There comes a time in every Creep's life when he looks upon a thing that he loves and thinks, 'I need to cut this until it looks more pleasing to mine eye.' Such was the case with the Citadel Nightmare Dragon, sculpted by Nick Bibby.
I know what you must be thinking. "But Crooks," I hear you cry, "Crooksie, you said you were going to paint a Tom Meier dragon for this challenge?!"
Hush now children, that was the plan, yes, but... it didn't work out.
|"Don't leave me like this! Father WHYYYYYY?!"|
The Citadel Nightmare dragon is not a pretty sculpt. In fact it's downright goofy.
|Image borrowed from Stuff of Legends - cheers!|
In an unusual departure for Nick Bibby, a sculptor known for his emphasis on realism in his work, this creature looks all kinds of wrong. It has giant, beefcake arms raised in a 'Boogedy-BOO!' pose. It has tiny, surely vestigial wings. It's only saving grace is it's amazingly sculpted head. I fell in love with it's head at first sight. This dragon is a reverse butter-face.
So what to do? For many months I pondered the question. Then some nameless, forgotten hero whom I couldn't find in time for this post gave me the idea I needed [EDIT: That hero has been discovered, it was in fact Matthew Dunn from Fistful of Lead!] - this dragon isn't really a dragon, it's a wyvern! All you need to do is leave the arms off, give it some bigger wings and, as a finishing touch, a rider to goad this ugly, wonderful beast into the fray!
Ladies and gentlemen, I present, the Dark Elf sorceress Joh'dee and her wyvern mount Djh'mee.
|A size comparison of the wings - the green ones are the original ones, very tiny indeed!|
|Saddle bags are becoming my favourite thing to sculpt. No really. NO REALLY.|
|Citadel Nightmare Dragon... wyvern... thing|
My overall theme for the model was something like a Tolkienesque 'fell beast', but with a Herohammer twist, hence the mostly naked girl riding it. The soothing sounds of Heavy Metal washed over me as I sculpted and painted this marvel of shiny, glistening death-from-above. Surely Djh'mee was spawned in some hellish Naggarothi slime pool deep within the bowels of the dark elf mistresse... fortresses, and his mistress was not far behind him.
The relationship between rider and mount is based upon a mutual respect for the other's extreme brutality. A wyvern, in the traditional sense, is a less intelligent form of dragon-kin, but I've always viewed them as more violent and brutish, and in some ways a lot more FUN - especially from a narrative perspective.
You'll be seeing more of this nightmare pair on the Wenis Rodeo in good time. Now I shall wield the mighty WiPster wand and nominate Cheetor as the next Dragon Metal Tagger. Cheetor is returning to the fantasy scene after a long hiatus and is renowned for taking his time, so for a big model like a dragon, it's going to be a while before we see anything from him - so for now, content yourself with a gallery of some of my other dragons, d-dragons, d-d-d-DRAGONS!
|Nick Bibby Citadel Dragon Masters dragon, in desert camo|
|Tom Meier Citadel blue dragon, in blue scheme|
|Nick Bibby Citadel young dragon, in murderous scheme|
|Nick Bibby Citadel scorpion dragon, huntin' frogs|