Legolas: "Final count, 42."
Gimli: "42...That's not bad for a pointy-eared Elvish princeling.
I, myself, am sitting pretty on forty-three"
*Legolas shoots the Dead Uruk-Hai Gimli is sitting on*
Gimli: "He was already dead."
Legolas: "He was twitching."
Gimli: "He was twitching 'cause he's got my axe embedded in his nervous system."
After the recent news about Gimli on Dead Uruk-Hai being re-released, I decided to use my blister
and create a diorama from the extended edition film of The Two Towers. I find that scene is one
of my favourite parts of the film, so I thought it would be an excellent addition to my bookcase! I
hope you enjoy reading the following article in which I will explain and show to you how I went about
creating this simple but effective diorama.
* Wooden Plinth.
* Large Drybrush.
* Milliput (or a decent modelling putty of your choice).
* PVA Glue & SuperGlue.
* Modelling Sand.
* Small Rocks.
* Gimli on Dead Uruk-Hai.
* Legolas (Helm’s Deep).
* Scorched Brown.
* Bleached Bone.
* Dark Flesh.
* Blood Red.
I would suggest that you make a plan of your diorama before attempting to create it. Understanding
beforehand, where everything will be placed, makes the process a lot easier when implementing.
A crucial part of this diorama is to make sure that the bow on Legolas is pointing in the right direction,
IE: Downwards, at an angle aimed at the Uruk. This is best done (for obvious reasons), by
bending the arm and both sides of the bow before attempting to paint the miniature.
If you're concerned about 'bending' parts of the miniature, a quick 'Cheat' is to place a rock (or
similar) under Legolas's 'right' leg. This will automatically adjust his aim to a downwards position.
A nice additional touch is to add a bow string and arrow. The arrow can either be placed upon
the bow, or sticking out of the Dead Uruk-Hai. I did not do this on my version, however it could
have a better effect.
Preparing the Base
Selecting a wooden plinth to base my diorama, I prepared some putty and proceeded to make
some irregular ground work to enhance the terrain.
Once the putty had fully cured, I coated the groundwork with PVA glue using a large brush. Sand and
grit were sprinkled over the wet PVA until the entire groundwork was covered. This was left to fully
I watered down some Scorched Brown and painted it over the groundwork using a large brush. The
watered down mix makes it a lot easier to get into all the nooks & crannies and covers more quickly.
Once the basecoat had dried, Bleached Bone was added to the mix and heavily drybrushed over the
Once this was dry, I coated the rim of the plinth with Dark Flesh.
A few large rocks were added to the base using SuperGlue to enhance the appearance of the
At this point, I made sure that the placement of the miniatures upon the diorama would not be
compromised by any of the rocks added.
Next was to add both Legolas and Gimli, this was done by moving the miniatures around until I
was happy with their position and then simply using SuperGlue to keep them in place.
To enhance the terrain more and be more accurate to the scene from the film, I used some Uruk-Hai
pikes and placed them randomly and at angles around the scene.
A few clumps of Static Grass were added, another dead Uruk-Hai and a Rohan shield.
Lastly, Blood Red was used on the rocks and base to represent splatter.
And this brings the article to an end. To paint the miniatures, you may find these articles by some
One Ring members useful...
Gimli by Olofer
Legolas by Tobold Hornblower
Uruk-Hai by Keyser Soze
I thoroughly enjoyed making this small diorama, I hope you like it and please feel free to contact me
with any questions or feedback.
I'll leave with some pictures of the finished item.