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 Post subject: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:49 am 
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When I met my girlfriend (in a wargaming store) back in (a few years ago) I was just working on the then newly released GW plastic Chaos giant.

When it was done, I donated the finished product to be auctioned for a good cause (forgot the cause but I know it was a good one :wink: )

My girlfriend afterwards always kept an eye open for that giant in the hope she could spot it and buy it back.
No such luck though.

She mentioned seeing a giant resembling mine a few days ago and this prompted me (it wasn´t mine, just resembled it though) to start work on a new giant.

The internet was scrounged to find a suitable kit (something I liked and would like working on) and I found a pretty cheap Reaper hill Giant on eBay.

It arrived yesterday. First thing I did was sizing up the model, see if I could fit it on a 40mm base (30mm was out of the question due to size) and then I started building a base.

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I thought of removing the tree stump from his hand, but the figured that anyone big enough to swing Strongroot around wouldn´t have any problems convincing a ref that it´s a bad idea to take away that stick.

One thing I didn´t like about the model was the outstretched right arm. It takes up far too much space and I could think of better poses possible with minor conversion only.

I cut the right arm in 2, cut out a V shaped piece to allow him to keep his arm in roughly a 90° angle, taking up a threatening pose that looks more like lumbering giant stuff compared to the action pose of the original model.

This model is big. I filed and cut away enough white metal to cast a brand new goblin from.

I ended up using 3 pins for the right elbow, the wrist joint and the two halves of the stick. Below you can see the size of the pins I used.

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After some careful positioning I ended up with this pose as ideal mix between being functional compact and ponderous looking enough to make this look like a giant movement:

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While I was at it, resculpting muscle on his arm I decided to cover up an awkward looking bit on his shoulderpad by placing a paperclip in it to sculpt an elephant tusk around.

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:00 pm 
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That thing is freaking massive!

Looks awesome though.

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:44 pm 
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awesome giant ..

I still have a giant lying around that should become a referee at some point .. the one here on the left

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can't seem to find it on it's own

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:47 pm 
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ah .. got him .. the one on the right .. when I'm done with him he's got the tree hiding behind his back obviously, and a nice zebra-suit .. IF I'll ever finish him that is

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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That´s a nice collection of giants you have there Dave. Those Albion giants were some of the better ones made. I never liked the Ork & Goblin giant though.

I´m considering using this giant as bloodbowl player for some fun games. Still tinkering on the rules.

Tulips heaven? Where in the Netherlands are you from?

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:18 pm 
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I only have that one on the left .. I like the others as well but don't own them

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:10 pm 
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The forge world giant is nice, but I don´t like the head.
The Ork and Goblin giant is just a big midget. He´s out of proportion. Can´t exactly put my finger on it but I just don´t like the model. The Albion giants look like lumbering big guys so they are nice.

The Marauder Giant is also a great model.

What I liked about the Reaper giant is that he looks alien enough to not make sense, so he might as well be a fantasy figure, and a giant while we´re at it. Plus he has the right type of armour plating to fit in a bloodbowl team.

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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I think the ole O&G one is too much a 'human on heroic scale' to be a giant .. the Albion ones are indeed those long-legged, weird creatures a giant should be. I am not a great fan of the latest GW giants tbh and the FW one if huge .. simply huge (haven't got it but seen it in the flesh in my local gamesstore)

I like the Albion ones best by far ..

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:42 pm 
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Today I managed to smack some paint on the big guy.

This might result in some people relaxing a bit because this giant seriously takes my attention away from painting up a miniature for this months Golden Football :wink:

As it is I´m pretty much working on the skintones.

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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looks really cool!

is that going to be a troll or ogre?

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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I´m afraid it´s a bit big to be a troll or an ogre.

If I would use 5th edition GW ogres as human linemen, this would be Willy´s version of Morg´N Thorg.

Nope. This will be a giant, if it will ever be used in a game of BloodBowl. I figured it would be very interesting to have trees on my new bloodbowl pitch, but it would be even more interesting to have a giant uproot said trees instead of that ever returning dog that takes the ball

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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the solitaire wrote:
I´m afraid it´s a bit big to be a troll or an ogre.


I was thinking that, still a very cool model. Could almost use him as part of stadium seats or cabal vision TV eye in the sky

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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Did some more work on the skintones. Some additional shading, a red face, some accents around elbows, knees and chest.

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I´m almost done with the skin now. Need to clean up some areas and accentuate some others. Some harsh highlights will be added as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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Loving the skin tones on that thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Little side project. An old Reaper Giant
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Thnx.

Since there is so much of it I decided to pay a little more attention to the skin detail on this guy :D

Updates due soon. I´m working on the hair now. After that, armour, then the club and the base

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