It’s actually a Shadow Beast, an ape-like creature that appeared under the command of Beast Man in both the original Filmation cartoons and the 2002 reboot.
As you can see, I’ve gone for a more 2002 look, mainly because the face is more ape-like and the model I was using as a base was a giant gorilla from Crooked Dice.
The model itself is frankly gorgeous, and I’m pleased to mamage to sneak a Crooked Dice miniature into what is ostensibly a 7TV project. All I’ve done is add a couple of horns taken from a GW Beastman (appropriately).
In terms of painting this was an incredibly simple job with a base coat of black, a blue dry brush and a healthy dose of black wash.
Overall, I’m really happy with how easy this was to do and how it’s turned out, which makes it especially annoying that I managed to drop the model during basing and smack three of its fingers off.
My attempt to fix this was to add the rock as if it’s being thrown and attempt to camouflage the offending fingers with some ivy. It’s not perfect, but it will do. There’s also a gap where the head joins that doesn’t look as bad in real life as it does in this photo.
All in all, this is a pleasing addition to my growing MotU collection, and it should be easy enough to add more by picking up some other gorilla sculpts that are out there, although I’ll also pick up another CD one to paint up in a more convential way for my pulp project.
In game terms, this is the first addition that could potentially form a unit in 7TV when led by Beast Man. At the moment, his Unit Leader trait links him to ‘Beast Packs’, but this gives me the option of creating more unit options for Beast Man to lead as he corralled numerous different monsters during the cartoon runs.
He-Month may be coming to a close soon, but I’ve recently ordered some more models, so the end of February will not see the end of this project.
However, this is probably it for what has probably been my most successful mini-project for some time, and so I’ll sign off from He-Month with a group shot of my creations.