I like dragons, a fact that I am not ashamed to admit. Tracy, on the other hand absolutely LURVES dragons. It makes my infatuation with those winged scaled monstrosities seem positively trivial. She has loads of different dragon models ranging from the tiny to the immense, from 80's classics to modern monsters and they all live in a large box together cohabiting peacefully (for the most part).
Imagine my excitement when we found out that Heresy Miniatures were producing a humongous dragon to go with their infamous huge demons... oh yes, much excitement ensued. Then there were the WIPs Andy put up on the Forum of Doom... enticing us to want the beast more. When the dragon was put up for pre-order we just had to get one...
Now, that was a good few years ago and the dragon has grown considerably in that time - bits have been resculpted and then replaced and the beast ended up larger than Andy could possibly even cast. That has meant it has taken a while to get to this point, but finally the dragon(s) arrived on our doorstep. Tracy opened it and I photographed the whole thing. Here it is:
|That's an A4 sheet in there and a little thank you from Andy|
|All the bits - check!|
|Paperwork removed, we have sweeties!|
|Lots of styrene chippings|
|And finally some pieces of the model - wings and spines|
|We dig deeper into the treasure trove... more minty green styrene|
|More goodies... and some metal bits!|
|Dragon in all its glory!|
|The metal bits - claws, tail, horns and tongue!|
|2 Sets of arms - more about that later!|
The kits will not come with to sets of arms in general, but Andy sent me both to have a look at and I must say, the metal hands are a much cast than the resin ones. It was a good decision by Heresy and appears to be something they are continuing with. The size of the beast has been a real issue, but I think they are nearly at the point where they will be able to spin cast some parts in a plastic/resin hybrid, cast some parts in resin, and some parts in metal. This should allow them to speed up production and get more kits to those who already have them on order, which ultimately means more dragons for everybody... and this one is awesome in the true sense of the word!
Smaug eat your heart out!