Mythic Battles: Pantheon – Manticore

Mythic Battles: Pantheon - Manticore

Today’s model is another from a miniatures-heavy kickstarter. More specifically, from the people over at Monolith Games, who also brought us the Conan Boardgame, and more recently, Batman (which I ain’t opened yet). I started this one shortly after finishing that Dragon from the Conan Kickstarter, by the same people.

They did a pretty faithful job to the artwork, too.

Funniest thing regarding the artwork and my paintwork – I just googled for and downloaded the artwork now to add to this post so we could see how the model stood up to the concept art. I painted the model without any reference pics – black claws, dark scales, luminous green poison…

Mythic Battles: Pantheon - Manticore

I mean, it’s no real stretch to go golden and brown with a lion’s fur and mane. The oversized, Trish Carden/Morrison-style scales (a sculpting trait which I hate, btw) across the model were done in dark red-brown to mesh with the predominant colour of the scorpion tail, which is basically a way to give more interest to something that was going to basically be… not black, but dark. Luminous green for the poison because it contrasts well with the dark red, and because green is RPG shorthand for “poison”. I went with black for the claws to match the black for the wing-talon-spikes, because I felt black would look better on the wings against the tan. I went with a purple mixed with flesh for the wing membranes so they’d stand out and look monstrous, but not quite cartoony-monstrous.

Mythic Battles: Pantheon - Manticore

Overall, the model was a pretty nice one to paint, and didn’t take too long for me to get through, when compared to most other monsters. It’s quite a nice sculpt, unlike the dragon and it came mounted on the plastic base, also unlike the dragon – so it seems that Monolith learned some important lessons in between Kickstarter campaigns.

Mythic Battles: Pantheon - Manticore

A Deathwatch Space Marine gives us the scale shot.

Speaking of lessons, I’ve got a bit of an unfortunate habit of starting more of the same kinds of models as soon as I finish something like the Skaven that I’ve recently finished and have WIP – picked basically right after I finished the Pestilens models, which is how this model got plucked from a box filled with KS expansion boxes. I mean, I’m happy with this model and how it turned out, but I have decided to stop myself from plucking any further large monsters until I complete the three or four I have on the go already. Yeah. Four.

Anyway, while a few elements aren’t entirely to my taste (the scales, horn shape) it’s overall a pretty good model and I’m glad I got it done. I can easily squeeze a beast like this into a variety of miniatures games, aside from Pantheon. If the rest of the models turn out to be produced this nicely, I’ll be quite happy…

Conan Kickstarter’s Dragon (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

Another of the models from the Conan Kickstarter today. This time, it’s the “Dragon”. I have to say, that when I first opened up this model, I was pretty disappointed. Obviously, I’d seen the overall design of the model from the KS advertising, but I wasn’t really expecting it to be so (relatively) small (for a “dragon”) once in hand.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

I was, in fact, so un-enamoured of this model that once I opened it, it took me several months to halfheartedly spray it with a dark green I had, and then let it sit for ….I dunno. More than six months, easily. Any number of Neglected Model months also passed by without tempting me to get this thing out and paint it, even though it was stored in a tub of “neglected monster” models for ease of access for a painting challenge.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

Once again, then – Swordmaster of Hoeth’s Monster March was the impetus for me to see the model in that tub and decide to smash it out to get rid of it and get it done and out of the way. I’m grateful for him running this challenge, as without it, this model would still be sitting in the tub, annoying me whenever I laid eyes on it.

I used their official/box art for my guide, basically, because I didn’t care enough about this model to try and do anything special with it. There’s a turquoise wash involved, as well as various layers of drybrushing. The concept artwork, like much of the stuff from this Kickstarter is taken from the Age of Conan MMORPG.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

The (tiny) eyes were picked out in yellow, and then I decided to give them little slit pupils. This close-up shows how much the thing looks like a cheap PVC dinosaur toy. Actually, the stuff from Papo and Schleich are much better.

Conan Kickstarter's Dragon

As with yesterday’s monster, here’s a scale shot alongside a Space Marine. You can see how small the thing is for a “Dragon”, and how disappointing this model is for US$30 (or $40 at RRP!) Ah well, can’t do anything about money badly spent. Model is painted, finished, available for gaming. It’s still not a great model, but it’s finished and I no longer need to waste energy disliking it. That’s as good as this one is going to get!

I’ve got a couple more Monsters I’m trying to get done before March ends (including the ones I originally intended to complete!), so hopefully Swordmaster can hold off for a couple of days before he does his round-up!