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My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« on: April 25, 2009, 09:56:36 AM »
I was musing about dragons and dragonlike critters, as I often do, looking through pictures and turning over some models in my hands. I spent a little while trying to decide on my favourite 2 and came to this conclusion:

Horned Dragon by Citadel. It came out a time when it filled perfectly the brain image I had of Ingeloakasim... Igelokastimzi... Ingelocastama... the white dragon from the book The Crystal Shard. I was never able to afford one then but recently I picked one up on ebay and it's ace. It fits nicely into a stereotype of dragonnishness and it's just really well done.

Dragonlisk by Grenadier. I did get this one back in the days when it first came out, from Games of Liverpool (who also produced the excellent Adventurer magazine I recall), a place that still ranks as the best RPG type shop I ever shopped in, both for atmosphere (it was in a dank musty cellar, hacked out of the sandstone beneath the main shop, very dungeon-esque) and for the enthusiasm and knowledge of the guys behind the counter. Although it has long since closed down I still get misty eyed about its demise. Anyway back onto the mini... I think sculpting has come on leaps and bounds since I first started collecting minis and very few minis from back then compare favourably with today's stuff. This is damn good now, it was awesome for its period. Probably my most favourite mini ever. The smooth wattley bit on my dragon is directly ripped off from inspired by it.

So you've had my thoughts, what're yours? Pick your top two dragons, dragonkin or big lizardy fantasy type wotsit minis and let us all know the whys and wherefores. One restriction though, you've got to be able to get your grubby little mitts on it, although you don't have to actually own it, so past and present stuff only. No quoting Kev or Andy's dragons until they come out :)

Oh and try to give us some pics or links so we can all drool appropriately :D
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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2009, 10:10:37 AM »
My favourite would be the Great Spined Dragon from Citadel.

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2009, 11:29:39 AM »
chicken dragon. nothing else come close (yet...andy...)


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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2009, 12:03:15 PM »
Great Spined Dragon frow Citadel, used to own one, but disappear during a breakup with an ex, who was a gamer.

And Andy's when he finishes it. Pre-Order in, just clearing space for painting the it :).

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2009, 12:04:02 PM »
What?  Only top two?  I'm going to have to think about this.

(That dracolisk is very nice, though. :)  Haven't seen it before)
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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2009, 02:57:49 PM »
Titan dragon, from Rackham.
The Conflict, from Ral Partha.

Ok, that last one is technically two dragons, but they come in the same box so there!

(Neither of those are my paintjobs.  I'd love a titan dragon but I don't have one, and I still haven't got to painting my Conflict dragons.)

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2009, 04:13:45 PM »
chicken dragon. nothing else come close (yet...andy...)


Yep I really like that one - shame I don't own one !  :(

I also quite liked this one :
http://www.solegends.com/citdragon/ds4rockdragon.htm
Of course when the Heresy one arrives.................. :notworthy:
Or for that matter the HF one.................  :whistle:
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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2009, 06:37:00 PM »
I also quite liked this one :
http://www.solegends.com/citdragon/ds4rockdragon.htm

You know that this was one of the very few that GW have re-issued...  So that no longer needs to be in the past-tense...
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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2009, 07:49:36 PM »
Yup the dracolisk is a nice sculpt  :thumbup:

Haven't seen anything else that I like yet but am keeping my eyes on Snuurg and Andy's WIPs (plus this thread)...

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2009, 08:22:06 PM »
Of course when the Heresy one arrives.................. :notworthy:
Or for that matter the HF one.................  :whistle:

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Chicken dragon is awesome (never seen before). I like very much too the Rackham dragons (rackham, what happens to you! :blub:)

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2009, 08:29:05 PM »
Two? Sorry, gonna have to stretch that..
My favourite dragons tend to all be a bit odd. In my mind and heart, the best 'straight' dragon models around were made by hand by my neighbour. Not gaming miniatures, but I don't think I will ever find a normal dragon that impresses me so. :tears:
So in miniatures I seek out unusual ones that don't have to compare to those beauties.

My favourite that I have owned about ten years (no idea of it's age), is an old 'Games Workshop' (Marauder) undead Dragon with some kind of undead rider and flag stand. It did have a flag at some point, but my ten year old self threw it out. You can still buy its wings on the GW webstore, for some bizarre reason.


I've never had a definite confirmation of what it actually is. Anyone here know? It says Marauder under one paw, and the correct rider looks like this: http://www.gothybeans.com/miniatures/IMG_5494.jpg

My second favourite is the "Chinese" dragon I picked up for pennies yesterday from a bricks and mortar store - Eastern Dragon from Grenadier's Shadowrun box set. I had my eye on it a few months back.

It looks like this when put together by someone who knows what they're doing:
http://www.coolminiornot.com/index/whatm/Grenadier/id/124102

Mine looks like this held together by blue-tack and someone else's 20 year old superglue. It appears to have eaten his companion.

For interesting dragons though, you want this one:
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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2009, 09:05:58 PM »
Bit of a racist when it comes to dragons (can't stand the buggers, just to big to be minis. I like SMALL minis) but never you mind me.
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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2009, 09:41:29 PM »
Titan dragon, from Rackham.

I have the Titan dragon and its a lovely model.

I have the GW one as well, not made it yet.

I like the chicken one but will never own one.

Looking forward to the Heresy dragon.

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2009, 10:05:20 PM »
Titan dragon, from Rackham.

I have the Titan dragon and its a lovely model.
:whaaa: 8::: :tears: :blub: :blub: :blub: :blub: :blub:  I am so jealous!  Unfortunately I could never justify the cost of the wretched thing!  200 euros was (and still is) one hell of a lot to pay for a mini, even if it is resin and bigger than I am.  Is your painted?  I've seen so few that are.

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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2009, 10:22:28 PM »
Its not actually assembled. I have got over my 'stare at all my lead' phase though and am modelling, so its on the list.

I paid £45 for it at the MK model show here a couple of months ago. Its a huge box (BS pirate for scale) I was a bit taken aback its like the sort of box tanks come in.



The guy had about 9 of them. I recalled Rackham did two dragons, one cheaper than the other. I thought it was the other one so just bought one, still thinking it was a bargain. Then found it was the 199 one.

Don't regret it though, at least I got for me if not one for Ebay.  :D


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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2009, 11:12:44 PM »
Teronus the ultimate dragon from Grenadier.... had mine about 20 years.

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2009, 12:23:44 PM »
I can round it down to my top two from certain companies.  From what I've seen, anyway.

Grenadier: Dragon of the Month, Series 1 Black Dragon.  Hard to make out the details in a slightly blurry B&W photo, but I like what I see.  The carriage of the neck, tail, wings and the whole.  It's got gravity. (On the offchance someone's got one and is looking rid of it, I wouldn't say no.)
Julie Guthrie dragons. (I could condense this post to 'Julie Guthrie' and be done, but I like to ramble on so)  Difficult.  I'll say the Dragon on Treasure, 'cos I have one.  The details are a bit chunky, but good, and it's nicely put-together.
Others: Wyvern Dragon, Shire Dragon, Teronus, Hydra Dragon, Red Dragon, and Blue Dragon.  (I have that too.  Allosaurus with wings!)

Citadel/GW: C11 Black Dragon.  It's got a goofy Scooby-Doo pose but everything else is brilliant.
Young Green Dragon.
Others: Dragonmasters Dragon, Horned Dragon.  I have both, the latter sans horns and wings.  I should get round to repairing it sometime.
Chicken dragon's alright, but it makes me think of a chicken for reasons other than the size.

Ral Partha: the Dark sword Dennis Mize Dragons used to be Ral Partha, right?  If so, Lowland Hunting Dragon and Green Dragon.
Others: Celestial Dragon and Bridge of Sorrows.

Reaper: Zalonix and Young Fire Dragon.  Julie Guthrie's showing 'em how to do it, again. :)
Others: hmm.

Rackham only produced two dragons, didn't they?  I can't find any pics of the other bugger, but they're both along the same lines and I like how they avoided some of the worn-out 'essential elements'.  The hatchet-snout is distinctive, too.

Andy, you need to sculpt a second dragon for this

Kev, you need to sculpt a first and second.
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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2009, 02:37:26 PM »
I need to finish the first one, you mean. And quickly.

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2009, 05:22:28 PM »
I have only ever painted one dragon and it was Reaper's Marthrangul

Here are a couple of stock photos of the model; I'll see if I can get a decent photo of mine put up soon.


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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2009, 05:24:42 PM »
I need to finish the first one, you mean. And quickly.
Well I wasn't going to bring it up again.........  :whistle:
But since you mentioned it............ :pokey
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« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2009, 08:40:20 PM »
I have the dragonmasters dragon from citadel and if you compare it to the new plastic dragon kit you can see thats where they got their inspiration
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« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2009, 10:10:32 PM »
Its not actually assembled. I have got over my 'stare at all my lead' phase though and am modelling, so its on the list.

I paid £45 for it at the MK model show here a couple of months ago. Its a huge box (BS pirate for scale) I was a bit taken aback its like the sort of box tanks come in.



The guy had about 9 of them. I recalled Rackham did two dragons, one cheaper than the other. I thought it was the other one so just bought one, still thinking it was a bargain. Then found it was the 199 one.

Don't regret it though, at least I got for me if not one for Ebay.  :D


Heh, fair enough! I'm still terribly jealous, though!  I wonder if the guy's still got any left?  I've seen the box and it's chuffing HUGE!  One of LGSs had one in, but at the full price, then it vanished after they started 30% off old Conf stuff.  Please post yours up once you've painted him - it's such a magnificent model and I'd love to see one that's had some tlc.

Edit:  Here's the other, smaller dragon.  It's more like a wyvern with its lack of front legs and the barb on the end of the tail.  I actually have one of these, it's a really nice model but an absolute sod to put together!  Mine's held together with superglue, epoxy glue, pins and greenstuff.  I really should paint it, but I need to fix it first - I cleverly managed to snap both his claws off while putting him together.  :/
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« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2009, 10:24:13 PM »

Rackham only produced two dragons, didn't they?  I can't find any pics of the other bugger, but they're both along the same lines and I like how they avoided some of the worn-out 'essential elements'.  The hatchet-snout is distinctive, too.

This is the other one, the Cynwall dragon.



Its a bit more wyvern than the other having less legs, I really like it.

I believe they made a metal one before the resin ones. Bet that weighs a tonne!

Edit: cross posted there!
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« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2009, 10:30:05 PM »

Rackham only produced two dragons, didn't they?  I can't find any pics of the other bugger, but they're both along the same lines and I like how they avoided some of the worn-out 'essential elements'.  The hatchet-snout is distinctive, too.

This is the other one, the Cynwall dragon.



Its a bit more wyvern than the other having less legs, I really like it.

I believe they made a metal one before the resin ones. Bet that weighs a tonne!

Edit: cross posted there!
Where's the ninja smilie?  :)  I just weighed my dragon; he's a hefty 13.7oz (388g), which probably makes him the heaviest mini I own.

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Re: My Very Very Favourite Dragons
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2009, 10:38:02 PM »
My favourite would be the Great Spined Dragon from Citadel.

 :metoo:

Probably. Reaper's Marthrangul is a close contender (but I've only ever sene preview pictures to date.

My great spined dragon's low wing got bent in transport right down near the shoulder joint so now I can't stick it on as it would go through the floor :(.
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