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The 1977 Hobbit cartoon is an abomination.

Review of Rankin/Bass’ The Hobbit (1977)

In the first article I ever wrote for this site, I reviewed a 1966 cartoon loosely derived from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.The 1977 Hobbit cartoon is an abomination.  Now, this cartoon was actually calculated to be as faithless an adaptation as possible for use as a tool of blackmail, and this eventually led to the existence of a second attempt to adapt The Hobbit to the screen eleven years later, this time by Rankin/Bass, a studio famous for its holiday specials.  Many of their other works are really good, but they’re really out of their league here.  This, along with two later cartoons, are often considered to make up a sort of half-formed trilogy, and I’ll eventually get around to reviewing the other two.
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King Thorin Oakenshield of Erebor dies.

The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition

My birthday, being on the fifth of January, falls upon this day.  By coincidence, Tolkien’s birthday is on the third of the same month, and therefore several days ago I celebrated the birthday of my favourite author by watching the “special extended edition” of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for the first time, which I had been saving for just that occasion.  In all honesty, the “extended edition” is a bit of a misnomer, for it really isn’t that it is extended, but that the theatrical is somewhat abridged for the theatres.  Unfortunately, few theatres would be willing to show a film as long as these are in their entirety, and so it becomes necessary to cut down the finished film for this purpose.  The full movie is, in fact, the extended edition, which should more appropriately be dubbed the “unabridged edition.” Continue reading The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition

Response to Criticism of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

What I suspect is a very vocal minority has, on the internet, made very clear their dislike of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, I could explain in great detail why most (if not all) of the changes and additions to the story are either innocuous and trivial and/or necessary due to the differences between art forms, but the fact is that people just like to complain.
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A selection of goblin miniatures along with dwarven stonework

Dwarven Stonework

This post was migrated from my earlier blog:
Painting The Lord of the Rings Miniatures.


How I painted dwarven stonework for my moria army.I just finished painting the well in Balin’s tomb and I felt the urge to take a picture of it for the blog. Beside the terrain feature can be seen Grôblog, a few Moria Goblin spearmen and a trapdoor I painted earlier. I know it’s not much, but I really am working on a few new miniatures and they’ll be done soon. In the meantime, I’ll explain how I painted the stonework of the well, Grôblog’s pillar and the trapdoor.

All three pieces of grey stone are easy to paint and use the same simple formula. Interestingly, the last step is the most important and really makes it look like a rock. The technique can be used on anything, so long as it’s made of rock, so it’s good to know it. It starts with a basecoat of Stormvermin Fur, which makes a good starting point for any colour of stone I’ve tried.

A well from the Mines of Moria set from Games Workshop.After the basecoat had dried (which doesn’t take long), I washed the stone several times with Agrax Earthshade. During this step, I made sure to focus the pigment heavily in the recesses of the rock, such as the cracks and other deep places. I repeated this step until it was suitably tenebrous, particularly on the inside of the well. That step took by far the longest, and once that had dried, I heavily drybrushed the outside of the well with Mechanicus Standard Grey. Only a small amount was drybrushed on the inside, but it made all the difference. For this step I used mainly a very large brush, but for the hard-to-reach places, I used a regular old drybrush. I avoided the really deep areas so as not to flatten the look of the stone.

The brushes I used to drybrush dwarven stonework

Next, I drybrushed Dawnstone using the larger brush, but less heavily than the previous colo
ur. I got no paint on the inside of the well and very little in the deep spots. I then applied an even lighter drybrush of Administratum Grey, then used the smaller brush to apply a very faint final drybrush of Praxetti white to only the most exposed areas. As I said earlier, this last step is very important and makes the model look just like stone.

This simple technique can be used with different colours, but when painting stone the final highlight should almost always be white. I have found that this formula makes stone an easy and enjoyable thing to paint.

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