so now I gotta paint this dragon, and its bigger then I thought. I spent most of the day just getting it ready to paint! first up, I had to build the turntable to paint it on.

this gave me an easy base to work from. I got a bit of brass rod, and can drill holes into the wood as needed to brace the dragon in various positions. I also got two crates, the larger is a foot tall, the smaller six inches. the edges of the crates are lined with rubber, as is the base of the turntable. the crates give me the ability to raise the dragon up quite a bit, so I can paint it upside down. here's a shot of the turntable on high.

I also got floral foam, so I can easily flip it on its side, or even upside down if needed. the only problem is the foam leaves a bit of grit on the mini, so I need to make sure the paint is dried before I flip it.

the last bit of prep was a trip to the store for fresh paint and brushes, followed by some much needed clean up at the old paint station.

I dry brushed a guide coat, it took a while.

I'm still learning how to photograph dark miniatures, so bear with me for the first few posts.

the last bit of prep took me the longest. I went over the entire model, and wrote out the color choices for each part. I also broke the mini down by sections, and the order I'm going to paint them. (still working on the order a bit.) for sure I'm going to start with the body and wings, this will give me a good base to work from, and also set the overall "feel" of the model.

my painting skill is not as good as my sculpting skill. for my entire wargaming career, I have been the modeling/converting guy, and the speed painting guy.
because of this, I'm a lot more open to advise to go along with criticisms. I only ask that it stay structured, and it's something I can actually use.

any and all questions and comments are appreciated!