This is Ornstein from the masterpiece of a game, Dark Souls. Along with his partner in crime, Executioner Smough, he constitutes a major midgame boss battle that informs the first-time player that there will be no more ****ing around in this game.
Progress shots composite: i.imgur.com/tt8RtYm.jpg
I actually haven't been planning on doing him for that long (unlike, say, Captain Falcon, whose wire frame sat around literally for years), but I figured it was time to pay some tribute to Dark Souls. And the craft store had a sale on Sculpey, so how could I not stock up on that fabulous Antique Gold?
Ornstein measures 11 inches to the tip of his helm, and his weapon, the Dragonslayer Spear, is 16 inches long (and removable from his hand, since the golden bit on the back end can pop right off). My construction approach was very piecemeal, with every layer of armor and adornments being added a bit at a time (with multiple bakings). For the final baking, I had to have him lie face down on the pan (supported by a combination of crumpled foil and cotton balls), as the plume would have scraped the oven's ceiling and burned were he standing upright. The shoulder adornments and massive leg protectors are also removable, having been baked separately and attached via pins and holes. It's not especially visible here, but I burned the fringe of his red cape (draped over each leg) with matches prior to baking. All surfaces except that red cape and the dark gray chainmail have been glazed with Sculpey's official Gloss Glaze, for extra shininess.
I may decide to do more Dark Souls characters in the future (thinking about Capra Demon and Nito), although I honestly can't imagine that they'll top this one. We'll see.
Oh, and as always, Ornstein is made entirely from Sculpey polymer clay (along with foil cores and a 14 gauge wire skeleton).