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Title: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: James Morris on October 27, 2021, 07:42:02 AM
Over the last few months, I've been working on my own version of Tolkien's Glaurung.  Using a Schleich plastic toy as a base and Tolkien's illustration as a guide, I've managed to come with something that I'm happy with.  Within a few hours of the paint being dry, he led my Orc host into battle in his first game and got taken down by Elven archery in Turn 4!  There's a full description and plenty more pictures on the blog, but here's a few highlights, including Tolkien's illustration.

Full blog entry is here: https://mogsymakes.net/2021/10/27/glaurung-the-first-dragon-of-middle-earth/ (https://mogsymakes.net/2021/10/27/glaurung-the-first-dragon-of-middle-earth/)

Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: fred on October 27, 2021, 07:54:28 AM
A great result - and as is the way with a newly painted unit, it seems to attract the enemy arrows and swords!

Also well done in seeing past the very odd original paint job to recognise the potential of the model.
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: OSHIROmodels on October 27, 2021, 08:27:46 AM
Looks great  8)
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Onebigriver on October 27, 2021, 08:36:07 AM
Great conversion
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Westfalia Chris on October 27, 2021, 09:07:04 AM
Looks much better without those wings. Also, a nice job making the gold work on a creature - I always found this to be very tricky.
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Severian on October 27, 2021, 09:17:07 AM
Excellent work - and a very convincing Glaurung. The colour scheme is great.
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Hobgoblin on October 27, 2021, 09:23:48 AM
Fantastic! He really looks the part!
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Cubs on October 27, 2021, 09:30:09 AM
Lovely stuff, he's a beaut.
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Vanvlak on October 27, 2021, 09:46:54 AM
Great job, the starting model is unrecognizable in the end product - even the tail is much better now.
Lovely model  8)
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: BZ on October 27, 2021, 01:51:50 PM
Thats a great and cost-effective conversion!
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: gamer Mac on October 27, 2021, 02:03:22 PM
Great job :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: A Lot of Gaul on October 27, 2021, 02:18:48 PM
Love it! Very nicely done.  :-*
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Emir of Askaristan on October 27, 2021, 04:51:12 PM
Very nice indeed
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Blackwolf on October 27, 2021, 07:42:33 PM
Excellent work!
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Elk101 on October 27, 2021, 08:06:34 PM
You've made a lovely job of that and it really does work with the source artwork.
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: MillsyTheScouse on October 28, 2021, 04:55:00 AM
Wow!  :o
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: James Morris on October 29, 2021, 07:23:34 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments.  I'm glad that other folk like him!
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Melnibonean on October 29, 2021, 11:10:36 PM
He looks ferocious and fantastic. Great work.
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: majorsmith on October 30, 2021, 09:51:39 AM
Wow! Hes fantastic!
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Luigi on October 30, 2021, 02:13:20 PM
I always like seeing toys and other things converted into miniatures and you did an amazing job.
Like others have said, you've managed to make gold look great on a creature. Excellent!  :-*
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Tactalvanic on October 30, 2021, 04:42:41 PM
Okay I admit it, saw the first picture, thought, I don't remember that illustration.. then I woke up a bit and realized its not the illustration.  lol

Very nice conversion, hopefully in future battles he lasts a bit longer on the field.

and yes, when I got to the actual illustration, that I remember  :D

Those toys do make for some nice conversion fodder, and your PJ and re-modelling does it far more justice than its original colors.
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: Codsticker on October 30, 2021, 11:41:55 PM
Wonderful take on Tolkien's illustration.
... in his first game and got taken down by Elven archery in Turn 4!
Of course he did... ::) lol
Title: Re: Glaurung - a wingless dragon for Middle-earth
Post by: AKULA on October 31, 2021, 07:52:15 AM
Great work James, excellent conversion and paint job.

I hope you kept the wings...never know when those will come in handy  :)