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Today's mini is a blast from the past, Reaper's casting of the Heritage Red Dragon.
Because of his seemingly furry chest/stomach, he is called the hippie dragon.
He is one of many miniature purchases from the old Lone Star Comics. I raided the store for weird miniatures. The had a lot of bagged Reaper minis for sale.
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.
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.
Continuing to dig up my childhood minis... This crazy old dragon was done back in 1984, I basically dunked him in turquoise enamel. While not sophisticated, the color was beautiful and it's one of my all time favorite sculpts so I left it intact and decided to try adding some details. Results below!
I have wanted to get into painting for a long time and have watched days worth of videos on it. i think it shows in how my first minis came out.
the first was a reaper kobold and he looks a bit sloppy. (on the card for the hobby holder i got because i could not find anything else to put him on for the pic lol)
next was a blue kobold and a baby dragon, I was still working on how washes work with the blue kobold but the dragon came out better.
now the one i did today
I am pretty proud of him, for being my forth mini i think he looks really good. he is colored like a ring neck snake.
My wife, @Shinma, started to paint the Clockwork Dragon several years ago.
It got to a point where the body was nearly done, and the wings and base remained.
We had prepared a big gear salvaged from a monitor stand, sanded down by a friend.
Then, inspiration and drive was lost and it sat on the shelf, staring at her, unfinished.
Recently she allowed me to finish it. I did the wings, small part of the body, along with the base.
Here's our result!
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