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My Reaper habit started with a Friday night gaming session...

 

"Tom felt a breeze wafting up from the chamber beyond. For some reason the air was hot and heavy, even though he was walking along a passage deep in an abandoned mine."

 

"Ummmm. Sorry, but we have to stop here today." I did not have a dragon mini to use to harrass Tom. A salt shaker just does not have the same drama as slapping the correct monster mini down on the table. I also could not handle everyone laughing at my poor (ugly mishapen) solder dragon.

 

Time to take a trip to the old Lone Star Comics and see if they had a Dragon that I could afford.

 

As usual, walking into Lone Star was like entering Alladin's cave of treasures. Real Partha, Grenadier, Rafm, and more distinctively sparkled, beckoning, despite the cost. A Dragon was too far out of reach.

 

Back along the wall, there was something new. There were affordable minis on the back wall!

 

I was able to score a package of villagers, some weapons sprues, and a real Dragon mini.

 

Tom was promptly roasted to a medium rare, and eaten by the freshly painted red Dragon the next friday.

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Don't laugh too hard, but this is the solder dragon in question. It is amazing what can be made with a soldering iron, a little flux, a bit of solder and a ton of patience. It did in a pinch, but was retired after the Reaper dragon made its appearance.

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15 hours ago, Iridil said:

Wonderful story - what dragon is that?

A poor but desperate attempt to create a mini from the materials on hand. I had tons of solder, so that was my first Dragon mini. It is lead, and has a ton of clear coat on it so it is sealed and safe to handle.

13 hours ago, Mad Jack said:

 

 Actually, that solder dragon is pretty damn cool, and you could probably turn making solder monsters and sculptures into a hobby all it's own, maybe even make a few bucks on Etsy with it...  :winkthumbs:

 

 

uhh, I am guilty of making solder slimes  too... A case of not enough money at the time, but an ample supply of solder.

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I love the solder dragon, it has so much character. It just calling out to be painted in a cartoon fashion.
I remember watching an old tv segment on youtube, it was about minifigs (I think). The sculptor used solder and cutting to modify one of their existing figures into a completely new one (napoleonic infantry with the funny bishop hat). 

The reaper dragon is good too... I guess. Its a little sad that all the jesters are laughing at him/her/it :mellow:.

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1 hour ago, Mad Jack said:

 

 I made a pretty decent wizard once out of solder - not modern-mini-level detail, of course, but I have seen stuff from back in the early '70's that looked worse, lol.

 

 

8 hours ago, DragonWyrm said:

I love the solder dragon, it has so much character. It just calling out to be painted in a cartoon fashion.
I remember watching an old tv segment on youtube, it was about minifigs (I think). The sculptor used solder and cutting to modify one of their existing figures into a completely new one (napoleonic infantry with the funny bishop hat). 

The reaper dragon is good too... I guess. Its a little sad that all the jesters are laughing at him/her/it :mellow:.

When I started playing RPGs, people gave me their used minis so that I would have enough figures to play in multiple groups/campaigns. Free minis are great, but my dorm room became a mini hospital where various amputations and lead cosmetic surgery occurred.

 

It is truly amazing what can be done with a solder iron, pins, files and snips!

 

Oh, those jesters... The joke was on them, and they are otyugh food now.

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I happen to own a lot of those old lead minis... They have a certain charm, but today's minis have such amazing detail, and the current technology has given the sculptors more freedom in their designs! I will always have a nostalgic soft spot for the early minis, but I always look forward to the newly released designs.

Do you still have that solder wizard around? It would be totally cool to see it posted.

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I found the beginnings of the "new and improved" solder dragon. I think, had I finished it, it would have been cooler than the first dragon. I stopped working on it because someone traded me a Games Workshop Forest Dragon for a mounted Brit army figure that I had painted.

 

I will take of the WIP solder dragon carcass and post it if anyone is interested.

 

Solder is difficult to work with. It takes a light touch and sometimes the part being worked on dissolves into a puddle. I may finish the solder dragon someday, if I get past my backlog of WIPs.

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