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RMI01103 Red Dragon sculpted by ?

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Today's mini is a blast from the past, Reaper's casting of the Heritage Red Dragon.

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Because of his seemingly furry chest/stomach, he is called the hippie dragon.

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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.

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So, you've noticed the white spot on the underside of the dragon... No, that is not the mini's white panties, but this is how I put a part No on the mini.

This mini was in Reapers 1993 catalogue.

I wonder what the scale is, and who is the sculptor.

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Err, Not that old.  You're making me feel ancient here.  the mini that is my avatar is from the early 70's. 

 

I like this guy though:  A dragon named Shaggy-doo?  I like the color choices and I haven't seen this one before.  Thanks for Sharing!

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I have some pretty old minis, like the old Heritage stuff, early Grenadier, early Ral Partha... Ya know, the heavy metal (lead) minis. There is no shame in old minis, only amazement that mom or the spouse did not toss 'em out!

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Hippie, uh, Shaggy-Doo is a much smaller scale than the current Reaper minis. Here he is going up against Sidrith Sword Sister (RMI02006 by Sandra Garrity). Poor Shaggy-Doo just seems like an oversized gator.

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5 minutes ago, Otyugh said:

I have some pretty old minis, like the old Heritage stuff, early Grenadier, early Ral Partha... Ya know, the heavy metal (lead) minis. There is no shame in old minis, only amazement that mom or the spouse did not toss 'em out!

 

Strangely enough the oldest mini I have is probably also one of my largest.  the heritage dragon stands almost 12 inches tall with a 14 inch wingspan.  is it made of old school lead and weighs in at almost 10 pounds (each wing is about a pound and a half) He's not quite spec because I never could find a tail for him so I had to sculpt one, which probably took 2-3 pounds off his total weight and I had to seriously lengthen the tail so he wouldn't topple over in a light breeze

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Okay, it might take more than a light breeze...

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No worries, my first minis were Prince August, Grenadier and Ral Partha.

Some survived the decades others didn't.

 

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 The oldest minis I own go back to '75... (And, no, I didn't buy them when I was three, lol.)

Helped the previous owner of the FLGS clean out the basement during the move to the current location.

Found a couple of blister cards of Archive Dungeon Nasties - yes, blister cards...

A dozen copies of the same figure laminated to a cardboard backing, designed to be individually cut off the card when sold. For 50 cents apiece.

A basilisk that even by today's' standards isn't exactly terrible, and a "mold" that looks more like a marker for a square full of flaming oil, lol.

 

 

EDIT:  If the Lost Minis Wiki has their facts straight, before Reaper began casting Heritage figures under the Dungeon Dwellers name the Heritage line was being produced by Texas Miniatures. When Texas Miniatures was releasing the original Heritage "Dragons: Mythical Beasts in Metal" range , they kept the original product codes intact but nearly doubled the size of the range with four new figures, and then when Reaper acquired the range they changed around the codes and modified some of the figures a bit.

Going by the pictures they have for the range, your guy was originally known as 1008 Copper Dragon when TM was manufacturing them, and was one of the figures added to the range by Texas Miniatures...

LMW lists Richard Kerr and Bob Charrette as sculptors for TM, but they might not be the only ones...

 

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