As I got to the last few days of this year, I realized I had done almost no miniature painting for myself the last 12 months! So I took the last few days off, and broke out the old paints & brushes! The first result was the Cave Troll I posted a few days ago, and the latest ones are a trio of Stone Giants for Dungeons and Dragons!
I bought 2 of the Otherworld Miniatures Stone Giants a couple years ago at Salute. I loved the model, it was sculpted by my pal Paul Muller (we used to share an office back when we worked at GW). However, I wanted each one to look individual, so I converted one of them with a new face, turn of the head, and I sculpted 2 new arms on him carrying a club and barrel from my bits box. I also gave him some bone armor (more bits from by bits box) and when I was done, he looked pretty different from the original model. He looks a bit like he's returning from a raid on some town, with a big barrel of ale he's stolen from the inn!
In the picture below, the Stone Giant in the middle was a Citadel Miniatures C28 Giant, sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry way back in the 1980's. One of the Giants in this series was clearly meant to be a D&D Stone Giant, and it matched up pretty nicely with the Otherworld Giant in scale. The only problems were his head and feet -- the head looked too big and the feet were to small (in comparison with the Otherworld minis). So I did a quicky sculpt of a new head that was a little smaller, and added some putty to bulk out the feet. In the end, when based in the same manner, all 3 looked like they were made for the same range.
I painted them with a pallet of neutral tones, as I wanted them to have a cold, stony look. I picture Stone Giants to be a bit like neolithic man, making weapons & gear from stone and hide. The scenery in the photo is some of my neolithic stuff I made last year for WarGods of Hyperborea (the Wendigo), if you like it you can see more color photos of these in the Wendigo Warband Book, available from Crocodile Games.
I hope Otherworld does a couple more poses for their Giants range -- I'd love to have a Stone Giant throwing a rock to go with these guys!
Now, the question is, can I get anything else painted before the year is over and I have to get back to work???