Amethyst's real name is Amy Winston. As a small infant her parents, the rulers of the House of Amethyst on Gemworld, were both murdered by Dark Opal. She was rescued by a witch named Citrina who escaped with her to Earth. By the time of her thirteenth birthday she is still unaware of her heritage, but on this day much becomes revealed to her. A tiny lizard enters the Winston home and replaces her birthday present with a magical amethyst necklace. She is soon after kidnapped in her room by a hideous ogre, who takes her to Fortress Opal in Gemworld. During the journey there she is transformed into a 20 year old woman. She is soon introduced to one of Dark Opal’s minions, Sardonyx. She is ordered to be taken to the Dark Opal by the Ogre but she is soon rescued by Granch a servant for the House of Amethyst. She is reunited with Citrina who reveals that she intended to tell her of her past, just not in such a shocking manner. She is explained the system by which Gemworld works, with the twelve houses, each of which has a focal stone and to which the House of Amethyst is the ruling member. She thus begins to live a dual life, part on Earth and part on Gemworld as the heir to the magical power. Everytime she visits Gemworld she ages by 7 years due to differences in time.
The new 52 origin of the character is as of yet not fully clear, though it seems to fit in with the previous origin in most regards.
Her first appearance was in Legion of Super-Heroes #298 in 1983 in a free insert intended as an introduction to the character. Soon after her solo maxi-series was launched in 1983 from creators Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin and Ernie Colon.
The Moonstone figurine by Eaglemoss jumped out at me. I'd looked at the Wonder Woman figurine first but decided to go with Moonstone, which had a more feminine build, more slim, which suited Amethyst better.
Hardly any preparation needed to set this figurine up for the sculpting part of the process. All that was needed was to smooth away some of the costume lines, and then remove from a Marvel base, and re-base on to a DC one.
I started the sculpt with her boots, using Milliput to create the long folded effect with the gap at the front cut out once set. I then moved on to the skirt area wrapped around her backside, sculpting grooves to give the correct effect of material. Next was to add the basic belt area, sitting on top of the skirt, and the golden area sat on top of her rib-cage. Once the belt was set, and carved to the correct thickness, I added in three triangles, one at the front, and two sat on each hip, and finally added the gems to each triangle.
The next stage of this process was to add the wrist guard, shoulder pad, chest gem, and small wrist piece on her left arm. The final piece of the main sculpt was to add the scarf which is attached to her left wrist, which is then joined to her right shoulder. This needed to be done using one long piece of Milliput, which I shaped to look like flowing material. Once set I carved the folds in to it.
The last part of the sculpt was to add the sword. I used a Lego sword, with Milliput added on top to create a cutlass type shape, and added the hand-guard, not forgetting the detail at the base of the guard.
Purple areas - Xereus Purple, Genestealer Purple, Blue Ink and Midnight Blue
Blue Areas - Ultramarines Blue, Blue Ink, and Midnight Blue
Skin - Elf Flesh, and Dwarf Flesh
Hair - Flash Gitz Yellow, Blazing Orange, Golden Yellow, and Light Yellow Model Color (Vallejo)
Metal areas - Burnished Gold, Gorthor Brown, Mithril Silver, and Abaddon Black
Eyes - Skull White, and Genestealer Purple
Abaddon Black for the base
Basic stages in creating Amethyst
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*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on Amethyst.