The Lord of the Rings Helm of King Theoden

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BlindSquirrel

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Hey everybody!

Last March I sat down and started my build of my favorite helmet from the trilogy. I knew it was going to be a long, complicated build so I used it as a background project that would be worked on when I was waiting for glue or paint to dry.

Here's the short story:

I started with a Pepakura base helmet, slushing the master with Smooth-Cast 300.
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The crest was hand carved from a piece of 3/4" MDF.
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Raised bands where made with Bondo and the edging was styrene half-round.
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The cheek guards and all the plates attached to this thing were 3D printed via Shapeways.
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A bunch of molds later and everything was cold-cast in brass.
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Inset areas were painted with plain ol' Testors model paint.
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I got my friend Fevereon to produce the leather armor for the back.
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Finally finished!
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Some details
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I cast my copy pretty thick so it BARELY fits on my head. Since it's going to be sitting on a helmet stand, I'm not going to worry about it.
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You can see a ton more detail of the build on my blog HERE.

Thanks for looking!
 

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Stivie

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Followed this on your blog and you did a truly wonderful job capturing all the details! Look forward to more LOTR builds from you in the future!
 

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nick daring

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It's been so much fun following your blog during the helmet's development. Thanks for going to the trouble to log your process. Always informative!
 

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DeLorean12

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The costumes of LOTR are absolutely beautiful and you did a magnificent job on this helmet. Looks like it belongs in front of a camera.
 

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