Scratchbuilt Dragon Wings
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Awaiting a talon sheath on the longest wing bone.
After the lower wing bone sections, we'll add the upper bones. These are done exactly like the lower ones, following the contour of the 0.032 wire. The bones should be thinner in the middle and flare out on the ends. Apply the epoxy "tube" as before, but smooth out from the center toward the edges. This will extend onto the joints slightly, making it appear as if the joints are connected inside the bones.
A close up of the small sheath on the talon.
This small tube on the longest bone is done exactly like the previous ones. The exception is that there is no joint between this bone and the previous one, but that's simply a matter of choice.
Precision isn't necessary -- oversize the tracing since we'll trim it down later.
Trace the membrane pattern onto the paper with a pencil.
Using scissors, snip out the wing pattern from the parchment. Lay it over the frame to test the fit. It doesn't have to be precise since we're going to trim it later. It's fine if it's oversized, but if it's undersized make a new one. Don't glue it yet! There are still some decisions to be made.
Before attaching the parchment/membrane, decide how you want your wings attached to the final creature. This really only matters if the wing/arm base piece has a definite left or right like the tyranid scything talon arm. Hold the arm up to the creature and make a mark on the side where the membrane should be attached.
Remember that the membrane will be attached to the back of the arm and wing bone structure. If you're facing a real bat from the front and he stretches his wings out, you'll be looking into the underside of the wings. To duplicate this appearance, we'll need to glue the parchment membrane onto the back of the wing frame.
If you've chosen an alternate arm/wing structure, such as with filing down a miniature's arms, you may not need to do this.
I used a pair of scissors to cut a few nicks out of the wings. The holes were done with a sharp hobby knife.
It's extremely important to use a sharp knife in this step. Carefully trim any parchment that doesn't line up by cutting down along the top of the wing bones. It might help you see the wing bones if you put a flashlight on your lap, pointed up at the wing as you cut. Don't worry if you cut a little into the wing bone as we'll cover that later.
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