color palette tends heavily toward reds and oranges, so I
decided to stretch a little and do Gauth as a blue dragon.
I had this nice teal Createx airbrush paint lying around which
served as the primary color. I decided to paint with the same
coloration as a lizard: underside of belly and limbs in a
lighter color, getting progressively darker the higher on
the torso I got. Like my lava
dragon, I blocked in the basecoat shading with an airbrush,
and then proceeded to do the finish work with thinned inks
washes, paint drybrushes, and blending.
belly plates and horns were done in light tans, to give them
a bony look. The yellow stripe down the side of the tail,
and on the lower jaw, hinted at the blue dragon's lightning
breath (as did the open mouth)...
mesh the base with the rocks cast on Gauth's feet, I used
pieces of flat sandstone (broken with a hammer) to form a
"shale quarry" look, along with some DAS Pronto
air-dry clay. I didn't even have to prime any of this, as
the porosity of the materials let me paint/wash/drybrush directly
onto the rock and clay (whole base took a 1/2 hour and looks
very nice! It took me longer to spray and varnish the black
wooden plaque it's attached to! ;^)
FINISHED PRODUCT CAN BE SEEN HERE: