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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Citadel C28 Fire Giant aka Darth Maul

I do love the Citadel C28 line of giants. There are 9 different bodies, 10 heads, and 8 weapons according to the CCM wiki, so it offers the discerning collector a chance to mix and match to their heart's content. As soon as I had this particular C28 giant in my hands, I knew exactly what it was going to be: I give you Darth Maul, fire giant.

I mean, come on, how could I NOT paint this guy up as a fire giant with red head spikes? I briefly toyed with the notion of giving him some red face paint, but quickly decided against it. It's OK to use Darth Maul as a creative inspiration, but I didn't need to go all the way.

Darth didn't come with a weapon, so I made him a placeholder axe out of various bits. The haft is way too long, so the proportions are out of whack. But it will do for now until I am able to replace it with something more suitable (I think the C28 sword or mace would do just fine).

You can see some nicely painted C28 giants on Orclord's SOL page (along with a veritable treasure trove of giants and many, many other creatures).


Springinsfeld said...

Great work. Head spikes seemed to be a trademark of Iain McCaig, first Zanbar Bone in the Fighting Fantasy books and then Darth Maul to name but a few of his creations.

TopKat said...

@Springinsfeld: Thanks for the reference, I had to look up McCaig and Zanbar Bone. It's interesting that both Bone and the C28 giants were published/released in 1983. I wonder if McCaig's work was an inspiration for the spiky head giant, or just a coincidence? Still very interesting.

Springinsfeld said...

A number of McCaig's illustrations have spiky heads. I attended a talk he gave on illustration at Games Day 82 or 83, when he had just finished painting my favourite album cover, Broadsword and the Beast.