In the discussion, we mentioned people wearing animal skins/skulls as a model for how to incorporate the dragon defiantly.
Here are some examples, starting with the suggestion in the podcast.
Hercules wearing the pelt of the Nemean Lion
The bear skull helm from The 13th Warrior
Definitely scary to see this thing coming towards you in battle....
A less significant version of this is the lion mane/headpiece the White Witch wears during the battle in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Princess Mononoke has a wolf mask + skin:
Another direction to look is the Krampus masks and similar traditional costumes that have 'monstrous' faces. (Or Perchten
, or Badalisc)