|Test Tech-guard assemblies|
|GW's Skitarii Vanguard|
To me, the standard Skitarii Vanguard (pictured at right) looked like the strangest parts of the Solar Auxilia coupled with some left-over Steampunk bits stuck on a set of 25mm legs that didn't scale with the rest of the model. Okay, so maybe I'm being a bit harsh here, but the whole concept of their lower legs giving them unrelenting marching ability is just dumb. Sounds like an idea from someone who has never marched further than to the refrigerator to get dinner.
Choosing bits from Anvil Industries, I debated using their bionic legs, but decided to save those for another Mechanicum project. Instead I used the Exo-Lord Black Ops legs, because with the right paint job, they would look like well-oiled mechanical pistons instead of power armor. I chose Anvil's Spartan Torsos, and paired those with their Bare arms, Spartan Shoulder pads, compact power plants, and Regal cloaks. Heads were "obviously" the Spartan heads (with and without crest). Are we sensing a theme here?
The first concept turned out like this:
|Skitarii with Plasma Caliver|
Replacing the Radium Carbine of the GW Vanguard models was the Automatic Shotgun, and since it looked a lot like a Thompson SMG with the stock and rotary magazine, I was hooked.
|Skitarii with Radium Carbines|
But at the same time, several concepts just didn't work at all. The model on the left, below has the standard sniper rifle from Anvil. Too modern for the Transuranic Arquebus. I'll solve that later! What about an Arc Rifle? For the model on the right, below, I glued a grenade launcher on top of the shotgun and upside down in a vain attempt to make something like the Arc Rifle of the 40k models. But that one looks terrible as well. I guess I'll just have to keep searching for the right weapon to replace that with!
|Failed Skitarii concepts|