We come, we come with roll of drum: ta-runda runda runda rom!
We come, we come with horn and drum: ta-runa runa runa rom!
To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone;
Though Isengard be stong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone,
We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door;
For bole and bough are burning now, the furnace roars - we go to war!
To land of gloom with tramp of doom, with roll of drum, we come, we come;
To Isengard with doom we come!
With doom we come, with doom we come!
As with my previous two entries, I wanted to try to illustrate a poem. In part this is to try to come up with an interesting twist on the catebory and also because I think so many readers just skim over the poems. In this case, though, the only relevant poem was the Ents' Marching Song, which is a pretty literal translation of the contest category.
I tried a lot of different solutions to make joints for the arms. In the end I just went with taps at the shoulder and elbow. That made him poseable, but those are pretty weak connections. I used finger hinge parts for at the waist, and the ankles are just a clip attached to a 1x2 plate with bar. I have to say, this whole process gave me a great appreciation for people who build mechs and other sorts of articulated figures.
Here's the micro Orthanc, probably my favorite part of the build. It's unfortunate that photographing black MOCs hides some of the greebly detail.
And here Treebeard poses with Orthanc. Say cheese!
My setup from the side so you can see how I put it together. Closer to the camera we get a section with Treebeard and some taller trees, then two layers of medium trees, then the Orthanc section.
Self evaluation: As I said above, I was happiest with how Orthanc turned out. I'm going to keep the tower together on my desk at work. I was also pleased with how the forced perspective worked, which was my initial thought when I read the category. I have to admit that the weak link is Treebeard's head. I'll probably go back later and play around with different designs, but I needed to finish it up for the contest. Thanks for checking out my MOC. Good luck to my worthy opponent and all of the MELO participants. Thanks to the organizers and judges for a fun contest.
Thank you to the judges and my worthy opponent. I can't say that I disagree with your decision. If I were judging this I would say that my setting was better, but Jacob's Ent was far better, and that is the focus of the entries.