When I first saw this Cerberus figure, I knew exactly what to do with it: put it in the lowest level of a dungeon guarding an entrance to the Underworld.

Cerberus would act friendly to all who would approach the entrance, but once they crossed over and tried to return, then he would become a real monster.

Another use would be in wargames: perhaps a Greater Warbeast for Dragon Rampant or, better yet, a gargantuan beast for Of Gods and Mortals, the mythological wargame by Osprey publishing.

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Cerberus: a monster for roleplaying and wargaming? Yes!

The strengths of the model include the detail of the teeth and its shading of its fur. As any model painter can tell you, its hard to paint black right, because “black” on a creature has various shades, especially fur. In this case, I think the painter did well. You’ve got a black base coat with a dry-brushing of dark gray.

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Did you know “Cerberus” may have meant “spotted” in ancient Greek? So the guardian of the Underworld may quite literally have been called “Spot.”

My only nitpick: the mold line on the center head. In previous reviews, I’ve spoken about the absence of mold lines on Safari Ltd.’s figures. This particular line is disguised well, blending in with the natural grove of the snout and forehead as shown.

In fact, I didn’t notice it until after I took the picture from that angle. The other two heads don’t have the lines.

I’ve compared my model with others, like the one in this video. Mine seems to be the exception. But that’s okay, because one of the #1 rules for painting miniatures is make sure it looks good at arm’s length. 

Thus, this miniature makes the grade, especially when it comes to the ribs on the flanks.

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At Supercon 2016, Safari Ltd asked attendees which they would rather have as a pet: a hippogryph, the Cerberus, or the Phoenix. The hippogryph won the poll, but my vote would be for Cerberus.

Why? Because the Phoenix might accidentally burn down my home. The hippogryph is probably more expensive than a horse to maintain.

Cerberus, on the other hand, may require lots of kibble, but the intimidation factor alone would be worth it.

Just don’t call him “Fluffy.”