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Teronus the Ultimate Dragon WIP (aka Arthur)

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Hi guys,


So, I've decided to post the lenghty process I am embarking on in the painting of Teronus, the Ultimate Dragon. First, though, I shall bore you all with a little background story.


Teronus is part of the old Grenadier Dragon Lords line. If I remember correctly, you had to buy all the other dragon lords, send in your UPC codes, and you could get Teronus. He's big and heavy and beautiful :) My mom used to paint when I was a kid (let's say about 20 years ago, I think that puts us in the right time area) and she is a great lover of dragons. Anyway, she's painted up a whole slew of other dragons (all of which we still have, and they are very nice) but she never finished Teronus. So, a few years ago, when I started painting, I offered to "finish" him for her. She said I could have him. So, I started my project. All went well, the wings looked lovely, the main body was nice, and then I worked on the belly... and it looked like crap. I tried very hard to fix it but nothing I could do worked. So, Teronus, now dubbed "Arthur" got "The Bath". I have now fixed some problems there were originally with the sculpt of his belly (not enough definition between some of his scales, for one), patched some holes, pinned that long pretty tail so it would stop falling off on me, and I have now begun again from the very beginning.


I now have him planned as part of a very cool (at least in my head it's cool, let's hope I can pull it off!) diorama, the creation of which I would like to share with all of you. This first post includes pictures of my progress so far. I hope you like and I apologize to those with slow connections for all the pictures :) Any and all comments/suggestions as I go along would be welcome and appreciated.




So, pictures to begin. Here are the original base layout of the piece, minus a few figures. I've decided Arthur will be facing off against a group of adventurers out to steal his treasure. This was my first ever attempt at doing anything with pink foam and, while I admit using my foam cutter is tons of fun, I wish I'd researched the process of getting it painted more. My first attempt at primer ended up with melted foam! Luckily, I was brilliant and came up with a solution, as you will be able to see in the next pics.


Here, to start, is the unpainted (and unglued, I think) layout (the written marks you may be able to see are the placements of the adventurers in relation to Arthur,




the layout with Arthur,




and then the layout with polyfill used to create the beginnings of the cavern floor.






Okay, the beginnings of painting.


Here I've done the majority of the painting and highlighting on the base. I want the cavern to be dark, so that the figures and other objects stand out more. Once I finish all the pieces and glue them in, I'm going to finish highlighting the base to complete it. I think you can see how some of the stones look different. Some are the ones that melted when I first primed the piece. I decided, since they would be too hard to remove, that I would keep them. I covered the pieces of foam with green stuff, and I find I like the effect of "melted rock" that they now have. It's like he was breathing fire and melted some of the rocks around him, whereas the non-melted rocks have only recently fallen - perhaps in this very battle :)




And this is a close-up of the pile of treasure at the dragon's feet. It is mostly complete - I have a couple of items that are not on there yet as well as some "gems" I bought at Michael's which I will add later as well. I adore the way this pile of treasure has turned out so far. I wanted it to look like mostly just a huge pile of gold coins, and I tell you it was not easy finding something that would be small enough and still work.




And finally, the last pics to bring us up to date. I have begun work on the dragon himself. I decided to start with the belly scales. The dragon is going to be mostly green, with golden/yellow belly scales. I wanted to start with the belly because I need practice with my yellows and I figured if I mess it up, it's easier to start over :)


Here is a picture of the belly with only the base yellows - the very dark and then the mid tone. He's resting upside down because I find it easier to work on him that :)




And this is the completed belly. I must say, I'm very happy with how it turned out. Of course, I just spent 2 hours doing all that highlighting, so I'd better be happy! I think I just want to put a light glaze over it to smooth out the transitions (you may not be able to see it so well in the pics, but it's kind of rough).




Anyway, that's the end of my post, to begin. I hope to keep at this one regularly and I'll keep you all updated :)


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Looks like my big V might have some compitition for treasure hording! BTW, what did you use to make your gold coins? Looking great so far! Love the large base.



Hi, thanks for the compliment! For the coins, I actually used "fruit" from Woodland Scenics. They come in red and orange, and are the perfect scale for a treasure pile. They're not the most fun to work with (I mean, they're tiny little balls, right? The end up EVERYWHERE) but they are definitely worth it :)

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Wow, really great start. This thing is going to look awesome.


As far as the foam goes, what I do before priming is go over the foam with a paint/elmers glue mixture, which seals the foam from the destructive primer, and then you can prime everything. Just make sure to water the glue paint mix down a little to keep most of your texture.

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This is a great start on Teronus. The yellows on the belly look good; can we get some close-ups too?


As an aside, Teronus was actually part of Grenadier's Dragon Lords Special Editions line. The mail-off dragon that you are thinking of is the Dragon King miniature from the Series I Dragon of the Month line. Teronus is uncommon, but turns up with some regularity on eBay; the Dragon King is exceedingly rare and almost never turns up (I think I've seen it come around twice in the last 4-5 years).


Still, the Teronus is an impressive model, rivaling many of the larger dragons today in size. Can't wait to see this one finished!



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Wow. I just noticed it's been three months since I've posted here. Well, I've been insanely busy the last little while - my sister just got married two weeks ago and my mother and I were doing most of the planning/work for the wedding. The good news? The wedding went off wonderfully! The bad news? No painting ::(:


Anyway, I've got some update pictures to show off. I'll start with a reply to Shakandara's request for a close up of the belly scales. I will admit I'm not quite done - up close you can see how rough the blending is. I want to take a glaze to it to even it out some but I admit I've been a little afraid of messing it up... Soon, though...




And here is a shot of the base greens for his body scales. I've not yet done the highlighting on them, but it already looks a million times better just having the colour there.




And here, finally, I shall introduce you to Teronus' foes - a mighty band of warriors! They still need a lot of work, but I've begun all of them, so I thought I'd post a few pics ::):


We have the brave fighter,




The half-orc paladin,




and her faithful unicorn friend,




a sneaky thief (yeah, I noticed I mucked up his face ::P: )




and of course a powerful wizard




So, I hope you like them so far. I hope to have more free time to paint now that the wedding is past, so I should be updating more often.



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BTW, what did you use to make your gold coins? Looking great so far! Love the large base.



Hi, thanks for the compliment! For the coins, I actually used "fruit" from Woodland Scenics. They come in red and orange, and are the perfect scale for a treasure pile. They're not the most fun to work with (I mean, they're tiny little balls, right? The end up EVERYWHERE) but they are definitely worth it :)


I know something that looks similar to those. I work at a sandblasting plant, and we use little beads of stainless steel that look exactly like that. I may have to use those sometime. Too bad they are more spherical then flat.

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Yay! Another update!


I've finished most of the highlighting on the outer scales. I'm pretty sure they're good, but I'll wait until the rest is done (or closer to done) to decide if I want to go another shade or two. My next order of business will be the lighter scales and his wings.





requisite booty shot (kind of. Hey, he's got a lot of booty...):




I'm also trying to decide how I want to do the horns on his head. My original plan was to do a gradient from the beige you see here to black, but now I'm thinking it won't work so well. I think that with the way they are sculpted, it'll just look weird. Any suggestions?




And, finally, I've done some more work on my wizard, adding some highlights to his cloak and my first ever attempt at freehand. I think it turned out nicely, don't you? ::):




Comments/suggestions/constructive criticisms welcome as always ::D:



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