Today I wanted to share some photo comparisons of the dragons in the Council of Wyrms box set versus their old school counterparts. The artist, Arnie Swekel, clearly drew on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual when drawing many of his dragons.

It’s a full set, but my focus is on the dragon poster. It’s cool.

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Council of Wyrms [BOX SET]
1994 … TSR 1107 … ISBN 1560768576

 

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The Books and Cards

First a few photos of the rest of the set.

Council of Wyrms books

Council of Wyrms cards


The Other Posters

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Dragon Clans of Io’s Blood Islands (1107XXX0703)

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Io’s Blood Island Chain (1107XXX0701)

The map of the Blood Islands is good-looking overall, but suffers in the details I think.

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I realize TSR intended this to be a generic supplement. But I think the place names – Weeping Plains, Watertown, Mountains of Dawn, yada yada – are really uninspiring. It reminds me of the Lands of Clichéa.


The Dragon Poster

This is what caught my eye.

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The Dragon Poster (1107XXX0702)

 

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Bronze Dragon on the poster (top); Monster Manual [1977] entry (below)

The Chromatic Dragons were more striking of course, and continue that resemblance to David C. Sutherland‘s dragons.

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Black Dragon

 

Blue Dragon coll
Blue Dragon

 

Green Dragon coll
Green Dragon

 

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White Dragon

 

Red Dragon coll 1

 

I think the Red Dragon breaks the pattern of resemblance with DCS’s dragons, looking instead like a variation of Larry Elmore’s red dragon.

See also: D&D: David C. Sutherland’s Red Dragon

Red Dragon coll 2


 

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