Theodred had dark hair in the movie. Yeomen Archers' helmets do not look rohirrim'ish.
Radagast could be more brown:
Grishnákh could also be slightly closer to the original.
Shagrat also looks pretty weird comparing to the original.
Very good job to the rest. The Nazgûl look awesome.
That is acctually a picture of Theodred from the movie, so that indeed was his hair color. you probably recall him in a scene where eomer finds his body almost dead in the water, and everyones hair looks darker wet.
as for the yeoman archer...
as you can see I acctually used that one from the movie. sure his helmet fits a little differently at a different angle, and you probably think of them as being darker because you only see them in the movie at helms deep but he's right there on the right side.
as for the orcs, high quality palantir's are easier to make with lighter leveled pictures (most taken in the day) and those orcs are particularly darker. The images I used of them are from artists (that ar not me) interpretations of those orcs.
If you've ever played The war of the ring and look past its mediocure graphics you'd see a whole different interpretation than jacksons movies where the uruks and orcs don't look the same at all.
at the end the day, jackson really did stray alot from tolken. if you read this...it nitpicks all jacksons mistakes which some are large and some are small. but i like the books enough to find a middle ground
in this picture is an example of what im talking about;
those uruk-hai's don't look anything like jacksons.
that teamed up with the logic of wanting the best most high quality palantirs, you just wont get high end work from using darker pictures, as you can tell from alot of other palantirs using dark pictures like my old yeomen one.
about the istari, radagast could be brown and the final realese will be a similar picture at a different angle I think and he will definitly be darker and browner. [i](for the record I really don't like that picture from the lotr training card, it makes him seem really harmless...when really in my head he was really angry at the way things were happening in middle earth as far as nature goes with its abuse, therefore I saw it fit to get a picture of him with a less friendly face. He's an istari, not someone who'd hug an orc ) maybe Im a bit off but thats how i see it. I'd feel more threatened if i clicked a unit that had that palantir than the one where he's smiling at the bird. especially when I know that the picture of him being meaner, would reflect the power's i'd give him.
Leathery caps for wizards?... if you've read books about them like I have you'd note that the wizards who are more powerful wear s uch hats and even then, a small ratio of them acctually do. If you think to yourself what wizards wear those nice awesome hats, you'd only really come up with a few out of the thousands of wizards potrayed over the years going way back to the past. I do appreciate a good hat. But I also think that it would have been good to make at least one of the blue istari without one because we really don't know if they wore one and if so...who did? if figure if i made one with, and one without....i'd be more closer to the truth eh, I donno. Thanks for the advice i'll take it in and consider when I come back to making the palantirs polished for a later version im sure.