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Decided to start a project based on a piece Knarthex gave me at Paint Day last Saturday.


It was a neat piece of white marble in the shape of a hexagon that was intended to be used for floor tiles.  One side of the hex is glued to string webbing that would keep a sheet of them together and spaced correctly.


So, I put the smooth side down and cleaned the back webbing off the edges and contemplated the piece and what minis I have waiting for bases.


I chose the P-65 Heavy Metal Young Swamp Dragon I've been saving since Reaper cleared out their lead for Bones.


So, I  decided to apply little plastic squares as tile work.  I left the alignment rough as I will rough em up and age them.


The web backing will keep the basing materials secured to the smooth marble.


Here's a pic...




Next, drying glue and sawing lead.

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Integral base removed.  Sadly the hind leg didn't much care for the effort and came free.  So after some reconstructive surgery his hind leg is rebuilt.  Once it completely cures I will add some more green stuff to sculpt the leg back to shape.









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Anyone else notice how Reaper's Swamp Dragon kind of looks like Lockheed, Kitty Pryde's Dragon from Marvel?




Just bigger looking and getting his adult scales.  :blink:

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Color conversation with Ub3r on FB ... add your thoughts.

Thrym: Was thinking copper/brass dragon but I could go any direction color wise. Except white. Or other light colors.

Ub3r N3rd: i like copper with a lot of verdigris

Thrym: Use Bronze on the scales and copper on the "skin" with verdigris at the edges of the skin. And a medium tan/red for the underbelly.

Ub3r N3rd: yup

Thrym: Should I do the classic ... black/white tiles?

Ub3r N3rd: hmm, i'd make it something that fits more with the type of dragon or staying with the same color palette

Thrym: Green and Tan

Ub3r N3rd: do marble ... i just linked a tutorial [http://abarothsworld.com/Tricks/painting%20tutorials.htm]

Thrym: I have Wappel's as well.

Ub3r N3rd: green with tan marbling

Thrym: Green with white marbling. White with green marbling. A little higher contrast so the marbling stands out.

Ub3r N3rd: YEP

Thrym: And sticks to two colors. Then I will beat it up.

Ub3r N3rd: there you go

Thrym: Might sprinkle some gold coins on it afterward. Thinking about it, I might swap the bronze to the skin (darker) and then use the copper on the scales. But still add verdigris to the skin edges along his belly.

Ub3r N3rd: I like that

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Some paint goes a long way:






And somewhat sort of happy with the green stuff finish of the right rear leg:




So, the colors:


The basecoat of the body is Scorched Metal.  The basecoat, and I use that term lightly, of the wings is Ancient Bronze.


I like the two colors together.  The Ancient Bronze will need several coats where used.


As I mentioned with Ub3r, I think the lighter color will be the scales and the darker color will be the main skin tone.  His underbelly will be a greenish tan.


Once the basecoats are set, I'll play with the verdigris on his skin and wings.  I think the edges of the scaled skin will get the effect and a pattern on his wings.  Also thinking the tail tip and something on his face, almost like a tattoo pattern.


Thoughts and comments are welcome.

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Loaded this photo into Photoshop and created a Verdigris effect on the wings to show placement concept.


Basically the webbing end has the "verdigris" irritation growing toward the limb side and it's more prevalent along the "fingers".





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Tonight's work:




Marbled the tiles.  Used the same colors for both base colors; Reaper Jungle Camo and Vallejo Panzer Stencil. 


Applied Reaper Ancient Bronze to the scales along the left flank.


And I used Vallejo English Uniform for the dragon's underbelly. 


Once done I gloss coated the floor.


Still a lot to do.   I will take better pictures tomorrow. 


C&C are welcome as always. 

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