I started the year with a deadline looming. A Team Yankee campaign was getting started. I had just acquired enough models to fill out an army and only had about five weeks to get it table ready. I also had Dropzone Commander and Arena Rex backburnered.
Acerbus is my favorite of the Arena Rex beasts, and the last of this batch of Arena Rex models.
I love everything about this model. He totally fills the 60mm base. The skin is so ancient, with old and new wounds evident. I managed to achieve a bit of variety to the skin tones, even though it’s all gray.
The kit comes with two different heads. I went with the bigger one, because why wouldn’t I. I think I might have a hard time resisting getting a second so I can see how the smaller one turns out.
A chained lion is such a gladiatorial arena icon it was only a matter of time before I got one.
I like this model, especially the mane. But there’s huge ugly seam that cuts right through the torso. And it’s quite difficult to patch. At least I have a later model, which uses a stiffer resin in the leg to prevent drooping (I hope).
Caho-Ta is actually maybe my least favorite of the Beast models for Arena Rex. A horse is maybe a little mundane. Still, it’s a very dynamic horse. Just look at the face.
Caho-Ta is the Zephyri mount, going with Hroka. So of course I had to have him. I ended up embedding a magnet to hold Hroka in place. It’s not quite as smooth as I might like, but it’s a lot firmer than relying on friction.
One of the things that make Arena Rex models unique is how much they take advantage of the three dimensional nature. Many Malifaux models, for example, clearly are designed first as the two-dimensional character art, then fleshed out. As a result, that original angle is canonical and any other angle suffers.
Caho-Ta, on the other hand, looks quite different from every angle. A single view doesn’t capture it well.