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Isblomma of Winter - From the World of House of Seasons

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I recently did a complete overhaul of Isblomma with a new Superduck head and Phicen/TBLeague body.  2nd of the new House of Seasons figures.  Some back story on the House of Seasons as well as Alice of Autumn can be found at http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t755-alice-of-autumn-from-the-world-of-house-of-seasons. (But some of you already know that  Wink )



The frozen northern lands of Winter remain a bit of an enigma, even to the other great families of the House of Seasons.  It is a warrior culture that greatly prizes strength and martial prowess, often said to be honed by the cold and unforgiving conditions of the north.  Communities are tight knit and the people's aloof stoicism can seem very alienating to outsiders.  And no one exemplifies this more than the royal family of The House of Winter.  Gifted with near bottomless reserves of arcane energies and an affinity for powerful dark magiks, their large curved animal-like horns only add to their already towering height and intimidating presence.  

At the battle of Equinox, Queen Hillevi was said to have stood upon the wall as it rose from the ground, channeling much of the ritual energies that created the Sea of Glass.  As it ripped across the continent, it divided the northern territories, and many were cut off and lost to the blight.  While almost all survivors in the other three kingdoms agree that it was a necessary sacrifice, many people of the north resent the decision and genuinely believe they would have persevered and eventually overcome Barlow's forces with brute strength alone.  King Eerikki himself was on the front lines, far east of the wall when it was erected, and was presumed dead until he returned a week later.  Naked and carrying only his legendary warhammer, he emerged from the wilderness, crossed the sea of glass barefoot, and scaled the wall with his bare hands, before returning home.  To this day he has never once expressed any doubt about his wife's decision on the wall.  

Isblomma is the heir to the House of Winter.  She is inhumanly strong, and while she struggles with control and precision, her massive magik energies make her a supernatural destructive force of nature in sheer power alone.  Monotone and never showing any signs of emotion, she is usually seen as aloofly beautiful and terrifying.  In reality, she is a bit shy, and has no sense at all that she comes across as intimidating.  The friends she makes at Balefire University are in fact the first she's ever had, and she is fairly surprised by how important they have become to her.















































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Great new character. Once again, the look is fantasy, yet not overly fantastical, and is given a sense of complexity and weathering. The props are great. And the horns on the head rather than on the skull mask were a nice surprise.


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I really like the skull combined with the white whispy hair (or skirt) and all the accessories.

She looks much stronger/broader than Alice, is it because the body was combined with a smaller head? Also the head looks more 'realistic', I guess Alice might be another race with other facial features?

Guess she will also look cool (cool, haha) in winter with some snow, maybe ice pieces and some blue light.

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Very Cool character and story line, indeed the horns on the HS was a nice surprise.


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Love it! Creepy but beautiful.

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Damned cool work there, Rev.

You've got one hellacious active imagination...and I must admit to being a bit envious.

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GubernatorFan wrote:Great new character. Once again, the look is fantasy, yet not overly fantastical, and is given a sense of complexity and weathering. The props are great. And the horns on the head rather than on the skull mask were a nice surprise.

Thank you GubernatorFan! I will admit, I was feeling pretty clever with how the mask fits around the horns.  And I'm glad the aesthetic is working.  It will come out as the cast grows, and I get into more group photos, but the House of Seasons world is a weird mix of modern and fantasy elements.  The skyline of Equinox is a mix of fantastic towers with medieval architecture and huge sky scrapers.  Technology and magic developed side by side, and both are fairly common, often intermixed in interesting ways.  They royal families probably have the most classically fantasy designs, since they're most rooted in magic  and old traditions, but I'm glad they still maintain some of those "other" elements to keep if from being too classically fantasy.

Ovy wrote:I really like the skull combined with the white whispy hair (or skirt) and all the accessories.

She looks much stronger/broader than Alice, is it because the body  was combined with a smaller head? Also the head looks more 'realistic', I guess Alice might be another race with other facial features?

Guess she will also look cool (cool, haha) in winter with some snow, maybe ice pieces and some blue light.

Thanks Ovy!  She is actually much taller and more muscular than Alice (and a bunch of other characters you'll be seeing soon).  There are 4 characters I have so far that use the new smaller Phicen bodies, that scale right with the OE heads.  Isblomma uses the newer Phicen S22A body.  It's significantly more defined and muscular, and a ways taller than Alice and the rest.  I wanted to go even taller, but anything I did to extend the legs just looked unnatural and weird. But that difference in physique is a defining trait that I wanted to to be visually apparent.  That head looking too realistic was actually a big concern though.  I had hoped to keep the whole line fairly stylized, but since the Original Effects heads I used for a lot of the other characters are smaller, they just weren't an option for the much taller Isblomma.  I had hoped the Superduck head was stylized enough to not be too jarring a difference, but I'm afraid I might be.

Come winter, I definitely plan to get some good outdoor pics in the snow. But I just couldn't wait to get some photos now and share!

BAD WOLF-787 wrote:Very Cool character and story line, indeed the horns on the HS was a nice surprise.

Thanks Bad Wolf! I love that her horns have gone over well!

delusional wrote:Love it! Creepy but beautiful.

Thank you Delusional! Beautiful and creepy means I nailed what i was going for.  Exactly how she should come across.

dadrab wrote:Damned cool work there, Rev.

You've got one hellacious active imagination...and I must admit to being a bit envious.

Thanks much Dadrab!  I've got all these ideas scrambling to get out, and between the figures and the stories, it's really great for me to have the opportunity to share them.  So it means a lot to me when you guys check them out and enjoy them!

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She´s Fantastic ! Love the Character and Poses... but never open a Magic Book that is locked Laughing The Headsculpt is Great, like her nose

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Freaking awesome. Another amazing character and design. Really enjoying the background and history so far.


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Great looking character and backstory...I said it on your Autumn thread, this is a great storyline! You have definitely put alot of time and thought into this and it shows! As always, waiting for more!

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Great revision Reverend.
The filtered photos just adds to the mood of the theme.
Fantastic addition to the house of seasons and looking forward to seeing more members from you !
Truly refreshing work !


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Ephiane wrote:She´s Fantastic ! Love the Character and Poses... but never open a Magic Book that is locked Laughing The Headsculpt is Great, like her nose

She does have a cute nose, right?  Thanks so much Ephiane!  I take to heart any compliments from you on fantasy figures. And i feel like "never open a Magic Book that is locked" is REALLY good survival advice.  Although in this case, it is a House of Winter family grimoire.  The lock is mainly to keep its secrets (the great families can be vary protective of certain spells), but it really would be be dangerous to most other witches. Activating spells from scrolls or grimoires without either having the magik reserves or the ability to channel it from somewhere is catastrophic, and will devour every last bit of life in them.  Isblomma is one of the few witches alive who is capable of using that book.  

Stryker2011 wrote:Freaking awesome. Another amazing character and design. Really enjoying the background and history so far.

Thank you Stryker!  So glad you're digging it!

Mr. Razz wrote:Great looking character and backstory...I said it on your Autumn thread, this is a great storyline! You have definitely put alot of time and thought into this and it shows! As always, waiting for more!

Thank you Razz!  It's all stuff that's been rattling around in my head for years, and feels good to type it out and share it.  So glad you're enjoying!

Allotropos wrote:Great revision Reverend.
The filtered photos just adds to the mood of the theme.
Fantastic addition to the house of seasons and looking forward to seeing more members from you !
Truly refreshing work !

Thanks much Allotropos!  I'm hoping this is the "final form."  LOL.  I always want to add some atmosphere in after shooting, but have to resist overdoing it and losing the figure's details.  I feel like I'm finally starting to get it right.  I have another 4 characters I'm hoping to have up soon, and so excited to share.  Glad you're enjoying!

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I got that superduck head sculpt loose and haven't really figured out what to do with it when I got it because it looked too anime with the hair. Your design and style transforms the sculpt to make it more detail. Really amazing work!

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Another stylish piece, Rev! Great job!

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After viewing your other characters and reading the original background stories - and with consideration for the quality of your overarching theme; I can honestly tell you that I am more impressed than ever.  

This is a fantastic figure, easily among my favorites…  

Ever.


You were quite right, I definitely do dig this very much, and I look forward to seeing what else you’ve got in the pipe...  Barlow of the Autumn Worm, perhaps?

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Truly epic in every aspect, Spooks!

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PureEnergy wrote:After viewing your other characters and reading the original background stories - and with consideration for the quality of your overarching theme; I can honestly tell you that I am more impressed than ever.  

This is a fantastic figure, easily among my favorites…  

Ever.


You were quite right, I definitely do dig this very much, and I look forward to seeing what else you’ve got in the pipe...  Barlow of the Autumn Worm, perhaps?

Wink


Truly epic in every aspect, Spooks!

Ah man, PureEnergy, you are truly too kind.  And I am so genuinely happy that you're enjoying the series! I have so much more planned, and when I get this kind of reaction, it just makes me want to get at it!

And there is most definitely a Barlow figure in the works.  All that I can say, is he's going to be big and nasty.  Can't wait!

MerylAkiba wrote:I got that superduck head sculpt loose and haven't really figured out what to do with it when I got it because it looked too anime with the hair. Your design and style transforms the sculpt to make it more detail. Really amazing work!

I can't believe I missed these comments back in October!  Thanks you MerylAkiba!  I'm so glad you like the direction I took with the Superduck head.  I like the slightly stylized element to them, without going too far in that direction, and I had hoped it'd fit ok with the OE heads on the other characters.  It's funny, Ovy's reaction was that she was too realistic next to the rest of the HoS characters, so I guess it really is subjective.

ZombieKev wrote:Another stylish piece, Rev!  Great job!

Thank you ZombieKev! Really appreciated (and sorry I missed this when you posted)!

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Spooks, you’re very welcome.  But how can I justly accept your compliment when I merely remarked the truth?  

You are too kind - and so, quite in addition to being talented.  

Indeed, motivate...

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Love the horns and how they unexpectedly are revealed to be part of her and not the mask/skull! Great poses too.

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shovelchop81 wrote:Love the horns and how they unexpectedly are revealed to be part of her and not the mask/skull! Great poses too.

Thanks so much Shovelchop! Knew I could count on you to appreciate the fantasy stuff!

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shovelchop81 wrote:Love the horns and how they unexpectedly are revealed to be part of her and not the mask/skull! Great poses too.

Thanks so much Shovelchop!  Knew I could count on you to appreciate the fantasy stuff!

That's my favorite detail about her as well! I recently watched again "inferno" and there is a similar vibe in the plague mask/skull they used in some sequences, even if the theme and poetry around it is very different of course!

Absolutely gorgeous work once again, I told you already I think Laughing

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blackpool wrote:That's my favorite detail about her as well! I recently watched again "inferno" and there is a similar vibe in the plague mask/skull they used in some sequences, even if the theme and poetry around it is very different of course!

Absolutely gorgeous work once again, I told you already I think Laughing

Well I'd be lying if I said I didn't like hearing it again. Razz

I am so glad that mask went over so well! The horns and the mask were one of the few things I sculpted from scratch and was actually pretty happy with when they were done, so I'm thrilled when I hear you dig them. And now you've sparked my interest in Inferno. It's the Tom Hanks one right? Might have to give it a watch.


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The movie is not that great compared to the novel sadly, I much more prefered the two previous movies personallY. Still it's all built around Dante's inferno, there are some fantasy sequences showing some plague doctors roaming in bloody version of Venice or Firenze, they wear those medieval plague masks that look like a bird skull with a very long beak and wide dark eyes... Quite a similar visual (except for the horns)

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blackpool wrote:The movie is not that great compared to the novel sadly, I much more prefered the two previous movies personallY. Still it's all built around Dante's inferno, there are some fantasy sequences showing some plague doctors roaming in bloody version of Venice or Firenze, they wear those medieval plague masks that look like a bird skull with a very long beak and wide dark eyes... Quite a similar visual (except for the horns)

I absolutely love those plague doctor masks, and have long been thinking about making a 1/6 post apocalyptic gas-mask version of one for a Radio Kings figure, as well as meaning to pick up a nice life-size one for myself one of these days. You know, for around the house. Those kinda hallucinatory scenes in the trailer looks absolutely amazing and eerie, and I may see the movie for those alone.


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Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with this game, however even I can see this is amazing! Love your whole scene and the figure is amazing with and without her mask!

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Peaches wrote:Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with this game, however even I can see this is amazing!  Love your whole scene and the figure is amazing with and without her mask!

Not a game. This is all ReverendSpooky and his incredible imagination.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Not a game. This is all ReverendSpooky and his incredible imagination.

Indeed...

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Peaches wrote:Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with this game, however even I can see this is amazing!  Love your whole scene and the figure is amazing with and without her mask!

Not a game. This is all ReverendSpooky and his incredible imagination.

Thanks so much Peaches! So glad you like her! Stryker is right (and I appreciate the kind words!) in that House of Seasons is all me. It's a big story that's been rattling around in my head for a while, and each figure I post gives me the excuse to write a little bit of it down and get it out there in the world. I've posted 4 here so far, and have a ton more in the works. If you're interested (and don't mind my shameless self promotion) here are all of them, in the order they were posted:

Alice of Autumn (And intro to the world of House of Seasons) - http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t755-alice-of-autumn-from-the-world-of-house-of-seasons

Isblomma of Winter - http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t855-isblomma-of-winter-from-the-world-of-house-of-seasons

Thornapple Maudsley - http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t955-thornapple-maudsley-from-the-world-of-house-of-seasons

Koda - http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t1113-koda-from-the-world-of-house-of-seasons


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You have really good camera...is that the reason why i can see so clearly there is a difference in skin tone from the HS and the body?

Great work getting that horns! Nice! I am thinking of making something like this now...

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brassco wrote:You have really good camera...is that the reason why i can see so clearly there is a difference in skin tone from the HS and the body?

Great work getting that horns! Nice! I am thinking of making something like this now...

Oh man, calling me out on the mismatched head huh? Now that stings!

I'm shooting on a Canon Rebel, and it definitely pics up a lot, but the skin tone really changes from shot to shot, and I think depends more on how the light hits it and it's actually a pretty good match in most light.


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For what it’s worth, Rev, I hadn’t even noticed the skintone — I was far too distracted by the awesomeness of the white hair, the mask, and horns .... that’s my kind of aesthetic all the way!!! It’s got a bit of a ‘folk horror’ vibe to it. I also really like the use of the slightly more realistic but still stylized headsculpt for this one — it goes along well with the look of the Koda figure (which I don’t think I commented on directly yet, but which is one of my faves of yours so far, he’s gorgeous !!) I admire the fact that you are not afraid to blend realism with stylization, as that is a hopeful goal of mine (with some of my figures, at least).

Thanks as always for sharing your beautiful and inspirational work!


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skywalkersaga wrote:For what it’s worth, Rev, I hadn’t even noticed the skintone — I was far too distracted by the awesomeness of the white hair, the mask, and horns .... that’s my kind of aesthetic all the way!!! It’s got a bit of a ‘folk horror’ vibe to it. I also really like the use of the slightly more realistic but still stylized  headsculpt for this one — it goes along well with the look of the Koda figure (which I don’t think I commented on directly yet, but which is one of my faves of yours so far, he’s gorgeous !!) I admire the fact that you are not afraid to blend realism with stylization, as that is a hopeful goal of mine (with some of my figures, at least).

Thanks as always for sharing your beautiful and inspirational work!

Thank you so much Skywalkersaga! You know, I had not heard the term "folk horror" before and it's a freakin perfect description. Totally the kind of aesthetic I was going for. And it's reassuring that there isn't too glaringly obvious difference in the head and body. I really do believe that the rubber body and the hard plastic head reflect light very differently. I'm using some pretty intense studio lights in some of these shots, and when it hits certain ways, that difference pops. I't's great finding someone else who likes some of the more stylized looking figures too. I've stayed realistic with the Radio Kings, but I'm trying to maintain this (somewhat) consistent stylized look across all the House of Seasons stuff, and it can be tough finding heads that walk that line. And so glad you're digging Koda too! I was pretty thrilled myself with how he came together. I have a bunch more in this line coming up too. It's going to be a fun ride.


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great work, even more so that i´m usually not into that sort of figures. but this i like very much =)

something about your way to pose them that really breathes life into them.

not many collectors keep in mind how far an actual human joint can bend, with the result that their poses look very off.

(reminds me of everytime i display a figure, i keep an eye for the big toe to be in line with the knee cap to give it a proper stand =) )

your pics though are awesome.
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ReverendSpooky wrote:Thank you so much Skywalkersaga!  You know, I had not heard the term "folk horror" before and it's a freakin perfect description.  Totally the kind of aesthetic I was going for.


Ah, you're welcome! And don't mind me.... I'm kind of obsessed with that whole aesthetic (and genre)! :3

ReverendSpooky wrote:And it's reassuring that there isn't too glaringly obvious difference in the head and body.  I really do believe that the rubber body and the hard plastic head reflect light very differently.  I'm using some pretty intense studio lights in some of these shots, and when it hits certain ways, that difference pops.

Completely agree. Artificial lighting is not kind when it comes to the 'plastic/vinyl vs. rubber' issue. ;p

 
ReverendSpooky wrote:It's great finding someone else who likes some of the more stylized looking figures too.  I've stayed realistic with the Radio Kings, but I'm trying to maintain this (somewhat) consistent stylized look across all the House of Seasons stuff, and it can be tough finding heads that walk that line.  And so glad you're digging Koda too!  I was pretty thrilled myself with how he came together.

I love both your Radio Kings and your House of Seasons! I get a sort of anime feeling from each of them, but in different ways. With the Radio Kings, I can see it in some of the clothing and hairstyles (St. Crow's outfit reminds me a little bit of a character from Wolf's Rain), while in your House of  Seasons it's makes me think of how anime characters would look if they suddenly appeared *in* the real world. Each one appeals to me in different ways. But then I love both live-action stuff *and* animation, and so I guess when I think about bringing my favourite fiction or genres to life in 1/6 scale, I automatically just view both as equally valid avenues to explore.

But even in just my brief time in this 1/6 customizing world so far, I can completely understand how difficult it is to walk that line between realistic and stylized, especially in the headsculpts....often because, it's very hard to even find headsculpts that are just the right level of 'in-between' in the first place. That's one thing I have been musing on recently -- this sort of strange (to me) dichotomy between the 'doll' aesthetic and the action figure aesthetic, and finding myself wishing there was a way of blending the better aspects of both.

In many respects, I'd say you've achieved something of that nature here --  as Tjolnir notes, your poses are incredible and very realistic. So even the 'stylized' aspect of the characters hairstyles or features still feels very 'real' because of how natural the poses are, and the characters have such life and, well, *character* to them. And of course the immense detail you put into them (and the dioramas) goes a long way toward that, but the posing (along with your photography and composition) really brings it all to another level.
  
ReverendSpooky wrote:I have a bunch more in this line coming up too.  It's going to be a fun ride.

Eee, can't wait! cheers


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