Thursday, 23 April 2020

Ice Dragon.

It might be St.George's day, but it's a coincidence that I have painted a Dragon, although there is no Knight to go with it!

The Dragon itself is an old Citadel one. It is the DG4 Black Dragon, sculpted by Tom Meier and released in 1984, also released as a Brass Dragon by Ral Partha. I decided not to follow either it's name nor the Rolling Stones and paint it black, instead opting for an Ice Dragon approach. This is because I intend to use the Dragon as as part of a bound host in my 3rd Edition Warhammer Fantasy Norse Dwarf army (probably as a bound Winged Dragon 2). Also I think that in painting it black, it would lose some of the textured detail of the scales.

The Dragon was really fun to paint and was quite simple. Black undercoat, light blue base coat, mix of light blue and white, and then progressively highlighting to white. It's gaping maw was a mix of purple, a darker blue, and pink in varying ways to avoid that bright pink look of some painted mouths. I mounted the Dragon on a Citadel 90mm x 52mm oval base, which I think quite suits the model, the model itself being 70mm long and 70mm tall.

Enjoy :)
The left side.
Right side.
The gaping maw!!!

Next update will be another Dragon!

13 comments:

  1. Great rendition of this classic dragon Lee, really like your colour choices and tones

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    1. Thank you, I wanted to do a similar thing to how I painted the Frost Giant a few weeks ago.

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  2. Wow - lovely work on a lovely old dragon! I particularly like the icy detailing on the base - brilliant!

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    1. Thank you. I intend doing the all Norse Dwarf armys bases like that. I wanted to avoid a purely snowy base, but still suggest cold. The Grass tufts are a special frost looking ones I bought from e-bay.

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  3. Beautiful work on the dragon!

    It's such a lovely sculpt too and it's great to see it painted up so well!

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    1. Thank you. You're right, it is a lovely sculpt. Like a lot of Tom Meiers work it's full of details and depth which you can only appreciate when it's painted, simialr in a way to Bob Olley's sculpting.

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  4. A true classic, painted as it should be!

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    1. Thank you. It was great fun to paint and is great miniature, a classic roaring Dragon.

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  5. Cracking job Lee, white is a b'stard to paint!!!

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    1. Thank you. White can be tricky, but I always try to consider what type of white I want and what I want to do with it. With this Dragon I wanted it to be icey, so I built up to the last highlight of white from a light blue. For other things I might use a grey or brown, finishing with the white.

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  6. Fantastic work. I love the hues of blue. Greatly executed!

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