Sunday, March 3, 2019

'Fellowship' from PeterA: "We Are Your Friends, Frodo"

It didn't take much thought to decide on my entry for the final Bonus Theme. Although I had painted up Boromir, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimili some time ago, I had never got around to painting up the remaining five members of the Fellowship, so this was the perfect opportunity to get them done.

All of these are GW metal figures sourced from Ebay, as I never bought the original Fellowship boxed set, and I have no love for the more recent plastic version.

First up we have Gandalf the Grey. I do like this sculpt, the dynamic pose is really characterful. I did try to do a glowing effect from the crystal at the top of his staff, but it looked absolutely pony, so re-painted the top brown.

Next we have Merry (on the left) and Pippin (right). I have painted these as if they are wearing Elven cloaks, although I think the sculpts are based on their appearance from earlier in the movie. Pippin has a red cloak at that point, so I did his scarf red as a nod to that.

Next are Sam and Frodo. Again, very characterful. I can imagine Sam charging off to Frodo's defense, whilst Frodo himself leans back, clutching the Precious Ring. I tried to give Frodo's sword, Sting, a blue glaze to represent what happens when enemies are near but I need more practice I think! I also love the fact that they come with packs, with Sam's being suitably larger than Frodo's (it even has a spoon and small pot sculpted on).

And here they are all together. 

And here is the now complete Fellowship of the Ring!

The quote from the top comes from this passage in The Lord of the Rings:

"You can trust us to stick with you through thick and thin - to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours - closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo"

Seems like a pretty decent definition of Fellowship to me!


  1. A wonderful rendition of The Fellowship Peter, bravo! Like you, I much prefer the earlier metal castings to the newer plastic offerings. They're just so much more well defined and more enjoyable to paint. I really like the blue glaze on Sting, a great touch that.

    1. Thank you Curt - very generous! I agree, the original metals are just all-round better and they are just fun to paint.