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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Vaclav the Red, the Dragonrider

Finally, after starting this project in November 2016, I managed to finish it!

It started with me buying an old model of High Elf Imrik - I loved that model ever since I saw it as a child! Then I wanted to incorporate it in my undead army - but I also wanted to avoid butchering the model turning it into a zombie. I decided to make it look scarier and more evil - a dragon befitting a vampire. To achieve that, I covered him almost completely with new, pointy scales out of greenstuff. It was a tedious task, but I managed to change the details while keeping the original form still there. Then I mounted on it a vampire that was leftover from the Terrorgheist set. The whole conversion process is documented in THIS post, while the base with the falling trees is documented HERE.

THIS photo and THIS artwork were the main inspirations, both for the sculpting phase and the painting one.

The painting proved no less tedious than the sculpting! I didn't consider the fact, that with those new scales, its surface area increased significantly. Other than that, it was really difficult to hold this spiny beast. I have been holding it by the wings the whole time and painted them only after I glued it to the base. One of them even broke off after all the turning and rotating. Then there was the fact that red is quite a difficult color to work with - I had to go several times with basecoat, shades, wetblended layers, glazes, hightlights - all that through every scale. Thankfully, after that was done, the rest was much easier and more enjoyable.

The base itself was quite a challenge too, but a welcome one - it was the first opportunity to use dirt mix on such a big base instead of the usual drybrushed sand. Besides, I bought a lot of basing materials specifically for this occasion after paying extra attention when I was biking through forests this summer. I even used my Johann (he would be probably more like Jan in my story) model to make it extra special.


One of the main reasons why Lady Ecaterina wasn’t replaced by another upstart pretender during all the years is Vaclav, known in Varsavia as Vaclav the Red. He’s unconditionally loyal to his mistress, ready to do anything for her - yet nobody, perhaps besides himself and Ecaterina, knows why is that so. If the fact that he’s one of the true Blood Dragons and has the skill to prove it isn’t enough to deter enemies, his giant red dragon - his loyal companion and mount - usually is. Together they impaled, incinerated and torn into pieces countless foes. Still, even they weren’t able to overcome the numbers and wit von Greifens brought with them - and Lady Ecaterina was forced to parley. But if not for him, she probably would be forced into unconditional surrender or killed outright. Their current cooperation with von Greifens is questionable at best, but Constantin is willing to improve it if only to get the dragon knight on his side.

A Vampire Lord miniature riding a heavily converted High Elf Dragon, one from Imrik. The dragon is covered in pointy scales, made out of greenstuff painted red and is going through a forest, felling down trees. The whole diorama-like composition is visible from several angles and usable in WFB or AoS. The last picture shows up a close-up on the vampire rider.

And the second picture, because I couldn't fit all the views I wanted to show in a single one.

A Vampire Lord miniature riding a heavily converted High Elf Dragon, one from Imrik. The dragon is covered in pointy scales, made out of greenstuff painted red and is going through a forest, felling down trees. The whole diorama-like composition is visible from several angles and usable in WFB or AoS. The last picture shows a close-up on the dragon's face.

And a little bonus picture!

Such is the life in Varsavia - if the dead are not rising from their graves, if the witches are not kidnapping your children to make soup out of them, if the mythical beasts are not slaughtering your livestock, then it's the dragons that are dropping trees on your head!

An additional close-up photo of the terrified Johann miniature that was added to the base, he's running away from the dragon emerging from the forest.

6 comments:

  1. This is fantastic! Amazing conversion work and beautifully painted. I like the way you've gone with this - a fitting mount for a blood dragon knight. Really great.

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    1. Thank you very much! I thought so too and it was a good rationalization for the project - a zombie dragon would fit a Necrarch, but a Blood Dragon would look better with a more fleshy dragon :)

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  2. Jedna z lepszych konwersji tego smoka jaką widziałem. Malowanie MEGA!

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  3. This is absolutely amazing! Brilliant execution.

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