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Ziterdes Watchtower Ruin "Nalog"
Lord of the Rings Terrain Set
Steel Legion Drab
Autumn Coloured Lichen
Dead Leaf Scatter
Is there any barrow on Weathertop?'
'No. There is no barrow on Weathertop, nor on any of these hills,' answered Strider. 'The Men of the West did not live here; though in their latter days they defended the hills for a while against the evil that came out of Angmar. This path was made to serve the forts along the walls. But long before, in the first days of the North Kingdom, they built a great watch-tower on Weathertop, Amon Sûl they called it. It was burned and broken, and nothing remains of it now but a tumbled ring, like a rough crown on the old hill's head. Yet once it was tall and fair. It is told that Elendil stood there watching for the coming of Gil-galad out of the West, in the days of the Last Alliance.'
The Tower of Amon Sûl is a watch-tower on Weathertop, a hill in the Eriador region of Middle-earth, the southernmost and highest summit of the Weather Hills and overlooks the Great East Road east of Bree, about midway between the Shire and Rivendell. The Tower of Amon Sûl was built by Elendil in the first days of the North-kingdom of Arnor. This article makes use of a pre made model made by Ziterdes
called Watchtower Ruin "Nalog"
.I am a massive fan of Ziterdes
products as they are hard wearing and reasonably priced. So lets take a look at the model in question.
At one time in my life I owned the Forgeworld Amon Sûl piece but never did anything with it. Alas, life problems caught me and I had to sell it which left me without an Amon Sûl tower. It was a few years back that I came across the Watchtower Ruin "Nalog" on the Ziterdes
and it was only £25 so I thought I would buy it and see what it was like.
I excited awaited it's arrival and when it turn up it was in a vacuum formed packaging rather that a box. This allows you to see every part of the model nicely.
I was surprised by how light the model is but at the same time how sturdy the material it is made from is. It is constructed from Hardfoam, a material that is lightweight and durable which is perfect for gaming needs. It comes in a dark grey/black undercoat although if you wanted you could leave it as it is and use it straight out the box as there is also patches of static grass. It would like perfectly fine like this on your table top but we are going to make it even better.
The model itself is just over 13" in diameter and about 5.5" high, so whilst it is not as big as the Forgeworld model it still is a fair size.
It is a really impressively detailed piece and for the price comes highly recommended. As mentioned I really like the material it is made from and it should be really hard wearing yet light weight.
Whilst it is very good straight out the packaging we can make it even better.
The webpage for the model recommends their Statue "Knowledge" with Ruin (product ID #79109) but sadly it looks as these are no longer available. I bought two of them at the same time as I purchased the tower.
Much like the tower they are highly detailed but are made from resin rather than hardfoam. I decided against using them as they were a bit too small and had a base that would prove to be problematic. I will still make use of them though as generic ruined statues, possible on my Amon Hen board.
Instead I decided to make the similar looking but taller statues that Games Workshop made. Over the years I had collected a fair few so I still had some for general table top purposes.
The first thing to do is carefully remove the small base with a craft knife. You will need to do this to two statues. These will be glued to the buttresses opposite the stairs.
I did have plans to extend the arches at the tops of the buttresses but decided against this as it would make it difficult to get your hands in to move models.
Before I painted it I removed the static grass on the rocks. This was done very carefully with a lighter. If you do this make sure you don't burn yourself or the model. Hold it quite away from the flame. The static grass should melt off leaving the model intake.
No undercoat was put on as the model is painted with a basecoat. The rocks were painted Dawnstone. The walls were drybrushed with Steel Legion Drab then the entire model was drybrushed (including the rocks) with Karak Stone.
Next apply some autumn coloured (reds and oranges) lichen around the model in various places and also scatter some green flock and dead leaf scatter in places.
The watchtower was a great base model to begin with so it takes very little work to make it even better. This model comes highly recommended.