"Behold the Argonath, the Pillars of the Kings!"
"Great power and majesty they still wore, the silent wardens of the long-vanished kingdom", J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Lord of The Rings
These massive statues are one of the wonders we get to see from up close in the awesome game that is The Lord of the Rings Online. I've been playing this game for more than 10 years and it's still my goto place to relax and simply look at the scenery and immerse myself the the lore and questing. Ever since I saw those two statues, representing Anárion and Isildur I wanted to have a physical version, and while I have the statuettes from the movies, these differ from the book/online game. In the movie the statues portray Isildur and Elendil, one holding an axe and the other holding a sword, Narsil. In the book, these are Isildur and Anárion, one holding a bearded axe and the other a double headed axe.
While not the massive size of the originals, you can certainly resize these to fit your print volume without too much of an assle (those of you with a CR-10 500, how I envy you), at the moment though their size is a modest 12cm.
These were printed at 0.16 layer height, 200ºC Pla, at 70mm/s, 2 perimeters, 3 solid top and bottom layers and 15% infill. These require supports, but the hardest part to print, the hand holding the weapons and the weapon itself, have been separated and split to facilitate the printing process and still allowing for a simple assembly using small drops of superglue. The printing process using this settings is and approximated 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Many thanks to Liró Photography, for the wonderful photos.