The Cthelle Death World consists primarily of cool woodlands and mountains - inhabited by the easily recognisable Cthellean Cudbear - a shaggy purple beast:
|The Cthellean Cudbear as depicted in Rogue Trader|
However, in the arid lowlands, there exists a similar animal, occupying a similar ecosystem niche. The Cthellean Cudvark, also known as the False Cudbear, exhibits many of the same physical properties as the Cudbear: large powerful frame, long talons, shaggy purple fur. The Cudvark is however suited ideally to the arid environment, being equipped with powerful digging claws, large ears to radiate heat, and a fur-free head to enable it to investigate prey burrows without becoming clogged with sand and dust.
|The Cthellean Cudvark|
In so far as is possible with a giant bipedal animal with purple fur, I attempted to paint the Cudvark in a naturalistic manner, with fleshy tones on the face, lighter underbelly, and darker fur towards the limb extremities:
|An aardvark. An actual real animal.|
|"Look out! There's a Cudvark getting too close!"|
The Cudvark is of course no such thing. It is actually a repurposed Tweak from the 45mm 2000AD Miniatures line from Titan Distributors (sculpted and cast by Citadel).
To my mind though, the figure was perfect to represent a dangerous alien beastie for wilderness games (or possibly as a star attraction at the inter-galactic zoo!).