The once fair Minas Ithil, befouled by the corruption of the Witch King of Agmar, greatest of the Nine.
About this creation
"A long-tilted valley, a deep gulf of shadow, ran back far into the mountains. Upon the further side, some way within the valley's arms, high on a rocky seat upon the black knees of the Ephel D˙ath, stood the walls and tower of Minas Morgul. All was dark about it, earth and sky, but it was lit with light. Not the imprisoned moonlight welling through the marble walls of Minas Ithil long ago, Tower of the Moon, fair and radiant in the hollow of the hills.
Paler indeed than the moon ailing in some slow eclipse was the light of it now, wavering and blowing like a noisome exhalation of decay, a corpse-light, a light that illuminated nothing. "
-JRR Tolkien : The two Towers
I've been meaning to tackle Minas Morgul for some time now. I've always liked the concentric star layout and soaring ramparts promoted by the Peter Jackson films. I always felt it would be a challenge to render such an unusual shape in LEGO. As it turns out, I was right.
Overall, this keep is about on par with the official Taj Mahal kit from a few years back in both part count and finished size.
It's nowhere minifigure scale (actually by my calculations it's about 1/5 minifig scale) unlike other LEGO based designs of the keep I've seen on the web, but I think, detail-wise, it is more complete and 'feels' more like the one rendered for the movie.
Of course I wouldn't object to scaling up the design to minifigure scale, but I think I'd have to mortgage my house (again) to buy that many parts, as it was, this puppy turned out to be a bit pricier than I was originally planning, but in the end I was happy with how it came out.
I would have liked to put more of the cliff face in behind it (and may yet one of these days) but I was a bit limited for space and time and early attempts at a backdrop make things look too busy in test photographs; I really wanted the focus to be on the shape of the keep and the entrance.
As usual, there more SNOT here than you'll find in a playground-full of six year olds.
Quoting Tureaglin Naugellon
This is the best creation on MOCpages! It is so cool. You also inspired me to build my own Minas Morgul, can i use some of your ideas?
I'm glad you like it and by all means borrow whatever design ideas you think fitting. While I don't have building instructions (I just sort of made it up as I was going along) I'm happy to answer whatever I can about how it was put together.
Good luck with your Minas Morgul MOC.