I have seen the The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey film three times, and I must say: soem differences between how certain characters look in the older games and how they lok in this more recent film.
Firstly, the City of Dale and its military:
In the beginning, we see a yellow-brick city with red-tile roofs, and people all over the place enjoying their lives more than Gondorian and Rohirric civilians enjoy theirs. Then, when Smaug attacks, we see the Warriors of this Kingdom, who look sort of like Jerusalem Saracen Captains from Assassin's Creed 1, with the Dalish having Bronze armor instead of steel, added with the armor being full-plate rather than lamellar (scales stitched together). They even have the conical helmets, but two things else make these Men of Dale stand out: dark red cape on every single Warrior of Dale, and a thick black wrapping along the bottom of the helm.
Next, we talk Dwarven soldiers and their home of Erebor:
Their helmets give them a faceless menace from the nose up, and they have chainmail-backed lamellar all over their bodies. They didn't look anything like I expected them to: They had spears that looked like triangular butcher-knives at the tips, and they had round shields. I was expecting Tridents and polygonal shields, but that's because of something I am well aware of: not all expectations are met. They did have double-headed and single-headed axes, though, which is very expected. Their home castle had two Dwarven axeman statues on the outside, and the gate is smaller than I thought it was gonna be, and the balcony didn't look very castle-siege-proof (other than height-wise, I'll say).
Then, we talk about Thranduil and his Elves:
A Third suit of Elven armor, eh? I thought Greenwood Elves didn't have armor. And apparently their cavalry units ride deer, because Thranduil was riding a dear and not a horse, which makes me ask: Is Legolas the only Greenwood Elf that rides Horses instead of riding deer?
Lastly, what I thought of the movie on a whole:
The movie was very fun for me, not so much so as the original film trilogy, but there's a lot to look up to in this film. The characters are respectable, the plot is solid, and it reveals a lot of much-speculated info within the first 49 minutes of itself (the whole movie is 169 minutes). I do have to say though, of all of the Thorin's Company Dwarves, Dwalin was my favorite. He eats a fish-head (funny), plays the lute (medieval Irish violin, personally likeable to me because I am myself Irish), he proves to be the most lethal fighter in the whole Company, he doesn't seem to need a long-range combat device, he is very respectful of Bilbo and Gandalf, more so than especially Thorin, and in Goblin Town he is the most tactically brilliant of the 13, willing to use a long ballister to push Goblin hordes aside when crossing the bridge. He also doesn't get imtimidated at all by the enemies, instead he stands up to every single one, yet is calm when unexpected allies like Radagast and the Elves come rushing his way. He also consults with the rest of the company before making a travel-based decision, and saves both Thorin and Bilbo simultaneously from an enormous fall. It was also nice to see Saruman as a good character, and I love the way he points out Radagast's "considerable habbit with mushrooms". Elrond returning was also nice, and I especially like that Howard Shore came up with new music. He can always be trusted to make true-to-the-scene music that is as new as the cinema its made for, and he triumphs once again at this feat. If I had to give this film a percentage grade, I would give it an 87% or so. I am going to hopefully see it a fourth time with my best friend