Boss Fight Studio Vitruvian HACKS – River Styx Guardian

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One of the most intriguing side stories to this whole initial run of Vitruvian HACKS is the role Hades plays in the mythology, creating his own undead army to battle back the Gorgon Horde.  From the Undead Warrior to the Tartarus Guard and the Underworld Warrior, Hades has created himself a nice little army of supernatural soldiers.

Now you can add the River Styx Guardian to this list, though from a color scheme perspective, he really stands apart.

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Rather than the familiar purple colors that some of Hades’ other foot soldiers have, the River Styx Guardian is a really awesome vibrant light blue color, one would imagine the colors of the River Styx itself.  Those familiar with Greek Mythology will know that the River Styx is where souls cross over into death, and if anyone should drink the water from this river, they could potentially gain immortality.  Achilles was rumored to be dipped into the River Styx as a child, which is what gave him his abilities, and what exposed his ankle as his vulnerability (that was where the hand that held him was clutched when he was placed in the water).

Hades has created himself a crew of elite defenders of the River Styx, and they look pretty amazing.

The base figure here is a great light blue color with some awesome, freaky deco on the face showing an awesome vacant look of determination.

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His armor is the great decorative armor from the Athenian Warrior layered with some terrific variations of shiney blue and white, offset by really cool lighter flecks.  The contrast of the blue and the lighter spray on the torso armor is really terrific and also matches the smooth leg armor, giving things a really metallic, other-worldy appearance.

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Really what separates this figure is the color scheme of very light blue contrasted with the darker blues of the armor on the torso and legs.  It’s an excellent series of colors that makes the figure look very supernatural and almost like a section of water come to life.  The way the armor is all different variations of the underlying blue brings the entire figure together.

Accessories

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The River Styx Guardian comes with some great accessories.  Three separate swords (including the slightly curved sword, which is my favorite) as well as the more ceremonial Athenian helmet, the Athenian armor, and Spartan leg armor.  He has a shield with an awesome tampo of Hade’s infamous Cerebrus, the vicious dog with three heads.  All of these accessories are decoed like the leg armor with a metallic blue, flecked with great lighter blues.

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At first, the River Styx Guardian looked a little monochromatic, and I wasn’t sure I was sold on the figure.  But being part of Hades army, and a close up look at the real intricacies of the color choices validated the decision to grab this figure.  It’s a really nice compliment to many of the other figures out there, and even if the color scheme doesn’t necessarily jive with the rest of Hades’ crew, this is a great looking figure and I love the tie-in to River Styx as a whole.

River Styx Guardian
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Summary

When you've only got so many parts to choose from, a figure lives or dies off the story and the deco, and the River Styx Guardian does very well on both. A vibrant concert of various blues from the skin all the way to the tips of his swords, and an awesome element of Greek mythology woven into his backstory, this is a great addition to anyone's Vitruvian HACKS collection.

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