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Time to paint a new Dragon. and whats a dragon without a WIP?
This will be My second largest painted Dragon, behind only DDS2. It will slip to 3rd when I get around to painting the KDM Dragon King, that boy is a Chonk.
My goal is two months - ie end of the year. otherwise I will have only finished one dragon this year, when normally I paint 3.
but white is so boring.
lets see what references I can find to spice it up.
Ooooh Mamma !
so to translate this into the figure ...
mint/pastel green tint on scales, pink in the creases.
the lizard above seems to have green around some scales and pink around others. im not really sure how to make that work.
time for some rough drafts.
Rule of thirds - all white surfaces should be 1/3 or less other colors, this way it should still read as white scales.
It could easily overwhelm the dragon, and lose the white designation . (ie DO NOT replicate the too green small lizard on the top.)
I don't need back legs on my sketch, patterns will be identical to the front legs.
Should I splatter with yellow? - it is either random color shift on scales or urine stains.
Entrail Pink mixed with white for the creases (red liner deepest shadow)
Green sky (vallejo) for the mint green, also 50/50 white. (green liner for darkest shadows)
Linen white as a base - Pure white for highlights.
Snow shadow (blue/white) for shadows on the scales.
The wings should be darker on above than below, and more pink , while the upper surface will be more green.
Simple Snow Base. The Dragon needs to be sturdy as it will join the collection that my Mini-Spawn plays with. It comes with a transparent pole, and attachment points to the base.
No need to reinvent the wheel.
I think I need to sleep on this before moving past the clean-up stage.
Comments , Criticism or Suggestions?
By Redd Knekk
After about 3 weeks it’s finally done! I’ve had a concept for a white dragon bouncing around in my head for a while, and I shy away from painting overly in white for the same technical reasons as everyone else, but this completes a loop in painting for me....
My first dragon ever ever was a white (Reaper’s Deathsleet), and I was doing great just to get somewhat clean lines. After about a year and a half, I wanted to give it another try to compare how much I’ve learned. It’s been difficult since I’m not artistic, but learning to paint minis has been a great experience. I just took a picture of my first white dragon and this current white dragon.
Sorry for the crappy photos, but I hope you enjoy the frost dragon/albino-ish concept.
Please let me know what you would have done differently. Criticism and advice are always welcome! Goodnight :)
By Redd Knekk
I started this project yesterday with Reaper Bones Stormwing after painting a blue one. I intended to paint another in blue to replace the one I gave away, but instead I thought it was time to do another white dragon!
My first dragon was white, and I had no concept of painting techniques other than a fledgling understanding of brush control. This was a little over a year ago, so I’m painting this one to do a side by side comparison of how far I’ve come.
I reprimed it white over the black, then went Lothern Blue (Citadel) base. I’ve done some gradual damp/dry brushing to work up gray/blue, gray, now hard transitioning into medium beige.
Next step is going more into the whites now that the undertones are there. Breast scales are not undertoned, just straight gray. Going for pink/purple/ice blue highlights...almost like pearlescent finish on horns. I’ll figure it out on the wings and breastplates.
I'm a bit of a glutton for punishment, so have managed to talk myself into another rainbow dragon... Since I have ol' Pathfinder Red sitting in the Drawer of Doom and no real plans for him, I thought I'd randomize him (not that I don't have enough other projects that haven't been finished (or even started))..
So, here goes:
3 Star challenge on Pathfinder Red (#89001)
Primary : Blush Pink (although I might substitute in Breast Cancer Pink since I have 3 bottles of that from last month!)
Secondary: Brilliant Green (needs to be ordered or fetched from the FLGS - I have Forest Green but that's too dark to match, i think)
Tertiary: Heather Blue (do not have this, but do have a Sample bottle from a past order that is very close and will be used in its place..
I smidged some paint on a sheet of paper for comparison and have decided that Blush Pink is much brighter than BCPink, so I'll probably use the Blush (unless I decide to go thematic again and donate this fellow to a survivor since I know a few). Also, Forest Green is indeed way too dark to substitute in for Brilliant Green..
Here he is in all his boxed plasticky glory!
So my players are soon to face a white dragon, and I have no suitable mini! Therefore, I've decided to make Narthrax the White.
TADA!!! All done. You may all be boggled by my superlative skill now.
But seriously. I've got this base -- a 120 mil oval seemed like a good size for this figure. I think a standard 3 inch circle would have been a bit cramped. I want to put a hoard on there in the lee of the rock:
This is probably the most ambitious base I've ever attempted. Usually I use pre-made ones, and I do have a rather nice 120 mil oval one from Micro Arts studio that's been sitting unused for two years -- but it would be a TON of work to get Narthrax's perch to integrate smoothly with it, and the style of the base doesn't suit what I want at all.
This Narthrax is going to be white. That means COLD. It has to be a snow base, which I've never done before. Furthermore, I want his hoard of coins and jewels to be frozen in a layer of transparent ice, peeking out at the adventurers and taunting them with the difficult of chipping those out of there one at a time. I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to do that, but I suspect it will involve Vallejo Still Water. The trick is 1) it has to look frozen, not wet; 2) it has to be transparent enough that you can see the hoard glittering underneath, and 3) it has to look like a comparatively natural ice formation.
As for the coins, the research I've done suggests either a thin round of greenstuff sliced into little circles and painted, or else a bunch of round gold glitter. The glitter sounds like a lot less work, but the greenstuff may yield more believable results. I guess we'll see. As for gems, the one main suggestion I've found is to get one of those bake-a-suncatcher kits that come with tiny plastic beads in bright colors that you're supposed to melt into pseudo-stained-glass in the oven. Those would be about the right size, though not particularly the right shape. If anybody has any other suggestions on either of these, I'm all ears.
I'll also need to build up some terrain around the perch. I could do greenstuff, I guess. I've probably got enough. Or just heaps of PVA glue with dirt on, maybe. Dunno, haven't done much of that before.
In terms of color, I want there to be a range of intensities of white for him, and sufficient contrast that he doesn't become one big white blob. I'm thinking of the following for palette base coats:
Snow Shadow: for body scales and wing membranes.
Amethyst Purple: for the ridge of spiky scales running down his spine.
Palomino Gold: for his underbelly.
And then many layers of thin Solid White building up to a pure white at the edges of scales (and such). I am undecided on what to do with the spikes that jut out of his spine, or the claws on his feet and wings. Perhaps something much darker than the rest -- would Walnut Brown with Gloss Sealer to make it shiny be too much for those bits?
I've never painted a figure this size before. And I've got very limited experience with painting dragons -- I did 03664, Fire Dragon Hatchling, 03651 Storm Dragon Hatchling, and the 89016 the Jabberwocky (Bones version). I've never posted pics of any of those -- they turned out okay, but nothing special. The Jabberwocky's base is way cooler than the Jabberwocky itself.
So I guess this will be a learning experience in many ways!
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