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Well, at last it is here. Four months late, but here. Anyways - choosing a magical hot-spot far beneath the surface of Trestaria seemed like a good idea to the paladin-blacksmith at the time... You can never hide from the warlocks.
About this creation

Brickshelf has better photos.

Also - Find The Cats!






Bull dragon (Draco Tauris) is an aggressive, but fairly weak species of dragon. The name “bull dragon” comes as from their aggression as it does from the horn shape, which is the most apparent sign of the species, together with a black line across the side of the body. These great flyers are used as reconnaissance creatures in warlock war campaigns – the very fact why warlocks are generally inclined to excellent scouting capabilities.

This dragon is very practical because of its low food consumption and the ability to store large amounts of fat in its tail, body and neck. It eats any larger mammal, bird or lizard and does it whether hungry or not – mostly to store energy for possible situation of food shortage, which is why in captivity it must under no condition be overfed. Cannibalism occurs regularly, which is expectable for such an aggressive species.

The bull dragon is mostly found in kras terrain due to its nesting habits (it is found in different environments, but generally ones surrounding or surrounded by kras), the most notable characteristic of which is usage of sinkholes as nests (in non-kras areas the mother will dig a hole for its nest). The female dragon will, upon impregnation, eat extreme amounts of food, then find a sinkhole (also deepen it additionally if it does not meet the requirement of the dragon’s size), and lie in it without laying the eggs. It will cover the hole with its wings and die afterwards, which leaves the body decomposing and heating the eggs remaining in the body – 20-40 eggs in general. These will hatch in 5-10 years, which is approximately when the last part of the deceased mother, her wings, decomposes.

This specific species is one of those several in which lifespan differs between male and female specimen – male dragons live for up to 100 years, while female’s lifespan is, due to reproduction, only as much as 30 years, but achieve up to 150 years in captivity or by sterilization.

They first fly at one year of age, but their flying ability evolves completely at around 5 years of age. After 10 years, the whelp will reach adolescence and in 5 more years, sexual maturity at females, male specimen at the age of 20 or more. Adulthood is reached at female dragons by 20, while male ones will require 10 years more than that. Differing from the previous three dragons we have learned about, these dragons do not have the life-stage of the elder dragon, although the nesting is similar to hibernation to an uninformed spectator.

Mating is not as special as nesting with the bull dragon, although still an interesting subject, since the female mates only once – similar to many fish, not similar to many lizards. Once each year, in spring or early summer, the male will cry monstrous mating cries, which are loud enough to be heard deep in the kras cave systems. Upon meeting, two dragons will perform a mating dance, which consists of different air and ground stunts.

Taming this dragon is simple, even though it is not a social specie. They will follow the command of a powerful enough magic user, if they are properly trained from hatching. Taming one at a later age is far more difficult, but also more proving of a tamer’s skill.
Even though The wings of a male are very large compared to many other species, female wings are far larger, which is an evolutionary characteristic they have gained not because of the need to cover their nests, but to support the greater weight brought by hardening of the wings, which is a consequence of their form of nesting. Female dragons have shorter and more forward-facing horns than males, darker colours (scales as well as wing membrane), and are noticeably larger than males.

This species is an average fire-breather in regards to temperature and intensity; they use a very common flame agent, but have a relatively low amount of it, which is compensated by the horns, which are, in combination with the sharp tail fins, its main hunting weapons. The claws are only used as a secondary weapon or to tear food.

Whelps hatch at 3 studs (1 meter) of length and fly first at the approximate length of 7.5 studs (2.5 meters) , reaching adolescence the lengths start varying between genders – Interesting enough, though – life stages and lengths are still equal in average, but regarding age, female bull dragon grows much faster. This way the length of a barely adolescent bull dragon is 15 studs (5 meters), adulthood means generally over 24 studs (8 meters), a fully grown beast will reach 30-42 studs (10-14 meters) as a male, while females grow even to 60 studs (20 meters) when nesting. A sterile or captive female may grow to 51 studs (17 meters), as it grows in length in addition to creating nutrient reserves.
Reanimating bull dragon is not hard compared to more intelligent species of dragons, and corpses are reliable, since breeding these dragons also makes easily reanimated skeletons – this is why one may see some reanimated bull dragons even in warlock armies, even though only recommended for heroes proving bravery in hard battles or ones with at least basic leadership skills. An additional advantage of reanimating bull dragons is their natural adaption to low quantities of firevenom – the horns and tail fins give a wyvern-like usage upon skeletal reanimation.

That will be all about this interesting specie of dragon, all I want to do now is to thank a book that has helped me greatly with biological literature writing style - Somatology With Comparative Anatomy by Ivan Krečič from 1966. My favourite book. Ever.











Also - something changed on YouTube! I can not use the new embed HTML for videos on MOCpages! Does anybody know how to manually write it?



Comments

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  February 16, 2014
Very good build! Best dragon ever!
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  December 4, 2013
Fantastic build overall, and I really like the use of unconventional parts...
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  May 23, 2013
Amazing build. I love your use of the hair for smoke.
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  December 4, 2012
great scene and concept deus!
  November 25, 2012
After a monthly search for forever, I found all three cats. :)
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  November 12, 2012
Amazing! I found the black cat.
Deus "Big D." Otiosus
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Mitchell Andre
  October 23, 2012
Well done. I have never been a fan of "smoke" on LEGO models. It has been a while since we have had a chat. Would you like to?
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  October 21, 2012
Fantastic work with lots of fine details. Great build and scenery. I like the way you make the dragons, really interesting to see all the techniques and attention you put in them. The track use for the wings is very imaginative.
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  October 7, 2012
Awesome dragon and details :)
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  October 4, 2012
wow, great dragon! and the landscape is great too!
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  October 2, 2012
excellent sloped wall!
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  October 2, 2012
Quoting Cody G put the desired video's URL in where the other video's URL is located. That should work.
The problem is getting the actual URL. I can get the one where the video can be viewed, but I need the one where it is actually located. I will see about that share thing...
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  October 2, 2012
Nice build! As far as the embed goes, when you click share, then embed, there are some boxes you can check after the text box that contains the code. One says "use old code" or something like that, and you check that. Otherwise, you can always go to a MOC of yours that has a video embedded, copy and paste the code, and just put the desired video's URL in where the other video's URL is located. That should work.
Deus "Big D." Otiosus
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Space Gypsy .
  October 1, 2012
That smoke is brilliant and I like the techniques used in the MOC. But I think the volcano has to have more shades of grey in it, rather than just one or two.
Deus "Big D." Otiosus
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White Knight
  October 1, 2012
Incredible !>.....well done
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  October 1, 2012
Sweet, love that lava. The cat pic doesn't work.
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  October 1, 2012
Bursting with great techniques, which all come together in classic fantasy atmosphere. Loving this.
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  October 1, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! All sorts of nifty details to enjoy here! How about an epic adventure series?
Considering it, and seeing how I will have my current diorama built for three more weeks, I may do a fun prologue.
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  October 1, 2012
All sorts of nifty details to enjoy here! How about an epic adventure series?
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  October 1, 2012
This is really well done! The PU on those wings is most excellent, never thought I'd see a modern use for those old track pieces. I also have to agree with you on the shades of the volcano, I grew up beside Mt Ruapehu and witnessed both the '95 and '96 eruptions, everything was dark grey or black. The only thing stopping the sand red shade of scoria being visible was snow laden peak. Great build, one of your best dragons yet! ~Thoy
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  October 1, 2012
Quoting Space Gypsy . That smoke is brilliant and I like the techniques used in the MOC. But I think the volcano has to have more shades of grey in it, rather than just one or two.
It also needs yellow and sand red and you do not see me using them. There is realism and there is clean building, I try to balance them out a bit. And if you mean that a vocano needs light gray, I can safely say, from personal experience, that you are wrong.
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  October 1, 2012
Inspired. So much great stuff going on here it's hard to know where to even start. A brilliantly inventive and creative build, built beautifully. 5/5
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  October 1, 2012
The smoke effect is brilliant.
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  October 1, 2012
Loads of NPU and cool lighting effects.
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  October 1, 2012
Wow that is an amazing dragon and I love the cracks in the ground!
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  October 1, 2012
Brilliant job! I love those cracks in the ground! The dragon is awesome and I also love the sword-smith with the glowing sword! Brilliant stuff Deus! --Blast--
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  October 1, 2012
Quoting Raphael Heusser if you wanna embed it here, you have to select "use old embed code" (or whatever its called in english) then it will show somethin like David posted ;)
Where is that option located?
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  October 1, 2012
Quoting Makuta Nellor Why there is Polish and Russian flag? The moc is good but please anwser the question.
None of those flags are present on the creation. I do see a Kranj and a Slovenian flag though... I know the picteres are slightly dark, but even if you mix red and dark red, you can not mix a blue and a white plate.
Quoting David . Your welcome. :)
Thanks!
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  October 1, 2012
Great! The dragon is superb and the light up fatures just make it amazing. I also love lava cracks in the ground and it's all amazing anyways.
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  October 1, 2012
Very cool build I like the smoke
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  October 1, 2012
Nice blue dragon! And that castle scene is pretty sweet too. Nice work, Deusie!
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  October 1, 2012
Whoa, you actually ended up posting this! Nice work, the rocks, dragon, and tower-y wall are all superb.
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  October 1, 2012
Why there is Polish and Russian flag? The moc is good but please anwser the question.
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  October 1, 2012
if you wanna embed it here, you have to select "use old embed code" (or whatever its called in english) then it will show somethin like David posted ;)
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  October 1, 2012
Looking for this for forever! I love it. :) Here's the old embedded code: <object width="425" height="355"> <param name="movie" value="Enter link to video here"></param>; <param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param> <embed src="Enter link to video here"; type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed> </object> Your welcome. :)
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  September 30, 2012
Nice job on the curvature of the volcano and the castle. The cracks of lava in the ground are pretty cool too.
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  September 30, 2012
Those wings are awe-inspiringly perfect.
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  September 30, 2012
Amazing dragon as always, and an epic forge! Loving the use of hats for a smoke cloud!
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  September 30, 2012
The rocks are awe-inspiring, and the lava is very good. Nice use of parts on the dragon's wings too.
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  September 30, 2012
Sweet! awesome dragon
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  September 30, 2012
Very cool lava effects!
 
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