Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Painted: Otherworld Hill Giant

Here's a figure that I just finished recently, and was languishing WIP for a number of months.

Right out of the Monster Manual, eh wot?

Manufacturer: Otherworld
Line: Giants
Figure: Hill Giant
Base markings: none
Release date: 2007?
Sculptor: Paul Muller
Date painted: 2013


This one was done using the zenithal under-painting technique, primed dark gray and then white from the top. The skin was done much the same as I did for the verbeeg shared earlier. I starting with a number of coats of a light flesh tone (GW Elf Flesh) and then washes of progressively darker shades (a mix of GW and P3 flesh tones like Bronzed Flesh, Khardic Flesh, Idrian Flesh) and then many glaze layers of mixed brown (Snakebite Leather, Bestial Brown, etc), red and yellow inks. The knees, knuckles, lips, etc were glazed with red paint. Then highlights, rinse and repeat.

The hairs were drawn individually, and turned out a lot better than the graphite technique I tried on the minotaur. I also stuck to much more vibrant flesh tones with the Hill Giant, focusing on depth and punch. This feel-as-you-go method is typical of me. It took some effort here, and there were a number of points where I put the figure down thinking it was glowing to satisfaction and came back later thinking it was not yellow or red enough, not rich enough, not bright enough, and I'd go back in. I wanted it to look very ruddy, per the sense I get reading the Monster Manual description.

A couple more notes. The eyes are red-rimmed per the Monster Manual description, and you might spot a bit of shine as I haven't varnished it yet. Having some warm weather already here so may do a round of priming and varnishing soon.

In the end I'm pretty satisfied with this one. The flesh is done to competition standard, but like my Warpwolf I don't think of it as a real competition or coolminiornot contender because of lack of bells and whistles, lack of opportunities for technical wizardry beyond the depth and realism of the flesh, no foot on rock, etc. With miniatures painting especially, though, some of us are bound to come to a point where we have to decide whether to try to please others or ourselves.

As usual the collection can be viewed in its entirety at flickr.