Miniture Monday – Bregan, Valkyrie
Riding the cold winds from the North, a legendary warrior comes to caffeineforge this week: Come and see our painter’s takes on the valkyrie!
(posting by Antonia)
First, some thoughts about the mini. My version had a slightly bent spear which needed a hot bath, and fortunately next to no mould lines. Only the left hand could have more detail, and on Dirk’s version it was kind of “melted” into the sword handle, i.e. hardly distinguishable from it. As painting subject, I liked the Valkyrie miniature a lot, it has great amount of detail and some open areas for freehand painting, and although the gear and clothing are probably not historically accurate, they do give an awesome “northern” oder viking era vibe with all the furs, wrapped boots and ring elements on the belt.
But, unfortunately, there is something I really don’t like – the comically smooth and oversized breasts (or very very massive “boob-armour”?) and, to some extend, the pose/arched back. As a large-breasted person (if I may say so) who is also LARPing* I’m really wondering what made the designers** decide that would be a practical or just somehow believable choice in bust size… Yes, Valkyries are mythological beings and not “real”, but they are creatures of the battlefield, and not exactly fertility spirits or something like that. Maybe they wanted to balance the relatively broad shoulders (which I do like a lot for a warrior type character!) and went a bit overboard?
Anyway, since Bonesium is easy to work with, that’s something which is comparatively easy to fix, I suppose.
I painted her “historically realistic”… ish :p
For my color scheme I chose rather muted colors like blueish gray (supposed to be woad dyed, although it seems bluer on the pictures) and matte browns, because I wanted a bit less of the “High Fantasy” feeling that I get when I use brighter colors, a lot of red etc. (The Army Painter color range itself seems to be a bit cooler and muted in general, as opposed to Citadel Colors or P3, for example. Which brand of colors do you prefer, dear readers? Is there any specific one?)
As I disliked her bust size (see above) I used an crafts knife to reduce it to something like a DD or E cup. I didn’t have sanding materials at hand but fortunately the cutting marks work fine as creases in cloth, so I painted the whole front piece as some kind of tunic.
The hair color is a bit of an experiment, since I wanted her blonde, but not the “golden yellow” elven variety but more of an ashen tone, so I used some color called “ginger cookie” to get a more sandy blonde.
For the spear blade I also used a mix of normal silver and dark grey to give the impression of cold iron – my valkyrie is probably out to kill some faeries.
Dirk painted the mini to be scottish!
To explain why he decided to paint a viking-era mini donned in tartan (Sutherland tartan, to be specific) you have to know that we have family in northern Scotland (not related by blood but still family, it’s a bit complicated) descending from the Sutherland clan. They say the Sutherland clan got its name from vikings who arrived at the northern tip of Scotland and called it “southern land” because from their perspective, it was! So this mini was painted as an homage to that situation (or rather legend) and is supposed to look a bit like my sister-in-law 😀
About the paintjob – I absolutely love it! It’s still a bit of an WIP, for example the eyes need to be painted and Dirk will undoubtedly fuss over some details, but the tartan looks awesome already (and it was a wise choice to leave the rest relatively plain so the detailwork on the cloth can shine!). From now on I’ll find excuses for PC and NPC minis to be clad in tartan, and Dirk has to paint all of them 😀
Michael gave his Valkyrie some hellish heritage:
He wrote: “Months ago, when I was organizing the models after receiving them, I saw the horn/wing/projection on the side of her head and instantly thought “it’s a tiefling”. After she went on the to-do list, it actually took me a little while to find it to paint because I was looking in the bag with human heroes!
Even now knowing what it was supposed to be, I decided to go with my original thought and make her a one-horned tiefling. I used a golden yellow and some blues on her clothes, armor, and weapons to keep with a somewhat valkyrie theme. I’m thinking she’s one of those tieflings who is trying very hard to rise above her diabolic heritage.”
As a fan of tieflings, I think it’s a very cool take on that mini! The bright colors and the unnatural hair and eyes make her look like a completely different model, which is one of the reasons I like this whole blog so much – so many versions and ideas, a great inspiration for everyone! When you say tiefling, which setting do you think of, Michael? Eberron in the lates installment of D&D? I play a tiefling in one of our (many) groups, in 3.5 Forgotten Realms. He is a rogue/bard (don’t ask…!) with deep red skin, sharp teeth and small horns, like the middle brother of Hellboy and Nightcrawler, I suppose *laughs*
Arjens Valkyrie reminds me of snowy skies:
Like me, Arjen was not too happy with some anatomic details. He said “I loved the concept art for this miniature. I was shocked when I saw the first digital render. Something went really wrong in the head of the sculptor (there is a story about how they wanted the Nazgul’s flail in LOTR part 3 to be huge and after every test run they said “nah, bigger” and it increased until it is now the size of a shipping container…maybe something similar happened here?). Anyway, I took a knife and I am rather pleased with what I made of her bosom. I also added a bit of greenstuff to her extremely curved back, so it now looks more natural”
I also thought about doing something with the curved back, but due to lack of time I only worked on the front parts (bits?)*** but I’m glad you found a way to even out her pose a bit!
For colors you used a lot of blue and white, which made me think of glaciers or snow-filled skies – absolutely fitting for the theme! You said the model was a nearly-done WIP with the eyes still missing (like with Dirk’s one, the eyes are always a bit tricky) – will you give her blue eyes? Or grey, perhaps?
Jim painted the model like it asked to be painted:
Jim wrote that “This is one mini that told me exactly which colors to use: Red hair, blue eyes, etc. I hope she came out somewhere between real-world Viking shield-maiden and other-worldly Valkyrie.”
The red hair is a great idea and works surprisingly well with the golden belt/belly-plate where you – again – seem to be much more able to bring out the details, mine just looks like an ornamented mess. It also builds a nice contrast with the blues of scabbards and cloth. It looks like you (or Bregan’s voice in your head?) used a slightly reduced color palette with great success to make face and hair the focal point of the mini, balanced, but not overwhelmed by the golden ornament. Well done (whoever)!
*even a viking era PC, although that doesn’t matter cup-wise, I guess
** the sculptors, that is, because the concept art was lovely, thanks Izzy 😉
*** Funny to see that of all people two Europeans got irritated by the bust size, and none of our American painters, although American media seem to be much more sensitive about areas or topics like these. I don’t mind big breasts, by the way, or even some cheesecake here and there, but this cup size just seems… unreal? After I noticed that her boobs are about twice the size of her head, I somehow couldn’t unsee it again *laugh*
And did you notice? Mini Monday came out on a Monday!! After weeks of being late we made it this time 😉
Here is this week’s gallery!
10/15/18 Bones II The Horned Hunter (B2 Core)
(I added some of your suggestions already, I might shuffle them around a bit, but keep them coming! For some minis there are no pics in the online shop yet so I’ll add them later.
10/29/18 Bones III Hobageddon: Hobgoblin warriors (B3 Core)
11/12/18 Bones III Elven Blacksmith (B3 Core)
11/26/18 Bones II Bat Demon (B2 Core)
12/10/18 Bones III Blood Hoof, Minotaur (B3 Core)
12/24/18 Christmas break
12/31/18 New Year’s break
01/07/19 Bones III Christina, Female Cleric (B3 Core)
01/21/19 Bones II Cuth Wolfson, Barbarian (B2 Core)
*they sell them in packs of three (obviously) but in the KS there was only one piece
02/18/19 Bones II Dub Bullock, Rogue (B2 Core)