Introduction: The Hatching of the Dragon Egg
This explanation consists of many sections:
-Dragon EggAlso, I created this whole design in Tinkercad by myself and this Instructables exhibit. At the end of the Sections I will show some tips for designing things like this.(The Return of the Dragons is has a story behind it that explains the title and the overall entry)
I will post some images on how I created the animals (Baby Dragon Included), and I will also tell you my experiences with the design later. All the colors I used were in the Preset Colors, and the beams of light were made with transparent Paraboloids.
The first thing I did was make each wizard in a separate Design plain. In the Design, I created the wizards in a larger size then I would put in the Main Design so I could more easily add finer details and get the perfect sizes for the wizard. I made them close their eyes (except the snake because snakes do not have eyelids) to give the effect of focusing all their power on the dragon's egg.
The Story Behind The Hatching of the Dragon Egg
Once upon a time, there was a land where dragons lived. There was a king dragon, King Fiery who had a mate, Queen Fang. They lived happily, ruling over all dragons and all the animals of the land for centuries upon centuries (Dragons can live for long times), but one day, Queen Fang felt ill. The nurses and herbalists came and examined her, and they found great news. The queen was pregnant (Yes, I know that dragons cannot be pregnant, but I do not know what else to use to describe it)! But she ordered for no one to tell the king because she wanted to surprise him.
On the third month of that year, she laid an egg. Once King Fiery heard of this, he was overjoyed and began making preparations for a great banquet in honor his new son. Eventually, the day came for the party to began. King Fiery had prepared a beautiful place within the castle gardens and had the table readied. There was so much food that had been made that it had taken the cooks a week to bake! The banquet started in the afternoon and all the lords and ladies were there. But there was one particular lord who were sick of King Fiery's long reign. Of course, he kept his feelings to himself, and King Fiery did not know. This lord's name was Daggerclaw. Actually, Daggerclaw was second in command to the king, and he got to sit beside King Fiery and Queen Fang. It was during the time when the musicians were playing music in front of the guests that Lord Daggerclaw suddenly thought Now! He drew his sword, not even thinking what he was doing and slew King Fiery before the king could react in front of all the guests.
As the new spread to everyone in the land that the king was dead, the animals who had hated the king rose up and appointed a new king, kicking Queen Fang from her position. The new king was cruel and evil and whose name was Bloodflame (Lord Daggerclaw had been hanged). He immediately went to war with neighboring countries and drafted all able males between the ages of ten to fifty into his army. Chaos spread everywhere as thievery became the chief way to survive.
A civil village (one of the last) found the queen's egg, and when they realized its royal traits, they tried to made it crack, hoping that the king's son might restore peace to the land. Unfortunately, it refused to hatch, and they decided to give up and leave it on a pedestal in the center of the village.
Many years later, when the land was desolate and almost no one lived there, four wizards stumbled upon the pedestal and the egg. The village there was gone and replaced by a wilderness so they could not ask what it was. Nevertheless, they knew instantly that it was a dragon's egg. One noticed intricate markings upon the pedestal, for one stone-cutter had chiseled in words along the rim of the pedestal. He examined the shapes and realized that it had been written in the old language of the once kingdom that was now barely existent because most who knew it were dead. The wizard searched through his memories, feeling that he knew at least some words of the old language. As he stared upon the chiseled symbols, the meaning came to him, and he was astonished for he now knew that it said The Son of King Fiery, once the great and almighty lord over these lands.
Instantly, hope bloomed in their hearts as they believed, like the once-alive villagers that had found it, that perhaps the dead king's son would restore order to the chaotic lands. They began searching for ways to make it hatch, feeling the egg's cold and slightly bumpy surface for weak points. One after the other tried their theories, but the egg did not crack. Many times they whispered spells and attacked the shell, gradually feeling their hope fade as nothing they attempted even dented the hard eggshell. A wizard even thought of tossing it off of a cliff, but even that did not work. At last, one night, they were about to admit defeat, but they had to try one more solution. The very next day, they all gathered around the egg. Here, this scene explains what happened.
L - Align
M - Mirror
Ctrl G - Group
For each main part in a scene, it is a good idea to use another TinkerCAD plain and start it out big before copying it and putting it in your main design
Step 1: The Rabbit Wizard
The Rabbit Wizard was the first wizard that I designed and probably the hardest one. Actually, I copied it from one of my earlier private designs and improved it a lot. It took me three days of work (I did not spend the whole day on it though) to be satisfied with him. I added the staff at the end and positioned the fingers and the hands (arms too) so that they were holding onto it.
Step 2: The Snake Wizard
The Snake Wizard was either the second or the third one I made, and he was easy until it came to the head. I did not want the snake to look realistic (not too cartoony), but the thing was that I just could not find a way to make the snout. I was almost willing to give up on the realistic snout of him when I figured out a way to make it. After this, I added a colored underbelly and tried a pattern on his back (I decided not to add it later). I thought that I was done with the snake at this time and went on to the next wizard. Later, I came back to make the underbelly flush with the rest of the body.
Step 3: The Turtle Wizard
This wizard, I had a little of a hard time with because at that time, I was thinking of doing all the different animals (mammal, reptile, fish, and bird) as the wizards. I decided to do a sea turtle instead of a fish because I could not think of having a way to include a fish without it looking silly in my head. Actually, (as you might have already noticed) the sea turtle is not there (there's a normal turtle instead). That is because I did not know how to make a good sea turtle so I did a turtle instead. The Turtle Wizard was simple to make, though, and it took me about three hours to design. I did some testing with a more wrinkly turtle skin, but I thought that it would look odd because I did not add any scales to the snake or any fur to the rabbit.
Step 4: The Eagle Wizard
The Bird Wizard was very easy to make and was also the very last wizard I made. The wings I actually created in another Design (I also made the dragon wings in that same place too) before adding them onto the bird's body. The feet was added next. The head was a little hard to design, but I managed.
Step 5: The Baby Dragon
The Baby Dragon was not hard to make. I used a lot of circles on him to give him a pudgy look (It also enabled me to skip over adding bones as I did with the Rabbit Wizard). His hands I copied from the Rabbit Wizard and put on some claws on the end of the fingers. The wings I made on a separate Design (I also made the Bird's wings in the same place too). I also put one hand to his eye as if he were waking from a long sleep. The feet I copied from the Bird Wizard design and changed the colors to fit him. I tried putting him upright in the eggshell, thinking that maybe him attempting to climb out might be cute, but I did not succeed. I resorted to have him laying down in it.
Step 6: The Spruce Grove
This was done first among the scenery parts. It was easy to create the first spruce, and I copied it and changed its height and the bush of its leaves. Originally, I was planning on making more of them, but I found it tedious and boring so I just made three.
Step 7: The Mountains, Waterfall, and Pool
The mountains were not hard to design, and although the waterfall was not as simple as the mountains, they were also very easy. The mists on the bottom of the waterfall I actually got the idea from one of the earlier exhibits (Mountain Waterfall Scenery- TinkerCad by plipplop). The pool had not roadblocks in it that I found very annoying, and I was able to cover up most of it, but if you look around in the Design, you might find a few little flaws.
Step 8: The Tree
The tree was very easy to create. I used a brown Tree and changed the randomness until I was satisfied. Then, I got a green Sphere and used it to cover all the ends of the tree, copying and pasting, before randomly choosing a few Spheres and changing their color to dark green instead. At first, I tried turning some leaves transparent, but after checking with my brother's opinion, I did not keep the transparency.
Step 9: The Pedestal
The Pedestal was pretty easy I would say, and I am very pleased with it. The main thing I am happy with is the "teeth" around the edges of the pedestal because it gave the effect I was looking for. I made the teeth through a shape called the arrowhead. Overall, it took a very short time.
Step 10: The Dragon Egg
The Dragon Egg was fun to make. I just used two Eggs, one a hole that was small than the other and use L to align. Then, grouped them together to cut out the inside. It took some testing to find how I could make the top broken open without just using a hole Sphere or something to cut off the top. The key shape was actually the hole Voronoi shape. After using a few more hole shapes, I came out with this, which I am happy with.
Step 11: Finishing Touches
Putting everything together was an easy process. I made a new TinkerCAD plain and used two Boxes to made the ground. I took my wizards and positioned them to my preference, adding in the beams of magic with transparent Paraboloids, before making the pedestal and the egg. I quickly designed some extra scenery to keep the whole design not too flat and created the baby dragon. Next, I made the light blue sky and the beam of light shooting into the sky, finishing my whole project.
Finally, I was done after many hours. It was fun to design everything (although I did come across some annoying problems), and the end result was what I had been imagining throughout all the designing.
Runner Up in the
Tinkercad Student Design Contest