Games Workshop Lord of the Rings "Gandalf at the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm" Diorama:

 I originally painted this figure for a competition at a local Games Workshop Hobby Center, and then greatly expanded on things by way of making a bridge-styled display base with an inset for the figure to sit in. The whole piece together is modeled after the confrontation scene from the movie, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, where Gandalf challenges the Balrog at the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm: the Gandalf figure itself had the arm holding the staff stripped away to a minimum of metal, which was then repositioned and had a new sleeve sculpted over everything;the arm holding the sword was repositioned to a lesser extent with new details sculpted to fill in those covered up by the sword and hand that were previously flush with his body;and the whole display, both figure and bridge, were painted to represent two light sources - a blindingly bright white light coming from the crystal at the tip of Gandalf's staff (with shadows cast by his arm and the shape of the staff itself) and a more "ambient" fiery glow coming from a massive, imaginary Balrog which would be standing at the opposite end of the bridge span (whom Gandalf is facing towards).

 The figure won a Silver Demon award at the 2007 Chicago Games Day in the Golden Demon Painting Competition. This was the first time I had ever attended any of the GW Games Days and the first time I had ever entered a painting competition at a national (or "international," even) level - I came there with a handful of figures thinking I'd be lucky if I made First Cut and ended up leaving somewhat stunned with a large, unexpected trophy and a lot of Honorable Mention entries. The Gandalf figure and the diorama were featured along with other entries from the Chicago Golden Demons in the U.S. White Dwarf magazine from September of that year.

Reference images from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Gandalf (front)

Gandalf (right)

Gandalf (back)

Gandalf (left)

Gandalf (top)

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 Here is the full display showing Gandalf standing at the top of the bridge span's arch, facing off against the Balrog with the crystal of his staff giving off a blinding white light. The bridge and the rock face it extends from are roughly 15" long together, and the bridge hangs in the open air, counterbalanced by the weight of a dowel extending from the interior of the bridge into the supporting rock as well as a small "spur" on the hardboard base of the whole bridge display.

Gandalf on the Bridge

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Gandalf on the Bridge #3

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