Behind the Scenes Look: New Gallevarbe Premium Format™ Figure

Few have yet to succumb to the beauty of Death’s Siren. Gallevarbe is one of the few beings in Death’s Court that has lived a human life, having spent her time in the Mortal Realm as a spy for her country. Gallevarbe was eventually caught, and – loyal to her ideals – murdered by her nation’s enemies. The Alltaker and Queen Gethsemoni saw this noble act, and offered Gallevarbe a place in the Underworld.

While an alluring siren may be her preferred aquatic form, being a spy for the Queen means Gallevarbe must adapt to her physical form to fit her mission. As a member of the Flesh Faction, Gallevarbe shapeshifts into a plethora of entities. In this latest iteration, Gallevarbe takes on the elements of a serpent, ready to strike and snuff out her prey on land.

Thousands of hours go into the making of such a richly detailed and storied character. The Gallevarbe: Eyes of the Queen Premium Format™ Figure went up for pre-order on March 8th. Read on for a special, behind-the-scenes look into her creation:

 


What influences were at work when designing Gallevarbe: Eyes of the Queen?

“Gallevarbe, as a member of Flesh Faction, can manipulate her form into a variety of shapes and sizes. Some purely humanoid, some more monstrous, she uses her body to suit whatever purpose is necessary for the task at hand. With the Eyes of the Queen statue, we wanted to explore a “naga” form, as well as emphasizing her assassin aesthetic. This time with armor, daggers and her body sleeked for movement, Gallevarbe is ready for action.”
– Rachel Roubicek, Designer

 


What were some challenges you faced when blending Gallevarbe’s more human aspects with her snake-like form?

“The challenge was not to make the transition too abrupt. The transition between her torso and lower snake/centipede half was of course at the waist, which is covered by her body armor. So, the surface transition is, for the most part, happening underneath that. To help make it not look like she was just wearing some kind of snake-skirt costume, we brought the scale pattern up her back, and across her shoulders and face, while fading into her skin to help blend it all together.”
– Mark Newman, Sculptor

What were your favorite elements to work on in this statue?

“Working on the portrait is always one of my favorite parts of a sculpt. Finding the character and mood of the piece often centers in on the portrait. The most challenging part [for Gallevarbe] – that turned out to be quite a struggle for me – but ultimately ended up as another favorite aspect of this piece, is the pose. Engineering her lower snake half to wrap around the base with an elegant swirl; then breaking it up into inconspicuous sections to mold and cast; then reassembling it without showing obvious part lines can always be a brain strain. I often have no idea how I’m going to tackle those challenges until I dig in and start sculpting the piece and figure it out along the way. I’ve found that engineering a sculpt for production in a traditional sculpt as opposed to a digital sculpt is always more challenging.”
– Mark Newman, Sculptor


This iteration of Gallevarbe has an entirely different physical form factor compared with her first statue. What paint strategies did you use to maintain the character?

“While some of Gallevarbe’s sculptural elements have evolved, her main color palette has remained the same. The approach to her skin and tail were the same, but with some updated paint techniques for the skin.”
– Kat Sapene, Painter

What were some of the more difficult elements to achieve with this statue?

“There are a lot more clothing elements on this statue than in the first version, so getting all the colors to work well together was a real challenge. The clothing is more elaborate as well, so I had to figure out how to break up those clothing elements with color without making her seem too gaudy. I went through a couple of different versions of color combinations before settling on this one. She’s supposed to be sneaking around, so her colors needed to be subdued while still bringing out the different textures and elements in the clothing. The trick was not to make her look gaudy.”
– Kat Sapene, Painter

How is this figure different or unique compared with the first iteration?

“Aside from the clothing, one of the biggest changes in this version of Gallevarbe is how her scales come out from under her hair and start to frame her face. She’s more creature in this version, but still beautiful.”
– Kat Sapene, Painter


The colors you chose to light this piece with are unique! How did you go about deciding to use the vibrant reds rather than the more traditional brand palette of blues and greens?

“Gallevarbe’s gallery is representing the colors of her Flesh Faction, versus the teals symbolic to the all-encompassing Underworld. The reds/golds are also meant to compliment her cool paint scheme, which I wanted to pop. We also wanted to play up her new serpent-like form, so the goal was to create the illusion of her slithering through the shadows. Isolating her into her Flesh Faction tones also illustrates her spy-assassin role of being the Eyes of the Queen. In contrast, Death’s Siren’s blue/teal color palette was primarily used to represent the role she plays in the Underworld as a whole (as well as the aquatic tones you’d normally associate with sea-life… or uh, sea-death).”
– Jeannette Villarreal, Photographer

What was the most challenging part of this statue to accurately show through photographs?

“The most challenging (but fun!) part was making sure she came off as the seductress spy assassin she is, lurking through the shadows and ready to serve her Queen with no mercy. A mini-set of rocky walls and structures were put together for the dramatic part of her photoshoot, so she appears mysterious and inconspicuous.”
– Jeannette Villarreal, Photographer


A menagerie of skilled souls collaborated for over two years to make Gallevarbe: Eyes of the Queen Premium Format™ Figure a reality, and she is finally available for pre-order! This deadly serpentine assassin is a striking addition to any mourner’s collection.

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