|"Surely now you will declare war upon the Earthmen?"|
This 41mm-tall "pewter" model of a Draconian noble, as played by English actor Peter Birrel, is produced by “Warlord Games” and can be purchased as one of the three miniatures inside their "Draconians" boxed set. Based upon the reptilian humanoid Prince who accompanies the Third Doctor and General Williams to the Ogron homeworld, "the Draconians were Jon Pertwee's favourite monsters because their make-up was so realistic" and made their first appearance in Malcolm Hulke's February 1973 BBC television story "Frontier In Space".
Originally undercoated using a couple of layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Green, the tall, pointy-eared extra-terrestrial's scaly skin was painted using some Heavy Brown and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Whilst the aristocrat's sleeves were treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre" and some watered down "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.
|Draconian Soldier WIPs - The alien has had all his gold sashes roughly painted and shaded|
I also 'picked out' the ruler's large gemstone with "Vallejo" Dead White, and applied a dollop of "Citadel" Ironbreaker over his imperial rings. These details were then shaded with Biel-Tan Green, or, in the case of one of his finger ornaments, Drakenhof Nightshade. His bright green crystal's chain was pigmented with a thin line of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and an application of Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter".
"Believing strongly in high morals and honour" the Draconians are somewhat identifiable by their elaborately detailed oriental-looking shoulder pads and golden flowing sashes. Unfortunately however, despite some extensive research into their on-screen costume, comic book illustrations and the "Warlord Games" studio paint-palette, as well as owning an 'official' figurine from "Eaglemoss Collections", I couldn't find a seemingly definitive colour scheme for all their finery.
|The Dominators WIPs - Early days yet 'picking out' the extra-terrestrials' trousers and rocky base|
In the end I therefore decided upon a rather tabletop standard solution to my problem by simply applying some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and later Brass to these areas, before subsequently washing them with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Later I lightly drew some additional "Vallejo" Brass over the sculpt's ridges in order to highlight all the intricate patterns woven onto the costume's material. I did additionally consider applying some "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green to a couple of strips of cloth, as well as to the sides of the Prince's head, but having done this to the noble's flowing green robe I thought the model contained enough green already...
Perhaps unsurprisingly, now I've settled upon a paint scheme for my Draconians I have begun working on a few more of the race's miniatures in order to finish up enough figures for a tabletop appearance. Plus, with a mind to trying to clear away a few more of my "Salute" 2018 purchases, I have made some progress on my two formidable-looking "humanoids from Drahb" - the Dominators.