Support an outstanding Tolkien fan project: 50.000 Orcs – The Muster of Rohan

Rohan has come!
Rohan has come!

To some out there it may sound like hyperbole but to me who has seen this live this statement simply has to be true: the team of 50.000 Orcs are the creators of the largest fantasy dioramas in the world. And no, they didn’t stop at putting 50,000 figurines on the table, I can tell you. They just keep going and for this year’s Ring*Con they are coming up with another awesome display: The Muster of Rohan and the Battle for Taurdal.

New additions entering the fray

Damn those orcs!

Damn those orcs!

“Hail, Lord of the Rohirrim, friend of Gondor! Hirgon I am, errand-rider of Denethor, who bring you this token of war. Gondor is in great need. Often the Rohirrim have aided us, but now the Lord Denethor asks for all your strength and all your speed, lest Gondor fall at last.”

(And Théoden replied: ) “We will come… six thousands at the least shall ride behind me. For say to Denethor that in this hour the King of the Mark himself will come down to the land of Gondor, though maybe he will not ride back.” J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 3.

Adding to the already existing dioramas is the “Muster of Rohan”; every single character developed, coloured and placed with greatest attention to detail. Every tent, waggon and forge hand-assembled at 1/72 scale. And just to give you an idea what the team will be using:

  • Diorama size: 10 square meters each. About 50 kilos of spreading material.
  • About 1800 figurines (28mm); about 800 of which have been individually converted.
  • More than 500 different model trees, new model buildings and about 200 tents.

And not to forget: With “The Battle for Taurdal” the team will be celebrating one of the best Tolkien-related film projects in recent years, Born of Hope. And yes, the filmmaker behind all of this, Kate Madison, will be at Ring*Con, too.


"50,000 Orcs" diorama. Picture: (c) Stefan Servos

“50,000 Orcs” diorama. Picture: (c) Stefan Servos

 How to support “50,000 Orcs” … and some Rohirrim …

It is impossible to count the manhours these people have spent on creating this kind of presentation. If you ask me Peter Herfen and his team are a bunch of nutters but they are definitely among the most devoted, talented and passionate people I have ever met. Their project has been running for years and it could use your help now as you may imagine those figurines, the painting and building materials come at a cost.

Guess who's coming for a visit? Gandalf himself.

Guess who’s coming for a visit? Gandalf himself.

This is your opportunity to place one (or more) of the figurines with your name permanently assigned to those figurines in exchange for a sponsorship donation! Every character can be identified and will be noted in the permanent records of the diorama and displayed proudly at every viewing. For as little as €10,- you, too, can join the epic battle to save Gondor and return the King of Gondor to the throne. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a great battle and support a great project! Come join the Muster at Ring*Con 2013 or contact them online!

And yes, if you want you can spend more than €10. The team is specialised in individualising figurines according to your wishes. The bigger, the better! 🙂 See you at Ring*Con!

The 50.000 Orcs team would like to thank …

We would like to thank our numerous friends and those companies who have supported our project in various ways, especially: Fa. Kamar Figuren, Fa. Kai Fuhrmann Figuren,, Finnsland HDR Ebay Shop, Games Workshop, Germany. Moreover we would like to thank the organizers of RingCon, Team Fellow-ship (especially Rebecca and Heike), Dúnedain Germany, Becky Dillon, Marcus Offermanns and Gerd Schäfer for supporting our project.

How to contact 50.000 Orcs

Peter Herfen Auf der Norr 12 55469 Nannhausen
tel. zero zero four nine / zero six 761/ seven nine 93
or or Official FB Group of 50k Orcs

Kai Fuhrmann
Godenser Weg 24
26386 Wilhelmshaven
tel. zero zero four nine / zero four 421/ six nine 636

Participants: Thomas Schmitt , Thomas Förstmann, Ingo Gohlke, Kai Fuhrmann, Markus, Leonard, Frederik und Julian Wiekowski , Andreas Brüggemann, Jörg Ossenbrüggen, Dirk Stiller, Jörg Meier, Paul und Peter Herfen.

Picture credits: (c) Stefan Servos; others: (c) Peter Herfen, Kai Fuhrmann, Thomas Förstmann.

Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.