Fearless Frost Dragon from Ral Partha
I painted this dragon for a commission and I’m pleased at how it came out. It’s mainly a black dragon, highlighted up to a shade of blue on the body and wings and a greenish grey on the scales. Â I tried for glowing eyes as was in the reference I received.
Work in Progress Dragon : Basing, Groundwork, and Finishing
When satisfied with the painting, I use two part epoxy and pins to fasten the model to a base. Â I picked up this base at a craft store then stained and sealed it. Â Bases can also be found online and in hobby shops in all shapes, sizes, and materials. After the epoxy cures, groundwork can …
Work in Progress Dragon: Painting
Once the base coat is dried, I liberally applied thinned dark blue ink over the entire model. Â I don’t always use inks and washes but it works well with tiny scales to easily shadow around every one of them. The ink will take a while to dry. Once it’s ready, I go over every …
Work in Progress Dragon: Base Coat
I have decided to create a blue dragon. Â I used a dark blue paint for the base coat and then used a dark blue ink to get into the finely detailed areas. Â I like to start with a Â mid range of color so that any shadowing and highlighting that is needed will be noticeable.
Work in Progress Dragon: Primed
The project then gets a thin coat of primer and airbrushed. The color of primer and airbrushed base coat depends on the final color of the model. Â If a brighter color scheme is needed, then it’s best to go with a light colored primer. I use grey and sometimes white. Â If a dark coloring is …
Work in Progress Dragon: Assembling
I then assemble everything that can be put together without blocking the Â path of my brush. Â This dragon is easy enough to paint fully assembled. Â I used pins, two part epoxy and epoxy putty for strength and joint filling. Â The cord is used to keep the weight off of the wings until they are fully …
Work in Progress Dragon: Preparation
The first step in any project is to lay out the parts and make sure everything is there. Â I then take one piece at at a time and remove mold lines with a file and emery paper. All the parts then get washed with a mild solution of dish soap and warm water to remove …
Work in Progress: Dragon
I wanted to post a work in progress piece to illustrate what goes into the preparation and finishing of a miniature. I will post a part or two a day. Â This model was fairly simple but still time consuming. I use miniature files and a Bard Parker blade to clean up sprues and mold …