Jakul Frosti stalks down a snow-covered street past gaily decorated houses. He knows if you've been naughty and he knows if you've been nice, but it really doesn't matter. You'll still be getting an ice sword through the abdomen if he spots you.
I ordered Jakul from RBJ Games last December but couldn't paint him thanks to the whole "my paints are in a box in a garage full of boxes" issue. I don't know why he's the first Krampus, but he's cool and that's all that matters.
With it being Christmas I thought it was about time I dug him out of his hiding place and got him painted up. He would have been posted on Christmas Day, but then the annual food-coma-and-telly thing happened.
From googling around it seems there is literally one painted example online. I could be wrong, but that's all I could find for inspiration. Red and white seemed the obvious choice for his clothing, but I wanted to keep it darker than the usual jolly shades found on Santa. A basecoat of Barak-Nar Burgundy with a topcoat of Dark Red did the trick, and highlights came courtesy of Red and Flat Red.
His coat is made from stitched-together pieces of... something? Is it leather? Being me, I went for flayed skin, basing the whole thing with my flesh mix before giving it two coats of Reikland Fleshshade. Once it dried I gently highlighted it with more flesh mix with an added touch of Basic Skin Tone. The stitches, and there a lot of 'em, are Chocolate Brown with a touch of Flat Earth.
I did the white bits last, using Off-White and White, and given my dislike of white it actually worked very well and was easy enough to do.
I wanted to keep the cold theme of his name by doing his skin blue. A basecoat of Deep Sky Blue was perfect, and I highlighted it with Sky Blue. His sword gave me a bit of trouble in terms of colour; do I go for more blue, or metal, or even stone? Then I remembered the cold tones I'd used for Giles, my Elder Thing, and used those paints: Dark Blue Pale for the base with Light Green Blue and Light Sea Grey drybrushed over the top.
The final bits were easy enough, just some Black Grey on his beard, horns and hoof, highlighted with Mechanicus Standard and Ghost greys, and Plate Metal on his shoulder guard.
With the painting done, it was time for the base. After doing the glue/flock/varnish thing three times, I got it to where I was happy. Then it was just a case of nicking one of Alicia's Christmas buildings off the sideboard to take the photos.
Very cool mate. He looks like a villain from a kids cartoon. That sword is fricken huge!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Dai! The sword is ridiculously huge, but still awesome!Delete
Great work on your Krampus Matt, and like your colour choices, it's something I see a lot of each year, as one of my Facebook friends goes to the annual Krampus walk, when restrictions allow of course, so this year they actually wondered around Cheltenham doing their shopping ! LOLReplyDelete
Cheers, Dave! I had no idea Cheltenham did a Krampus walk, I used to live within driving distance of it (I always loved the two-storey Barnes and Noble there).Delete
Nice figure and very nicely painted too, you don't see as many Krampus' as you do Santa's so nice to see a bit of variation, it does look like he'd more likely bludgeon you to death with that sword rather than stab you tough! 😉ReplyDelete
Stab, bludgeon, it's all the same to Jakul LOL! Thanks, Roger, and yes, it's nice to see a Krampus mini for a change. Reaper also does one but it's a bit more werewolf than this one.Delete
Wonderful sculp and well done producing a very cold, mean looking evil character with your colour choices.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joe! Cold and mean is just what I was going for :-) And RBJ do some great looking sculpts.Delete
Awesome Matt. That sword looks fantastic, I'm stealing that technique!😉ReplyDelete
Thanks, Justin, and steal away lol!Delete
Krampus looks great, mate! I haven't seen him carrying a sword often but it looks like he's claimed plenty of victims with that jacket of his! I enjoyed reading about your process painting him up as well. I always feel like its boring for me to share how I paint something but then I find others techniques interesting. Go figure!ReplyDelete
Cheers! I do wonder sometimes about writing up the painting process, but what else am I supposed to say LOL! I guess we can all learn from each others' techniques, and if I miss something then someone (Dave) will usually point it out :-)Delete