The War of Wrath by adorety ()
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Inspired by the lore from Tolkien's Silmarillion. The War of Wrath was actually the final battle between Morgoth and the good forces in Beleriand. Beleriand was part of the continent that made up Middle Earth in far west. The Blue Mountains of the far west of Middle Earth were once the eastern border of Beleriand.
This final battle saw all the mortal and immortal forces, men, dwarves, elves and gods, all unite as one force of good to stop and destroy Morgoth and his armies of orcs, trolls, werewolves, hounds, monsters, dragons and Balrogs once and for all. Sauron was Morgoth's right hand and the Balrogs led many of his armies. Here Morgoth opened the gates of his fortress and let all his armies pour out. Most impressive was the greatest of all dragons, the flying fire drake Ancalagon the Black. So vast he would blot out the sun sometimes and so vast that when he too finally fell he destroyed the land below him.
Even so, this battle was so great as gods battled gods and angels fought demons and the mortals and quasi mortals fought the beasts of Morgoth, that the whole continent was distressed, cracked and sank under the sea. Yet, Morgoth and his armies were defeated either dead or scattered. Morgoth was stripped of his powers and cast into the void forever.
Tolkien's later works reveal some of the survivors Sauron, at least one Balrog, and the orcs, trolls and dragons managed to escape and continue to breed in far out of the way places for millennia until Sauron gets it in his head to bring his own kind of order to Middle Earth. And we know what that got him in the long run.
I was imagining what it might have looked like as that great gate of Morgoth's fortress, Utumno, opened and spewed forth all manner of monsters. Additionally there is a certain inspiration behind this image from YES's song called The Gates of Delerium, off of Relayer. The lyrics to the song certainly depict an epic battle as the one from the Silmarillion, but I think Jon Anderson may have been thinking on a more classic level of Heaven and Hell. But, who knows?
A lot of creating and posing characters in Poser. I made several poses each for the trolls, orcs, werewolves etc. and made nine different dragons, including Ancalagon, and five Balrogs. Each character was imported into Vue once to turn them into a Vue Object (.vob). You can lighten the load on the CPU and reduce the mesh and change materials before saving as a Vue Object. Except for the dragons and Balrogs I put everything into ecosystem layers and "painted" them onto the landscape as objects. Last was a decent amount of touching up in PS to help the fire, smoke and some fixes. I did some minor lighting adjustment to reduce a bit of shadow and brighten things, but the light and atmosphere are all from Vue editing and the final render.
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Image Comments (9)
eekdog () Online Now! 11:44PM | Sun, 05 July 2020
Great fx on the battle action. Super job on your details of creating this.
rhol_figament () 3:22AM | Mon, 06 July 2020
I just had to click on the zoom view to see how far up the creek I was...
iborg64 () 4:45AM | Mon, 06 July 2020
An outstanding scene very well composed and lots going on well worth viewing full size
RodS () 9:12PM | Mon, 06 July 2020
Man - you have really captured the intensity and horror of Morgoth's wrathful and fearsome hordes unleashed in full fury. I'm reminded just how long it's been since I read the Silmarillion.. This seriously needs to be seen full size!
Although Morgoth was ultimately defeated, he did leave a few "leftovers" that ultimately had to be handled by Bard, Gandalf, and even Sam Gamgee.. Frightening stuff indeed. I have to wonder if he's risen again...
Always amazing work from you, Art!
Peter Jackson really needs to tackle this - now there's a challenge... I'm thinking 10 or 12 movies rather than 3..