Friday, 26 February 2021

Nazgûl on fell beast

And behold! it was a winged creature: if bird, then greater than all other birds, and it was naked, and neither quill nor feather did it bear, and its vast pinions were as webs of hide between horned fingers; and it stank. A creature of an older world maybe it was, whose kind, lingering in forgotten mountains cold beneath the Moon, outstayed their day, and in hideous eyrie bred this last untimely brood, apt to evil.

JRR Tolkien, The Return of the King (1955)

And behold! I have painted a fell beast.

Lord of the Nazgûl on armoured fell beast

I did some dark magic with magnets which allows a choice of rider. I also made a base with four 25mm washers buried within, for added heft and to drop the centre of gravity.

Nazgûl on fell beast

I snapped the clear flight stand during priming- some rather colourful colloquialisms were voiced- and had to trim it shorter and angled down more. Taking advantage of advice from AHPC XI Challengers a few weeks ago I repainted it flat black.

Théoden and Snowmane for scale

I started from a pale grey undercoat and added thin coats of dark greyish browns to taste. I'm not entirely happy with the wings- I'd prefer them to be a bit more tan.

Now to work out how to store and transport this...


  1. Nicely done. Surely it can fly anywhere it needs to go?

  2. What a fantastic work on such a beautiful model. You solved all the setbacks and the results are wonderful! I have a metal one and it's quite a problem... well, for everything! I really like what you did here.

  3. Great work, nice detailing right down to the flames on the sword blade!

    1. Thanks, Darling, I’m glad to have been able to get it done!