Sunday, 13 November 2016

Steggie!

I had hoped to have had this post to you somewhat earlier in the week, but a combination of the ever demanding day job and the lure of my armchair of an evening has meant that it has waited until now.  It seems almost incredulous to have 'Dinovember' without dinosaurs so allow me to present the imaginatively named Steggie.  Always one of my favourite dinosaurs, the Stegosaurus manages to combine attack and defensive qualities in equal measure, after all just look at that thagomizer!  
This fine specimen was kindly donated by that most splendid of gentlemen, Jeremy Winstanley Esq. of the 'Carrion Crow's Buffet' who had tracked down and captured the beastie in one of his earlier expeditions.  It was, in fact,  shipped with a companion, a mighty fine Iguanodon, something to look forward to next year perhaps?
Now I have to say that I am not overly keen on brightly coloured dinosaurs, Young Master Awdry  liked to keep things simple, Tyrannosaurus Rex was green, Triceratops was brown and Diplodocus was a daring shade of grey, that was pretty much your lot and quite frankly what more could a chap want?  It was no surprise then that I was immediately taken by Steggie's light tan plastic, but more and more recently I have been made aware of the radical thinking that these fabulous beasts might have been adorned with all manner of spurious and brightly coloured designs.  In fact I have some rather lovely 'Schleich' dinosaur toys proudly disporting their livery and so it seemed to make sense to match Steggie to my existing models, after all the only thing better than having a dinosaur is having a herd of them!
So having affixed the beast on a 'Warbases' MDF pill shaped base, I coaxed the trusty airbrush into life and set about laying down the colours that I felt best matched the larger model.  Although not completely confident in handling this piece of specialist equipment, the outcome was satisfactory and ultimately only needed a few hand painted additions to complete the job.  
Seeing them together, I have to say that I am rather pleased with the result looking, as they do, like a young family so all that remains is to thank Jez for his generous gift and to apologise for taking so long to paint it.

83 comments:

  1. Excellent stuff! It is always good to see more dinos

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    1. Thank you Paul, I couldn't agree more.

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    2. You've reminded me to look for dinos for my weird west and weird war 2 projects ;)

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  2. No apologies required: the result is well worth the wait! I myself am a huge Triceratops fan but this one really does speak to the imagination, the colours are well-chosen and even better executed. I would not be able to match this at all.

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    1. Triceratops was another of my favourites too, always glad when he got one over the beastly Tyrannosaurus!

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  3. Lovely, steggies are also my favourite

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  4. Sterling stuff Michael, and undoubtedly a fitting duo of dinosaurs for the tabletop. A top paint-job on a top gift :-)

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  5. It does not get much better than this.

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  6. Beautiful little pets for Loana, they look great! Love the bases as well...

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    1. I do hope Loana knows what she is doing!

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  7. That's a terrific picture at the end, there.

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  8. Oooh...they do look rather good! Great choice of colours!

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  9. Very nice work on the steggie m'Lord :)

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  10. Those are great - You have be thinking about Atlantis and the lost world now - Damn... :-)

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    1. Sorry about that Stuart, but thank you. :)

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  11. Good work Sir - now its time to bag the blighter!

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  12. Great work - they look wonderful.

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  13. Splendid!

    I'm sure I had that tan plastic steggie as a child.

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    1. It is a rather fetching colour, but I just couldn't resist giving him a lick of paint.

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  14. Great looking Steggies! Love the Far Side reference on the Thagomizer. Fur bikini clad cave girl fits in very well and makes for a non-Darwinian universe.
    Cheers,Peter

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    1. Well spotted Peter, I had heard a rumour that the term has now been unofficially adopted by the scientific community.

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  15. Stegosaurus was always my favorite growing up and you've done a great job with this one.

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  16. Lovely work Michael, I too have that Steggie as a gift from Jez, I haven't got round to mine yet.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, Jez must must have got a job lot of them.

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  17. A very nice respray on the steggie there, Michael!

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    1. Thank you Evan, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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  18. Excellent work Michael. Kudos. :)

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  19. Dinovember is dynomite! Excellent work on Steggie. I think they match up well.

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  20. Excellent job! I need to dig some dinosaurs out and join you really :S

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  21. Nice work on the steggie, Michael. Mine's still half completed and a completely different paint scheme, although it is mostly green. And I was fortunate enough to score quite a few of the NHM dinosaurs during a sale - the other dino I sent you is actually a Megalosaurus, rather than an Iguanadon, hence the big, bitey teeth.

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    1. Of course he is a Megalosaurus, I don't know what I was thinking? Probably reminiscing on my first visit to the Oxford Natural History Museum.

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  22. On the button there Michael. Great work!

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  23. Very nice, of course. "Thagomizer" from the Far Side, if I remember correctly?

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    1. Spot on with the Far Side, always makes me chuckle.

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  24. Great work on the Steggie! It was always one of my favorite dinosaurs as a kid alongside Triceratops. For some reason I always tended to like herbivores more than the predators. The stegosaurus was pretty darn epic in Dino Riders as well. Being a product of 80s, I have pretty fond memories of dinosaurs from that :) Got me into reading about dinos a lot.

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    1. I am with you with the Triceratops too, Herbivores all the way.

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  25. Neat looking dinos from the a classy pigmentator!

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  26. That's some great work with the airbrush - really like that finished effort.

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    1. Thank you Dai, not my favourite tool, but becoming more familiar with it now.

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  27. You've done an amazing job matching the colour mate!

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    1. Thank you so much Michael, more by luck than judgement.

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  28. I like the paintjob on these dinos.I have always been fond of these creatures and I am planning to start use them as kind of mutants in post apocalyptic scenery.Keep posting my friend.

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    1. What a great idea for the post-apocalyptic games, I wish you well with those.

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  29. Now don't get me wrong, those two dinosaurs look awesome. But for some reason Raquel keeps getting my attention. :)

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  30. I'm rather late to the party but still your dinosaurs definitely deserve the praise! Love your work on these.

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