Erebor (The Lonely Mountain)

By Onyx.

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This board was made in 2006. Long before Weta Workshop made their fantastic Erebor design.

This will be more of a pictorial of the Dwarven hold rather than a step by step guide. I built this board a few years ago and I can’t quite remember all the details.

Inspiration for the board (various images I found on the net).

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All the materials/tools used for this project.

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Playing with the initial design (Hirst Arts Blocks are really useful for this).

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The Dwarf Statues and pillars were bought from Thomarillion (sadly no longer available anymore).

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Starting to form the mountainside.

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The pillars from Thomarillion (before and after I weathered them).

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Next was forming the spurs of the mountain.

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Here how I use Polyfilla (Spackle) to detail the cliffs.

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The Polyfilla helps to hide the polystyrene and gives a more realistic look.

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Note the broken bridge and the old Guard room as mentioned in The Hobbit.

I used tree bark to form the banks of the River Running.

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I poured PVA glue all over the flat surfaces and used various grades of sand/talus to cover the polystyrene.

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Once dry, it was on to painting.

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I made the river using 2 part resin.

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I used Woodland Scenics Water Effects to form the ripples in the water.

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I added burnt tree stumps (Smaug used to burn the valley every now and then) and a few different types of flock/static grass.

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Photos of the finished Dwarven Fortress.

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Here is the board showing a few different set-ups.

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Steve.

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