|Dragontooth Saurian customized by David C Sutherland III. Source: Centurion13 at the Acaeum|
This past May I wrote about a Dragontooth Saurian mini that resembles David Sutherland's "Lizard Rider" drawing from the Basic rulebook, the same one in my header. It's still inconclusive which came first, the mini or the drawing, but since then something more fantastic has turned up: Saurian minis customized by none other than Sutherland himself, including one with many details identical to the drawing. This is pictured above, and has several similarities to the drawing that are not found in the original mini: the sheath with javelins and skull, the crested helmet, the left hand holding a battle axe, the spots on the scales. The main difference is the large horn on the head - though note that the drawing has a small rounded bump, perhaps where a horn was removed? It's still unclear whether Sutherland used this as a model for the Basic rulebook drawing, or made the customized mini later based on his original drawing.
These minis were first shown in a thread on the Acaeum by Centurion13. Elsewhere, Centurion described how he met and bought material from David:
"I met David when he moved to an apartment down the street from me in mid-1996 [in the Seattle area]. I was producing a fanzine for the local gaming shops (the internet was still new) and commissioned six cover pieces from him, along with some other work.
He tried and tried to get his job back when TSR was purchased by WOTC. Didn't pan out and so he packed everything he wanted to keep in his car and headed for Nebraska.
Before he left, he had to get rid of a lot of stuff. Some of it went through the local shops, some of it he gave to me (a book case and a whole lot of books) and some of it I bought from him".
More recently, the minis have been purchased by Topkat at the Lead Dragon blog, who put a great post with a plethora of photos of the minis. He writes that these minis will now be the centerpiece of his collection. Head on over there and check them out:
David Sutherland's DragonTooth Saurians