The Titan Dragon is the largest of the (re-)releases of ex-Rackham miniatures from Legacy Miniatures via their exclusive distributor: Coolminiornot. It is cast in resin and comes with the 6 cards you’d need to play it in Confrontation 3, not that I expect you’d see it in a game very often. At 750 points it’s much more pokey than a normal 400 point warband could dream of coping with (and I had a good giggle to myself reading the unholy carnage it can wreak). I suppose you could have a game with one player taking the Dragon and two more taking a normal warband each. That might be fun. Rich? Are you reading this?
In reality though, it was designed for people to coo and marvel at, collectors to covet and occasionally someone to stick in a game of Rag’narok. Oh, and people to tut about the price. It’s never been either widely available or cheap, although it rose in value in the gap when you couldn’t get them, so perhaps the European governments should invest in them instead of dubious banks that keep falling over.
The packaging is simple, as you can see: a brown box with a sticker on. The picture on the sticker is actually quite interesting as it’s been turned into sepia, or close to, and this is a possible alternative colour scheme. It’s normal studio livery is this:
So, to delve into the box…
There are lots of bits of grey resin, nestled in their own carefully shaped clear plastic containers. I’ve read that Legacy Miniatures are something to do with Paolo Parente and use the same sort of production chain as DUST. The style of packaging and feel of quality would certainly support that.
The contents break down into two trays of bits. The first has the head, body and limbs in several pieces. The second has the wings, the base and two little packets of spiky bits, claws and the odd thumb.
The breaks aren’t terrible as they’re clean and I’ve got the bits, so they’ll glue back simply enough. Not worth fretting over. If the claws had been separate in the first place I’d just have glued them on anyway, so it’s fine.
The wings themselves are covered in detail and are huge.
In fact, the whole thing is highly detailed, with sometimes very different textures on different parts. The sculptor clearly thought quite carefully about this. There’s all manner of tiny details lurking in the folds and plates when you look closely. I’ve tried to use different lighting on each picture below to give you a wider spectrum of definition.
Even though the focus is a little fuzzy, you can see the level of detail on the Titan Dragon compared to the High Elf (and he’s a nice figure).
The scoring, scarring and heavily textured skin of the Dragon makes him look aged and grizzled like he’s been through a thousand battles before you turned up. Or just that he never moisturises. In the picture below you can see the claw in action again, showing how well scaled it is (get it) for stomping little guys.
Again, it’s a good comparison of the sort of detail you get all over the Titan Dragon against a Games Workshop Warhammer standard.
While we’re looking at bits of detail, you may have noticed that the joints are all different funny shapes. This is to ensure that you don’t assemble things wrong, and also gives a solid key to each piece. What’s also good is that most if not all of the pouring blocks are onto these joints, so that they don’t obscure any detail when they are removed. Speaking of casting quality, it’s very high indeed. Some pieces don’t have obvious mould lines, though most can be found after a bit of squinting. The biggest body section has the only really bad mould line, and that’s going to take a couple of evening’s to clean up well. It’s not terrible by any stretch, and there’s no slippage – it’s just the most apparent on this model. I’m in two minds whether the detail is a help or a hindrance here. It’s probably going to hide mistakes on my part from anything but the closest inspection, though on the other hand it does make cleaning up and greenstuffing any gaps that much more fiddly. All told though, a nice bit of casting.
I’ve saved the best bit for last: his head. The rest of the models is very detailed, but the head is utterly brilliant and quite incredible in the level of work. It comes in two parts, which I’ve pushed together for these pictures. It’s not a perfect joint as it’s not cleaned and glued yet, but bear with me – it will be perfect when it’s finished. The inside of the mouth is fully detailed and looks very believable. First, a profile:
The teeth are really fine, and perfectly cast, but all different. No cosmetic dentistry here! You can see the difference in horn and scale texture clearly. You can also see his nostril. Inside his mouth you can see the tubes from which the flames emerge (and his asbestos tongue).
What else can I say? Oh, bubbles. With all the comments we get about Finecast and so on being full of bubbles, I had a really close look at this. At first I spotted that lots of the spikes that come in the little bag (on the left of the photo above) and go onto his back have bubbles. Then I looked closer. Actually I think it’s detail, and not bubbles at all. To start with, they’re the only thing with these holes in, and they form in little rows of 2 or 3. I eventually decided that it’s another type of texture that’s just slightly different from the horn or claw (which don’t have this pitting). I carried on looking, and eventually found one thing that I could convince myself might really be a bubble on the casting block of the head. So even if it is a bubble, it’s irrelevant. Chalk up another plus for Legacy Miniature’s casters.
So there you have it. A beautifully sculpted and well cast monster of a piece from Legacy Miniatures. It’s going to take ages to assemble because I’ll take my time to savour it. It’ll also give me time to consider what colour I want to paint it. I quite like the idea of a more naturalistic reptile colour scheme, but it’s so big someone would just think I’d got a pet chameleon. On the other hand I sometimes think that he’s a fantasy creature and so deserves something colourful and dramatic. Still, that’s a consideration I can mull over later. What do you guys think?