Three Horned Dinosaur – Aurora Triceratops – model kit

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Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Triceratops – model kit
with the Lava Pool Base extention

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I finally tackled another model kit build after a short hiatus. This one is an original Aurora Prehistoric Scenes, Three-Horned Dinosaur (aka: Triceratops). Added on to the build is the Lava Pool base extension which lines up with both, the Triceratops and The Allosaurus original base.

I painted the whole dinosaur with a van dyke brown and yellow ochre undercoat before painting layers of Blue, Gray and Black for the skin color. The horns are off-white with some textures. The main modification I made to this dino was turning its head to the left to create a more dynamic pose. I built the figure, cut off the head and repositioned it by building a new neck area to support the head twist.

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The Lava Pool extention was created/designed by myself. I shaped it to align with the edges of the Trike base and the Allosaurus base which also has the volcanic activity present upon it.

This is another one of my favorite dinosaur model kits and I’m glad to have the opportunity to build this again. The first time I had built it was over 40 years ago!

 

 

Baryonyx resin model kit build – May 2016

Prehistorix Baryonyx - by Mike K - pic 14

Baryonyx model kit

Prehistoric Scenes add-on kit from Prehistorix -2016

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Here’s a kit that I had been waiting for its release for many months since Prehistorix announced they were working on it. When I was young there weren’t as many dinosaur species known as there is now. The Baryonyx is a carnivorous therapod I learned about some years ago but seeing a model kit for it was a thrill.

I built this kit between April and May, 2016

 

I did a few modifications on this kit. The Baryonyx is half submerged in the water. I sculpted a tail to stick out of the water after seeing a similar scene of Godzilla in a movie. In order to accommodate the tail I had to extend the base on water side of the diorama.

modifications sculpts - in progress

modification sculpts – in progress

undertone colors

undertone colors

I sculpted a fish for the Baryonyx to grip in his crocodilian like jaws.
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A also cut some strips of plastic to simulate sea grass. The Baryonyx color choices were made from studying alligators and crocodiles.

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Most builders painted this kit with a river swamp look in mind. I wanted to make it more of a sea/marsh area. This enabled me to use the water effects to create sea waves and a sandy shoreline.

Check out the wonderful new Resin Model Kits at the Prehistorix Website


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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part V

dino art - artist unknown

Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part V

 

Here’s some dinosaur art from a bunch of different artists…

This is the last post in this series. I’m going to take a break from the dinosaur fantasy art.

Jurassic World comedic

From here I’m going to start a new series with dinosaur illustrators and artists in the science, learning and museum sector. Look forward to work by Charles R Knight, Rudolph Zalinger, Neave Parker and other dinosaur art pioneers…

 

Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part IV

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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part IV


 

Bud Root

Bud Root created the ever popular comic series, Cavewoman, appealing to young man’s fantasies across the US. He began his own company Basement Comics after being turned down for work repeatedly by Marvel. Today he continues to run Basement Comics and has gained much fame for his Cavewoman series.

 


 

Richard Corben

Is a well known illustrator whose work appears in Eerie, Creepy, Vampirella, and Heavy Metal Magazines, as well as others. His comic creation DEN was adapted for the Heavy Metal movie. Richard also does his own writing and coloring giving his work a distinct feel. He’s won numerous awards through the years. All of the stories and covers he did with Creepy and Eerie have been re-released in one volume by Dark Horse Comics.

 


 

Dan Morton

Dan became known for his work on the Tomb Tales horror comics by Cryptic Entertainment in the 1990’s. He is currently working on the Space 1958, retro sci-fi comic.

 


 

Misc. Here’s some miscellaneous Dino art I’ve come across by different artists…scroll over the art to see names.

 


 

One more post, then I’m going to take a break from the dinosaur fantasy art.

I’m going to restart the series with dinosaur illustrators and artists in the science and museums field.

 

Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part III

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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part III

Dinosaurs, prehistoric beasts, cavemen and cavewomen are the subjects for my new series of art posts. There will also be an occasional giant monster.
This post includes work from Joe Jusko, Jamie Chase, and Bernie Wrightson
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Joe Jusko
Joe sold his first cover art piece to Heavy Metal Magazine at age 18. He went on to illustrate covers and inside work for most major comic book companies, including Marvel and DC. He’s also known for his Edgar Rice Burroughs, Conan the Barbarian, and Vampirella trading cards. you can check out his work at:  http://www.joejusko.com
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Jamie Chase
Jamie is an American Artist living in New Mexico known for his abstract work that has been featured in many galleries and exhibitions. He recently turned his creative talents to dinosaurs, illustrating graphic adaptations of The Land That Time Forgot and At The Earth’s Core by Dark Horse Books. The adaptations feature Jamie’s art and story adaptation by Bobby Nash. The books are unique in the aspect that the illustrations are presented in fine art style rather than comic book art style.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/161655746X/
Bernie Wrightson
Bernie (or early work seen as Berni) co-created The Swamp Thing, worked for DC, Marvel, National Lampoon and Warren. His work for Heavy Metal Magazine led to his character, Captain Sternn being animated for the Heavy Metal Movie. He illustrated the Comic Book adaptation for Stephen King’s Creepshow and illustrated King’s book, Cycle of the Werewolf. More of his work can be seen at: http://www.berniewrightson.com
 Naturally all of these artists do more than dinosaur and giant monster art. I hope you will seek out their work and check out their websites, books, publications, and prints.
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Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Styracosaurus – model kit

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Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Styracosaurus – model kit

 

I was finally able to build another model kit after a long hiatus. This one is the Revel re-issue of the Styracosaurus. Included with the kit is the Carboniferous Forest base extension (You can get one from Jurassic Arts) and my little Carnosaur in the background peeking through the trees.

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I painted the whole dinosaur with a van dyke brown and yellow ochre undercoat before painting layers of green for the skin color. The horns are black/white/gray and silver. The only modification I made to the dino was adding the skin at the back of the mouth as seen on many reptiles.

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This is one of my favorite dinosaur model kits and glad to have the opportunity to build this again. The first time I built it was 40 years ago!


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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part II

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Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part II

Dinosaurs, prehistoric beasts, cavemen and cavewomen are the subjects for my new series of art posts. There will also be an occasional giant monster.
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This post includes work from Boris Vallejo, Bob Eggleton, and Frank Cho
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Boris Vallejo – If you have ever read any classic sci-fi, fantasy adventure, or horror magazine fiction, than you have most likely seen the name ‘Boris’ signed on the cover artwork. Boris was one of the most prolific genre artists who has had his work gracing the covers of publications such as, paperbacks of Robert E Howard, Edgar Rice Boroughs, Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella magazines, movie posters (including the first two National Lampoon Vacation posters), Album covers (Ozzy Osborne’s Ultimate Sin cover) and several calendars. He also has many books of his art, the early ones with his art exclusively and later ones with his wife, artist and model, Julie Bell. Here is some of his dinosaur and monster artworks.
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Bob Eggleton- Bob took home the Hugo Awards best artist award for 8 years and best book award in 2001. He has illustrated numerous Godzilla comics and magazines and was a consultant on the US Godzilla remake. He also illustrated game cards for Magic: The Gathering. He did covers for magazines such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Amazing Stories (1980’s and 1990’s), and Analog Science Fiction. He also illustrated many science fiction and paperback books. Here’s some of his dinosaur and dragon work.
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Frank Cho – Is a comic book writer and illustrator known for his comic, Liberty Meadows, and illustrations for Shanna the She-devil, She-Hulk, and Jungle Girl. His work features precise line work and vivid color.


Dinosaurs in Sci-fi and fantasy art – part III coming soon