My second model for this year’s Monster MAYhem challenge, at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging, this is a Byakhee miniature, from the Call of Cthulhu Mythos. I got this sometime in the 1990’s and it was painted. bashed around, and then a couple of years ago, I gave it a new base, and now I’ve added some covering to said base, and touched-up the model, preserving the original paint under the updates as well as much of the feel of the original version – so still a pretty simple paintjob.
Pretty sure I bought it to use as some sort of generic Daemon in the Warhammers, and there’s no reason it couldn’t be used as the same even today, along with whatever works from any FRPG or other Minis game.
I thought this model was by RAFM, as I picked up a bunch of RAFM Cthulhu models back in the day when they were being liquidated by the shop I frequented, but I couldn’t find any reference to it being a RAFM model. I eventually tracked it down to it’s modern home at EM4 (still available, though Out Of Stock right now) though I don’t believe EM4 offered blistered retail products, especially back then, and to a worldwide market, as they seem to be a repository for buying up the rights to old molds and models. As usual for many of my monster-type models, Reaper 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor provides us with the scale reference.
The first of my models for this year’s Monster MAYhem challenge, at Dead Dick’s Tavern and Temporary Lodging, I have a Reaper Bones model – the “Burrowing Horror”. This is their legally distinct version of the D&D Monster, the “Bulette” – which in turn is one of those old-school monsters that were Gygax based on those old toys that were mixed in with the little cheap bags of Dinosaurs that – if you’re of a certain vintage – you probably got as a kid.
As with many of these large but low-detail Bones models, this wasn’t hard to paint. Sure, I could have painted it a lot better than I did, shading the scales more realistically and so forth. Instead, I did a very simple job with it since it’s a verrry basic sculpt, and one made from the original, tacky, shit-tier Bones PVC. Even after firstly priming the whole models in watered-down liquid greenstuff, then priming it for a second time with Reaper’s Brown Liner, then painting it almost entirely with Reaper’s HD paints, I dared to varnish it with paint-on AK interactive varnish – leading to this piece of shit model ending up tacky.
So it’s done. It’ll go into a case until I need it for a D&D game (so possibly forever). No prizes for guessing that I skipped Reaper’s most recent Bones Kickstarter entirely. Easier and cheaper and better quality to just buy a resin 3d printer and a pile of STLs via Patreon. Finally, here’s the scale shot with everyone’s favourite scale model – Berkeley aka “Chainsaw Girl”.