I didnt need a dragon model for my current project, but I wanted one.
As the first proper 28mm fantasy project that I have worked on for twenty years, I want to make sure that my Shonen Knives project includes as many fantasy tropes as I can squeeze into it. So I made a list...
- Your mum
- Meeting a wizard in an inn
- Magic swords
- Naked muscular gents slathered in baby oil
- Females that are old but appear young via unwholesome means
- Gary Gygax
- Unlikely biological sources of gold generation (magic geese, necropants)
- Everything else
A Western dragon wasn't going to cut it for my pseudo-Japanese themed Shonen Knives. After liaising with the Scale Creep Dragon Consultant, the Citadel Oriental Dragon was settled upon as the most appropriate to add to my primarily 1980's Citadel force. The same model has also been available from Ral Partha as the Celestial Dragon since the eighties.
|"And where does that cockatrice that made you cry live... exactly?"|
At someone elses suggestion I also included the old Citadel dragonette familiar in the project. "Mama Bear" scenario hooks are an obvious immediate use for the extra model.
|My "Shonen Knives" force, before they learned to train their dragon.|
I had some old Citadel ninja lined up for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project. With ninja being cross-genre - ubiquitous even - making a skirmish force out of them seemed like a good idea for someone that has more of an interest in sci-fi than fantasy.
|The current contents of my "Fantasy Skirmish Project" box (artists impression).|
Predictability that modest plan immediately spiralled out of control. There are just far too many suitable models, myths and pop culture influences to stop at the very modest ten or so figures needed for Frostgrave.
So this dragon is the first Shonen Knives model that has been prepared specifically for playing games other than Frostgrave, such as Dragon Rampant. Note the recess for a 7mm D6 at the back to record damage in any number of game systems.
The palette on the dragon is almost identical to that used on my other Shonen Knives models to date. I find the totally “unrealistic” but very coherent visual connection that this approach gives to be pleasing in a force. YMMV.
And finally, yes I know that Japanese dragons generally have three toes (thanks Antipixi!). But this isnt a model of a real fantasy dragon, its a model of a pseudo-historical Japanese fantasy dragon. So five toes per dragon foot is perfectly cromulent.
Plus they are magic anyway for Petes sake, they can change their toes like we change socks.
"Asslessman, I choose youuuuu!" The next Dragon Metal Tag will be something sumptuous from the baby of the Scale Creeps.