Tadaaaa! These are pictures of the final product under proper lighting. As you can see, I changed my mind about the orange facial spots and I re-painted them grey. I black washed the whole thing, applied highlights with a dry brush, and gave it a thin coat of protective oil-based varnish that won’t mess up the acrylic paint. Sorry for the blurriness of some of the pictures, but you get the idea! I hope you like the results, and as usual, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on it!
Why do I make “fake” head trophies of my respected fellows, you may ask. Well, from what I’ve seen, a lot of humans (especially males) have a high sense of pride, and they can be quite primitive at times. They will go hunting for fun and they call it sport, although if you’re a human you probably knew that already. When they shoot down an animal, it makes them feel strong and proud, and they will sometimes feel the need of hanging the head of the beast for everyone to see. I’m not sure whether it’s a matter of dominance, to show off their prowess, remind themselves of how manly they are, or what. Please let me know what you think and/or how you feel about this, because I would really like to learn. As a scholar though, I see this practice as an opportunity to honour the dragons I respect. I make honour trophies to show humans, but also because I miss my home, I guess. As you may already know, I do take commissions. I know humans have been to other planes and some of them have even known some dragonkin. But even if most of them think of us as fantasy, I don’t know all of the dragons around. A human may know a dragon that I don’t, so I am more than willing to make an honour trophy for them to keep if they provide me with a good description and/or picture, and proper payment. You can read more information about this in the info section, if you’re interested or know someone who may be.
The craftsman who makes shields for me finally delivered and today I’m showing you the process of attaching the trophy to the shield. To do this, I first covered the shield in tape around the line where I’d have to drill, then placed the dragon in its position and drew an outline with a pencil, and after this, I marked the spots where I would drill the holes for the wire. I made eight holes, but because the wire goes around for extra safety, I only had to cut four lengths.
In this case, I chose to leave all the wires outside, because I though the neck could benefit from a “veiny” texture. I shaped the wire into the dragon and then hot glued/taped it all together until it felt very secure.