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Alxbates Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

I've got something cool to show you all – John Dennett has just finished sculpting a Sirrush for me (Forge of Ice). It's based on the Babylonian dragon, the 'Sirrush' or 'Muḫuu'.

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I tried to imagine what it might look like if it was a real creature, and I came up with a giant, long-necked monitor lizard. Larger than the Komodo dragon, and adapted somewhat for a terrestrial life as a predator, I took some anatomical notes from some extinct crocodilians, too.

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I imagine it as a rather lazy beast, primarily a fish-eater. Most of the long-necked predators I could find in the real world are fish eaters, so it seemed sense to have that be the Sirrush's primary diet.

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Rather than giving it a mane like it has in the original artwork, I decided to do something a little different. I made all the scales on its neck larger and flexible – they serve to break up the silhouette of the neck for any fish that are looking up at the shadow as it waits. Also, they can flare them out as part of a threat display during the mating season – other Sirrushes being just about the only thing in the world that can threaten one.

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Here's an photo of the unfinished sculpt from the back so you can see the movement a little better:

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And, here are the parts separated for moldmaking. It's about nine inches long from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. A second head is being sculpted with an open mouth – snarling.

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Hopefully I should have it for sale in a month or six weeks or so.

-Alex

Xintao05 Mar 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

Very very cool.

Call me late to the party, but how to buy?


Xin

Huscarle05 Mar 2017 1:56 p.m. PST

Great sculpt thumbs up

Alxbates Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 2:00 p.m. PST

It'll be available to purchase through my page (or via email) as soon as it's cast up.

Maybe by then I'll have an actual website set up, too!

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

Nice. I enjoyed seeing your thought process.

Parzival05 Mar 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

Fine a copy of DRAGON MAGIC by Andre Norton and read the story based on Bel and the Dragon (an old tale of the biblical Daniel). This beast fits right in.

wminsing Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

Awesome beast, useful for all sorts of settings! I would want a couple roaming my isle of Atlantis. :)

-Will

wminsing Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

I totally forgot to ask, how big?

-Will

Alxbates Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 1:24 p.m. PST

It's about nine inches long.

wminsing Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 2:28 p.m. PST

Awesome! Big beastie. :)

-Will

Alxbates Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 4:26 p.m. PST

It's the closest thing there is to a dragon in the setting :)

Alxbates Inactive Member18 Nov 2017 6:44 a.m. PST

And, it's here!

It took quite a bit longer to get into production than I had expected, but I finally have some resin castings of it in hand.

The Sirrush is $50 USD, and once the resin castings are sold out they'll be gone for good.

If you'd like one, send me an email at Alxbates AT yahoo DOT com (or on the Forge of Ice Facebook page) and we can make it happen!

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