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Okay, I picked up this particular cloud giant at 40% off in the clearance section at the local FLGS. First section I hit when I get there every few-to-six months.
It's been sitting here next to my chair in the living room under consideration for addition to the Joten Horde for a bit. One of the first things I was concerned with was the color under the translucent "air" effects. When I paint the skin the spot under the "air" will look different than the skin tones.
So after some internal debate about how to proceed with everything I figure the clear effects needed to be dismantled and the cloak needs to come off so I can get at his right arm.
This is where I learned that WizKids/Gale Force decided to take a shortcut on getting the effects of the air. ... *facepalm*
The entire miniature is made of translucent material and they just "primed" the non-air parts. There's one exception to this; the ruff around the neck.
That means the head, the hand, and the legs where the other translucent effects exist are not multiple pieces as I had originally imagined, but are, in fact, one piece each. Arg...
I'll be disassembling the ruff as well as the "pauldron" so I can at least paint under that piece of "air."
Anyway, stay tuned and enjoy. We'll see what I can wrestle out of this.
Ps: The jewelry on the face reminds me of the emperor from the movie "300."
By Grand Slam
I've been working on this guy for the better part of a month and just finished him tonight. He was a blast to paint, and I'm pretty happy with the finished product. The green wrappings could have probably used some more intense highlighting, but I'm not gonna lose sleep over it.
Initially, I wasn't a big fan of the vultures (I put them off until the very last phase of painting). But, one I got some paint in them, they grew on me.