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From the workbench: St. Mark on Dragon, part 2


There’s been a lot of progress since part 1. The dragon body is nearly finished, and I’ve built out the base a bit.


I haven’t really put any paint on the rider yet, but I converted his arm holding a pistol into binoculars, which involved a fair amount of resculpting.


The round resin plinth he’s sitting on is only temporary, for holding him while I paint. I’m planning on putting him on a larger wood plinth eventually.


I’m not sure about the highlighting I did on the back leg in this shot. It doesn’t really make sense from a physics standpoint, but it also provides a sense of energy and motion which I like (and which was inspired by something Alfonso “Banshee” Giraldes said in a class I took from him). I’m going to leave it for now, and see how I feel about it when the rest of the mini is closer to finished.


On to the rider! I’m off to Google some fabric reference for his clothing, since I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with it. I’m thinking about doing something inspired from West Asian or South Asian fabric patterns. I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum in London a couple of weeks ago while traveling for work, and there was a show on the Fabrics of India which got me thinking along those lines.


  1. love the use of all the colors and love what you did to the rider but for such a look and feel I would almost expect to see a sidearm on the leg or something like a rifle in a holster next to him on the mount next the saddle like in a old western if you know what I mean.

    • althai

      October 21, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Hmm, that’s an interesting idea, especially since I replaced the pistol he normally carries with binoculars. I might just do that. I need to look through my bits box. I think GW weapons might be a bit too big and chunky for the sculpt, but I’m not sure what other options I have.

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