There are some downsides though. The model is big and heavy. I should have included a scale pic, but its about twice the size of a Space Marine. Pinning is pretty much mandatory. The model is split into four pieces. The main body, the right arm, the left leg, and the tail. Each piece should be pinned. Even the tail. Its tab and corresponding slot are not substantial enough to weather handling and transport in my opinion. There will be gaps after pinning so be sure to have green stuff available. The gaps will be small though so you won't have to be a GS expert to conceal it from anything, but the closest scrutiny.
I must admit to a bit of sticker shock. At nearly 23 USD the prospect of purchasing enough for a full Beast Unit was daunting, but the model has grown on me. I'm going to build it up to five Beastmasters(one metal and the rest converted from Hellions), three Clawed Fiends, four Khymerae, and two Razorwing flocks. Expensive, but it'll look great on the table and provide a solid assault unit via my Haemy's webway portal.
|Finished model (aside from the base which still needs work)|
|It was easy to poke a hole through the cork with the peg at the bottom of the model's rock perch. The model itself is too heavy to not pin it to the base in some fashion or another.|
|The body. Notice the aforementioned peg. The model had some flash, but surprisingly less than GW's metal models usually have.|
|Dry fit front view|
|I didn't fix the tale to the model during the painting process because it would have been too awkward. This is after priming it with Duplicolor Sandable Primer Dark Grey. My primer of choice available in most U.S. auto retailers for about 6 USD.|
|After applying a basecoat of Games Workshop's Adeptus BattleGrey foundation paint to the fur and base.|