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Its been a work of patience.  I didn't remember the treasure pile being quite so large. Anyway, Here is Ral Partha Imperial dragon.  Hes just been sitting on my shelf for more than a decade with "I'll paint him later" written all over him.  I decided I needed to do some treasure and well this is where he is so far.  I am looking for comments/critique on him and any treasure suggestions that anyone would like to put forth.  There are chests, sacks of coins, scepters, cloth, mirrors, altars, stones, books, heads and just about everything else and i am pretty tuckered coming up with new color schemes for hoard items.


Let me know what you think.  next comes the great basing. This will also be interesting.


And yes I am trying some new lighting options for taking pictures so commentary on that would be great as well.






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for lighting     you need to have smoother surfaces so the camera only sees the figure.  All those folds are forcing it to focus on them and thus your pics are not as sharp as they could be.  In addition try to find somethig with a neutral backround..say a light grey. too much white sends the color sensors off..again they pick up the cloth not the figure.


this is all based on my experimenting so take it with a huge grain of salt.. I use auto focus.. that should tell you something.

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Thanks for the input.  A am just getting above the "take a picture on the workbench stage.  also trying to find a system that doesn't take up huge amounts of space once I have the system down.  :)  wishful thinking but I can hope...

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Any suggestion I might have made evaporated into a rapidly dispersing mist as I scrolled down to the Dragon. That is JUST TOO COOL to give any advice that might alter you approach to the Beasty...I love the eyes. Keep up the FINE WORK!

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Aww. I had that dragon once. It was my first really major mini purchase. I never painted more than some of the treasure, though, and I gave it away years back.




I do like the wild expression you've given it.

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Good on you for tackling that beastie! ::):


Mine's still in its box, and has been since that dragon was a mere hatchling. :blush:

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Thanks for all the great comments!


Mine was beginning to show signs of lead rot.  I have had some luck in preventing it by pickling it in vinegar followed by a scrub and sealing the metal with shellac and primer.  Since it was built sealed and primed, i took out the green stuff and filled in the gaps. That done, one thing led to another and... we have a nearly complete mini. 


There are a few issues with this model.  The metal is soft enough and the wings heavy enough that if you don't hide some form of support in the wings, like a brass rod, they will need to be repositioned about once a year.  the tail also fits really badly and the spines are both easy to lose and easy to damage.  the example here has 3 spines replaced with green stuff


I particularly like the floppy ears though and the treasure really is diverse.  I ordered a lightbox and some real lights so maybe my photography can do justice to some of the smaller details

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much better pics. really my only feedback is about the eyes. they seem off/flat in comparison to the rest of the figure. for monster eyes i always like to base them off of the gem technique for more drama. not saying that is what is needed here, just that they are missing....something (highlight?).


everything else is really nice, though. great dragon you have there, with a proper sparkling horde.

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