Monday, 22 December 2014

Asgard Fantasy Monsters FM44 Djinn

Next out of the lead mountain  was Asgard's take on a Djinn, emerging from a bottle.

Initially I was not enthused - the figure is quite flat, and the base of it emerging from the bottle is very thin. I can imagine that a lot of these snapped and were discarded. As with all Asgard figures, detail on things like the hands is very poor, and the base is far too small for the rest of the figure, causing it fall over with alarming regularity. With that in mind, the first job was to fix it to a plastic base to give it stability, and then use Milliput to make the base look like a rough stone floor.

The Quran says that the Djinn are made of a smokeless and "scorching fire", which guided the paint job - a base coat of yellow, graduating up through orange to red, and then a wash of dark red, followed by dry brushing. This really brought out the detail of the figure, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it brushed up! The stone floor was simply base gray, a wash of Army Painter Dark tone, and then highlighting.

It turned out quite well, considering I had low expectations of it - it is certainly a very dramatic figure, as if someone has inadvertently removed the stopper from the bottle and the Djinn has just burst out, stretching his arms after a couple of centuries confinement. He certainly looks pleased about something, and perhaps it is that lack of malevolence in the sculpting that is missing. Still, I can see this getting quite a bit of table top time, especially now that he doesn't fall over every time someone bumps the table!

7 comments:

  1. Hi!

    Great paintjob on the figure there! He's got loads of character despite the limitations of the sculpt and your ongoing project is really tempting me to seek out some of these classic sculpts to have a bash at myself!

    All the best!

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    1. Thank you for the kind comments! And I agree, it is a dramatic figure which painted up far better than I expected. I keep being surprised at how well some (but not all!) of the early pre-slotta figures were.

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  2. I love the charm of Asgard miniatures and your paintjob just makes this look awesome.

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  3. Thank you for the kind comments! I agree - some of the old Asgard minis have a HUGE amount of character, which means that they still hold up really well, even today.

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  4. Well done :-) A beautiful figure i never saw on eBay, so rare nowadays.

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    1. Thank you! It does show up on e-bay infrequently, but usually either with a huge amount of "flash" around the figure from the casting, or else snapped off at the point where the djinn is leaving the jar. I guess I got lucky with this one!

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  5. he's full of character, but yeah, I imagine plenty of him was thrown out because he's just SO top heavy, I would imagine he would work well today if made of plastic though.

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