Brunhilde – The Valkyrie

Well, it has been about a week’s work on and off, and over 120 layers in the making, but finally here we have Rebecca Romjin Stamos as Barbara Norris aka Brunhilde aka Valkyrie.

From various web bios:

Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 475 lbs Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde

Occupation: Adventurer, (former) Chooser of the Slain

Place of Creation/Birth: Asgard

Known Relatives: none

Info: The Valkyrie possesses the conventional attributes of an Asgardian woman (“goddess”). Like all Asgardians, she is extremely long-lived (although not immortal like the Olympians), superhumanly strong (the average Asgardian female can lift about 25 tons; the Valkyrie can lift 45 tons), immune to all diseases, and resistant to conventional injury, (Asgardian flesh and bone is about 3 times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to all Asgardians’ superhuman strength and weight.

The Valkyrie’s Asgardian metabolism gives her far greater than human endurance at all physical activities) She can exert peak strength for an hour before fatigue impairs her ability level. The Valkyrie has had extensive training in unarmed combat, swordplay, and horseback riding. Her natural fighting ability is unsurpassed among Asgardian women. Valkyrie employs two weapons, the enchanted sword, Dragonfang, and unnamed iron spear.

Dragonfang is the name of the sword wielded by Brunhilde the Valkyrie. An Oriental wizard named Kahji-Da was said to have carved the sword out of the tusk of an extradimensional dragon. It eventually passed into the possession of the Ancient One, who in turn gave it to his disciple Doctor Strange. Strange awarded it to the Valkyrie after the Norse goddess had returned the Black Knight’s Ebony Blade, which she had been using, to its rightful owner. The sword is virtually indestructible.

Art: Starting with an image of RRS standing in what looked like a wheat field, first thing i did was remove out the original collar line of her swim costume. The main body of the costume was created in the same fashion as my Xmen Judgement piece (see art notes). The metals were all created with various layers of gradient fills and the burn tool.

The cape was attempted using one of the tutorials Dperciful posted to the hints’n’tips thread. Added additional texturing to the resultant material. The background is actually three seperate photo’s of the Highlands up areound Ullapool – The sky and big hill is a layer, Castle Ardvreck & the water & hill on the right another layer, and the grass closest at the bottom on a third layer. I actually went as far as texturing Dragonfang (seen behind the title) before I remembered in this piece it would be in a scabard which is bound with rectangles with a deformed leather texture as is the sword handle. The font is Skeksis.

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