As I continue to paint the dragon model for my Warhammer: Fantasy tabletop game army, I realize I thoroughly enjoy painting the little figurines as it reduces my stress, focuses my attention, and allows me to creatively explore my inner child’s painting skills.
My inner child likes to paint, I’ve found.
That being said, there’s fewer things to do but post pictures of the progress! Let me first fill you in how this model comes in the box, why I chose the colors I did and finally how I plan on approaching the rest of the model.
The model is made of pewter and comes bare metal, also it is in pieces that must be assembled to the owner’s liking and then glued with model glue, the kind you would use on a plastic car model kit. There is no base coat so you must first either spray or brush a basecoat on the model. I typically have been spraying all my models with a flat black base spray paint for the sole reason that my models have been darker colors, because they have been slightly sinister in nature: dragons, orcs, goblins, night goblins, trolls, and dwarves so far. Dwarves aren’t generally sinister, however, because they are a ruddy skinned group of short tempered miners, I decided dark, muddy, muddled colors would work best anyway, so flat black primer shall work indeed!
Getting back to my dragon, I knew I wanted a darker colored dragon, and that any bright colors I used would have to be toned down a bit. After assembling the dragon, which comes in about 6 pieces, depending on the arrangement/selection of the buyer, I waited overnight for the glue to dry, just to be sure.
No, not really. I think I did give it a solid 4 minutes though, and after the glue dried I gave it a quick play test, to see if the dwarves could hold their own against a dragon. They did well, I would like to report. I would like to say they did well, but it is a dragon, after all. He scorched their mining butts.
I chose a dark blue color because in my game I decided, since I don’t have any elves in my armies lineups (well, not officially), that maybe he could be some sort of cobalt dragon that the dwarves woke up when they stumbled upon his treasure. This would leave the dwarves in quite the predicament, since they are already locked in war with the night goblins who just received reinforcements from a local orc army. But, since I did purchase a few night elves for a fun painting project I was thinking I could use the elves as a sell sword ragtag group to balance the power a bit, especially since the dwarves have no innate magic abilities, save for the rune maker, which costs (I think) upwards of $75 at the local gaming store. Ouch. No thanks, my dwarves will just be brutes. Of course, the night elves will be painted a similar color as the dragon and could have ownership of the it, provided the balance of power is somewhat close. I won’t argue about a 150 point difference, it’s about skill at that point.
For those of you who are reading this going “What the heck is he talking about?”, just know this: it’s a table top game where you assemble armies of miniatures (like G.I. Joe…but tiny) and all the different mini’s have different stats (health, attack strength, defenses, etc) and a point value. Then, when you are ready, you battle your opponent’s mini’s. You build your army based on an agreed set of points, using each mini’s point value to determine how many mini’s you can use. The points try to help opponents build well rounded armies so that everyone has a chance of success. It works, generally, and I’m happy with it. There are, of course, house rules that can be applied. This makes the game interesting…
As far as how I envision the rest of the model, I see the face being just as dark as the rest of the body, but I want to use bright eyes, of course. Pretty standard, I guess. I played with the idea of dark eyes, but I don’t want it to look too much like a “death” dragon, a dracolich or something of that nature. Maybe just a deep purple eye would be a good balance….I guess we’ll both just have to wait and see! Hope you enjoy the pics, lemme know any suggestions you may have or if you think it’s garbage, or if you’d possibly like to see more. I have a troll that I’m particularly proud of.