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#5277
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
I'm just going by past experince with McFarlane toys, the ones with lots of movable parts tend to be fragile. The joints, break and get Wiggle VERY fast. Gravity will even do it to them.

I used to (I still do somewhat but not as much as in the past) collect action figures toys etc, and during grad school to fund my toy habit worked at a Toys R Us. From the ones i bought, if you took the super possable (18-21 points of articulation) ones out of the box, and moved them the joints would get very loose, and many snaped or broke. I litterly had one that was sitting on a shelf, and the head fell off. It was just sitting there and had been sitting that way for months, un moved and he head fell off. I saw a bunch that came to the store broken in the boxes, and people who bought them as Toys would return tem becuase they could not stand up to being played with.

That said, i do have one of the Really old Dragons that i have used for D&D which i got back in 1998, that while has lots of wiggle in the leg joints and has not broken yet (it may be becuase i glued the wings in becuase they kept falling out of the sockets), but it has only about 8 points of movement, these new ones have about 4 at the most and should hold up well. I Hate McFarlane Toys (someone else coined the Term McCrap toys becuase they aren't "toys" as action figures like a GI goe, or even the Horrid Wrestling figures, but very pretty statuates, and should be trested as such)

The reason i said he has learned these aren't actions figures, should be marketed as "statues". If you don't repose them or can't they should be fine.
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#5278
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
So -- it's all over but the basic touch-ups and the varnishing. There really isn't all that much left for me to do. Really, just fixing a few places where paint overspilled or other minor tweaks -- feel free to suggest anything you think would improve the model!

I'm satisfied, but I think I've done better. I knew that going in, red is very tricky. My best pieces are definitely not red. Still, I think it's the best dragon I've ever painted, and I certainly don't think I wasted this fine sculpt.

Some pics:
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#5279
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Three more -- the direct lighting creates a glare, the matte varnish will reduce it, but this piece looks less glossy in person even without the varnish. Some detail is lost in the harsh light, as well, but it's a poor painter who blames his lighting, so I won't pretend this is better than it is....

Once the absolute last and final details are in place, I'll take some shots of Marthrangul in his special Dwarven Forge lair..... (if only we had some kind of dragon-headed lava fountain to mark the entrance of a red dragon's lair....)
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#5280
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Ahhhhhh……Yes, this is what I love about this hobby. I would have painted this dragon differently (not the color but the style (my style)), but that’s what I love “the diversity�. One word for you L, AMAZING
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#5281
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Too Kewl... I Love the Fade you did on the Tops of the Wing Membrane, The Veins stand out nicely and Look Natural... The Whole thing is a Good Job, though I am Not a Professional Art Critic, so My Words are Meaningless, (In terms of a Technical Critique), so I'll Just Say Great Work!

As to The Mcfarlane Discussion, I Have Always loved the Detail of the Companies Toys/Statuary, (Your Choice), but have had little reason to Buy them because of the Scale... This Will Change that for Sure... I will keep an Eye out for these... On the Site it mentioned a "Boxed Set" any Idea if that is Going to Be all of the Dragons in One Set?
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#5282
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
The boxed set is the Berserker Dragon, which comes with a little mounted knight to fight (the knight is 3 inches, I've heard, but I don't know if that includes the horse)

The others will all be on cards. For pics of the boxed set dragon, including some shots that show scale by putting it next to action figures, check out www.mwctoys.com/reviews-all.htm The review is linked there, look for Berserker Dragon, it's near the top.

I'm glad you guys like the dragon -- I realize I have a carnosaur I painted green, I may post pics of that for a comparison, just as a preview of what the next green dragon I paint will probably look like. I have no idea what sculpt I'd use.

IO, I'm curious -- what style would you use on a dragon like this? I don't really think of myself as having a style, but I suppose I do. I am definitely curious about how other people would approach this guy, though.

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#5283
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Invincibles’s Red Dragon Painting Formula’ ----as follows:

1. Prime Dragon black

2. Dry brush 3 to 4 times with large brush starting with a dark red and working upwards with lighter reds, having no cares where the dry brush goes, just cover everything evenly.

3. Paint belly scales orange then dry brush with one maybe two shades of yellow.

4. Decide wing color, either a contrast like you did, or sometimes just a dark line on either side of where the wings separate to add depth.

5. Decide horn and claw colors either black of typical bone fade.

6. Details- Eyes, teeth, gums, touchups, etc.

7. Gloss

8. Come back in and cut in the ground around miniature (add flock, paint rocks, base color, etc.)

9. Light coat of flat to take the edge off the gloss, and protect the base. Then gloss eyes, teeth, claws, horns, with brush on gloss to bring these points back up.

10. Place on shelf and laugh :lol: and prepare to devastate party :twisted:
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"Its either a wand to cast Bigby's Hand spells or a +3 backscratcher. We're not sure which."
 
#5284
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Heh heh heh..

I was thinking about an elaborate base, but since I want this guy in my DF displays, it would kinda be a waste of time.....


As for the rest -- believe it or not, this guy HAS a yellow belly. It's just nearly impossible to see. I'll get some shots up, it does look good.

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#5285
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Wow it's Official Gaming IS likely to Corrupt... Did I Just Read that Law will be Taking Some Up-Skirt Shots of His Dragon? :shock: I'll just bet that W.Y.R.M. (The Wyrmling Youth Rights Movement), will have something to Say about that...<Chuckle>... Sorry...<EFG>...
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#5286
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
;)

Hey, once those McF Dragons show up, be ready for some pics of hot dragon-on-dragon action. You think they're NOT going to be fighting while hapless adventurers try to get the @#$@#$# outta the way?

Hee hee hee hee

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#5287
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Incidentally, the "cavern crawler" from Reaper is a Behir, a critter that first made it's appearance in the AD&D module S4 Lost Caverns of Tsojconth.
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Too much Dwarven Forge to list!
 
#5288
Help! I needs me some dragon advice! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
Heh, I wondered about that -- didn't really look like a cavern crawler to me. The Behir is the only D&D mini from GoL that I still want. Ah well. I like my Reaper version.

Anyhoo, I didn't have a chance to build a fully proper Marthrangul lair tonight, but I did take some pics of the finished wyrm in a DF setting. Bout time, after four pages, this became a little closer to "on topic"! ;)

So -- behold -- Marthrangul in his lair!
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