I never liked the GW plastic giant, he didn't seem to be that big to me, and for the price I couldn't justify one. My visions of giants were always influenced by Jack and the Beanstalk and traditional fairy tale images of them striding over forests, wading seas and the like; not the Dungeons and Dragons and latter fantasy traditions of them being maybe 12 to 20 feet tall.
Secondly, I'm always on the lookout for models I can utilise in my fantasy armies, that bring scale, novelty and economy to my collection. Trawling around the internet for some troll models I found an old toy that seemed ideal for just that remit. It may have been termed a troll, but the order of scale was something else altogether.
And so for £10 on eBay I picked up a Harry Potter movie Troll:
|Mine wasn't packaged, natch...|
|Diamond in the rough|
Next, was a protracted period in a cupboard, whilst I moved house! But eventually he came back out and I decided to add some further detail to his right arm, to give some contrast and a sense of scale. A sprue of plastic shields was sacrificed to put him in proportion.
I then began painting by hand mixing an enormous amount of flesh coloured paint.
Finally I finished the base in the style of my Dogs of War army, a style that would also look acceptable next to my Orcs and Goblins; and lo, Simon the Giant was finished:
|The shield of shields, trophies from previous battles?|
|For a plastic toy, it has a great expressive face|