The Fellowship of the Ring in 1/72 scale

For those of you who are budget conscious, I will be posting the results of my quest to make Lord of the Rings characters and armies in 1/72 scale.  It has been a challenge so far, but with all of the new figures coming out, including some fine fantasy figures by Caesar Miniatures, the challenge is not impossible.  First up I have for you the Fellowship.

The fellowship arrayed.  Front Row: Merry, Sam, Frodo, Pippin Back Row: Boromir, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli

The Fellowship arrayed. Front Row: Merry, Sam, Frodo, Pippin Back Row: Boromir, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli

Merry and Sam.  Same is painted with similar colors as the Sam in the movie.

Merry and Sam. Same is painted with similar colors as the Sam in the movie.

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Merry and Sam (rear)

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Frodo and Pippin. Frodo wore dark colors in the movie. The only thing missing on this figure is a cloak. Both Merry and Pippin have cloaks.

Frodo and Pippin (rear)

Frodo and Pippin (rear)

Gimli and Legolas are both painted similar to the movie characters.

Gimli and Legolas are both painted similar to the movie characters.  I was pondering if the Hobbits were too short or if Gimli is too tall.  I think mostly it’s Gimli.  he should be about 4 1/2 feet tall.  He should also be about a head taller than the Hobbits. He is considerably taller than that.  He looks to be about 5 feet compared to Legolas who should be quite tall as an Elf.  However, the Hobbits are a bit small as well.

Gimli and Legolas (reverse)

Gimli and Legolas (reverse)

Boromir and Aragorn are also very similar to the movie characters.  There was another character with a bow that could have been Aragorn as well.  I thought this one was better since he had a two-handed sword.

Boromir and Aragorn are also very similar to the movie characters. There was another character with a bow that could have been Aragorn as well. I thought this one was better since he had a two-handed sword.

Boromir and Aragorn (reverse)

Boromir and Aragorn (reverse)  Boromir’s shield actually comes from a set by MiniArt,  The Late Roman infantry box.  This set has extra shields both round and oval.

Gandalf the Gray.  This is an obvious knock-off of the movie Gandalf...as was the Legolas figure.  Not that I am complaining mind you!

Gandalf the Gray. This is an obvious knock-off of the movie Gandalf…as was the Legolas figure. Not that I am complaining mind you!

Gandlaf the Gray (reverse)

Gandalf the Gray (reverse)

Notes:

Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, and Boromir all come from Caesar Miniatures Adventurers set.  Gimli comes from the Dwarves set.  No Dwarves are included with the Adventurers set at all.  The Hobbits are from Chariot Miniatures.  Assorted Hobbits with swords.  the set also comes with 2 Hobbits with shields.  These would work well as Merry and Pippin armed for battle with Rohan or Gondor.  The discription on Magister Militums website says some come with helmets.  Mine did not.  I got 8 figures.  2 of each pose.  I am not sure helmeted hobbits exist.

The cost of any Caesar Miniatures set is about $10.  The bag of metal Hobbits was about $5.  So for $25 I got the entire Fellowship, and enough Dwarves to make an entire Dwarven army.  But more on that later.  Note that the Caesar Adventurers set also comes with about 8 other poses.  Some Barbarians, a few female types, an armored warrior who would make a pretty good Prince Imrahil and the previously mentioned ranger with a bow who I plan to make Faramir.  To put this cost into perspective, you can find a box of metal Fellowship characters for about $22 on Amazon.  You almost certainly can get them on Ebay for a similar price.  However, you will have only 9 figures for your trouble.

Next up, the Orcs…er…Goblins of the Misty Mountains.

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2 Responses to The Fellowship of the Ring in 1/72 scale

  1. EY says:

    Hi John,
    You may want to check out East Riding Miniatures for a Gollum. The skulking ghoul from one of their personalities pack struck me as a good proxy, though he doesn’t really look like the version from the movies. I can’t remember how it compares in size to the Magister Millitum halflings, but it may be somwhat bigger.

    http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/ft48-413-p.asp

  2. Sam Sagace says:

    Again a nice work !
    That’s really a challenge to find figures of LoTR in 1/72 scale !
    (some El Cid Hat figures could be very good for Rohirrims ….and you have a great choice in medieval sets for Minas Tirith and other armies.)
    For the relative sizes of the figures, the Dwarf is too large, I agree and the Halflings a little bit too small but they are 15mm scale !
    I don’t know if there is some halflings in 20/25 mm is other brands ?
    The suggestion of EY for Gollum seems to be good .

    (and I will add your blog immediately in my blog roll : I don’t want to miss something !)

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