The winning entry to Ian Spacek's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Contest." The stairs of Cirith Ungol is more inspired by the movie than my interpretation of the book. In the movie, The small rocky platform and the cliff is part of the bridge leading into the city of the Ringwraiths. I imagine the bridge separate and the steep stairway just overlooking it. I was going to make the stairway spiraled, and I do imagine it spiraling though the rock further up, but I liked my composition enough as it was that I decided not to add anything. The vig is perfectly 8x8 (unlike my Hobbit entry) because I know the rules are very strict, being a former judge myself. There's more ahead, so read on, and enjoy!
About this creation
The orcs march below the rocky landing. The first one is a personal favorite of mine, a Heavy battle Orc.
Frodo and Sam climbing. Sam always is in the rear, protecting his master from any following danger. Really, he should be in front because of...
Gollum! Here he peeks up though the small opening in the next landing. He is a custom that I will feature later.
The stairs without the figs. I used the spiral staircase technique and "twisted" it.
The stairs go up...
The next landing up. Even the only plant in the MOC is gray. Can you find the only piece in the vig that is not gray, bley, or crome (not including minifigs)?
Sam and Frodo in tattered attire.
The awesomely overdone Heavy Battle Orc and his deformed Zombie friend Bob (who starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).
My custom Gollum! I chopped up a monkey body, and stuck the head onto a hand which is wedged into an opening in the bottom of the torso.
Another shot of the deformed "Hobbit."
And finally, the bird's-eye-view shot of the vig. This shows the 8x8ness of it! Thanks for starting a Great Contest Ian!
I hate to say, that I finally took this apart two days ago. It was up for nearly four months and I wish I could have kept it built longer. Thank you Ian for a great competition. Without it, I wouldn't have been spurred on to make this. I look forward to seeing the same parts used in my entry for the Great LOTR Contest hosted by Christopher Baldacci. Thanks again!
I see it! it's one of those little blue technic pins- on the far right around the middle- you used it to put the light grey "cheese slope" on upside-down! awesome job! now to the creation- amazing job- love the steep, curved stairs, rockface details- it's all amazing! I love it! figs are vbrilliant as well- all-round- almost perfect!
June 7, 2011
Nice model except for the Gollum minifigure; not very fond of that. The torso looks quite odd, it doesn't really fit. This is why I will rate this model 3/5.
I like it
June 7, 2011
I was just thinking about using a Gollum as a monkey thing!
I like it
June 7, 2011
Nice one Max! It looks very natural. I think you used a metallic silver colored stud or is it stainless steal colored stud? The stud is on the top near the plant.
Well hidden! I found it, of course, but it was not easy. Before I move on to the MOC, I would like to point out that the colour of the 1x1 plate is metallic silver, not chrome silver. As for the MOC, the rock work is a bit chaotic, but definetely not horrible. Gollum would be good (I'll steal the vader head usage), if he were purist. With that I mean: anyone can cut off a monkey's head and tail, but not all can make a good purist gollum. Wich I will. The hobbits and orcs are very nice, I should also say, especially the "overdone" one. As good as the minifigs, are the stairs. The curves are really cool. All in all appeal is very good, mainly because of the height, it is very atmospheric, but the rocks draw it back a bit. Good luck in the contest!
Very good. I like the rocky wall and the stairs integrated in it. The minifigs are excellent. Gollum looks as if he has gained some weight but I find it hard to build a fitting body for him and your idea is great.