Heavy is the Crown...
September 6, 2014
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This was another item purchased at the Wonderfest event. I'd done some
online research while I was there, and determined this piece was cheaper
to get there than to order it.
It's made by a company named Nocturna
Productions, and is actually named "The Usurper". However, one of my
friends told me of a reference she knew about, and an alternate name was
chosen. "Heavy is the crown..." seems to fit the body language of the
figure.....tired and weary. He slumps on his throne in utter solitude.
The scenic base was just fine, but I wanted it to fill the area of the
wood base. To do this I used a thin piece of styrene plastic, cut it to
size, then scored the lines to blend with the tiles of the kit base.
When it was painted and weathered it blended right in.
Assembly of the
figure was tricky, mainly because each of his arms were separated about
shoulder level. One lower arm and hand holds his sword, while the other
arm portion had to mate up to his hand, which was sculpted to the
throne. I fit all pieces of the figure together, and while the glue was
wet I posed him as he would later be, and left him to dry. I also
trimmed off some locator tabs on his butt so I could position him the
way I wanted easier.
One challenge I really looked forward to was
painting his skin. I have a three figure set of Roman gladiators to do
later, and I wanted to do something with lots of exposed flesh to see
how my color choices and blending would come out. I'm pretty happy with
this guy. To give him a more tanned look I mixed leather brown with
basic flesh. Shadows were done by adding brown to flesh, and in some
deep creases pure brown. Highlights were created by adding white to
This was a fun project, and another in a series of
figures I've done by Nocturna. The company's quality is outstanding, and
I wouldn't hesitate to do more of their stuff