This was one of my first dragons when I first started painting miniatures. So, I went with a very simple color scheme. I started off by painting the entire dragon in a bright red. This miniature is the WizKids Pathfinder Battles Gargantuan Dragon, Red model. I like looking back every now and then to see how my work and skill have progressed over time. I think it’s important to show yourself how much you’ve improved sometimes.
Already the red is bringing the dragon to life. I love seeing a miniature transform into a living creature in our games. Those spikes on the back look so amazing and I love the pose of the miniature! This was also around the time when I first got my fluorescent paints from Warcolours.com. I decided to use some of that paint to light the dragon up from the inside and maybe some outside effects too.
After completing the base layer, I began dry brushing some black over certain areas. I started the with belly scales. I continued the black dry brushing all the way to the back of the tail. I loved the smokey look that this gave the dragon. I extended the dry brushing to all the spiky protrusions on the body.
I dry brushed black over the tail spikes, the back and head spikes and the wing spikes. I wanted to give the effect the the dragon was burning as hot as the fire within it, to the point of charring the extremities black. I added some light orange to the wing tips and painted the dragon’s tongue and eyes in a fluorescent orange.
I finished the miniature with painting the claws and teeth with a bone color. This was way before I knew anything about using washes and watered down paints to add details or bring out existing details. I also decided to dry brush some fluorescent orange on the backs of the wings to add the effect of fire coming off the wings to cover the lands below.
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