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March SALE madness - Thorin Regal Sword, Azog Mace....

Avandel
Half-elven


Mar 25 2016, 9:29pm

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March SALE madness - Thorin Regal Sword, Azog Mace.... Can't Post

OK, both the UC Thorin Regal Sword and Azog Mace are polyresin replicas - NOT metal - but that doesn't mean the list price is cheap eitherFrown. So, right now looks True Swords is having an awesome sale on both pieces with a free shipping code until March 27.....also BUDK is having a sale on both.

AND I AM NOT PROMOTING OR SUPPORTING THESE FOLKS, I HAVE NEVER ORDERED FROM EITHER BEFORE.Shocked It's just I have seen both pieces offered at *shocking* prices in the past.Unsure

TrueSwords who has a free ship code at the moment......
http://www.trueswords.com/...-of-the-rings-swords

BUDK who has a reduced shipping offer at the moment:

http://www.budk.com/...og-The-Defiler-27689

http://www.budk.com/...in-Oakenshield-31532

Thought I would pass the info along tho, especially for U.S. folks looking to spend that tax refund. AngelicCool


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Avandel
Half-elven


Apr 1 2016, 7:00pm

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Update mini-review UC Thorin Regal Sword - overall, better than expected IMO [In reply to] Can't Post

The short version is 1) mine looks like this, pretty much:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM_ubvvp720

and 2), for me this was better than expected;

e.g. in early pictures I thought the hilt looked TOO flat-painted and plastic-like, for one thing. And then in other early pictures IMO the sword seemed to be painted IMO *disturbingly* bluish, for a a guard that was supposed to be carved obsidian. (Worn, scuffed up stone carvings and beads and such don't change color, and black obsidian doesn't gleam blue (but blue tiger eye stone does, so not sure what is going on with that) OR maybe it was just the images and the lighting....etc. etc.Cool)

ANYWAYCool, I like this, in hand, quite a bit. At least mine - if you are going to make polystone look like stone and metal, in a production piece, I think - pretty good and I am happy I bought this - it was a piece I had wanted for a while, but not at full priceShocked and there are some terrible mark-ups from some sellers - shamefulShockedShockedShocked. If I had the knowledge and talent there are probably things you could do to enhance the fakeryUnsure. Right now I think a bit more metallic paint smeared here and there might help - I like the gleam of gold on the hilt and think maybe the blade was almost too weathered, but maybe not. Haven't decided because on the one hand I like the "shimmering" effect and high gold/silver/black of:



But, if the sword were laying around Erebor with Smaug dribbling dragon slime and such on everythingLaugh, I think a lot of stuff would be dusty and greasy.....Cool
Happily the hilt I was fretting over has the *gleam* of gold - it's not as flat-matte as I thought it would be. It LOOKS like a worn, somewhat dirty hilt that was once solid gold...

It feels better than I thought it would, too. Sturdy. It even feels like metal, more or less, heavy. Alas, mine came with a chip on the bottom jaw of one of the ravens - and because of the location and I can do some doctoring and the seller makes IMO returns/exchanges more tedious than I am used toUnimpressedUnimpressedUnimpressed and I like the paint job, I will keep this - for all I know, since it's where the sword is hung, it would wear there anywayUnsure. There's a small pad of thin rubber on top of the hanging hook, but I may paint some of that car undercoating stuff or put more foam on the sword where it is supposed to hang to pad things more.

Other stuff - the hanging hook/plaque is HEAVY IMO. At some point I might make a wooden one, tho the plaque is nice - supposed extra-reinforced polystone with included screws. There are comments re the instructions re the brittleness of the polystone even tho UC makes their stuff with fiber or steel reinforcement.

And there IS a blue wash over the raven wings and heads - as it happens, in hand, on this one, IMO the effect is nice - like polished black obsidian that had been in use for a while, and so it a little worn, a little dusty. I don't know if other folks swords are more or less blue, or what. (I know I liked my paint job, which w. my limited polystone experience was a good reason to keep this one - if I exchange it, would I be worse off???Unsure)

IMO the weak point of this, if any, are the raven wings at the top of the sword -e.g. I could see those snapping if struck hard - the chip I have in the underjaw to me means the box got hit very hard, because it's from the jaw hitting the hook of the plaque. You can even see a white mark on the hook. I may slap some fiberglass or coating on the inside of the top wings too, by way of reinforcement. It's not that they FEEL flimsy. This thing feels sturdy, overall, for what it is. It's just IMO the wings are beautiful and I want to keep them that wayTongue. The raven guard heads feel utterly solid - lovely, there's even a bit of carved detail on the top of the heads.

(It's shipped well, packed well. After all, these things travel 'round the world. So that was just "things happening". I have this image in my head of shipping containers on a dock being swung around, never mind the U.S. shipping companiesShocked. There's not enough foam wrapped around the hook, IMO, which was a bit of an issue in my case. If the damage IMO were more extreme, back it would go.....Unimpressed)

Overall, better than pictures, and was pleasantly surprised. I suppose the "con" would be for me having to fuss more over a "sword" that might chip and the weight of the hanging plaque was startling, for me, compared to what a wood plaque might be like. Maybe. But the design is everything I imagined it to be, in hand, very beautifulHeart! IMO, if you are going to do a "wall hanger" in polystone, this is the way to do it, for a production piece - e.g., surprisingly good, tho I wouldn't have bought it without a hefty sale, personally ('coz I wanted metal, even cheap metal....Evil). Now I am gladCool and I can't see it looks THAT different from Noble co. Deathless sword, which IS all metal.Crazy

Some quick pics:








You can see the chip in this image - but that's the thing, even in hand it's barely noticeable and the hook, when hanging, covers it, even if I don't do a little doctoring. Which I will, tho.Cool






One thing I thought was cool was having the point so smooth and worn looking - IMO like a well-used, sharpened-often orc-killer.Heart


Sarahbor
Lorien


Apr 2 2016, 12:35am

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Awesome! [In reply to] Can't Post

Great pics! I have the black arrow, but I really want Thorin's regal sword as well as Orcrist and Deathless, but for now I'll have to settle with my plastic Orcrist and plastic Legolas daggers that I'm constantly twirling around the house Tongue
Thanks for reviews! Very informative :)

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Avandel
Half-elven


Apr 2 2016, 6:00pm

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Thank you glad it was useful! [In reply to] Can't Post

Here are some better pics from the Flame of Udun collecting forum, and TORn member Eruvandi also has some nice pics in her post on TORn

http://flameofudun.net/...f-thorin-oakenshield


I had hoped my comments might help folks decide, who may be considering this, or not, because it being polystone. Tho, of course, WETA puts out a lot of stuff that isn't metal, and the metal Orcrist and Deathless are "wallhangers" too (unless you had the cash for a real Orcrist).

IMO, for me, I would not have paid the list price, but it IS better than I thought it would beSmile. Re:

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I have the black arrow, but I really want Thorin's regal sword as well as Orcrist and Deathless, but for now I'll have to settle with my plastic Orcrist and plastic Legolas daggers that I'm constantly twirling around the house Tongue
Thanks for reviews! Very informative :)



I've thought about the black arrow - but with limited space not sure where I could put it - IF I could afford everything I would like to have - ha! There is this collector's awesomenessHeart:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oo-GzxTZkk

and I can but strive for a poor imitation.....Shocked

And there's the *money factor* too *meh*FrownUnimpressed. But I put up with the strain of it this time, because of the IMO great sale, as I thought I'd never own the "raven sword" even tho I loved the design. One thing tho - the hanging plaque is really heavyShocked - I know I can use drywall mounts or look for a stud - the instructions say the plaque has extra heavy polystone. Also, some folks have commented they don't like the "gloss" of the paint - but don't see why a bit of fine sandpaper or "dulling spray" wouldn't take care of that. I don't see the issue, myself.

Awesome if you can do the dagger twirlCool - I tried, imitating the Appendices because it just looks cool LOL, but haven't gotten it down yet.Laugh

 
 

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