Last week, I showed how I had converted my harpy models. I promised then that I would show the painted versions soon. Well, this is sooner than I expected, but I've got nothing else for today's article so here they are!
Some research on the internet suggested that the most popular visualisations of harpies were a Caucasian ("white") flesh, followed by a variety of greens, slate blues and purples. My elder son suggested that I colour them something like pigeons, with grey bodies and iridescent green hair. It's an interesting idea, but I couldn't quite bring myself to try it.
In the end, I noticed that the harpy from the 1963 classic Jason and the Argonauts was somewhat purple. If it's good enough for Ray Harryhausen then it's good enough for me - purple it is!
I suppose one could argue that these physical traits corresponded to the level of curse placed on the different individuals by the gods, or perhaps to their degree of depravity and consequent physical degeneration. I don't feel any need to come up with any particular explanation for the various forms; they add some variety and that's good enough for me!
As always, I've given them what I hope are appropriate names. This is slightly complicated by the fact that there weren't anything like this many harpies in the original Greek myths. However, once you add in variations of the tales by different authors (and later retelling by the Romans and others), it is possible to come up with a reasonable variety of names.
Once again, these were very simple models to paint, as the bulk of each figure is just a pale violet undercoat with a dark wash. I'm still not totally convinced that the purple colour is good, but at least they cannot possibly be mistaken for humans. It should make it much simpler to tell friend and enemy during a game!