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  • #58869
    Alex Bates
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    I’ve got something cool to show you all – John Dennett has just finished sculpting a Sirrush for me (Forge of Ice).  It’s based on the Babylonian dragon, the ‘Sirrush’ or ‘Mušḫuššu’.

    I tried to imagine what it might look like if it was a real creature, and I came up with a giant, long-necked monitor lizard.  Larger than the Komodo dragon, and adapted somewhat for a terrestrial life as a predator, I took some anatomical notes from some extinct crocodilians, too.

    I imagine it as a rather lazy beast, primarily a fish-eater.  Most of the long-necked predators I could find in the real world are fish eaters, so it seemed sense to have that be the Sirrush’s primary diet.


    Rather than giving it a mane like it has in the original artwork, I decided to do something a little different.  I made all the scales on its neck larger and flexible – they serve to break up the silhouette of the neck for any fish that are looking up at the shadow as it waits.  Also, they can flare them out as part of a threat display during the mating season – other Sirrushes being just about the only thing in the world that can threaten one.

    Here’s an photo of the unfinished sculpt from the back so you can see the movement a little better:

    And, here are the parts separated for moldmaking.  A second head is being sculpted with an open mouth – snarling.

    Hopefully I should have it for sale in a month or six weeks or so.

    -Alex

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    #58871
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Very cool, do you by any chance have a 15mm figure you can place next to it?

    #58873
    Alex Bates
    Participant

    I don’t have any 15mm figs, but the Sirrush is about nine inches long.  It’s a large model.

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    #58876
    Etranger
    Participant

    That answers my question too. An impressive looking beastie!

    #76494
    Alex Bates
    Participant

    Holy moly!

    Has it been EIGHT MONTHS??

    Well, getting this figure into production has taken WAY longer than I would have hoped, but, it’s here!

    I had a display model painted by Andrew Taylor of Antediluvian miniatures, and he’s done a fantastic job – the photos don’t do it justice!  The sleazy merchant is about 30mm tall, for scale reference.

    The Sirrush itself is about nine inches long from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail.

    I have a limited number of these in resin – about 50 castings.

    They’re $50 each – and once they’re gone, they’ll be gone for good.  So, if you’re interested in getting one, shoot me a message over on the Forge of Ice Facebook page (www.facebook.com/forgeofice), or an email to Alxbates AT yahoo dot com, and we can get one of these into your hands before the holidays!

    -Alex

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    #76495
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Tasty model.

    Nice base shape too.

    #76497
    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    That is stunning! Wow.

    #85827
    Alex Bates
    Participant

    Welll…

    I went off the deep end and had the Sirrush cast in metal, too.

    So if you’re a true old-school fan like me (Grenadier Dragons!!), you can get this big beastie in metal!  It weighs ONE POUND!  I’ve gotta charge $70 for it (casting and shipping was not cheap), but, if you like metal models as much as I do you might be as excited about it as I am 🙂

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    #85874
    OldBen1
    Participant

    Impressive!

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