Monster Tutorial – The Chimera

Alright, I’ve had this one in the works for the past 5 months. It’s time to write out the damned tutorial and post it. Especially since this is my Craft War entry for April.


My Chimeras are made from 2 Gazelles and 2 Lions from a $3 Jungle Animals pack I got from Walmart, and 2 Velociraptors from a Dinosaur bucket (also from Walmart).

I started by cutting the heads off of the Gazelles and the Raptors, and trimming down the horns of the gazelles.

Chimera Build 2

Chimera Build 1

Next, using my dremel, some wire and E-6000, I embedded the heads into the Lion’s body at the neck. I also dremelled out some slots in the back for the wings (taken from some Mage-Knight Minis.
Chimera Build 3Chimera Build 4Chimera Build 5
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The next step was using some Flexible Modeling Paste to hide the join points with a bushy mane.

Chimera Build 9

At this point, all that is left to do is paint, as you can see below.
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Chimera Final (4)Chimera Final (3)Chimera Final (5)
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All in All, I’m very pleased with the end results.

Interestingly enough, Dave O’Gara from Miniature Mashup did a video on how to make a Chimera, using similar methods.