How to Paint Purple Dragon miniature (Part 1)

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This tutorial shows the first part of how to paint a purple dragon with the Vallejo Purple Dragons paint set that you can find in the Bandua Wargames store. We will see how to paint the purple scales and reddish wings of the dragon, using a combination of airbrush and brush.

This fantastic miniature has been printed in resin by the Alchemy 3D prints company. The design of the dragon is from “Lord of the Print”. As you can see, it has a great print quality and details, so I recommend you to order your 3D prints there, because they have good prices and quality in their prints.

You can order your prints on their official website or on their Etsy store .

And now… Let’s start with the tutorial!

Primer

1.- The miniature is primed using Surface Primer Black 74.602. Optionally, apply a thin pass from above with Game Air Cold Grey 72.750 and a pinch of Model Air Black 71.057.

Wings – Airbrush

2.- Using an airbrush, a mixture of 50% Game Color Black 72.051 and 50% Game Color Visceral Red 72.01 1 is applied over the wings.

3.- We apply Game Color Gory Red 72.011 using the airbrush, but this time being more careful, leaving the nooks and crannies of the previous color.

4.- A mixture of 50% Game Color Cadmium Skin 72.099 and 50% Game Color Gory Red 72.011 is applied with an airbrush, reducing the area of application, focusing only on the folds to generate more contrast.

5.- To finish with the wings, very diluted Game Color Gory Red 72.011 is applied using an airbrush to recover a bit of the reddish and organic color of the wings.

Purple Scales – Airbrush

6.- Using a brush, apply a mixture of 60% Game Color Hexed Lichen 72.015 72.015, 30% Game Color Black 72.051 and 10% Game Color Imperial Blue 72.020.

7.- With the airbrush, we apply abundantly, but without applying in the darkest areas, Game Color Hexed Lichen 72.015. It is important to mask the wings so we dont paint over the previous work.

8.- To apply the first light, a mixture of 40% Game Color Hexed Lichen 72.015, 40% Model Color Magenta 70.945 and 20% Game Color Glacier Blue 72.095 is used. This time, as in previous steps with the airbrush, we are going to reduce the area where we apply these lights.


8.- To apply the first light, a mixture of 40% Game Color Hexed Lichen 72.015, 40% Model Color Magenta 70.945 and 20% Game Color Glacier Blue 72.095 is used.

10- To achieve the final light with the airbrush, a mixture of 10% Game Color Hexed Lichen72.015 and 90% Game Color Glacier Blue 72.095 is used, very diluted and only in small points of maximum light.

11.- To finish with the airbrush and create a little more contrast between shadows and lights, we apply the following very diluted mixture in the shadow areas: 70% Game Ink Violet 72.087, 20% Game Color Black 72.051 and 10% Game Color Imperial Blue 72.020.

Purple Scales – Brush

12.- From this step, only the brush will be used. All dragon scales are outlined using a mixture of 60% Game Color Hexed Lichen 72.015 and 40% Game Color Glacier Blue 72.095. This edge highlighting will not be applied in the areas of maximum light yet.

13.- We increase the luminosity by painting on the scales of the previous step, but this time reducing the area to be painted. The following mixture will be used: 40% Game Color Hexed Lichen 72.015 and 60% Game Color Glacier Blue 72,095.

14.- In a third outline, we focus on the scales that we paint with greater luminosity, applying 20% Game Color Hexed Lichen 72.015 and 80% Glacier Blue Game Color 72.095. Finally, small dots are applied only in the brightest areas, using only Game Color Glacier Blue 72.095.

Wings – Brush

15.- The stippling brush technique will be used for the wings. First, Game Color Gory Red 72.011 is applied to the wings.

16.- The area of application will be reduced, this time using 40% Game Color Cadmium Skin 72.099 and 60% Game Color Gory Red 72.011.

17.- To finish with the wings, the stippling area is reduced more, with a mixture of 70% Game Color Cadmium Skin 72.099 and 30% Game Color Gory Red 72.011.

18.- Here you can see the result after following these steps. The next tutorial will show how to finish painting this purple dragon.

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