Not much progress to report this week but I have some cool stuff to show off to fill the gap!

I’m still trying to get caught up on my Hobbit sword replicas…the Dredd costume build put me way behind. I just bought The Noble Collection’s replica of Thorin’s sword. It’s a heavy steel blade and the detail and weathering is pretty nice! This is one of my favorite swords from the first film so I’m happy to finally get it.



The Hobbit version of Sting arrived yesterday along with the scabbard. I got a smoking deal from BudK (owner of United Cutlery) where I got 20% off the entire order plus free shipping…basically a free scabbard!


The sword is similar to the replica released for the LOTR films except Bilbo hadn’t named or inscribed the blade yet.


The cross guard also lacks the decorative detail from the other films but they added some rust pitting, presumably caused by sitting in the Troll cave for years.


Besides a different color leather covering the tip of the scabbard has slightly different details, most notably the loopy thing at the tip.


The cuff of the scabbard is also more plain than Bilbo’s later version but I like the cleanliness of the design.


I also bought some rubber knee and elbow pads which were cast from a screen used copy. The urethane rubber pad is backed with foam so they should be very comfortable when attached to the jacket and pants. I airbrushed the pads with the same green I used on my original pads. To install these, I’ll have to cut into my leathers….scary!


I put a base coat on the Ninja Turtle. I had some trouble with masking tape peeling off the paint but I’m going to proceed with texturing and hope the dull coat protects it enough.



Finally, I finished the cleanup on the Theoden helmet so it should be going under silicone this weekend!


I also re-sculpted the twisted back edge of the helmet to be more accurate. That’s what happens when you look at something too long. You start to notice everything you got wrong!


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