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    Basically is an mixed of Milliput and Duro (GS) using a maniquin build it up with pieces of a giant from GW
    Initially I though about converting the already available figure but, really, would have been better to start from scratch and do not use plastic pieces. These slow me down as could not use the oven to cure the pieces. In the ending this ended as a giant of giants as stand some 4cm (2 inches) over the GW giant.
    When trying to pose the figure I noted that as basic structure I could keep the legs and therefore keep the aesthetic of the original GW giant but eventually was going to be a complete scratch..
    The idea was born 6 weeks before the Crystal Brush show, when Dieguete came to visit me in Valencia and help me moving. We had a previous idea of the whole pose and had a sketch that I draw showing the general stance of the giant..but there were no designs of individual elements.

    As such the giant was making itself as the whole construction advanced and I was doing and undoing things as the miniature asked for it….a very organic and alive process but a “heavy” one as I did the job of a month in less than 20 days…..

    The main idea was to represent a Shaman. We had more ideas than was feasible to do and on taking in consideration the mode of work and the use of the materials some elements we discard and other took hold as the process advanced….normally after an existential crisis or in the wee early hours of the morning…….an example: the Pterodactil helmet…
    This element initially was a kind of bone helmet but them extended to have a wing which helped to give this guty his shamanic aspect, as someone that collect and hoard things and trinkets using then to decorative effect. These also helped us to solve the back of the miniature as was getting to empty and non-interesting….
    The pieces were sculpted separately and I given them to Diego in kit form: Head, hand with staff, wings, cords, flying stones, foot fixed to base, bones, sword, necklaces, skulls…in total 10 pieces. Crazy as scratch but necessary as we wanted to create movement and loads of things flying to give a good 360 sensation with loads of interesting angles and views


    (I’ll post here some pictures, as you could see the background is just a paper without integrate the figure so to see it as raw as possible….by the way you don’t need loads of equipment to show the mini and its details as close to reality as possible. if you have a decent camera (thanks to JMPN) and above all a real wish to show it as it is)

    Painting was really complicate. Diego lives in Madrid and I was in Valencia and we only have a week to do it all, more hours than is advisible and so little time. Although maybe people may think that a job share is an easy job in our case was quite complicated. We both had different styles of painting and adapt and coordinate this to painting different pieces, all at the same time, adapt to each other’s timing, paint the pieces separately and them make then match…real mammoth job and very very tiredsome
    In this case and thinking in how to coordinate the whole process I had a very different idea of how to approach the project but though that should be Diego who will took the initial lead and started the ambience of the whole figure. I have my own well define idea on the painting style but would not want to impose and limited his own creativity. I also knew that is very important to give equal share of the project to those involved and have confidence and respect for his painting principles. Therefore I did not mentioned to him any of my ideas and waited for him to show his ideas
    When I arrived to Madrid and saw his initial concept I had a mixture of panic and delight..I though his concept was brilliant, provocative and aggressive, original and very,very well solved but totally different from my initial idea…As this point I realise that I have to change my chip and adapt, think on same terms as Diego and use his same code (my initial idea was softer, more nineties. His darker, aggressive and more savage)
    Diego could tell you more on how he started and planed the initial stages but although we were both happy with the initial base, two days before departure we decided to change the plan and re-painted some areas to define the volumens better in some areas. This areas were ok initially but were a bit to exaggerated in such a big figure (don’t forget is about 120mm)
    Starting from a very strong initial base in which the face and belly were well advanced we decided to maintain the belly but one of us did stress the textures in the skin while the other was changing the face, reducing the geometry and making it more organic.

    From this point it became a marathon exchanging pieces and while one started them the other finished them. If one of us made a mistake the other correct it, one will clean areas while the other gave them tones and effects…absolute madness…it was such a coordinated and complementary process that we looked like conjoin twins……when one faltered the other pulled but with measure and controlled keep it in line with the basic idea
    I could develop the painting difficults in future posts. Just to say that the color choice was a great problem when everything is earthy, brownish, dark and tertiary…after the unteen brown colour with so many different elements you don’t know what else to do…and the texturization…really….I’m never have done so many different textures on a single piece in my whole life!!! It is frustrating and at some point you can’t remember any more animals or textures to add, without leaving the basic idea. And painting on tandem, we ended doing the same thing but independently so whe lift the eyes from the piece in question we realised that we were painting the same thing in different areas trying to differenciated but unable to find alternative..madness and a real challenge.
    As experience a great one not only on the artistic and creative level but also on the personal one with Diego. To tell the truth something I won’t forget in a long time.
    We will be posting more details regarding the painting process in the next few days to make it easy to assimilate and will be happy for you to post coments, questions or doubts so we could help to clarified the decisions taken during the creative process.

    Ehmm!... the butterflies…are seeds cut to shape, painted with acrylics and glued with cyanoacrilate….. that’s all… many people as already asked about them…



    DIEGO ESTEBAN (Dieguette) & ALFONSO GIRALDES (Banshee)

    Comments 7 Comments
    1. vasagi's Avatar
      vasagi -
      That is so insanely amazing.
    1. skeeve's Avatar
      skeeve -
      Hmm, I don't see any pictures. It says that Photobucket Bandwidth Exceeded
    1. Stortotta's Avatar
      Stortotta -
      My god, that's utterly brilliant!
    1. Hits_the_spot's Avatar
      Hits_the_spot -
      Love see the transition from concept to painted mini, truly beautiful work.
    1. shlaeNg's Avatar
      shlaeNg -
      That is easily in the top 5 of the best conversions and paintjobs I've ever seen.
    1. bijou's Avatar
      bijou -
      great! perfect
    1. Urayneum's Avatar
      Urayneum -
      Oh wow this is an awesome WIP! Amazing work!!!!
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