Hi all. Back to the Tiamat hydra for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant. I’ve established the relative positions of all the heads. I know what I want as far as the look and attitude of each dragon head. So now it’s time to build each head. I left off on the last post with the beginning of the red dragon. I’d added the all important long horns. I’ll pick up from there.
As you can see, I used paper mache shells to build up the face. Here I’m adding some jowls. I’ve already added some brows, a cheekbones, and put in the eyes.
The red dragon is characterized as very aggressive. The Dungeons and Dragons literature describes, “Two of the frills on the sides of a red dragon’s head aid in its hearing ability.” It goes on the say that they are not actually ears. They just assist the inner ear of the dragon. Fair enough. I added the structure for these frills.
I draped these with cloth. When dry I trimmed them them the way I wanted.
I built the nose using more paper mache shells.
I added the cloth mache to this.
Then I started adding horns. Lots of horns. All over the head horns. Horns for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I added cloth mache around them. I also added lips and a few other details.
I also added the breast plates using my cloth mache.
Then I added eyelids.
After that I added the scales, up the neck, and onto the top of the head and the nose.
Here he is from the side, ready for paint. That will come after I build the other four heads.
Here he is from the front.
I’ll show you another head in the next post. Thanks for stopping by!