Building this MOC wasn't an ordinary experience. I had built the head and beard a few weeks ago, but everything else was done yesterday (with some tweaks today). The thing was, the sad thing, that our dog, Maikki, died yesterday at the age of 9 for a brain tumour. Probably building this was sort of therapy for me, I don't know. There isn't any deeper truth on this, as I'm pretty much down-to-earth type guy, but at least I had something to do.
As a creation, this is sort of a spin-off to my Company of Thorin Oakenshield project. Thráin, played by Michael Mizrahi, is unfortunately almost cut of from the theatrical version of the Hobbit movies, and is only barely seen in the prologue of The Unexpected Journey. In this MOC he wears the suit of armor he used in the Battle of Azanulbizar near the gates of Moria. It is seen in the extended prologue of Desolation of Smaug, and there are great photos of it in Weta Workshop's Hobbit Chronicles book Cloaks and Daggers. It also features crimson fur-rimmed cloak and his huge warhammer.
As usual, I began with the head and beard. The dark grey parts where black are first, but changing them to grey gave Thrain some deserved aging. Wings as a sideburns on his twin-color beard where there from the beginning, as wee the golden fez beard ornaments. Nose and brow tattoos are there too, with the lost left eye.
And finally, to anybody and everybody alike, merry Christmas, no matter how good or bad it is.