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Sorry for being away from the Forum for so long.

 

So ... how does one pronounce "peryton"? 

I've usually said it like "keratin" (stress on the first syllable), but I suppose it could rhyme with "enlighten" (stress on the second syllable) instead.

I realized only weeks ago that I had been mispronouncing "wyvern" all my life, and the first syllable is long like "five", not short like "shiv".

 

Anyway...
I taught a class called "Fur, Feathers, and Scales" class at ReaperCon 2018.

I used the Bones peryton as a demonstration, because of the big feathered wings.

The first-edition Monster Manual gives the coloration of a peryton as blue-black head, black horns, green wings, and blue chest (male) or drab chest (female).

I showed my students pictures of real hawks and falcons, most of which have dark tips on their wing feathers, and sometimes a series of dark stripes. 

Then I painted one of the peryton's wings to have stripes like that (black on green).
 

Now I've decided to paint the whole figure, to at least a good tabletop standard.

I attached it to a 50mm round base, sculpted some extra rocks, and sculpted the skeleton of a past victim (a Reaper pewter skull, plus bones made from putty).

Perytons bite the hearts out of their prey, so I made the skeleton's ribcage open/broken in front.

 

Here's how my version looked after I spent 2 hours slapping on Black Brush-on Primer and White Brush-on Primer, to establish the overall values.

The primer didn't fully cover the striped green wing from my ReaperCon class.

 

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Enjoy,

Derek

 

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Hmm. I never thought about a different way to pronounce peryton. How presumptuous of me! ;)

 

A couple years ago, I made a list of birds with amazing plumage (with cats to match!) for my peryton parade. Yet another project I never got around to or forgot until my memory was jogged! I'm excited to see this one painted!

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I like that pattern, it's more natural.

 

I don't care how to pronounce peryton, the more important question is:

How does one cook a peryton?

Half deer, half bird...

 

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I believe the peryton originated in Greek mythology.  It is my understanding that there is thought to have been a lot of variation in the way Greek was pronounced in ancient times, so it is possible that more than one different pronunciation may be "correct".

 

Personally, I have always imagined it in a similar way to DKS, with stress on the first syllable.

 

It's a fascinating beastie, in any case.

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I've always pronounced it PEAR-ee-tun, similar to how TaleSpinner does, but with the accent on the first syllable.

 

Both Greek and Latin were spoken widely - very widely - and so pronunciation did vary, and at least in the case of Latin, the sentence form and structure was very loose. That said, I am not sure this was a true mythological creature from antiquity. I believe Jorge Luis Borges invented it, but claimed he found it in an old manuscript. Not sure if anybody has ever seen said manuscript.

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13 hours ago, dks said:

So ... how does one pronounce "peryton"? 

 

I've always said "perry-tawn".  But I've also said "Min-o-tor" and "cen-tor", and other people say "my-no-tar" and "cen-tar".  I've dated a lot of greek girls and been to a million greek weddings, but these experiences and getting wasted on ouzo have not shed light on how to pronounce things.  Probably the ouzo contributed to much mispronouncing of things.  

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Thanks for the lively discussion about pronunciation, mispronunciation, and myth-pronunciation.

 

20 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

How does one cook a peryton?

Half deer, half bird...

 

Um ... skewered venison medallions plus spicy wings on the grill?  With tzatziki sauce for dipping?

Or just fireball it dead and pick off whatever meat gets cooked through.

 

I blocked in the colors with rough wet-blended transitions, and dabbed some other colors into the basing, all with my #0 filbert brush.  I switched to a small round brush for finer work on the red eyes.  I glazed crimson over the "black" antlers, to hint at their bloody purpose and draw your eye.

The Monster Manual didn't say what color to make the lower body and legs, so I went with a purplish black, fading to brown on the feet.  I might shift more of the body to a brown-black instead, and/or with a paler underbelly, as a more naturalistic "deer" color.

 

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Enjoy,

Derek

 

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Pear-ee-ton is how I pronounce it myself. Granted it prob be easier to say to myself then saying it out loud. Last Monday night I had a hard time saying "Maglubiyet" (D&D god of goblins & probably close personal friend of @buglips*the*goblin :poke:). I've said it numerous times but when it counted I really flubbed it up for some reason. According to FR wiki it's "ma-GLUB-i-yet". I think I said, "Mag-LUB-yet"

 

 

Awesome work so far DKS!! Love the subdued colors. Also fantastic work on the bones. I would have said those were the skeleton used in the Chronoscope figure "Mrs Pringle?" (ie the one with the anatomy display).

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5 hours ago, dks said:

Thanks for the lively discussion about pronunciation, mispronunciation, and myth-pronunciation.

 

 

Um ... skewered venison medallions plus spicy wings on the grill?  With tzatziki sauce for dipping?

Or just fireball it dead and pick off whatever meat gets cooked through.

 

I blocked in the colors with rough wet-blended transitions, and dabbed some other colors into the basing, all with my #0 filbert brush.  I switched to a small round brush for finer work on the red eyes.  I glazed crimson over the "black" antlers, to hint at their bloody purpose and draw your eye.

The Monster Manual didn't say what color to make the lower body and legs, so I went with a purplish black, fading to brown on the feet.  I might shift more of the body to a brown-black instead, and/or with a paler underbelly, as a more naturalistic "deer" color.

 

77392_Peryton_dks_WIP2-3views-750h.thumb.jpg.436cf143e652c13e7e62a5eb8f34e657.jpg

 

Enjoy,

Derek

 

 

I love that colourscheme!

Great basing as well.

 

Hm, maybe we should publish a Cookbook, 1001 Recipes for Mythological Creatures.

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Another 2 hours this afternoon. 
I put some new paint on most parts of the peryton -- mostly intermediate smoothing tones, and textured highlighting. 
I also added some higher highlights on the skeleton and rocks, and painted the rim of the base.

In the small on-screen view here, it doesn't look very different from my previous photos -- so maybe that means it was already "tabletop quality"? -- but if you zoom in, you can see some finer brushwork and blending.

 

Not much left: deeper shadows and higher highlights; hawk/falcon-inspired dark striping on the primary wing feathers; more blending & glazing on the rocks; then grass/foliage.

 

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