Over the weekend I finished up Yephima, Female Cloud Giant, from the Storm Giants set. So, she is listed in the Reaper online store as a Cloud Giant, but in the Kickstarter she was part of the Storm Giant set; so I debated which direction to go with her, and decided to go with the Storm Giant look. Next, I looked up the description of Storm Giants in my old D & D Monster Manual, and found out they can have violet skin and can have blue-black hair. Sounded like a nice painting challenge!
With that information under my belt, I got to work.
I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking the figure in water with a bit of dish soap added, giving a gentle scrub with an old soft toothbrush, then rinsing and drying. I then glued the figure to a1.5" black primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue. The washer was large enough that I didn’t feel it was necessary to take my usual step of gluing the washer to a tongue depressor for ease of handling.
I began by giving the entire figure a wash with heavily thinned Reaper “Blue Liner” using a wet brush. This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better. When the Liner was dry, I painted all her skin with Crafter’s Acrylic “African Violet”; and after that, I painted her hair with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”.
Next, I painted her loincloth with Americana “Dove Grey”, and then painted the handle of her mace with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”. I then paint the parts I planned to make regular metal using Americana “Zinc”, and the parts I planned to make gold with Accent “Golden Harvest”. While I let those colors dry, I painted her shoulder protectors, and parts of the wrist guards, with Accent “Real Umber”.
I then went back and repainted all the parts I had painted with the “Zinc”, this time using Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”. I then I repainted all the parts I had painted with the “Golden Harvest, this time sing Ceramcoat "Bronze”. Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash using Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash using a wet brush.
After the “Nuln Oil” wash was dry, I painted her eyes, giving her pupils using the “Gunmetal Grey”, (The Monster Manual mentioned “silver-grey eyes”. ); and I painted her lips using a mix of Black and Crafter’s Acrylic “Purple Passion”. I then highlighted all her skin using a mix of the base “African Violet”, and Apple Barrel “Apple Lavender”. After that, I highlighted her hair using Ceramcoat “Denim Blue”, and did lighter highlights with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”.
I then highlighted her shoulder protectors with Folk Art “Dark Brown”. It was then time for the metallic highlights, so I first worked on the parts I had painted with the “Gunmetal Grey”, highlighting them with Folk Art “Silver Sterling”. I then did the parts I had painted “Bronze”, highlighting them first with Ceramcoat 14K Gold, and then Ceramcoat “Wedding Gold”.
At that point I decided I really wasn’t happy with the splotchy way the “Nuln Oil” shading had turned out on her loin cloths, so I went back over the shadow areas with a thin wet brush and some Reaper “Grey Liner”. I then painted the gems in her mace handle and her crown sing Americana “True Blue” as the base, and then did shadows with the Navy Blue", and highlights with some of the “True Blue” mixed with some “Cool Blue”, with final spot highlights with White. Lastly I painted her base with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
I let the figure dry all day, and before I went to bed I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”. The next morning I detailed the base, and later that afternoon I sprayed it with Testor’s “Dullcote”. When the “Dullcote” was dry, I went back over her gems with some Americana “DuraClear Gloss” Varnish.
Well, the purple skin and silver-grey eyes take some getting use to, but otherwise I’m quite happy how she turned out. I tried to give the base a rocky scrubby look reminiscent of the mountain regions these giants live in.
As a note, I will not be posting a figure on Thanksgiving as there will be general feasting going on. 🙂 So tune in next Monday for the next to last figure.
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