Redfoot Dragon

I had this designed since winter but never had the will or pieces to finish it. I tried to make it as simple as possible while keeping the detail intact.

 

This was my test of the Hero Factory pieces. I really like the texture they can give to a MOC but they're not easy to use. I connected each armor piece using a ball joint and decimated my supply. I used about 100 in this model.

 

The tail technique is new and I'll post it later on. It relies on ball joints for movement so it can't hold itself up entirely. But it can pose well.

  • Joel Baker 4y

    Fantastc, great presentation too
  • Patrick Biggs 4y

    Mike Nieves I don't know why you like the head. There's no lower jaw, and the angles in what you do have there are completely unnatural and jarring. The eyes and the forehead are great. But the teeth and the jaw are terrible.
  • Ben 4y

    Incredible use of parts as usual.
  • Johann Dakitsch 4y

    Patrick Biggs Guess its not meant to be realistic... I see it as part of the style. Its Lego, after all, you don't have to follow all the proportions and stuff...
  • {{Rigel}} 4y

    Is there anyway of showing the inner skeleton of this MOC? I've always wanted to do something in this scale but never really new where to start.
  • Gamma-Raay 4y

    Amazing Dragon I love all the textures you use here, along with the colours. Simply outstanding job!
  • Aroŋ. 4y

    Holy cows!
  • Pascal 4y

    Fantastic work.
  • Toni A 4y

    For the most part I'll say that you did an excellent job. But some areas just can't be ignored. The forelimbs (excluding the feet) have an awkward shape and kinda mess up the general look of the dragon. It seemed like you were going to make a more smooth upper front leg, as the shoulder area looks good, but then decided to just use those inika armor. And then that lower front leg has such a straight line at its back, and it connected to the feet so thinly. Basically ruined the look you could have achieved there. My only other complaint (other then the gap in the jaw) would be the wing connection. The area that connects the wings to the body just sticks out so much, yet if it was 3-4 studs shorter it would look perfect.

    Other then that though, its a great MOC. The majority of the shaping works, and some lovely designs.
  • JimButcher 4y

    I've never said this before, but...

    NPU all around. Seriously, it's really amazing here.
  • Archinto 4y

    I like the cartoon-esque feel of this dragon. The red doesn't really fit for me and I think replacing the red parts with black and some white would really smooth out this moc. Leave the wings as they are, as you have a nice look going there, not copied from anyone elses work....

    I think the HF parts fit well, and create a nice flowing smoothness to the body. The details are nice, and I think the head is ok. Teeth are a little big, might replace those with viking horns, but adding a minifig cape to the lower jaw and maybe a red flag for a tongue would fix the lower jaw problem and help to fill out the head. I see some sleipnir in this head a little bit.

    Over all, nice work with only minor improvements. :)
  • Mike Nieves 4y

    Archinto I really wanted to stay away from a monotone build for this which is why I used red. It does contrast poorly with the orange, but I like the overall look of it. If I remake this, I'll consider what you said about the jaw and teeth. I did try to add the tongue but it didn't fit in naturally and looked odd so I left it out.

    Toni A The limbs were a battle between trying to keep to strong enough to hold him up, nice enough to flow, and nimble enough to maneuver correctly. The HF part under the inika armor is the only piece that is strong enough to be there and the inika armor is the only piece that I have that can fit there comfortably without looking a mess. The forelimbs had similar issues where I couldn't fit anything that looked decent behind the HF armor. Although I did break my rule a bit, this was the best solution in that it solved the shape I wanted (although a bit exaggerated.)

    I can lower the wings about 2 studs but I wouldn't lower it anymore. That would completely take out the base limb of the wing, leaving only the forearm.
  • Alex Mac. 4y

    I rather like the lower jaw, it gives it a bit of an artsy look to it.
  • Patrick Biggs 4y

    Johann Dakitsch That's a poor excuse people make to cover up mistakes.
  • Toni A 4y

    Mike Nieves Yeah I noticed they would prove to be a problem. If you ever get to redoing this consider having the forelimbs more similar to the rear limbs. Although I'm sure you already thought of that aspect. Yeah I was just approximating the length to shorten it, taking two studs off would help make those wings look better.
  • Johann Dakitsch 4y

    Patrick Biggs Indeed, but in this case I think it fits. I kinda agree about the teeth, but I don't see it as such a big problem.
  • Eric Stratford 3y

    I instantly favorited this one upon seeing it.
  • Kenneth 3y

    This is awesome work - I am humbled by the sculpting skills here.
  • Robin Wright 1y

    are there instructions on how to make one of these yourself? I wanna make one for my boyfriend
  • Mike Nieves 1y

    Robin Wright I don't have instructions for my models, sorry.
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