November 1, 2016 in Figures
Beautifully sculpted by Pedro Fernandez for Nocturna, and marketed by them as “Storm Griffon,” this 54mm (1:32) figure vignette in grey resin comes with a small ‘rocky mount’ base which I extended using shale brick.
I added a few gnarled looking trees that seemed right for such a place, and a few skulls for atmosphere.
The actual support base is a large cork stopper wrapped in copper embossing sheet. I gave the metal a little character by pressing various random shapes into the surface from the back, adding thicker sections as vertical straps, and then piercing these with brass pins for effect. I used AK Interactive Bronze and Steel metallics, then polished with graphite powder.
Although ‘griffon’ is an accepted spelling of the word, I personally prefer the more standard ‘griffin,’ hence the change; and too, ‘griffon’ is in fact a pedigree dog breed in Belgium, which might be confusing at first glance!
Paints used – primarily Vallejo for blocking out colour sections, with artist oils for finishing details, followed by a coat of Artists Matte Varnish overall, and lastly a mist coat of Army Painter Anti-Shine Varnish.
An unusual project, and one whose visual impact seems somehow greater than its actual scale.
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