Hi everyone. More about my commission for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant. This time I’ll show you the assembly of the Black dragon. This is my favorite head, first because of the cool, long horns. Also, it is described as being the most gaunt, almost skull-like. I like that idea a lot.
First I attached the paper mache jaws to the neck. Then I added the all important main horns. I’m very pleased with the way these turned out. Then I started building up the forehead. I just used the paper mache shell of a large ball for this. I’ll say this many times, all of this is subject to change. You can sit and stare at a project for a long time wondering how it should look. I’ve found that I just need to start, and then make changes as I see fit. This forehead is a little too big. I’ll trim it later.
In fact, if you look carefully, you can see that I did just that. I sliced off a layer of the paper mache shell and taped it together. Then I pushed in the sides of that shell to form the eye sockets. I added another paper mache shell for a rudimentary nose.
I added many more horns to the face. I added several to the chin and jowls.
Here is a little better photo of those horns along the chin and jaw. Then I added the breastplates. It’s hard to see the pattern. I matched the breastplates that were used in the official Dungeons and Dragons wallpaper I mentioned earlier. You will notice a “W” sort of shape when it’s painted.
Speaking of the wallpaper….it showed the black dragon with a webbed spine. So I added that to the neck and forehead. You can see the spines I used here. This is how it looked after I trimmed the cloth.
After I did that I decided that they went too far down the forehead. So I cut several of the spines off and added some more horns. Much better.
I used the cloth mache to add eyelids, and I fashioned a nose.
Finally I added some detail to the neck. I didn’t want conventional scales for this guy. So I used my “spit wad” technique (spit wads made with toilet paper, white glue, with some commercial Celluclay).
So here he is in his glory. I really look forward to painting this guy.
Here is Black Dragon with his Red head counterpart.
Next post will be the White dragon. Thank you for stopping by!