With time to kill, as the Oathmark army is now stacked in the display cabinet and I have no game to play in the foreseeable future, its time to add units to get that variation I wanted for other army compositions.

First up, it’s time to get that dragon finished.  The box said Young Red Dragon so I suppose red it will be. While I am using reds and on a bit of a fire theme I looked out a Fire Kami from the painting queue as it seems apt to do that while the base coats dry on the dragon.

Its a strange living flame sculpture from the Bushido game by GCT Studios.

It is supposed to be conjured or summoned by another flame orientated chap from the same faction, so I may as well get him done at the same time.  I must dig out the Bushido cards and find out if he has a name for you all. I should also paint the chains at his belt and wrists, as well, now that I see them…

And done!  You may or may not believe me when I say that this dragon was a pain in the arse to paint.  Not as bad as the Reaper bones but a pain for a number of reasons.

Some were reasons I may have avoided (like doing the base first and then realising it needed to be held on a drill bit to paint and dry).

The biggest issue is the soft plastic and so called undercoat.  After painting most of the red on the body and a couple of other parts I looked at the legs and noticed that quite a lot of the paint had rubbed off while I was holding it! As I had done this in a red contrast paint a second coat darkened the area that was repainted and effectively meant I had to repaint whole sections to get the colour to match…

It’s not greatly obvious in these shots but the wings were in a different position each and every time I went back to it.  The English summer is here early and the shed gets warm.  The soft plastic sags in the heat of the day and contracts back to the original position it was packaged in as it cools (usually when I want to get a paintbrush down its back).

Its also very unstable on its base. The model came packaged with a 100mm round base (Supplied by Wizkids for added stability), no wonder they thought it needed something this large.

Just using a small base layer in a larger movement tray proved to be too wobbly still. So out came the magnets again.

At the point of noticing the paint rubbing off, and realising I would need to varnish it, I had finished the base and could not safely stand it without a base to spray it.  Masking the base was my last resort.

After all that faffing about I can say two things for sure. It’s done and I won’t be doing another soft plastic figure again for a while.

The finished dragon looks ok, but I lost the desire to do anything more than a simple paint scheme with it. When every time I picked it up I needed to patch up a new scratch, I lost the desire to invest more time in it. Which is a shame, as its actually a great little sculpt.