Underneath a wind torn sky,
Silent as the hunter’s moon I chase.
I am the guardian.
I am the god of this place.
I am the silent death,
Golden eyes and burning breath I take.
While the forest shakes and sighs
In my wake.
Taken down by armored men,
I tore their shields, I bloodied some!
I am war!
But the cowards came in numbers,
All the more...
Sing to me a song of open skies,
Bury me upon a mountain high.
Adapted from "Death of the Tiger", by Danny Vaughn
Danny Vaughn, who is a briliant singer and songwriter, and an all-round top bloke, wrote the above about the plight of tigers in captivity. Check out his work, and also the sentiment behind this. Wild animals, especially those that are so magnificent, have no place being kept for our amusement. As for people who hunt them for so-called "fun" or "medicine", well, I have my own opinions of how they should be dealt with, shall we say.
Despite being written about tigers, this spoke to me about how a dragon might think. Not just some mindless animal, driven by instinct alone, but a powerful entity, clever and wise, with a sublime knowledge of its place in the world. Men might catch a dragon, or even kill a dragon, but no man could ever truly tame a dragon.
If I have mysterious inhuman women, wizards and half-giants (soon!) in my wargame world, then dragons fit perfectly.
"My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords..." Left side.
This was a Grenadier Miniatures Blue Dragon, bought probably twenty years ago and waiting for an excuse to rise again ever since.
"My claws spears, the shock of my tail is a thunderbolt..." Right side.
I gave it a coat of black primer (to kill the original blue) then a coat of red oxide as an undercoat. Over this went a wash of black ink, then vast numbers of drybrushed coats of different shades of red-brown, red and orange.
"My wings a hurricane, and my breath death!" You do not want to get on this side!
Individual scales were picked out with bright reds and oranges, and teeth, claws and eyes painted. Do you wonder everyone except Wiglaf decided to not help Beowulf fight the dragon?
Three heroes plus Merlin? My money's on the dragon!
The stones around the base are polymer clay, painted, ink washed and drybrushed, with a scorch mark drybrushed into the grass. Just to remind people there aren't just teeth in that end!
Three heroes, Merlin AND a dragon? This could be bad for someone. Very bad...
Merry Meet Again!