1/12 Kothoga Creature from Pegasus Models
The Kothoga is an ancient creature little known to the civilised world. Rare in the extreme, the Kothoga is only known by a few remote South American tribes. Although modern science has disproved these myths, the Kothoga is nonetheless a very real and deadly species. Deep within the remotest parts of Brazil, there exists a form of parasitic fungus which is known to grow only on one species of plant. The fungus is loaded with animal hormones and, through a virus, infects the plant. The virus takes over some of the plants cells and inserts its own viral genetic material, heavily lacing the leaves with animal proteins.
These proteins are responsible for growth, bone structure, exoskeletal physiology and skin maintenance. A huge influx of these proteins to any organism which eats the leaves causes dramatic physical changes as the virus introduces foreign genes into the hosts DNA. There are many examples of this happening in the earth based animal world, for example a salamander can turn into a frog through viral infection. These particular proteins cause a metamorphism in the animal, creating a chimera – a creature which is a combination of animals.
[Source and more info: Fanon Wiki]
This is the 1/12 Model Kit of the Kothoga Creature from Pegasus Model.
A kit that I started a long time ago but due to some other projects that got on the way, it ended up in the started kits corner. There it spent a good year mostly painted but waiting for some TLC until between other projects I took the time to finish it.
The Kothoga creature model kit is not molded in hollow styrene halves but rather in a high density solid plastic. This gives the model some good mass when displaying the model. The builder will need CA glue to work with the main body and regular styrene cement for the rest of the parts. It is a very straightforward build without nasty seam lines.
This kit was designed by Scott Willis and the figure sculpt was done by Galileo Hernández Nuñez. Kudos to Galileo for this sculpture. The pose on the figure recreates that of the full size sculpture created by the folks at Stan Winston Studios down to the skin folds. There isn’t much to write about this figures that you can not see on the pictures below.
Pegasus Models offered the Kothoga creature already assembled -item 9920-. I’ve seen this version and although the paint quality is acceptable it is still mass production. So if you have what it takes by all means get this version and have a slight feel of what is like to paint and movie maquette.
Painting the Kothoga creature:
After washing the parts with dish soap water, I gave it a coat of Vallejo Gray primer. This primer works like a charm and I recommend it either gray or black on other model building projects. I remember using a base coat of Tamiya NATO Green XF-67 followed by different shades of green like Tamiya XF-61 and Tamiya Dessert Yellow as base color for the lighter spots. All colors were sealed and coated with Testors DullCote in spray. After that the model received a coat of Ammo A.Mig 1007 US Modern Vehicles Wash.
Following the wash I did a lot of careful dry-brushing of desert yellow, lighted up greens and black on some spots. All this was sealed again with another coat of Testors Dullcote. Lat but not least was the drools effect. This was created by using a hot glue gun. To be honest I’m not quite satisfied with the ‘cloudy’ look. I want it to look clear and I will achieve as soon as I visit my local craft store and get clear glue sticks.
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