Plunder for the Ironclad Fleet [Jun 14 2024 - Deathcargot]

Challenge Accepted Meet the Brothers Djinn

Since I already have a siege giant, Golden Hat XXXVI was the perfect chance to try something different. Thankfully the idea generation phase took all of about 30 seconds of scrolling through the previous giant themed Artisan’s Contest where @Loidrial left wonderfully evocative concept art just sitting there for somebody to pick up.

During a Scibor sale I split this kit of berserkers with a buddy. I ended up with just these two that were a little too aesthetically different and scale different to fit in other units, despite my lore-splaining trying to convince myself to use them. I was happy to use the Scibor minis here since the slightly larger size could imply that they are expanding to their (perhaps even giant sized) final spectral form. Aside from being inspired by the giant Artisan’s Contest this was the only additional rationale I had for entering in the giant Golden Hat.

First thing I did was head straight to the Dremel tool with these neglected minis, they’d been in the grey pile too long and it was time to knock out two in one go! Surgery removed the legs and saved them for a later date in which I can hopefully create something slightly more in-scale with other CD minis. Luckily the loose hand bits already had the bracelets to match Eddy’s art. I just had to cut the arm near the elbow and attach the forearm to the hand, hollowing out the joints a bit with the dremel to create the gaps.

These originally dual wield hammers but I liked the idea that these two Djinn were chained together and crammed into a single amphora. I drilled out the hammer handles from a pair of hands and chained them together which helped declutter the model a bit and made me think these brothers were imprisoned to eternally serve based on some slight against a sorcerer during their living years.

Most difficult part was getting a wireframe to match the pose I wanted and still leave the gaps matching the reference art. I decided to lean into the spirity Djinniness when needed but tried to exercise clever attachments like the corner of the hammer to minimize the extra spirit weaving I’d need. This took a lot of time, wire, and baking soda glued to my hand to accomplish. Unfortunately got a small infection in my finger from stabbing myself with wire. Green stuffing helped to confirm the pose I landed on had good negative space.

Since I didn’t want to add a scale reference dwarf like the reference art I ended up going for the ceramic amphora being stabbed into a crevice as if they are summoned in some magmic invocation. The base was somewhat plain still which resulted in the idea of the lava rising up due to the summoning perhaps to imbue their lava hammers with power.

Not much to comment on painting really. A lot of Warcolours transparent violet pushed around and a couple of bright metals to make the bracelets and beard ornaments pop. Long winded description of a fun build… If I had to guess, these will be very fitting as troop filler for my unit of immortals… but more on that later…

EDIT: Scale ref. added