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palantir 01-30-2011 03:44 PM

Middle-earth mod (non-paying)
There are some extremely impressive and inspiring works of art within the galleries of this site. I appreciate some of these creations must take a great deal of time and imagination to produce, but I post this request here hoping some might be interested...

The award-winning Fourth Age development team are looking to identify a minimum of 12 pieces of artwork, each either depicting a scene from Tolkien's Middle-earth or a piece that captures the mood of that world. These will be used as loading screens for the Fourth Age: Total War - The Dominion of Men. Both existing and new work considered. This is a fan-made work created by volunteers over a six-year period, and represents many thousands of hours of freely-given time and skill. As such we offer no pay, so it would probably appeal to those seeking exposure - or Tolkien fans ;)

The Dominion of Men (a modification of the Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion engine) will be released in 2011 and builds upon previous module releases since its inception in 2004. Based on Tolkien's little-known work, The New Shadow, the mod (modification) is set during the Fourth Age of Middle-earth (after the War of the Ring) and represents, we believe, the most sophisticated, polished and lore-accurate of Middle-earth mods in existence. It has been, and continues to be, supported by the artwork and music of some great people including the Tolkien Ensemble and the film scorers of the Born of Hope movie. We hope to be able to add to these by displaying some of the breathtaking matte painting that exists among talented digital artists, an art form that can capture Tolkien's world so well.

Menu credits (accessible in-game) will be provided, in addition to the signature on the piece of work itself. All works will be resized to 1024 X 402 pixels and put into truevision targa format.

Between 2006 (the first release of the Fourth Age series) and the present time, downloads of the mod have exceeded an estimated 300,000.

As the mod is based upon the books, we prefer artwork that is not - in obvious design at least - based upon the recent The Lord of the Rings movies.

To find out more you can view our first video dev diary for The Dominion of Men here:

Or visit our forum at

Either post here (if allowed) or PM me for more information or any questions.

Thank you for your time.

- The Fourth Age Development Team

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