Reaper Bones : Cthulhu review

Neil of Orange here with a miniature review.

What seems like an age ago now I backed the Reaper Bones kickstarter campaign and very recently I received a big box of goodies in the post.  Hopefully I’ll look at some of the other figures I got over time, but today we’re going to look at the iconic Cthulhu figure that was one of the add-ons I chose.

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The figure comes in a fair size cardboard box – it was the first thing I fished out of the larger box my order arrived in (well actually there were two, Rusty Dice was lucky enough to get one of these as well).  The box exclaims that this beastie is 9″ and 9″ long, much bigger than I realised when I pledged for it, but I’m really not complaining.

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Here’s a shot of the components laid out, with 1cm grid for scale behind.  You can also see the nice base that comes with the kit, including a carved stone covered in themed runes.

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There are a few mould lines on this, but they are really minor.  This shot show’s old tentacle face with a Heresy Trooper for terrifying scale purposes.

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Same again, from the side so you can see some head details.  I’ve read this material is a kind of vinyl and super glue works wonders on it, very quick to dry and holds strongly.  It’s a little bendy, especially on longer, thin extremities but I’ve not found this to be a problem on this figure at all.  The tentacles and wings move, but this has saved them from breaking off as they might on a plastic or metal figure.

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Painting the model was going to be an interesting experiment and I think a key part of this review.  Painting larger models can be a challenge for a number of reasons.  The flexibility I mentioned above encouraged me to glue the entire piece before painting it, not something I usually do on large models.  The next question was whether to undercoat.  Bones claims that you can paint directly on to the models without undercoat.  I opted to undercoat using Army Painter dark green – call it a base coat if you prefer.  What I did quickly discover which makes me think their claim is good is that whilst handling this, I only rubbed off paint in a single place – the tip of one spine.  Usually this is the biggest problem I have with big things but I am genuinely impressed with how this material holds the paint.  I’ve generously dry brushed this with GW’s Warpstone Glow to get this far, there’s a lot of texture on the body that comes out well with this simple technique.

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More progress here, using Gw’s Moot Green to further progress the highlights and then using GW’s Loren green on the bony areas to mix things up a little.  I’ve used a wash to darken some of the recesses where I wanted more contrast and opted for red eyes.

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Some finished shots then, from different angles.  I’ve quickly done the base to vaguely fit in with my general basing colours these days.  I may go back and add more detail to this at some point however I wanted to get this guy done ASAP.

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From the side

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Gratuitous rear shot!

So how is it to play with?  Well the reason for the rush was to get him ready to play in a big game of 40k I had lined up.  Right at the back of the board you’ll see it stalking the battlefield, about to jump into combat with my Tau.  He’s being used as a daemon prince in a chaos space marine army.  The model looked great on the table, no paint came off during play despite not varnishing him.  He was a popular figure with my friends during the game (well for the baddies, my side was rightly scared).

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Other things to note in this shot – Celestial Lions doing their best to keep their headcount above 90 (it didn’t work), a mass brawl with a huge mob of weirdboy teleported orks vs striking scorpions, the flying Geralds (apparently all Celestial Lions are called Gerald now) on Firestorm Armada bases, a trukk of ‘Ard Boyz about to make a mess of some marine bikes, the Millennium Falcon parked in just the wrong place, a few Amera plastic buildings doing a superb job, my Hirst arts bunkers and other buildings,  a swamp, roads and my Riptide.  Also remember folks to enjoy alcohol responsibly.

I am overall very impressed by this model and the Bones vinyl in general.  Cthulhu is now available at normal retail price and I would have no problem in recommending any of the Bones range as a good, cheap source of figures in terms of the material.  The different models vary tremendously in terms of style so as ever its personal preference as to which figures you may actually like!

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Here’s a sneak preview of some more Bones figures – some sci-fi troopers destined to join my Inquisitor army.  Popped on some 40k scale bases these will be on the painting table soon.

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