When I first saw this figure, I immediately thought: “Axe Beak.”

Some veteran D&D players out there will know what I’m talking out. The Axe Beak used to appear more often in various monster manuals. It was a prehistorical flightless bird capable of running at fast speeds.

Such a bird actually existed, perhaps 60 millions years ago, and became called the Gastornis in the mid-to-late 19th century.

There’s also been some debate on what the Gastornis ate: was it a carnivore or an herbivore? 

I see it as the perfect “odd-ball” monster to use in RPGs and wargames. Dragons and giants, orcs and goblins, have become standard fare. Players encountering them know what to expect–but a giant bird? That at least adds some variety.

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This figure’s biggest strengths: the detail of the feathers, shading and transitioning on its neck, the coloring around eyes, and the eyes themselves.

My figure came with slight mistake where some of the paint on its legs ended up on its feathers. This is not a big issue, since I plan on adding my own finishing touches later.

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See, it like the miniature as it is, but I want to do more…

Here’s video showing how the folks at Safari Ltd painted the figure.

 

And here’s what a Gastornis looks like coming right at you!

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More reviews of Safari Ltd’s figure are coming soon.