Here are the completed pictures of the MDC Dragon Tyrath. Really enjoyable build and something a bit different for me and not done any figures for ages and never really worked on a fantasy figure before. Would highly recommend it.
If I had one comment it’s that the sculpt is possibly a little basic, with the skin texture being a basic stipple rather than a detailed scaling and the pose with the front legs held out is a bit stiff. But good price and nice casting.
Well another evening spent doing this with washes and drybrushing.
Started by reapplying some of the orange stripes along the body and drybrushing some more yellow down the front area. Unfortunately went a bit too far and the red wash will need redoing now. The pictures below used flash as it was bit dark when I took these and some of the detail has been washed out. Will need to get some good ones when it’s done.
Then moves on and stippled onto the back plates some Cathran Brown to give some gradation. Also did this on the horns and claws. This was followed by drybrushing with Dheneb Stone (the original base colour) to provide texture to the plates. The horns had the same treatment but just on the tips.
The wings got some more washes with Baal Red washes around the ribs on the underside and into the creases on the top.
The face also got a light drybrush with some red with a bit of orange mixed in. Just trying to get those details to show up a bit more.
I blocked the teeth (which actually aren’t that well moulded) in with white with a view to picking them out with a darker colour later but then decided to do the inside of the mouth first, which is more logical anyway. I gave a good going over with Tamiya Clear Red but this wasn’t giving enough darkness, so I worked in a bit of Clear Blue into the back of the throat area and along the top of the tongue where there is texture. Will need to come back to the teeth.
Finally the eye was done. I have a vague recollection that dragons with blue eyes are happy (no idea where such a piece of information came from or why I seem to remember it, but that’s the way it is. So gave the eye a coat of Mithral Silver and when that was dry used the Clear Blue to go over the top. Wasn’t intending to do anything else, like adding a pupil or that as it’s a bit small for me.
So think I will just finish off the teeth and possibly redo the front area (again) and then turn to getting the base completed.
Cracking on with this to get it finished for the Brampton Show and so I can then get back to the X-Wing I’m building and the main Star Wars hanger base.
So I was a bit worried about the large expanse of red when I looked at the pictures in the previous update so decided to add some orange stripes which would subtly break up all that red. Did this by brushing in some stripes from the midline downwards using Macharius Solar Orange (Foundation Paints from Games Workshop again). This looked pretty good, not obvious but a definite texture on the skin.
I also drybrushed on some Tausept Ochre into the underside of the wings to again break up the colours.
As this looked OK I went ahead with starting some washes. The main body got a pretty heavy wash with Baal Red (Games Workshop washes). Unfortunately this pretty much hides the orange stripes, which were relatively subtle to start with. You can see them just but they are super subtle now. Also washed into the deep folds of the wings and around the wing ribs to start creating some shadows. And used the same wash on the yellow parts on the underside to start bringing it all together. This is a bit blocky at the moment, with some demarcation lines where the washes ends, and needs further blending.
Finally for last night the horns and plates all got their first wash with Gryphonnia Sepia. Will need more detailing yet but as it was getting late and I’d need to wait for the wash to dry I decided to call it a night at this point.
I’ll need to do more washes and also some drybrushing and probably some pastels or pigments. I’m just a bit worried that it looks toy like at the moment and needs to be brought down tonally some more yet.
I’ve been sitting on this model for ages as I really wanted to airbrush paint it, and had got some airbrush paints specifically for this purpose. But as I still don’t have anywhere that I can do airbrushing and it doesn’t look like I will for some significant time I decided to get it out and hand paint it instead. I bought this kit at the Brampton Model Show last year and I really wanted to have it finished for the 2012 show, which is at the end of September.
I had bought the Vallejo paints to do this an age ago and decided to see if I could hand paint them instead of airbrushing. They are thin, as you would imagine, but I added a drop or two at a time to the area I wanted painted and spread with a largish soft brush. Seemed to work fine. A second coat would be better if you wanted a dense paint, but I’m happy to let the primer show through slightly and mute the red down.
So main body and wings is going to be red as it looked a bit like Y Ddraig Goch to me (that’s the Welsh Dragon) with his arms held out in front like that. This was done with the Vallejo Scarlet Red paint, but as noted above this isn’t as dense and bright as normal because it is a single hand painted coat and the primer knocks it back. But wanted some variety and have done the stomach area in yellow (Games Workshop Iyanden Darksun from the now discontinued Foundation Paints range) along with the “gills” on the head and the spots on the side of the face.
The scales have for the moment been done with Games Workshop Dheneb Stone but these look like they might be a bit light in colour and contrast too much with the red. Need to think on that one.
Anyway here are the progress pictures.
Now the fun stuff will start with washes and dry brushing to bring out the details. And we’ll see if some of the colours need to be changed. I hadn’t thought that of course the mouth would be red and this gives no really great contrast to the body. So might go with a much darker colour inside the mouth.
Base will be done in black (I have some Alcad paint but might not be able to use it because of the airbrushing issue), so it might temporarily be done in a regular black. Ideally I’d like it to look like coal to carry on the Welsh theme.
Well decided to try and fix the tatty wings to make this dragon look a bit more whole. So tried something I seemed to recall reading somewhere that you can use tissue paper and PVA glue. Using toilet paper (Sainsburys Recycled in case it’s important later), cut a piece to about the right size and damped it down with a solution of PVA diluted about 50% with water. Worked the first wing (the one on the left) too much and paper started to disintegrate, so kept the working on the second one to a minimum and came out better. Second one was easier anyway as it is much flatter and got fewer deep ridges on it. Dried overnight it’s as hard as a rock now.
Going to do a little more paper and then sand it down a bit to remove any texturing from the paper plus there are a few creases in the paper. As there isn’t much in the way of details I’ll probably try a layer of Halfords Filling Primer and sand that back as well.
Picked by this Dragon Tyrath kit at the MDC stand at the Brampton Show a couple of weeks ago and thought I’d get a start on it.
So first things first thought I would do a bit of research. Unfortunately only Rosemary has a book on Dragons and it wasn’t much use. All I could find out is this dragon didn’t have fluffy ears.
So onto the parts anyway.
You get a nice base on which the completed dragon will perch.
The body itself is very nicely cast and probably about 3inches long.
The claws and feet are separately moulded as well as the top of the head.
The one thing which is a problem is the wings. The membrane of the wings is cast in a very thin resin and inevitably there has been some damage to them.
Now this wouldn’t necessarily be a problem if you wanted to build a tatty, well battered dragon but what I have in mind is for something a bit neater. So going to try and cover the wing areas with some tissue soaked in PVA solution to create a new layer but keep the thin membrane effect. We’ll have to see how that goes.