Among my purchases at Carronade 2021 was a model giant; part of the Reaper "Bones" range. I stated at the time that I intended to paint him up for use in games of Frostgrave. Well, I finished this model a few weeks ago and have finally managed to find enough time & enthusiasm to post a quick article, so here he is!
The Frost Giant
I suppose I could have painted this model in human flesh tones - probably as a pale Caucasian rather than anything else. However, I really wanted to mark him out as something different - a creature firmly rooted in the icy wastes. To emphasis this, I chose a cold, pale blue for the skin and an even paler blue for his extensive beard and hair.
As a warm contrast (and to avoid iron), I used gold, brass and bronze for the metal parts of the giant's armour and weapons. The non-metallic parts of his equipment are a dark grey.
Finally, the furs he wears around his shoulders and boots are also very pale. I think the paint I used for the middle highlight (i.e. the one which adds most of the colour) was called "linen" or something like that. Whatever it's name, it is a very pale brown with just the slightest hint of green in it.
So, just how "giant" is this model (I hesitate to call it a miniature, because it really isn't - at least when compared to most of my other figures)? Well, here's a photograph of the frost giant alongside a 28mm human.
As you can see, he's maybe 2.5 or 3 times taller than a man; also this giant is very solidly built. I'm really glad that this is a plastic (PVC?) model, as if he were metal then the figure's weight would be substantial!
I've wanted to have a frost giant in my collection for some time. Well, now I've got one! The model was relatively cheap and (I think) painted up nicely, with only a slight bend in the shaft of his axe to hint at the soft plastic material. He'll do nicely!