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Here Be Dragons (Or, TheOldGuard tries to make a sizable dent in his painted Bones 3 collection!)

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I thought I'd start a WIP as an ongoing personal incentive to get the larger monsters in my Bones 3 collection painted up & finished - it's mostly all Dragons but I also have some of the other larger monsters that I may throw into the mix here & there.


I'm kicking off with Diabolus & Stormwing & I'm using their names as the general inspiration for the colour schemes I'll be using.




First off I glued the minis up & filled in any major gaps with green stuff:







When dry, I painted the green stuff areas with primer followed by a coat of light grey to try & match the surrounding bonesium colour.









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Just finished the main base colour on Diabolus using Cote D'Arms "Dusky Yellow". I also gave the feet & lower limbs a wash of Citadel "Casandora Yellow" to give some definition.




I trying to achieve a firey fade effect overall so next, I brushed on a coat of Cote D'Arms "Golden Yellow" starting from the elbows/ankles & working upwards leaving the wing membranes & back fins alone. I also drybrushed the feet and lower limb areas with "Dusky Yellow" to lighten them up.






I don't think I've ever painted this much yellow in one go - it's looking quite vibrant! :B):


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A bit more progress......


I applied Cote D'Arms "Ruby Red" to the top half of the scaled body & used dry brushing to try & blend the red & yellow areas together where they meet.







Next, I painted the topmost red areas with CD'A "Vampire Red". I also mixed up a 1:1 mix of "Dusky Yellow" & white & highlighted the feet.










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A little more progress with some black drybrushing on the top side. I'm not too sure about how the head looks currently, will probably come back for some reworking after I've done the mouth, eyes & horns.











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Update time!......


This week, I finished the mouth using reds yellows & oranges with a touch of blue for the tongue tip for a diabolical touch. I kept the inside of the throat & nostrils yellow to capture it's "inner glow", also completed the eyes, teeth & darkened the head a little bit more.

I painted all the claws & horns with a black base followed by a couple of red highlight layers & base coated the base with black.









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After a brief absence, I'm back with an update to Diabolus.


First, I painted the large scale plates of the underside with CD'A "Golden Yellow" leaving the "Dusky Yellow" showing in the crevices. I then painted the lower edge of each scale with "Angel Red".





Next, I painted a thinned mix of "Golden Yellow" on to the last 2 thirds of each wing membrane section followed by a thinned mix of "Angel Red" to the rear wing membrane edges to add some variation & definition. I then drybrushed "Ruby Red" onto the wing membrane edges front & back followed by "Black" to the rear edge membranes.

I also used these colours to paint the spines down the neck & back to create a fiery effect.









Finally, I felt that the underside scales colour transitions were a little harsh so I tidied them up using "Golden Yellow". I also drybrushed the base with blue/greys.






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Next up will be Stormwing.


When I first assembled him a couple of months ago, he was standing tall & proud but now he seems to be looking around on the ground for some gold coins he's dropped:




Has anyone dealt with the droopyness on this particular mini or got any thoughts on sorting it? What did you do & did it last? I think that if I drag the tail down then pin & glue it to the base, it could work but would I need to put pins in the ankles for extra support?




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