This vignette represents my thoughts on the unlikely, yet remarkable crossing of the two worlds of science-fiction and fantasy.
I believe that the significance of the scene lies in the observers comprehension and ideas it will trigger. At a risk of catering only for those who know and appreciate the two opposing symbols, I will refrain from explaining the meaning behind it and let you draw your own conclusion.
As for the more technical aspect of building the scene, it all started as I stumbled across ICM’s “King of the Night” kit. For someone who never painted a large-scale figure before, my decision to buy the kit surprised me quite a bit. Not being an impulsive person at most of occasions, I can explain this anomaly only as sudden inspiration! Unlike my many other kits, still waiting for the moment of glory in their cardboard boxes (whose numbers I shall not discuss here) the “King of the Night” made a swift progression to my workbench.
Assembly was straightforward and smooth. Painting this idiosyncratic character was the real challenge, his unique complexion and mostly monochromatic appearance being hard to render. Let’s not beat around the bush, the “King of the Night” is really the Night King of the Game of Thrones fame, with the wordplay serving to avoid potential trademark lawsuit and therefore keeping the kit quite affordable.
Piercing gaze of the necromancer and his conjuring pose inspired me to look for another iconic force to oppose him. A transparent acrylic plate with proportions of 1:3:9 some handpicked stones from my garden and selection of hobby products to simulate primordial snow and ice completed my idea. Gradation from solid black to translucent blue on the surface of the monolith is achieved spraying Tamiya X-19, which has extremely fine pigment and then adding bluish hue with an aqueous Ecoline ink. Being an ink, it sprays super-smooth but needs sealing, or it will reactivate even by moisture in the air! “Snow”, “Microballoons” and “Ice Sparkles” by AK Interactive are used to reproduce snow deposit and the transparent “Rock-Candy” medium produced cracked ice effect.
I am very happy with the result and enjoyed the building process a lot, particularly experimenting with all the new materials and techniques. This was a part of the “iModeler at the Movies” group build – you can check this link for more hands-on images here:
Hope you like it!
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