The Creatures Adoring the Valkyries
Another distinguished part of the Valkyrie is in their helmet design. Each one would wear a very different type of helmet, yet would be themed together based upon a different creature. There is a constant theme of merging a scary, yet beautiful creation that continued to stay top of mind for the team during the design process. Dela stated, “Initially, we wanted nine variations with the Valkyries and wanted to make it something unique to each of them, so we based them on animals and things we see from nature. The eight Valkyries are all animals designed early on by Vance Kovacs and Justin Sweet.” These masks would extenuate in all different directions, from various color choices to metalwork designs and are an important part of reaching the final Valkyrie, the Queen Sigrun.
“For the Queen, we wanted to give a mythical edge, so we based her mask on a dragon which was initially designed by José Cabrera. Again, we tried to keep them somewhat frightening, but almost a bit beautiful at the same time …and not being able to tell the thoughts behind who was underneath these death masks,” Dela stated. The masks definitely emitted that regal beauty, while still being creepy in nature with Sigrum being built up to be the most ornate and mysterious of them all.
The process of getting to the final design of the Valkyries took a lot of iterations in getting the balance just right, making sure that they were shown off as both skilled and refined. Raf remembered, “It was a long process of designing a helmet that looked Asgardian and trying to make it feel like it belonged as mighty warriors.” Hints of their past would be shown off in their armor sets – not looking completely polished and showcasing a long-and-tired past, such as in the torn feather designs on the helmets.