This Circle of Orboros druid chick makes a great target, for a few reasons.
The first trick when positioning a model like this, is the one being held up has to look natural. Feet will need to be modified so they're not just pointing straight up, hair has to flow the right direction, limbs need to flail properly, etc. This model has poseable heads and arms and a cloak that flows around the feet.
The other reason, as TheWife pointed out, is a smaller model makes the larger troll look even bigger.
I wanted the spear to look natural, so I'm replacing it completely with a stir stick rather than cutting and regluing a bunch of parts. After cutting off the shafts, I then use a knife and snips to cut around the hand even more. Finally, I drill through the hand so the stir stick can actually go right through. NOTE that this doesn't work with all minis... many hands are tool small to drill through a fist, but larger (such as a troll) models work fine.
For the victim, there's a number of things to do so she looks right.
I cut the back out of her cloak's hood so I could throw the head back as if it was whipped backwards.
After figuring out the angle she'd be held at, I drill through her chest so the stir stick "spear" can fit right through.
Fitting the hand around her waist took a little more work.
Using pliers, I was able to pull the fingers apart just enough to fit, and this gave me a target for carving around her.
To fit the thumb, I simply drilled a hole in her side deep enough for it to fit.
For the other fingers, a little drilling followed by cleaning up with a knife to widen the hole, This involved a few back and forths for sizing and fitting of course.
I'll probably come back and green stuff the cloak out some more. Definitely, I'll have to green stuff in her neck since her head's thrown back.
|Take a look at my Step by Step page for the entire Hordebloods project.|
Here you will find each model broken down into links showing each step:
Concept, Works in Progress, (for both modelling and painting) and Final Shots