Dragonlance Takhisis Revealed In New Dragonlance Preview Art

WotC has shared some new art of Takhisis, Dragonlance’s 5-headed dragon queen.

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dave2008

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now how many players/dms today can name the color of these... I was shocked I could identfy slightly more then half... although 2 I really not only don't know but kind of want to (the asian dragon 2nd row 4th over and teh top row 2nd over dragons)
I can get all of the chromatics and 3 of the metallics easily. I am 50/50 on the brass and copper.

The chromatics, except for the red, have the same distinguisher features from 1e - 5e (with a green hiccup in 4e).
 

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Stormonu

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now how many players/dms today can name the color of these... I was shocked I could identfy slightly more then half... although 2 I really not only don't know but kind of want to (the asian dragon 2nd row 4th over and teh top row 2nd over dragons)

The "asian" dragon is the gold dragon. The other is a blue.

As for Tiamat's/Takhisis's human form, that's her original form. The dragon form is her "demonic" appearance. ;)
 




FYI, if you want to know them all:
Top row, left to right: black, blue, green, red, white
Bottom row, left to right: brass, bronze, copper, gold, silver
awesome, gold and silver I wasn't 100% clear on but again my REAL question is 'how many could today?' heck I like the new black dragon with the horns forward better.
 


Stormonu

Legend
awesome, gold and silver I wasn't 100% clear on but again my REAL question is 'how many could today?' heck I like the new black dragon with the horns forward better.
Well, the 1E had forward horns too, but they're more curved and ram-like nowdays. Lockwood's 3E "redesigns" really accentuated the 1E features. All through 1E and 2E they weren't drawn consistently, and I actually prefer that to the "set" appearance from 3E onward.
 

Sacrosanct

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This is when dragons started to "go bad" for me. I think it's because all of them are super jagged with uber muscles and tattered wings. Look at the 1e green dragon by comparison. It's fat. Some AD&D dragons are sleek and skinny. There were variations (black were sleek, red were muscular, green were bulbous, etc). These dragons (which 5e still looks like) seem all the same to me

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dave2008

Legend
I definitely get your point. However, there has been some more creative freedom, in 5e at least. In particular red dragons. Just look at the new Dragonlance art:
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And of course the MM red:
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And this one from Fizban's:
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And my personal favorite:
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There was also this alternate take:
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Vaalingrade

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The older dragons tend to look like medieval drawings which... I don't feel are the kind of thing I would be excited to encounter; all floppy and slow-looking like inaccurate depictions of dionsaurs.

The new ones are all lumpy and sinewy like bodybuilders gone wrong and with the really dumb frills for the metallics and the beginning of what would become Warcraft's Leno-dragon chin. Black, Red and Silver are okay.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
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now how many players/dms today can name the color of these...

Well, lets see. The original Monster Manual with that art came out in...1977. The Monstrous Compendium came out in 1989. So, we might start with anyone playing in that span.

Say you pick up D&D at 12 years old. Anyone born after 1977 probably picks up 2e, rather than 1e. So, we are looking for gamers born before 1977 - so gamers 45 and up, for the most part. And, from WotC, gamers 40+ are about 13% of the market today.

So, maybe 13% of D&D gamers today have a shot at it?
 




The eyes definitely give me a "medieval manuscript" dragon vibe.

But I like the old dragon version better. (Though, 20+ years later, the eyes creep me out...)

Individually, I like the visuals of the 5E dragons, but when combined together, ugh.


I do love those 1e illustrations. One thing I find fascinating is that, in particularly with the chromatics, their main traits are still recognizable today. The horns of the black dragon, the blue dragon's horn, the crest of the white, etc., they're all here.

Well they have had distinctive characteristics beyond color since at least 1e:
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If your curious:
Top row, left to right: black, blue, green, red, white
Bottom row, left to right: brass, bronze, copper, gold, silver
 


Vaalingrade

Legend
Yeah the Modern ones look way better. How some of you can say the ones below look similar compared to the old ones is beyond me.
It's the feline-inspired body shape combined with the lumpy rope muscles of 3e design direction. And the Leno-dragon chins, which are actually worse on the metallics.

I know where the former came from and WotC's love of it goes back to the MTG Anthologies... anthology, but I don't know where the later came from and for me was the only unwelcome part of the dungeonpunk aesthetic.
 

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