These guys are a great variation of the Thallax, and liked the idea of these close combat beasties being very Dark and Spindly (Remember Dan Abnetts Shockroaches?)
With minimal work, these were made more ‘jumpy’ (as jump pack troops are want to be) with some leg re-poses and the angling of arms for an overhead smash.
As well as this I felt they needed a bit more torso bulk, so I made some simple shoulderpads from leftover Space Marine parts and added them in. With a sharp scalpel, they started looking a lot more bulky.
The detail on their faces was obscured with some more scalpel and greenstuff work to marry with the Thallax’s faceless helms and over their shoulders I added their short ranged weapon, which was a trimmed and truncated weapon from the Kataphron kits. One large weapon feed later (and a support cable) and these echoed that Predator-esque slaved-weapon individuality that I wanted.
For hand weapons well...these guys have Lightning claws in their rules, and the models have Chord-claws in their kits. Unfortunately I was 5 claws short for everyone to have them so I made a couple of more ‘industrial’ claws from some more leftover Kataphron bits.
Finally, the bruiser of the show, the dual power fists. This guy is almost a necessity within this unit, and I would happily have more kitted out in the same way. First, a brutish challenging stance. Secondly, thicker forearms and trunking around his shoulders. Thirdly…smashing fists!
These will get a hefty dose of OSL to show their threat on the table but I like the look of these already.
These guys are good to go and will definitely help bring down anything in cc. Now to test them out!