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Osmium Dragon

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This is for :iconoakendragon:'s contest [link] Elemental Dragons of the Periodic Table.

For this dragon I have chose Osmium, [link]
"Osmium (pronounced /ˈɒzmiəm/, OZ-mee-əm) is a chemical element that has the symbol Os and atomic number 76"

Osmium is a blue/black metal, the densest natural element. It forms a highly toxic compound with oxygen called Osmium Tetroxide at room temperature. While I was in chat I was told that it also forms an acid which, if it comes into contact with your skin, will form a silver layer over your eyes while it kills you. Very very toxic stuff.

So in view of the above the Osmium dragon is a huge heavy war dragon, capable of spitting the acid through the spouts around its lower jaw. It is blue/black in colour with silver details and pure silver eyes. Sharp, powerful, acidic and very very dangerous.

Won Best Illustration!

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Is some what how I see my sona only no horns, spikes, and a tail blade. To counter the toxic aspect of osmium, other inorganic matter makes up part of the scales that both strengthens the osmium and adds other benefital  qualities. Also this was one of the first dragons I found when I got on DA. I give it two thumbs up.
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Your welcome.
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NobilisKryptonHobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. I have a dragon OC named Osmium. He's unrelated to the element, it's just his name (and all the other dragons in my MS have element names)
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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NobilisKryptonHobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!!
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NecromatoneHobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Picture! coloured pencils are not the tool of my choice, but I think you work excellent with them.
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ZaatharenStudent General Artist
WOW! Very impressive, i only wonder how big is he? =)
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D I thought it would be a heavy weight so rather large...maybe Smaug proportions or something.
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ZaatharenStudent General Artist
Heh i like Smaug =) In czech its drak Šmak :D
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Awesome scaling and shading - best of luck! :D
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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wyrmasterHobbyist General Artist
Wow, very cool!
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Silver-DrakeStudent Digital Artist
Love it!! :D Great design, those scales and the colouring must have taken you forever!

A random note: I was considering doing osmium too, until I saw that iridium was number 77....and, well, I like that number! ^^'

And very interesting, I've never heard anything about the acid that it can make :D I just love educational contests! We all learn so much ^^
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D Yeah its not in the wiki, it mentions it if you know what you are looking for but I was talking to someone doing a degree in chemistry and she suggested Osmium purely because of the acid being awesome (but deadly).
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Silver-DrakeStudent Digital Artist
That acid DOES sound awesome (but deadly :D)

Do you know why or how the silver coating/sheen developpes on your eyes?
Just curious :)

Good luck in the contest! :D
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know, wiki doesn't say much and the convo in Thumbshare wasn't that indepth...best I can do is

"Osmium tetroxide is highly volatile and penetrates skin readily, and is very toxic by inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact.[54] Airborne low concentrations of osmium tetroxide vapor can cause lung congestion and skin or eye damage, and should therefore be used in a fume hood."

So I'm guessing the acid has something to do with Osmium Tetroxide which is its most common natural form. It reacts with oxygen at room temperature so I guess your pretty much always in danger with osmium.
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Osmium tetroxide is both corrosive and toxic, because it is a very strong oxidizing agent. Its corrosive and toxic properties can be explained, when you look at the charge of the compound's central atom. The Osmium Ion has a charge of +VIII, which means it has to absorb eight electrons to lose the charge.
If osmium tetroxide comes into contact with organic matter, like human tissue, it can, depending on the substance, react down to osmium (IV) oxide, or all the way back to osmium metal. I would suspect, that it reacts back into its metallic form, when it makes eye contact. Osmium tetroxide is a lewis acid, which is, why it is sometimes (rarely) called osmium acid.
However, only osmium powder oxidizes at room temperature. Solid osmium metal has to be heated at about 400°C to react with oxygen. Another interesting property of solid osmium tetroxide is its volatility.

Generally speaking, you can safely have a block of osmium metal laying around and it doesn't react into a deadly poison, unless you heat it, until it glows red.
Its physical and chemical properties make it difficult to produce anything useful from osmium metal, however.
It has a density of 22,59 g/cm³ and a mohs hardness of 7, meaning it can be used to carve glass surfaces and that it breaks, when you try to shape it via pressure. Its melting point of 3130°C and its tendency to react to a highly poisonous and corrosive compound, when you try to melt it, makes trying to cast liquid osmium metal a risky endeavour.

Osmium Dragons are unaffected by their own poison, but when they start to using their flame breath, the typical chlorine-like odor will alert savy adventurers of the dragon's deadly poison. Apart from their fire and poison, osmium dragons are feared for their claws, which can cut most armors and are heavy enough to smash what they cannot sever.
Their defense is equaly formidable. An adult osmium dragon barely needs to dodge attacks, as lances break and arrows do not even leave a dent in his skin. Osmium dragons are virtually immune against acid and are said to submerge their eggs in pools of aqua regia until they hatch.
Osmium dragons prefer cold and secluded habitats and are generally not malicious. They are known to tolerate smaller beings in their domain, but will defend the center of their territory, which is usually an elevated position, such as a mountain against trespassers.

I got a bit carried away. Good work on this Dragon. Your colouring is spot on, showing the smooth osmium scales.
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ScellanisHobbyist Traditional Artist
:) you put a lot more work into the background than me lol
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Silver-DrakeStudent Digital Artist
Hmm...ok I get it. Very interesting!!

Thanks :)
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Yay!!! Yay you coloured it~
It looks amazing when it's coloured tooooo!!!
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