It’s a Giant Troll From Hell!
Reaper Miniatures’ Hellborn Troll sculpted by Ben Siens (available in Bones now) is a demonic version of the Hulk with 3 fingers and a really bad case of acne dermal plating on his back. I painted him a while ago to about 2/3rds finished. And in a recent spat of shelf of shame cleaning pulled him down to get the job done.
|Plucked from the wall||An even earlier version|
So, you can see from the pics above that it was started and had an interesting idea to it. It just got sidelined like so many of my projects. “Real-life-interruptus!” Now, you may be wondering … “hey, that looks like a real piece of glass or crystal in his hand.” Well, I doubt you did until you read that, but it’s a paint; specifically, DecoArt’s Americana Gloss Enamel Dioxazine Purple. It’s glass acrylic enamel that takes quite a long time to air cure or can be baked.
I coated the gemstone and the base in the stuff like he’s walking on a plane of glass on another plane of existence.
So, whipping out the non-craft paint kit I started in on this guy again. First, I lined over his current paint job with Reaper Midnight Blue so that the green I use for his skin will have that darker blue in the shadowy edges. Then I started covering his olive drab craft paint skin with Reaper Turf Green. It punched up the color saturation of him considerably.
For his dermal plating on his back, I went over the muted craft paint red with Reaper Witchcraft Purple on the protrusions and lined it with more Reaper Midnight Blue. I then mixed the Reaper Witchcraft Purple with some Reaper Rach Red to apply to his claws and horns.
His loincloth also brought up a bit in saturation with a coat of Reaper Rach Red. I also applied that to armor points on his belt.
Then it was time to get into the nitty-gritty!
- Crystal edges and base trim – Scale 75 Amethyst Alchemy
- Leather straps and fur highlights – Reaper Woodland Brown
- Fur loin cloth and fur belt trim – Reaper Ruddy Brown
- Belt and Chain armor – basecoat of Reaper Midnight Blue
- Armor – Reaper Scorched Metal
- Teeth – Vallejo Pancer Aces Stencil
I really felt that he was coming more into focus to represent my version of a troll born in Hell. I also felt that the troll’s dermal plating needed to be dry brushed Reaper Rach Red to tie it into the overall look. Well, with that done, I had to apply it to the horns coming out of his back like his claws and the horns coming out of his head.
After all of that, I felt it was time for some nice pictures
What’s left? Not much really. The spikes on his armor will be painted a dull dark color; prolly Privateer Press Cryx Bane Base. The chainmail will get a dry brush of Reaper Tarnished Steel and the belt will get painted Vallejo Glossy Black.
So stay tuned for the Show Off post.