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Well, I'm finally doing it. I'm going to start painting Ma'al. I think I've gotten enough figured out with Mini Ma'al that I can start. At the very least I'm going to start prepping him for painting...that might take a while. Blue liner and mold line removal are first! Not going to boil him because I can live with the slight bend in the wing(maybe, we'll see how I feel before I liner that wing.) Probably won't post more pictures until after I've linered him.
Well... the time is nearly upon me. I'm on my last night of work for the next six days, so it's time to tackle this beastie! Or at least it will be tomorrow, Just setting up the thread and planning my attack. I've painted all the other 'large' things, but this is the first I've seen of the 7-day challenges. I'm actually pretty excited about it. A lot of my normal strategies are thrown out the window because of the rule stipulations and I'm NOT sure I'll be able to get the result I want... I have a plan for the wings, but that may be needed to come back to after the challenge is over... Still not sure yet. I've made a reputation for making the most of the tools I have for interesting results... Just not sure yet about THESE tools.. So yeah... I've got it fitted and washed... I've replaced the paints I needed... and I tied up any brush bigger than 0 and threw them in a drawers to avoid mistakes... Just need to finish out this shift, grab a few hours sleep... and start the clock. The weekend should be fine, but I'm going to lose some time on Monday... I still think I have it in me!! Frankly the biggest issue I predict is going to be internet access. I have my phone, but I hate typing on that... hence the cut and pasting being done tonight. Still think I can do this though!!!
This is a lot of dragon to paint. There is more I could do (there always is), but I'm calling it done. He is bit too big for my photo booth, but what do you expect from the Dragon Tyrant? I based the color scheme on the 90's D&D cartoon version of Tiamat with some artistic interpretation on my part. I assembled the main body, arms, legs and head, but left the wings and two other sub-assemblies of neck and head apart for painting. This meant that I had to fill some gaps after final assembly and paint over the green stuff I used, but I think it made the different parts more accessible for painting. For those that have not yet assembled this model, you'll want to slot the feet into the base while the glue sets on the legs and body; the fit is not exact and if you don't you may find the stance too narrow to fit onto the base. This meant I had to fill in some gaps between the legs and body, but nothing a little roll of green stuff could not fix.I also had to fill some gaps around the left wing, but that may have more to do with me not paying close enough attention when gluing it to the body. Anyway, here is Ma'al Drakar the Dragon Tyrant in all his tabletop glory.
So one reason I backed bones III was Ma'al, he is big mean and about the size of the other cool 5 headed Dragon I have. The Apocalypse Dragon. I have been meaning to learn to paint and repaint this big guy for a while now. But now I have a good reason to go all out so I can have a snapshot of a truly epic battle! And the dwarf between them if the first mini I have ever painted with a face. Hah so I hope I can quickly gain the skill to do these guys justice.