This is my first post. Stumbled across you on YouTube somehow and was hooked immediately. I've seen many amazing ideas on here, but I would really love to see a faerie dragon. They are small, but the colors and wings make them really fun and aesthetically pleasing.
A friend of mine really loves Fearie Dragons...so much so that he designed a RavenLoft domain with a Fearie Dragon lord (pretty frightening if you think about it).
I would say this isn't a craft project to the same degree as most other projects. Creating a tiny miniature out of clay requires an exceptional skill to get any decent detail. I would say instead that it is a paint project (still craft in a sense). Perhaps use a Reaper miniature for a dragon familiar, or a psuedodragon, and repaint.
Post by dungeonmistress on May 29, 2014 18:05:48 GMT
I know how you feel, I'm hooked, too.
I haven't yet seen a plastic or metal faerie dragon or pseudodragon (virtually the same creature) and crafting one from some sort of clay would be difficult and require a huge amount of talent. But, all is not lost, for you can find one and with a small amount of modification and some clear acetate (plastic) sheet, create one the will work just fine. I know 'cause I made one the wizard in my group whose familiar is a pseudodragon.
Here's how: Go to One Monk and download the Woodland Oddities 2 set by Dryw the Harper. These are paper mini's. You will see a very tiny dragon.
Now I print at the library in B&W, so I brought it home and colored it to my desire. Then, I place the clear acetate over the dragon and trace the out line. Carefully cut that out and set aside, but don't lose it! Now cut out the whole mini (dragon) from the paper, score and fold so you have front and back lined up. Glue and let dry. Score the clear acetate the same as the paper dragon, set aside again.
Back to the paper dragon, very carefully cut just the dragon away from the res of the black background, leaving just a small amount of black for outline. Now, position the paper dragon on the inside of the clear acetate and glue in place (I used Aileen's Clear Gel Tacky Glue), carefully fold the acetate to sandwich the paper dragon and glue in place. Set this under a heavy object to dry flat. Noe just make a base for it and you have a faerie dragon (or psuedodragon) that looks like it is flying!
If I ever figure out how to post pictures here I'll post one of Cecil the psuedodragon and his friend, Boris the Wizard.
Post by adamantinedragon on May 29, 2014 21:18:49 GMT
If I get a chance I might try this out for a faerie dragon.
Go to a toy supply store like "US Toy" or maybe 'Toys R Us" and find a bag of lizards and a pack of butterflies. Get some glue and paint, and if you can, some epoxy putty. Work out where to put the butterfly wings and build up a base for the wings with epoxy putty (or even just epoxy if you don't have putty), then glue or epoxy the butterfly wings on.
If you heat up the lizard and wings in hot water you can reshape the lizard into a pose suitable for a dragon.
Could anyone give me more information about faerie dragons?
Sure, but it's hard to beat google.
As with most things, there are different versions of faerie dragons depending on what source you are starting from. Pathfinder faerie dragons might not be the same as faerie dragons in another game system.
In general faerie dragons are tiny dragons (tiny in both game mechanic terms and in figurative terms) that have the ability to cast spells. Usually the spells they cast tend to be of the sort that allow them to play pranks on other creatures, but powerful faerie dragons can know more dangerous spells too.
Usually faerie dragons are depicted as having the bodies of dragons, shrunk down to tiny size, but with faerie wings, which are frequently depicted as resembling insect wings, such as dragonflies, butterflies or mayflies. In some cases the wings are pure fantasy creations of gauzy material, usually iridescent. Frequently the color of a faerie dragon's body or wings provides clues to their nature. In some cases faerie dragons will team up with other creatures, usually those of good alignment.
But, of course, they can be anything you want them to be.
"Don't you mean adamanTITE dragon?"
>crunch crunch nom nom<
Could anyone give me more information about faerie dragons?
If you can find a D&D or Pathfinder Monster Manual (Beastiary), look up pseudodragons. There are sources online , or your local library might have a copy (or you could request they obtain one), or you could borrow one from a friend or buy one.
Basically they are tiny dragons, roughly the size of an average cat. They are very intelligent, have mental telepathy abilities, are natural pranksters, and fiercely loyal to their companion, wizard or sorcerer. However, they are very picky about who they will bond with, usually watching the person closely for several days, and if they like what they see they will agree to stay with them. But if they are mistreated in any way they leave,or worse yet, play practical jokes on the culprit. This can have dire circumstances as the psuedodragon or faerie dragon might play such a joke in the middle of a battle! They are also vain creatures, demanding proper and regular grooming with special oils to keep their hides glistening soft and supple. When they are happy they like to curl around their companions neck and will purr loudly like a cat.
I can give you stats, if you like. Maybe I'll post some a little later when I have more free time.
If I was still living in Pa and was still in contact with some folks i knew who blew glass those would be some awesome thing for them to do.... A bit to fragile for gaming with but they would make a nice show piece.
I ran across a pseudo dragon earlier on eBay. It was ugly and kind of smashed looking. Who says it has to be that tiny anyways? I see an age chart there, why not bulk the older ones up to small just for the sake of the craft. I once was in a campaign where I had one as a familiar for my sorcerer. It was an epic level campaign, so I was able to do rituals to beef him up, I think I might have had him at the smaller end of medium scale. He was incredibly powerful for his species. Always doing such nice pranks on unsuspecting townsfolk. Ah, good times.
btw, he was of the blue/purple variety rather than the older pink model. I want to try to make one sometime, I just kinda wanted to see what others came up with for it. I haven't gotten to game in about 5 years. Started world of Warcraft and stopped gaming with my friends. Then I moved 24 hour drive away and haven't seen any of my group mates since (18 months). Been too shy/anxious to go make new game friends. /withdrawal
I actually came up with a pretty crazy technique for sculpting tiny miniatures, when I had to make a bunch of Pixies, each of them being one of the player characters in a short, all Pixie campaign (and by the way, Pixies are LETHAL in the hands of players!!).
So, you will need a small block of set plaster of paris, or chalk, maybe even hard wax.. you then carve the shape into it that you want to create.. in my case, it was tiny humanoid figures, about the size of your little finger nail, at the most.. I then kneaded together two part epoxy putty (Green Stuff) and pressed it into my carved out mold (I had carved it with a pin, btw). I let the putty set a little, and then peeled it out of the mold, let it set completely, and then sliced the figure free of the lump of green stuff with a craft blade, trimmed it, smoothed it a little by running the blade edge up and down any ridges or whatever, and then glued it to a wire mount on a tiny base, before glueing it's butterfly wings on it (I made those out of thin sliced green stuff from the left over lump), and painted it.
And here is one of them next to a standard sized rogue.
Use an external image host, such as photobucket, and link the images via the image URL, using the Image Link icon, it should show up right away on the post, or you can preview before posting, to double check it worked correctly.
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factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
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sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
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sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
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sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
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randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
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sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
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May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
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margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
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