This week I finished up the Pathfinder Red Dragon which was a Bones I Add-On option. I picked this fellow up recently in a trade; and since he wasn’t part of my original Bones I purchase, I’m not adding him to the official count.
We plan to use a dragon or two in our next Frostgrave game, so I thought I would paint him up in winter colors. I thought the ruins on his base were an ideal fit for the Frostgrave setting.
I prepped the figure by soaking all the parts for a few hours in a bowl with a little bit of dish-soap added, and then scrubbed them with a soft toothbrush and let them dry. I then assembled the model with Gorilla Superglue. I used a little Milliput to fill the gaps around where the wings joined the body. Next, I glued the finished dragon to a 2" white-primed fender washer.
I began by painting the underbelly, and the underside of the wings with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”. I then painted the rest of the body, and the tops of the wings with Crafters Acrylic “Tropical Blue”.
When the paint was dry, I gave the entire dragon a wash with some thinned Iron Wind Metals “Dark Blue” ink. When the ink wash was dry, I drybrushed the underbelly and the undersides of the wings with the “Cool Blue”. Next, I drybrushed the tops of the wings and the rest of the body with Americana “Salem Blue”. I then painted all the horns and claws on the dragon with Folk Art “Cloudy Day”.
Next, I painted the inside of the mouth with Crafter’s Acrylic “African Violet”. I then painted the teeth with Americana “Bleached Sand”. Then I painted the ruins on the base with Americana “Zinc”. I let everything dry, then gave the horns, claws, and the ruins a wash using GW “Badab Black wash using a wet brush. I then gave the mouth and teeth a wash with GW "Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.
Next, I worked on the highlights on the ruins; drybrushing first with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and then using Folk Art “Platinum Grey”. Then I highlighted all the dragon’s horns and claws using a mix of the “Cloudy Day”, and Americana “Dove Grey”. I highlighted his tongue and mouth with Crafter’s Acrylic “Purple Passion”, and then did some lighter highlights with Apple Barrel “Apple Lavender”. I painted his eye sockets and nostrils Black, and then went back and painted in eyes with Crafter’s Acrylic “Citrus Green”, and then added Black pupils. Lastly, I painted the rest of the base with White.
When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” early the next morning. Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics “Snow” flock and the next day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.
I really like how this guy turned out, though in the end I wish I had used shades of blue that were further apart on the light/dark scale for his undersides and top parts. They ended up looking too similar in tone.