Miniature Monday – Gauth Pt.1

Finally, here are some big, nasty dragon WIPs. And because life always keeps something up its sleeve, read on to find out about some less than stellar things that happened *sigh*

(Posting by Antonia)

Welcome back, dear readers and painters! Since I’m bad at clickbaiting, you get the hinted news first and then we just go on with some miniatures.

The thing is, on the last day of July Dirk suffered a stroke. We were lucky for it to be not that serious so Dirk can still talk, walk and write handle small things paint miniatures on his own, but unfortunately with an impairment right now. A couple of weeks from now he’ll be away for some time to get pysical rehab and I’m sure I shouldn’t add extra tasks to my schedule of work and looking after the kid alone, so I’ll have to pause the blog again. But you know, these miniatures won’t run away (right?) and that way the rest of you get the chance of getting ahead of the schedule!

For obvious reasons neither of us got to work on Gauth, but we still can show some dragons!

Jim went for a green dragon:

He wrote: “Not much to say about the pic other than the obvious. I decided Gauth should be a green dragon. I’ve put in a little more work since I took this pic, but I still haven’t started on the base. Other than the fact that I am going to make in fairly lush, I haven’t quite worked out my exact plans.”

Clever tactic to paint Gauth before assembly! That way you can easily reach each part… on the other hand, in case you didn’t assemble the mini yet be prepared for some annoying gaps! At least my version needed quite a lot of modelling paste to fill them! I like the green/sand combination, a classic!

Michael sent in two stages auf Gauth:

He said: “Photographing Gauth is going to be a problem! But here’s one shot to show my basic colors plus wash. I was inspired by some Larry Elmore Dragonlance art and went green. I thought it looked generically fantasy (as opposed to strictly D&D), so maybe he breathes fire and not poison. As you can see, I’m keeping the wings separated for now. I’m going to try to do a lot more on those, as well as loads of added details.

Advice for the next time I do a big project: plan ahead and buy extra paint. I think I’ve depleted several nice colors.

Hoping to see a rainbow of dragons!”

Well, right now the green dragons seem to be overrunning the place, so Dirk and I’ll make sure that we pick other colors!

And since the schedule was moved a bit, Michael sent a second set of pictures:

He added: “I’ve been working more on Gauth, and thought I’d send an update to add to my last quick picture.

As you can see, I’m mostly done with the actual painting. In the picture from my last email, you can see that I painted the wings separately from the body. Once I glued them on, I was really happy. While waiting for a not-so-humid day to spray on some sealant (that day has yet to arrive…), though, I noticed he was bending forward a lot. I built a rock out of Green Stuff and glued his tail to it, but that didn’t hold. I then had to do some emergency surgery while trying hard not to wreck the paint to plant a clear acrylic flight peg in the rock and his tail. This seems to be holding. His wings are definitely bending more laterally than expected, but I think they’re stable. For next time, I hope to get him sealed, and to add more to the base.

This experience does make me wonder about the durability of some of the other big Bones models I have, like Khanjira the World Breaker.”

Nice update, thanks! And thank you for the heads-up concerning stability, we will have to keep an eye on that when we pose our dragons! We also own Khanjira but never got to unbox it – I think it’s more on the massive side so it might suffer less from instability, but who knows? If you check it out, make sure to tell us!

Since I’ll push back the schedule again, we’ll see you again at September 28th. A bit sad, but that’s how it goes, let’s hope Dirk is more or less “back to normal” then, stay safe everyone and enjoy the summer!

This week’s gallery:

Coming next:

09/28/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Gauth, Bipedal Dragon Part Two (No. 7) – Finished Monster


This is a big one, so we’ll stretch it over two entries!

Want to participate in the next post? Email the pictures of your minis until Friday 09/25/20 to  (It’s a .de domain, in case emails are bouncing)

–> Attention: The submission date for photos is about three days before publishing date, to give us a bit of time to actually write about your pictures 

This way you’ll have two weeks/one weekend to paint, and we have one weekend to write (which is the only time of the week where we (might, *sigh*) have some open minutes).

You can of course send in pics later, but to take out a bit of the stress (most pics arrive here rather last minute) please consider the three day deadline. Later pics will still show up in an update 

Here is the link to Reaper’s graphic with all the core pieces, but it’s one and veeeery long picture so be prepared for some scrolling. On the other hand it has separate numbers for most of the pieces. I will add individual shop links as soon as they appear!

Here is the underdark Add-on.

10/12/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Movie night Part II: Paint Classic Horror Monsters (Vampires, No. 132 and 133)

10/26/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Bedeviled: Devils/Demons (Nos. 72, 73 and/or 74 on graphic)

11/09/20 Bones IV (Core Set) Movie night Part III: Paint Classic Horror Monsters (Victor’s Creatures, No. 134 and 135)

This entry was posted by Antonia & Dirk Vogel.

3 thoughts on “Miniature Monday – Gauth Pt.1

  1. First of all, I’m so sorry to hear about the stroke Dirk! I hope you are getting better and the physical therapy goes well. I’ll definitely be thinking about you.

    Second, take as much time as is necessary or you need. As you pointed out, the minis aren’t going anywhere! We can pick up whenever.

    Finally, Gauth! Funny that so far we only have green dragons. Antonia, you’re right about painting before much of the assembly: It cuts both ways. It’s easier to handle the individual pieces and get color in every nook and cranny, but I still had to do some filling and then touch things up. The process went OK but not perfectly, for sure. I, too, had some stability problems as without a base, my Gauth kept falling forward onto his nose! Once I get his feet and tail permanently attached that problem should be resolved, but I’ll be curious so see if those wings droop.

    I don’t know exactly why I chose green but I knew he wasn’t a metallic (good) dragon and he didn’t really feel like a red, black or white. That left green and blue out of the traditional D&D spectrum and I resisted my love of blue at least partly because the last dragon I did was blue! I suppose I could have gone with something totally different, but, alas, didn’t. Once I decided on green I was struck by the same inspiration as Mike and realized that this was certainly an Elmore dragon. I got out my Art Of Larry Elmore book and was shocked (and pleased) at how much Gauth looked like he just stepped out of the 1980s. I’ll admit I like that style of dragon (along with even more traditional ones), but I’m not so keen on some of the more recent depictions.

  2. Wishing you a swift and complete recovery, Dirk! Also, best wishes to Antonia and the whole family.

    I laughed when I saw that Jim and I were apparently riding the same wavelength here. All the painted versions I had seen before were red or blue, but green looks very good on this guy. The 3rd Edition Monster Manual left a very strong impression on my vision of the D&D chromatic and metallic dragons (Todd Lockwood was the artist, I think), so whenever I see anything that doesn’t fit, I don’t know what to do with it. I was actually considering a non-metallic yellow, but then that Elmore art came up in my Pinterest feed, and it just clicked.

  3. Dear Dirk and Antonia,
    What a shock! I hope Dirk fully recovers. I can imagine you are not in the mood for painting dragons now. We will eagerly wait for your return, but take all the time you need.

    For cheering everyone up just a little: this is a blog where someone is VERY much struggling with propping up his Gauth:

    PS have not decided on my color yet. I was thinking brown-green or grey-blue. For this blog, blue might be better.

    take care!

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