First i chopped him in half. with a rotating hand cutter. he was hollow so it was easier than expected. The theme is the king's corpse sunken into a swampish wetlands looking base. Chopping his metal jaw was more than a little frustrating. Ultimately a table vice and a hacksaw did the job.
Then i mounted archangel on him. (heh heh)
I had to be careful to cut out archangels right leg as it is part of the casting for the circle runestone base. I opted for an alternate pose as im not a big fan of the left arm resting on his leg. to do this i sanded down the original arm port and cut the arm at the elbow to spin the hand for a more natural pose. I also did the same to get a natural looking resting place for his left leg. (clean cut under the joint to rotate the foot) As you can see from this vantage point. (the right half of his chest) i'm still learning my way through grey/greenstuffing. While i know i'll improve this, i'm currently pleased with the overall result.
I'm not too happy with the tail. To fit it i had to chop around an inch of it. I may have to dedicate more time to a better/cleaner fit.
I greenstuffed it temporarily while i debate other options. I'm tempted to only use the metal portion of the tail here.
i haven't added the mountain king chains and other tweaks yet. The general idea is that the base will be some sort of quicksand. I plan to green/greystuff his head to make it clearer that he's dead. perhaps shaving several millimeters off half of his head to reveal the skull or something similar. could be fun!
anyways, this is where i stand thus far. 8 hours in and my basic pose seems relatively worked out.
i'm toying with the idea of a harrier on the mountain king's arm chewing on a whelp but i don't want it looking too "busy". constructive ideas and thoughts appreciated.