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Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin Models
'Be kind to a poor old hobbit!' laughed Frodo. 'I shall be as thin as a willow-wand, I'm sure, before I get to Buckland. But I was talking nonsense. I suspect you have taken more than your share, Sam, and I shall look into it at our next packing.' He picked up his stick again. 'Well, we all like walking in the dark,' he said, 'so let's put some miles behind us before bed.'
For a short way they followed the lane westwards. Then leaving it they turned left and took quietly to the fields again. They went in single file along hedgerows and the borders of coppices, and night fell dark about them. In their dark cloaks they were as invisible as if they all had magic rings. Since they were all hobbits, and were trying to be silent, they made no noise that even hobbits would hear. Even the wild things in the fields and woods hardly noticed their passing.
Frodo Baggins, son of Drogo Baggins, was a Hobbit of the Shire in the Third Age. He was and is most renowned for his leading role in the Quest of the Ring in which he bore the One Ring to Mount Doom, where it was ultimately destroyed.
Samwise Gamgee, also known as Sam, was a Hobbit of the Shire. He was Frodo Baggins' gardener and best friend. Sam proved himself to be Frodo's closest and most dependable companion, the most loyal of the Fellowship of the Ring, and also played a necessary role in protecting Frodo and destroying the One Ring.
Peregrin Took, more commonly known as Pippin, was a Hobbit of the Shire, and one of Frodo Baggins's youngest but closest friends. He was a member of the Fellowship of the Ring.
Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck was a Hobbit and one of Frodo's cousins and closest friends. He loved boats and ponies and had a great interest in the maps of Middle-earth. He is also one of the nine companions in The Fellowship of the Ring.
When these Hobbits first set out on their adventure they are unarmed. Some of the early scenarios in the Fellowship of the Rings games take place during this time but all the models released depict the Hobbits with swords. Over the years I have amassed a great number of different versions of the Hobbits so set about removing the weapons for use in these scenarios.
This is a very short and quick article and easy to do even for a beginner to conversions.
Take a saw and carefully remove the sword from the hand. File away any sword that was not removed by the sawing.
Use Green Stuff to tidy up the sword removal, and that is all there is to it.
Due to the models I used for Sam and Frodo, simply removing the sword as above would not be enough due to the positioning of the arms. It looked like they should be holding something which they once were, so I thought about what that could be. The opening quote to this article mentions a walking stick, so that is what I gave them both.
Remove the swords and file the cut as above but before using the Green Stuff, take a Pin Vice with a drill bit that is the same thickness as the metal rod you have and drill a hole through the sword wielding hand of Frodo from top to bottom.
A pin vice is miniature drill or twist drill, and is a useful, fairly inexpensive tool. A pin vice consists of four main sections: a chuck; a screw-on head which covers the chuck except for the tip; a barrel, usually no more than four or five inches long; and a rotating knob at the base. The barrel and head are often knurled for better grip. To fit a bit into the pin vice, a user partly unscrews the head, loosening the chuck. The user then inserts a drill bit and screws the head back into place, tightening the chuck. The chuck will now hold the bit firmly in place.
Push the rod through this hole and cut to size using pliers. Glue this in place using Super Glue and then tidy up the area using Green Stuff.
For Sam his hand was too small to drill so I took a file and filed a grip into his hand so the rod could look like it was being held by Sam.
This is a little more work than Merry and Pippin but still easy enough to do for a beginner.