Sunday, 12 November 2017

A Mighty Megalosaurus

This latest addition to the Dinosaur pens here at Awdry Towers is the companion piece to last year’s ‘Steggie’.  The proud beastie was kindly donated by that most generous purveyor of plastic Jeremy ‘Jez’ Winstanley Esq. of the 'Carrion Crow's Buffet'.  I had rather foolhardily described the creature, in the earlier post, as an Iguanodon, but Jez very delicately pointed out my erroneous categorisation reminding me that it is actually a Megalosaurus.
This splendid, hard plastic specimen was produced by Invicta Plastics of Leicestershire from 1974 and in conjunction with Natural History Museum.  Given that they are now out of production, you could argue that it should be seen as a collector’s piece, but the thought of it languishing in a forgotten drawer seemed a great shame and so out came the trusty airbrush.
Using last year’s efforts as a template, I once again affixed the beast on a 'Warbases' MDF pill shaped base.  A couple of passes with different shades of green provided me with a suitable base on which to work and all that remained was some subtle dry brushing to achieve the highlights and hint at stripes across its back.
As with ‘Steggie’, I was thrilled with how quickly the Megalosaurus came together and delighted to see the two finally reunited, enjoying a playful frolic in the jungle.  All that remains is to thank Jez for his generous gift.

68 comments:

  1. excellent, perfect for that really big game safari

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Martin,I think we are going to need the bigger load for this one.

      Delete
  2. Nice finish on your dinosaur, looks like he'll work well with 28mm figures in the lost world.
    Best Iain

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Iain, it's a great scale for 28mm, not too big, but large enough to make an impression.

      Delete
  3. Cracking stuff Michael. I'm thinking about picking up an air-brush myself, so perhaps at some point you'd have time for a simple tutorial as to how you use one?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Simon, I do like my airbrush and whilst not a creative whiz by any means, it does save an awful lot of time on larger models and terrain pieces. If you were a little bit closer, I would suggest that you came over for a demo and game, but I shall put my mind to a tutorial next time I duct it off.

      Delete
  4. I love the way you make your beaties so organic looking and life like.

    More brilliant stuff!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, I think I just got lucky with the colours on this one.

      Delete
  5. Brilliant work, this looks great. The photo with the cigar-smoking showman reminds me of the unique classic dinosaur-&-cowboys film 'The Valley of Gwanji'.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Now that was a great film! Interestingly Antediluvian Miniatures do a perfect dinosaur for that, but he is a little expensive.
      https://antediluvianminiatures.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/shop-lost-world-range/

      Delete
  6. Nice one Jez. And marvellous work Michael

    ReplyDelete
  7. Splendid looking Dinosaur Mr. Awdry! I‘m sure he‘ll make an excellent eyecatcher for any lost world style game.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Nick, I hope to see him in the jungles of the Lost World in due course.

      Delete
  8. You make it look so effortless Michael, which I’m sure it’s not but still...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Andy and in this case it was fairly straightforward. I think I took longer with the basing than I did with the dinosaur.

      Delete
  9. Superb work on your latest dino Michael, love the striping especially. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, I was thrilled with the stripes, simple dry brushing - could not have been easier.

      Delete
  10. The big green eating machine.
    Megalosaurus? Nope,,it just itches.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And was again you bring a smile to face - thank you Paul.

      Delete
  11. Great looking Meglasaurous Michael, the colour scheme suits it really well

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Dave, rally pleased with this one.

      Delete
  12. I am very tempted to follow your lead an start painting dinos. Inspiring sir! just inspiring.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should Clint, I find it very therapeutic. :)

      Delete
  13. Oh yes a very good paint job indeed. Frolic in the jungle eh..... I have a filthy mind ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes perhaps not the best turn of phrase. :) Thank you though.

      Delete
  14. Very impressive Michael, very impressive...

    ReplyDelete
  15. A wizard with the airbrush Michael.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Not sure about wizard Pat, but thank you nonetheless.

      Delete
  16. Very tightly indeed! Loverly work a always Michael.
    Cheers, Peter

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wonderful colors on the beast, Michael. Love seeing your "Lost World" collection.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Dean, I am starting to suspect that the 'Lost World' collection is getting a little out of hand, but can you have too many dinosaurs?

      Delete
  18. Lovely work Michael, with all these wonderful rule sets now set in Jungles & Savannah's these may see more table time!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Terry and that is certainly my plan. I have been looking at a dinosaur adventure using the Congo rule set - more on that later.

      Delete
  19. Great work, Michael. The Invicta models were great and just the right scale for 28mm figures. I was lucky enough to grab a good handful of them when they were still available, including a T=Rex. Must really get around to painting them at some point. You've done an excellent job, Michael.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jez and I couldn't agree more with regards to the scaling. Good to hear that you have kept some for yourself, I shall look forward to seeing them in due course.

      Delete
  20. a great addition indeed, you've got the colouring spot on!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great Dino but it's only when you put it alongside a 28mm figure that you get anidea of itsimmense size.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Joe. He isn't as big as my more recently shop bought toy dinosaurs, but I really like scale against 28mm miniatures.

      Delete
  22. Outstanding! It's a shame the Invicta models are out of production; I've wanted them for years now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Bill. I remember the models from my childhood so I was thrilled to get them as a gift.

      Delete
  23. Magnificent looking specimen! Very lifelike colors.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Mr. Nimrod, I think I got lucky with the colours on this one.

      Delete
  24. Now that is cool! Great work Michael.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Fantastic job Michael it will look great on the gaming table amid the jungle.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Beautiful colour scheme on that fellow 😀

    ReplyDelete
  27. He looks brilliant. I love the dinosaurs you paint up.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Excellent post - as always. Its lovely to see you back writing and sharing your hobby again :-)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Oh wow Michael O_O The work you did on her (it's a her right?) is simply beautiful ... beautiful! And LMAO playful frolic my a@# ... err wait a minute it's just me and my dirty old mind isn't it, sigh. :)

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...