6 Quick Dragons

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I had a lot of fun making my Christmas present for my gentleman caller this year, and, since it’s no longer a secret project, I think I can share it now.  The first thing I quite admired about him was his Dungeons and Dragons worldbuilding (he ended up using me as the basis for a major villain, which I think was a compliment), so when I saw io9′s post about Dice Dragons (ornamental dragons that hold your DnD dice), I took a crack at a full set.  (By the way, in the course of writing these takes, I found an entertaining essay on DnD dice notation).

This little guy is in charge of my young swain’s d4:

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I used Call of Cthulhu dice for the dragon set, both because he likes Lovecraft and because the dice lettering glows in the dark.  I used glow in the dark Sculpey to match, so anywhere you see white on a dragon, that piece glows brightly when the lights are off.  Which is one of several reasons the d6 dragon wound up being my favorite:

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The d8 dragon was the first one I made, though, since I figured it would be easier to learn working bigger, but my two largest dragons presented additional complexities, for reasons that will become clear.

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Somehow I feel like the d10 dragon wound up being the Percy Weasley of the family, always a bit aggrieved and pompous, but that may be because I gave him the fussiest spikes.

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Finally, I made the d12 and d20 dragons together, because I wanted their postures to compliment each other.

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And here’s the whole family lined up together:

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I was able to do this, because Becca Golins has generously put up a video tutorial on how to make these little guys.  She has a beautiful gallery on DeviantArt, but her Etsy shop is nearly always sold out, so she put up the walkthrough and a helpful FAQ, so people could shift for themselves if they took a mind to.  I’m very grateful for her generosity.  Plus, just based on the video, she seems to be charming.

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About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011. She works as an Editorial Assistant at The American Conservative by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at www.patheos.com/blogs/unequallyyoked. She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."


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