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1  Painting & Modelling / Conversion Corner / Re: A Maniacīs Drake Cavalry on: July 29, 2011, 05:17:20 pm
Thanks, Scarletsquig! I appreciate the in-depth feedback.

I realize that real-life lizards often have that flap of loose gizzard skin underneath but it's mostly slow and sluggish lizards like iguanas rather than fast-moving lizards, which are more streamlined in shape.
Agreed, the lines on your mock-up look much better.

It might be best to tackle the problem of needing an orc rider by having the rider seated quite far back on the mount, where the centre of gravity looks more convincing.
I wonīt do an orc rider. I chose the wyvernīs size with the small elves in mind, and the orc idea came up later. I already have some ideas for the elven riders, and they will not match the "knightly" look of the Drakon cavalry.

Agree that the frill isn't really working at the moment, it certainly makes the model look unique though. Have you considered adding a crest to the forehead instead of the frill, or in addition to it?
Yes, I have. mattjgilbert suggested it, too. But Iīm not convinced it would look right, mainly due to the flat head and the position of the neck. I might give it a try, though, since I like the idea in principle.

I like how the wings are shaping up so far, I think the tail might benefit from a sharper point at the end.

Thanks again!
2  Painting & Modelling / Conversion Corner / Re: A Maniacīs Drake Cavalry on: July 28, 2011, 01:08:40 pm
@ Night Sword: Iīve now had the opportunity to put a Manitc orc besides the wyvern, and the orc is simply too large.

Ok, time for an update. I tried the neck frill, but my first draft does not look so hot IMO:

Please ignore the clutter, there is a reason itīs called "manic workbench"...
Those are just some green stuff copies I made via push-mold from the original neck frill I sculpted, so please excuse the thickness of the frill.

Maybe Iīll try another frill design, one without the spines running through it, more like an actual frill-necked lizard than the dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park. Weīll see.

But meanwhile I nearly finished the beast:

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Still needs a bit work on the wings, smoothing out tough areas, but itīs nearly done.
Iīd especially like some feedback on the underside of the neck and belly. IMO it looked too scrawny previously, but I might just have went a bit far into the opposite direction.

And I have blu-tacked him onto a 40mm base, he fits it very well.

3  Painting & Modelling / Conversion Corner / Re: A Maniacīs Drake Cavalry on: May 09, 2011, 12:44:22 am
Thanks for the suggestions guys, keep īem coming.

Would love to see you put some horns on the head, an orc rider on the back and make some Slasha Cavalry, that'd be awesome
How about a helmet with blades on the sides instead of horns?

I really think some front legs would help a lot.
If I were to put front legs on it, it would look a lot like Euparkeria with bat wings.

But itīs too late for another set of limbs. The model as it is has no room for them, and I like the more "realistic" four-limbed body.

I'm starting to think the concept might be best served by treating them like units of pegasi.. on 40x40 bases. The wings need space to spread out.
Doesnīt the drakon cavalry stand on 50x50mm bases? At leasts that what I assumed when I started.  40x40mm would be possible, but harder to rank up, smaller than that would be impossible.

I think that having a Goblin ride it would be an excellent alternative to the standard Goblin=Wolf cavalry option.
Wolfs as mounts for Goblins are played out, I agree. But I really canīt see a Goblin riding this. Maybe Iīm still stuck in the GW "goblins are comedic relief" mindset.

Perhaps a couple of small spines at the end of the tail on either side to make it an offensive or defensive weapon? Otherwise a tail fin which would help stabilise flight?
I have thought about adding some kind of thagomizer, but decided against it, because I felt it would be too ver the top. "Less is more" and all that.

But a tail fin is an interesting idea. Iīll give it some thought. Do you have any specific designs in mind?
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Mantic Open Day 2011 General Discussion/Rollcall. on: May 08, 2011, 08:37:38 pm
I`ll be there, too. I already drummed up three more guys, because a roadtrip from Germany to England is both cheaper and more fun that way Cheesy

Canīt wait to meet you guys in person / see some of you again.
5  Painting & Modelling / Conversion Corner / Re: A Maniacīs Drake Cavalry on: May 08, 2011, 12:05:48 am
Thanks guys.

While I do have to agree that the wyvern clashes very much with the slender elves, in my mind at least the contrast seems interesting. But then Iīd be happy to put about anything on dinosaur inspired creatures. Tongue

And if it really ends up looking off, Iīll find another purpose for the beastie.

As a mount for an orc it might be a bit small, though. But then I have that T-Rex sculpted and waiting for release which begs me to put an orc onto itīs back...
6  General Category / News & Rumours / Re: Mantic News and Rumour Roundup on: May 07, 2011, 11:59:26 pm
Cheers Darsc, Iīm a tad bit excited myself. And Iīll be doing some freelance work for Mantic in the future, there are already ideas thrown around and projects discussed... exciting times indeed, canīt wait to get started.

Regarding the open day: Oh boy, I wanna go. But Iīll have to do some organizing first, drumming up people to share the trip with (and split the costs Tongue).

7  General Category / News & Rumours / Re: Mantic News and Rumour Roundup on: May 07, 2011, 10:15:34 pm
A quick rumour from the german RPC today: Mantic might release a new dwarf king miniature as part of their mantic points offerings.

8  Painting & Modelling / Conversion Corner / Re: A Maniacīs Drake Cavalry on: May 07, 2011, 03:32:17 am
Cheers guys.

Iīm glad that you get a dinosaur-vibe from the head, Estarriol, because thatīs what I was going for. I donīt want these to be dragons, but rather feral animals that resemble dragons. And dinosaurs are much, much cooler than dragons anyways.

Llew, Iīll keep that in mind Wink

Ok, time for a late update. After fixing the wings to the armature and sculping the arms, I noticed that the right upper arm was about 0,5cm longer than the left one, meaning I had to take the wing off, shorten the armature and start over. Many a foul obscenity was uttered and I shelved the damn thing for a while.

But now Iīm back and I finished the head (minus neckfrill so far). The wings are still heavily WIP, the membranes still have to be conected to the torso, and the hands and fingerbones of the wings have to be sculpted.

Now that I have conquered my frustration about the wing dilemma I full yexpect more timely progress on this beast in the future. Gaarew, if you read this, it shall be your duty to kick my rump if I slack off too much. The opportunity for arse-kicking shall be the Open Day.

9  General Category / Mantic Fanatic Player Locator / Re: Kings of War Player Location Database on: April 28, 2011, 10:14:16 am

Forum Handle:WorkbenchManiac

Real Name: Timo

Age Range: 25

Location: Iserlohn, Germany

Local Store: nicht vorhanden

Local Club: Eisenwaldoffensive

Army: Dwarves, Elves
10  The Games Room / Battle Reports / Re: Big 5000 point per side game on: April 27, 2011, 09:33:28 pm
Looking forward to the battle report, I hope you guys had a blast.
11  The Games Room / Kings of Historical War / Re: KoWHAC - Viking Age Europe on: April 27, 2011, 09:31:39 pm
Hmm, and I do have these Gripping Beast plastic vikings kicking around... time to break out the plastic glue methink Cheesy

Seriously, great stuff, Neldoreth.
12  General Category / New Members / Re: loved the terms and condiditons on: April 27, 2011, 03:37:57 pm
Look whom I dragged in Cheesy

Found him strolling around the web, lost and on his lonesomes.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kings of War for Battlescribe project. on: April 25, 2011, 02:01:15 pm
I did not notice that Battlescribe allows to add stats and special rules as well... nice.

But now Iīll have to go over the file again... oh well.
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kings of War for Battlescribe project. on: April 25, 2011, 12:49:28 pm
Since Scarletsquig is going to cover the offical army lists, I thought Iīd try my hand at some of the fanlists.

15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Kings of War for Battlescribe project. on: April 24, 2011, 05:05:12 pm
Great idea!

But I seem unable to download any of the files from filedropper. Would it be possible to host the files elsewhere?

EDIT: Nevermind, it works. No idea why it didnīt before, but now itīs fine.
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