Time for a wizard. Snakes, horns, skulls, this boy is clearly not a white hat wearer, and a badass necromancer seemed the right way to go. The book was a bit worrying, looked oversized, like the ridiculous bible thing Warcraft III paladins carry around.
This was the first of the Reapers that had the recommended soapy bath before painting and it made a helluva difference - the primer stuck like glue rather than beading as it often does.
Plain black robes would have looked flat, as black au naturel tends to do, so it was drybrushed with a bit of Emshin grey. This formed the base of his hair (down the back) and beard, frosted with some light grey to make him look appropriately seasoned. For the same reason, a light flick of Tallaran Sand over his fleshy bits (face and hands! Honestly..) to make them look a bit aged. Purple for the stole and shoulderpads, trimmed in gold, and a silver belt. The book pages are Tallaran Sand, scribbled on in black, then washed in packs of Nuln Oil to make them look ancient. Fortunately all that made it look rather less enormous and a bit lighter, somehow.
Quite pleased with this; looks like the next word will be "Zap!" possibly followed by "Ribbit?"