“Power is a heavy burden. Only Bone has the strength, the fortitude... the resolve... to bear the weight of decisions that require sacrifice."
Sideshow is proud to announce the Xiall: Resolve of Bone Legendary Scale Bust, the newest addition to our original Court of the Dead collection. This bust is the second piece in our legendary scale bust collection.
Senior artist and key Court of the Dead designer, Amilcar Fong, sculpted Xiall traditionally. "Since the beginning, Xiall was a wonderful character to work on,” Amilcar recalled. “She expresses elegance, pride, respect, grace - all those traits - in a character made of bone. That was tough and fun. Sculpting the bone tissue to simulate the grace of skin tissue was challenging.”
Xiall, the Great Osteomancer and leader of the Faction of Bone, is Death’s right hand and the most powerful administrator in the Land of the Dead. This highly detailed third-scale bust portrays this haunting character in all her quiet glory.
“We are basically looking into the face of a beautiful woman that has no eyes in her eye sockets!” said Amilcar, of this bust’s unique expression. “Eyes are the windows to the soul... They say. So how to give the sense of soul to a character that has no eyes?” Amilcar certainly found a way! At this compelling larger scale, Court of the Dead fans and Bone Faction devotees can shudder at the chilling countenance of this harsh Underworld fixture.
And the bust was given a unique paint job to match its distinctive expression. "From the start, we knew we didn’t want to paint this bust ‘realistically,’” said Jesse Lincoln, project manager. "I took Casey Love [the Sideshow painter who colored the Xiall Bust] into our lobby, and showed him the wear and tear on our stone tile floors as a reference. The veneer had worn away to reveal complex and subtle layers of color underneath.” This weather worn intricacy was painstakingly reinterpreted to create an other-worldly paint texture that echoes of ancient wisdom and glows with ethereal undertones.
The Xiall bust stands a stately 16 inches tall. The Bone Faction leader's imposing visage is perched atop an elegantly macabre clawed base. The stately iron crests that crown Xiall’s head are ornately decorated with cryptic symbols and peculiar ornaments.
The Xiall: Resolve of Bone Legendary Scale Bust is a stunning, morbid and commanding bust, a timeless addition to any collection, and a standout addition to Sideshow’s original Court of the Dead line.