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Midpoint Inactive Member01 Jan 2013 4:56 p.m. PST

For the first time in 20+ years, I'm painting a dragon.

A white dragon in fact as a key antagonist in a D&D game.

The scales will be grey highlighted to white, but the belly – what colour would you paint the belly? Something contrasting like red or yellow or also white?


Garand01 Jan 2013 5:10 p.m. PST

I would paint it a darker gray than the scales, highlighted up to a light gray. Say start with a base of neutral gray & highlight up to there. I would probably do the wing membranes that face the ground the same color. The idea here that the shading will help it blend in with overcast wintery skies…


snodipous Inactive Member01 Jan 2013 5:35 p.m. PST

If I remember my DnD monsters, white dragons have freezing cold breath, so I would do its belly icy blue with white highlights like frost.

chuck05 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Jan 2013 5:41 p.m. PST

How about a nice bone color?

Augustus Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2013 6:59 p.m. PST

Another idea is once finished, attach hot glue icicles on the mouth? Icy cold breath = frozen/freezing vapor?

Always wanted to see a proper white dragon in a film at some point. Anything but the "ho hum" red dragon.

WarrenB Inactive Member01 Jan 2013 7:24 p.m. PST

Just do it the same way. Where's the rulebook that says dragons have to be two-tone?

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2013 8:29 p.m. PST

I would do it with the pale blue to white colour and do the belly in a slightly darker colour.

Meiczyslaw01 Jan 2013 10:56 p.m. PST

Always wanted to see a proper white dragon in a film at some point.

D&D 2 features a white dragon. Wonderfully stupid film that does not include any Jar Jars the way the first one did. (When I saw it, there was a drinking game involved.)

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2013 12:04 a.m. PST

Google images has a bunch of pictures,mostly blue and white(something cold looking)

Lonkka1Actual02 Jan 2013 4:04 a.m. PST

Ages ago I painted my Grenadier White Dragon white with the belly scales being cold light green and I think it looked awesome.

Milites Inactive Member02 Jan 2013 5:05 a.m. PST

Given there are so many makes of White Dragon to buy, they surely represent all the different species in the genus. Given that, and the real world examples of variety within species (think tigers), you could paint it any cold, or combination of cold colours.

The traditional eighties D&D artwork suggested an overall white/ivory, but, if it's a key protagonist, perhaps something more striking, than a 'realistic' white, ivory finish. Perhaps a combination of blues and white highlights, as suggested?

kreoseus2 Inactive Member02 Jan 2013 6:37 a.m. PST

Sea green or ice blue.

Evil Bobs Miniature Painting02 Jan 2013 8:34 a.m. PST

I like a pale icy blue blending to white for the belly. Ivory looks to warm IMHO.

Lucius02 Jan 2013 8:46 a.m. PST

Bone overall, with a white belly.It looks more like a real reptile.

White dragons don't have to be pure white, any more than red dragons have to be pure fire engine red.

Zephyr102 Jan 2013 3:23 p.m. PST

A very pale blue wash on a white undercoat, white belly, and the white uppers highlighted with metallic/pearl white….

Midpoint Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 7:15 a.m. PST

Thanks chaps, I'm going for light blue to white highlights.

I won't ask what colour the gums should be as that would be too silly.

Murvihill03 Jan 2013 10:19 a.m. PST

For the gums I'd go with a bright blue, aqua or teal to provide contrast for the teeth.

Lonkka1Actual19 Jan 2013 6:14 a.m. PST

Here is a snapshot of the Grenadier White Dragon I mentioned above


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