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Dungeons & Dragons Fire Giant

Stalking the Steps

 

This 25mm scale Fire Giant isn't humongous by today's miniature line standards but he has a lot of character.  The sculptors, Chaz Elliot and then apprentice, Jason Wiebe, put a lot of great detail into this fellow.  I personally love the knowing grin on his face.  However, partly because of the scale and the sculpted position of the giant, I felt he wasn't set up right.  So he was reposed a smidge.

When I first looked him over at the work table, I held him on a slab of slate and tried to visualize him on a game board.  It's fairly obvious that he was originally meant to be looking down at the puny humans before him but against the more prolific 28-32mm scale miniatures I own, he was looking at their chests or groins.

So after playing around with slate pieces such, I finally figure him out.  He needed his sword level.  Well his arms were tight to his chest so repositioning the weapon that way would require practically resculpting him.  But ... if I cut apart the integral base and and changed the elevation of his feet he looked like he was slinking up some stairs.

Thus the step and repose.

You can check out his painting WIP.  The repositioning and base construction was done a long time ago before I was doing WIP posts.

 

 

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Enjoy.

 

 

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The base and the miniature work very well together. I think your slight repositioning really turns an otherwise strange pose into a very convincing one. He storms into battle and uses his sword as a lance to open up the enemies ranks.

 

The addition of some skeletal remains is fitting for the miniature and evokes pictures of a ruined castle these creatures dwell in, fighting off adventurers and armies alike that dare to contest their claim. Reminds me quite a bit of the Gnoll fortress in BG1.

 

The floor creepers, stone slabs and vegetation look very naturalistic and the miniature itself is very well painted. The skintone is very nice, not too red, not too brown. The freehand on his blade is very well executed and adds that extra bit of awesome.

 

I do like the use of blue as a contrasting colour, but feel it would benefit from some weathering, such as chipping or dust. especially a chipping effect that would show the metal underneath or even some rust would really add to the piece.

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Following along with the W.I.P. thread was a joy. The final piece is WONDERFUL . The color, brushwork, AND that LOVELY  base exceeded my expectations. VERY WELL DONE!

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I have a pair of this particular Giant.  I am VERY fond of it and its pose.  I have one in a Song of Blades and Heroes warband, and painted it up and kept the integral base.  I really like how you took it off and it works extremely well on the steps. 

 

Glad to see this and the WIP you posted for it.  I like the skin tone you used, it's a shade lighter than my preferred one, but it works VERY well for Fire Giants, who I think should have glowing red skin depending on how angry they are (mine, by comparison, would be a touch less angry at the intrursion of the adventurers...).

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Very cool!  Well, hot?

I like the skin tone, it makes him stand out compared to other Fire Giants.  I believe the Pathfinder Fire Giants are depicted with a similar scheme.

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I like it, I would have done a little darker skin tone but that looks great!

 

Thanks.  My custom campaign for D&D uses Norse Mythology and I depict Surtur as a fiery red and his children as a duller red.  So he fits with that theme.

 

 

The base and the miniature work very well together. I think your slight repositioning really turns an otherwise strange pose into a very convincing one. He storms into battle and uses his sword as a lance to open up the enemies ranks.

 

The addition of some skeletal remains is fitting for the miniature and evokes pictures of a ruined castle these creatures dwell in, fighting off adventurers and armies alike that dare to contest their claim. Reminds me quite a bit of the Gnoll fortress in BG1.

 

The floor creepers, stone slabs and vegetation look very naturalistic and the miniature itself is very well painted. The skintone is very nice, not too red, not too brown. The freehand on his blade is very well executed and adds that extra bit of awesome.

 

I do like the use of blue as a contrasting colour, but feel it would benefit from some weathering, such as chipping or dust. especially a chipping effect that would show the metal underneath or even some rust would really add to the piece.

 

Thank you.  I did treat the majority of his armor as freshly painted.  It's a testament to his prowess.  Plus, I wanted to keep them bright compared to his dark.  Something I think a lava and magma lit underground dweller would prefer to wear compared to blacks and the like.

 

 

Following along with the W.I.P. thread was a joy. The final piece is WONDERFUL . The color, brushwork, AND that LOVELY  base exceeded my expectations. VERY WELL DONE!

 

Thank you as well.  I did enjoy the basing on this piece.  I do like the use of slate for my bases.  Makes the mini even heavier.

 

 

I have a pair of this particular Giant.  I am VERY fond of it and its pose.  I have one in a Song of Blades and Heroes warband, and painted it up and kept the integral base.  I really like how you took it off and it works extremely well on the steps. 

 

Glad to see this and the WIP you posted for it.  I like the skin tone you used, it's a shade lighter than my preferred one, but it works VERY well for Fire Giants, who I think should have glowing red skin depending on how angry they are (mine, by comparison, would be a touch less angry at the intrursion of the adventurers...).

 

Danke.  The integral base is still there for the most part.  Just cut in twain and squared off.  I built the slate up around it and covered it with sand and super glue.

 

 

Very cool!  Well, hot?

 

I like the skin tone, it makes him stand out compared to other Fire Giants.  I believe the Pathfinder Fire Giants are depicted with a similar scheme.

Much appreciated.  He is a great example of Fire Giant-dom.  Jason and Chaz did a great job on his details and I enjoyed the overall process of building his base and painting him.

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I followed along the WIP, and you really did an excellent job with this guy!!

 

Thank you.

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 It's fairly obvious that he was originally meant to be looking down at the puny humans before him but against the more prolific 28-32mm scale miniatures I own, he was looking at their chests or groins.

 

 That may be why he was grinning...

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That may be why he was grinning...

Speaking from the giant's perspective, I think, when fighting small creatures, you'd want either a wide swath item like a scythe or a golfing swing type weapon like a wide mallet.  You rip through a mass of them in one swing.  A sword, especially a two-handed sword, would require a low to the ground swing to hit multiple opponents.

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