing Link’ for many of us, but as Mithril Miniatures are in no hurry to make it happen I thought do it meself :).

    To recreate the Watcher is actually a relatively simple process as I used a Shelob’s Lair that I got cheap on EvilBay, and by utilising the abdomen part of Shelob it still leaves a bit of mystique as to how the Watcher may have looked without being too definate as nobody knows for sure– the fact you can see the body heaving itself out of the water, but any ‘head’ is still hidden appealed to me.

    The hardest part to recreate are the tentacles which I created out of Super Sculpey (a heat curing synthetic clay a bit like Fimo I guess); and to do this I simply rolled out long strips and ran a ribbed plastic bottle lid along one side to give the ribbed effect, stuck a small metal rod in so that I could stick it in the base, twisted the tentacles to shape and baked them.

    If you follow this idea and have more patience that I do I would suggest adding bumps and bobbles to give the tentacles some texture ;).

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    For the observant among you, you may notice that the doorway is a little low – this is due to building the groundwork up too high :rolleyes:.

    #16377
    ddaines
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    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_wat_title.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_wat_title.jpg[/imgz]

    The Watcher in the Water is the ‘Missing Link’ for many of us, but as Mithril Miniatures are in no hurry to make it happen I thought do it meself :).

    To recreate the Watcher is actually a relatively simple process as I used a Shelob’s Lair that I got cheap on EvilBay, and by utilising the abdomen part of Shelob it still leaves a bit of mystique as to how the Watcher may have looked without being too definate as nobody knows for sure– the fact you can see the body heaving itself out of the water, but any ‘head’ is still hidden appealed to me.

    The hardest part to recreate are the tentacles which I created out of Super Sculpey (a heat curing synthetic clay a bit like Fimo I guess); and to do this I simply rolled out long strips and ran a ribbed plastic bottle lid along one side to give the ribbed effect, stuck a small metal rod in so that I could stick it in the base, twisted the tentacles to shape and baked them.

    If you follow this idea and have more patience that I do I would suggest adding bumps and bobbles to give the tentacles some texture ;).

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_wat1.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_wat1.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_wat2.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_wat2.jpg[/imgz]

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    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_wat6.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_wat6.jpg[/imgz]

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    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_wat8.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_wat8.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/11_wat9.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/11_wat9.jpg[/imgz]

    For the observant among you, you may notice that the doorway is a little low – this is due to building the groundwork up too high :rolleyes:.

    #16379
    ddaines
    Participant

    Gate sounded better than Door :D

    #16380
    Thingol
    Participant

    Dear David…. what could I say…. once again awesome piece of diorama. Bloody great ! Watcher in the water is wonderful. Who is manufacturer of this beast… thanks for this pictures… you must send all yours new diorama picture to Gildor for your part of the gallery…. once again WOW !

    #16382
    ddaines
    Participant
    Thingol wrote:
    Dear David…. what could I say…. once again awesome piece of diorama. Bloody great ! Watcher in the water is wonderful. Who is manufacturer of this beast… thanks for this pictures… you must send all yours new diorama picture to Gildor for your part of the gallery…. once again WOW !

    Master Thingol – the manufacturer of this beast is Mithril Miniatures (Shelob) and Me (tentacles – glad I spelt that correct) :D

    Glad you like it and thanks for comments.

    #16383
    Barliman
    Participant

    Very impressive indeed, Master D. The Watcher looks way more impressive than the GW tentacles and the version that was briefly available from Thomarillion. Top marks!

    #16385
    ddaines
    Participant

    Thank you kind Sir, I have kept it 99% Mithril, 1% me :) Mithril might get a run on folk buying Shelob box sets :rolleyes:

    #16387
    Turambar
    Participant

    Ahhhhhhhh!
    All the gentlemen before (included Master Barliman! Wow!) said everything.
    So is there something to add? Yes. The rocks! Absolutely awesome, David.
    A brilliant diorama!

    #16388
    Thingol
    Participant
    ddaines wrote:
    Master Thingol – the manufacturer of this beast is Mithril Miniatures (Shelob) and Me (tentacles – glad I spelt that correct) :D

    Glad you like it and thanks for comments.

    Shelob…. I did not recognize it…. There is no need to give thanks for this comments. They are 100% fully deserved….

    I did not look and read the introduction to this magnificent exhibition…..

    #16392
    Milo
    Participant
    Turambar wrote:
    Ahhhhhhhh!
    All the gentlemen before (included Master Barliman! Wow!) said everything.
    So is there something to add? Yes. The rocks! Absolutely awesome, David.
    A brilliant diorama!

    One word about the trees. Magnifique !
    I love the water moves also

    Bravo David. :cool::lol:

    How long did it take you to make everyhting ?

    #16396
    imisel
    Participant

    ohmygosh daines… absolutely amazing. Great transformation of Shelob, no doubt!

    #16401
    hsf62
    Participant

    Very Very nice Master ddaines! I got this beast with a couple of broken legs and was thinking what to do with it? Well, I like your solution very much! Fantastic job! ;)

    #16403
    Theobald
    Participant

    absolutely perfect … chapeaux, Master Ddaines …

    #16420
    ddaines
    Participant
    Milo wrote:
    Turambar wrote:
    Ahhhhhhhh!
    All the gentlemen before (included Master Barliman! Wow!) said everything.
    So is there something to add? Yes. The rocks! Absolutely awesome, David.
    A brilliant diorama!

    One word about the trees. Magnifique !
    I love the water moves also

    Bravo David. :cool::lol:

    How long did it take you to make everyhting ?

    This has been on the go now for a long time mainly because I have had other things to get on with, plus the original trees were plastic ones which looked ok, but were obviously plastic and this bugged me. I have only recently found some suitable real bits with roots which I was far happier with.

    I didn’t add an avenue of rotting trees as I felt it would get in the way of the Watcher.

    The rocks Master Archer are plaster cast from Woodland Scenics molds – I don’t know if they are available to you, but they are good and come in a variety of styles. Well worth the investment and they are much lighter than the real thing depending on what you cast them out of.

    Go for it Holger :D – you know it makes sense 😆

    Once again many thanks for the comments, Swan boat of Galadriel next! ;)

    #16421
    Theobald
    Participant

    Huoom … I forgot to praise your presentation of trees, Master Ddaines. Sorry. Obviously the left one is female, as the right one is male. – Great.

    #16455
    Wendy
    Participant

    Brilliant!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

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