Witch King of Angmar (RotK battle version) - Lord of The Rings


London MCM Expo May 2009

3rd place London mcm expo




"Upon it sat a shape, black mantled, huge and threatening. A crown of steel he bore, but between rim and robe naught was there to see, save only a deadly gleam of eyes: the Lord of the Nazgul."

totally (un)secret 2nd cosplay for the MCM in october! not fire, torture or threats of death will make me divulge it's origins, or identity... but my own overexcitement will!!!


i had this idea a while back as a tribute to the genius that is tolkien. in the books as a child, the nazgul terrified me.

"Out of the wreck rose the Black Rider, tall and threatening, towering above her. With a cry of hatred that stung the very ears like venom he let fall his mace, Her shield was shivered into many pieces, and her arm was broken; she stumbled to her knees. He bent over her like a cloud, and his eyes glittered; he raised his mace to kill."

i'm actually making a major part of a costume OUT OF MATERIAL O_O;;; this is a first for me, but with a little coaching from the ever wonderful tab, i think i know what i'm doing!

i've also moved away from my methods normally used for armour making and i'm trying a variation. because the steel armour is supposed to look corrupted, rusted and corroded, i'm using some surfacing techniques using certian new materials rather than latex. so other than using my normal solid part material, plastazote, this is a totally new way of doing things to me!


Rwylin posted on 2 February, 2009 - 17:42
now your realy being mean about this!!!!!!

Youkai-Neko posted on 3 February, 2009 - 18:05
please tell us!!! *begs* pretty please!!!

ryaoki posted on 3 February, 2009 - 20:28
LOL i new it was this, that is tottally epic, id love to do an uruk hai sometime but the chain mail UGHHH

Odd-One-Out posted on 3 February, 2009 - 20:35
When I saw the little preview in the icon, I had a feeling it was LOTR because I have a LOTR jigsaw puzzle and one of the sections of the puzzle had colours and texture like the one in your icon. Kept thinking it was Aragorn but I knew it had to involve some sort of armour on a grand scale hahaha.

Ikkaku-kun posted on 3 February, 2009 - 21:20
OOOOOh XD please make the Chandelier/Mace of Doom xD Witch King Rules xD you should try to get all 9 Wraiths together xD ..... although the others are easy lol

xaerael posted on 3 February, 2009 - 21:36
the morning star is already in the works ;p not got past planning stages yet tho

stripey_dani posted on 3 February, 2009 - 22:23
He got pwned by a woman though :p LOVE IT!

Purplefluffychainsaw posted on 4 February, 2009 - 14:15
SQUEE. <3 Someone needs to do Eowyn/Dernhelm. That would be epic.

nanahara posted on 4 February, 2009 - 16:33
this so awsome to see this getting done

Odd-One-Out posted on 4 February, 2009 - 16:41
Agreed, you're crap at keeping secrets LOL.

Haynes84 posted on 4 February, 2009 - 18:23
wow this is gonna be soooo cool i was thinkin about doin him sometime :P lol i cant wait to see ^___^

Defrain posted on 4 February, 2009 - 19:03
nice choice

kitty posted on 4 February, 2009 - 21:36
wooo, great choice of costume!!! the progress is amazing!! cant wait to see it <3

ryaoki posted on 4 February, 2009 - 21:51
wow dude

Ikkaku-kun posted on 4 February, 2009 - 21:58
awesome paint effects dude!

eva_fan posted on 4 February, 2009 - 22:18
That helmet looks freaking awesome. Can't wait to see the rest of it.

SherlockHulmes posted on 9 February, 2009 - 16:36
I'll trade you what meagre sewing machine ability I have for some of your armour/prop making skills. Tyvm. Tyvm. :P Seriously dude, I have only just spotted your profile and I'm blown away. You really know your shizzle! Can't wait to see this and the Appleseed costume! :O

xaerael posted on 10 February, 2009 - 03:10
lots of nice comments, thank you! i'm on a mini hiatus atm because i'm really ill, and fine cutting with a nasty cough is impossible. given a week or two, i'll be back on track tho!

Defrain posted on 10 February, 2009 - 10:33
thats looking awesome mate

Toshi-chan posted on 16 February, 2009 - 22:59
OMG!! this is amazing.. i wish i could make something as amazing as this it looks fantastic! =]

samwhitewolf posted on 17 February, 2009 - 14:40
Awesome costume, really impressed with the work so far!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 18 February, 2009 - 21:30
Currently watching Lord of the riggles and may I say "AGHHH!!! what an amazing make.

.neverbell posted on 19 February, 2009 - 14:33
+ 100000000 COOL POINTS! oh wow my friend showed me this and i was blown away =O it looks amazing!

Sephirayne posted on 24 February, 2009 - 18:32
SQQQUUUEEEEEE! I love seeing LOTR cosplays as they are always so epic. Yours has really overwhelled the epicness factor. I so can't wait to see this in person.

Uber-Nerd posted on 25 February, 2009 - 08:35
Very nice- you got any more armour left to do? Tab

MangaChild posted on 25 February, 2009 - 12:44
my god thats just beautiful

xaerael posted on 25 February, 2009 - 20:10
hands and feet, tab. i'm not bothering with greaves (at the mo... this may change if i have time) since they're not visiable anyway unless i'm sitting on a horse...

Toshi-chan posted on 30 April, 2009 - 15:58
aaaaah you need a big black horse!!!!!! this is looking sooo damn awesome xD like the actual original proper meaning of awesome!! ***AWE*** lmao ^.^

Lunar_Kitten posted on 30 April, 2009 - 16:17
Crikey. That's looking great so far - can't wait to see the finished costume =^_^=

Giant Lenin posted on 1 May, 2009 - 15:43
You sir are incredibly skilled at making stuff out of plastazote! Awesome job!

JakeX posted on 2 May, 2009 - 23:23
i have to say man, Fooking awesome just so fooking awesome!!!! Original and well made, i bow to ye xD

AmethystEyes posted on 3 May, 2009 - 13:56
Holy moly this looks amazing!

Kaka Extreme posted on 27 May, 2009 - 21:48
man this was one hell of an outcome! looked great man! and was fun chatting to you while we died from waiting int he queue lol

Leonie Heartilly posted on 27 May, 2009 - 23:53
This looked amazing on stage. Many congrats

Defrain posted on 28 May, 2009 - 13:09
this costume was amazing well deserved prize also was great chatting with ya

Sephirayne posted on 10 July, 2009 - 12:11
So well deserved on getting the award. Great stuff. truely epic.

SlimDefinition posted on 27 April, 2010 - 21:07
I can't believe I never commented on this Xae. I don't think I saw you in this, but, honestly, fantastic. Amazing job.

keir160 posted on 9 May, 2010 - 20:48
nice one man :D i might be doing witch king for october this year :) thnking of actualy taking a blacksmithing course so i can learn to make it from steel :)

Progress Journal

27th May 2009

[27 may update]

updating photos, but it's taking a while to pick the ones that i like most @_@

16th May 2009

[16th may update]

finished! done! week to spare! woohoo!

14th May 2009

[14th may update]

project is getting close to finished. all that's left is the sword to make!

2nd May 2009

[02nd may update]

right glove done... man... i have to do that AGAIN??

2nd May 2009

02nd may finger count update

2/8 fingers complete... this may take longer than i'd hoped....

1st May 2009

[1st may update]

sword and gloves left! so colse to completion now i can taste it!!!

29th April 2009

[29th april update]

RAAAARRRRRR robes almost complete. the cuts up the front just need sewing and distressing, and it's done!

all that's left is the shoes, greaves and sword. about 2 days work!

22nd February 2009

[22nd febuary update]

not dying so much anymore, but still waiting new materials. i've literally not got anything done with either costume for way too long, last week of procrastination.

17th February 2009

[17th april update]


taken 13 days to construct both vambraces and paint one. lame. cold needs to gtfo now.

4th February 2009

[04th febuary update]

completed the crown to great effect. really... really happy with it!

3rd February 2009

[03rd febuary update]

i'm really crap at keeping secrets, so i've unsecreted it...


2nd February 2009

[02nd febuary update]

almost finished the first piece for this now! it's really coming along so fast, and i'm getting pretty excited about it, haha.

1st February 2009

[01st febuary update]

been working on this for a few days now, i have to say it's looking really cool already. it's not a character i'd have thought of at first to cosplay, but when i saw it in all it's glory, i had to do it.