Discussion in 'Fantasy Weapons and Armour' started by CB Swords, Nov 7, 2005.
Nice! I'll be picking one of those up as soon as it's available
Why didn't I see this before?!
I think that the helmet on www.StelterCreativeWoodworks.com is of much high quality than UC's. Of course, it is over twice as much money.
I wouldn't say Stelter's is of a higher quality at all. It looks crudely constructed, is inaccurate to the prop, and costs nearly $700.
I would much prefer United's, even though it isn't made of steel (which prevents it from costing as much as Stelter's), because they have the access and benefit of using the actual prop to make their replica as detailed and accurate as is possible.
I can see why United constructed Sauron's helm out of resin, but I fail to see the same reason in the Witchking's helm. It is not that intricate. As to the qualitiy to Stelter's helmet, it does not seem crudely constructed at all. The softer medium of resin does not preserve the hardness of the original Witchking helm.
United made the Witchking mask out of fibreglass because it's not cost effective for them to make 3000 masks out of steel. The labour alone would not be worth it, as I'm sure a lot of work goes into these custom made pieces. Also, weight and cost of materials is a factor. If it's too heavy, shipping will be expensive. Materials cost a lot too. The Witchking mask retails for more than the Sauron helm as is, so imagine what the price would have been if they'd painstakingly made 3000 steel masks. It wouldn't even bare thinking about.
Crude was maybe the wrong word, but inaccurate wasn't. From the picture you posted, you can see Stelter's mask is just far too wide, and even though this is custom stuff, it shouldn't matter how big your head is, the mask should look like United's/the actual prop. Decent considering they don't have a prop to work with, but not worth the doe.
Kropserkel make a better and cheaper renditon of this mask than Stelter.
... i want one
What you say about prodution costs is undoubtedly true, however, I cannot help but wonder if the quality will suffer out of a desire to lower costs...
I completely disagree about the quality of Kropserkel's helmet. The details around the eye and the general shape of the central "spike" are wrong. I was surprised when I initially saw it on their website, as their replicas are usually of such high quality.
Stelter's helmet does appear to wide; if I order one I will have to make sure he changes that.
The reason I believe his helm is smaller is because they made it to fit a certain head. United Cutlery's helm is an "exact" replica, which means that they aren't terribly concerned with it fitting everyones head, although I wish they would... I have a small head and can't fit into any of them... Elendils, Gondorian, or Saurons... But the helm does still look menacing and I would be tempted to wear it out for Halloween... as I did with Saurons. I was just missing the rest of the outfit.
that helm is tight! im gettin me one of those (hey wait i dont have enough money! )
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