As much as I enjoy the Peter Jackson movies, I've never liked the way that his creatures looked. Way too much plate armor and way too many ninja fighting moves. So when I decided to start painting fantasy miniatures again, I've stayed away from the figures based on the movies and any that looked similar.
One of my favorite lines of fantasy miniatures is from Splintered Light. Without being specifically LOTR miniatures, most of their sculpts catch the spirit of the books. I just finished some of their wolf riders; here's the whole crew:
|Splintered Light Wolf Riders|
And a close up of the leader:
These are great figures, with lots of character and detail. And no plate armor to be found!