Building this was fun. I haven’t built a Forgeworld resin model in a year or two. It felt good to be working with it again. To get the pose of the Tomb Stalker curling up and over a piece of terrain I used some green stuff in the joints along with Gorilla Glue Gel. I find the setting time of the gel is quick enough to work with my level of patience to hold pieces together.
One of the personal highlights achieved while assembling this, I glued all 20 legs on without getting any super glue on my fingers. In fact I also glued on the 20 tertiary limbs sans glued fingers! That’s not quite as impressive as it could be, I used tweezers to position those little resin hooks.
However I did glue up the old finger-onis pretty thoroughly attaching the mandibles, manipulators and gauss slicer claws.
Painting, I primed it black with Stynylrez primer through my Patriot 105. I love Stynylrez, it goes on smooth, matte and is just a pleasure to apply. I then applied GW Air Lead Belcher and that’s what you see above. The Lead Belcher looked a little dark to me.
To lighten up the Lead Belcher I used Game Air Silver though my Sotar 20/20. Next I sprayed some Troll Slayer Orange down the center spine and on the gauss slicers, again using the Sotar.
The last few steps involved spraying Burnt Umber artist ink along the edges of the Tomb Stalker and underneath it to add shading. Then I cleaned up the orange overspray on the head and applied energy effects to the gauss slicers.
The finished model on it’s base, I don’t expect the antennae to last long! They’re just slivers of resin with very little contact area with the head of the model. They look pretty cool though.
Even as an acolyte it was clear that Garik-Z would not follow the typical path of a tech-priest.
Many thought he would study under the biologis because of his work turning criminals under an Imperial death sentences into servitors. The speed and accuracy of his mind wipes was often remarked upon by his mentors. In addition the servitors he turned out did not have the usual physical trauma and were able to be reprogrammed and repurposed more quickly.
These skills served him well in the decades he spent creating and maintaining the 83rd Skitari cohort. The Alphas he created had the highest survival rates of any cohort. His refusal to share his methods with his mentor lead to his being ‘loaned’ to the Dominus tasked with expanding Kaiyune IV’s Kataphrons.
The Dominus recognized Garik’s skills and gave him free rein to do as pleased. This suited Garik fine and he quickly set to work. Eager to test new ways to to remove conscious thought but retain any innate aggressive behavior, Garik was soon requesting the most violent and psychotic criminals.
He was extraordinarily successful in this endeavor. The Breachers and Destroyers he created sped across battlefields to close with the foe. They were among the most merciless of the battle servitors ever created. Where most Kataphrons were effective at destroying the enemies of the forgeworld, Garik’s were efficient as well. Other Kataphrons could destroy a tank or breach a bunker. Garik’s Kataphrons would destroy the same tank faster with less force giving them more time and ammunition to destroy another tank.
Having increased the efficacy of Kaiyune’s Kataphron cohorts Garik turned his attentions to also increasing their survivability. Before he started working on making Kataphron’s more survivable they were often treated like throwaway forces. They were simple and cheap to replace after all, there was plenty of hardware on Kaiyune IV and the only flesh parts needed were half a torso, spine and brain. Garik was able to imbue or nurture some inborn cunning in his Kataphrons. Those that survived one fight were increasingly more likely to survive another.
Indeed it was a phalanx of these veteran Kataphron that excised a Tyranid infestation on the moonlet Mera-X-178. Mera-X-178 was a mining planetoid that also produced a protein rich lichen in the mines. 800 of Garik’s Kataphron were deployed, over 500 of them being veterans. The newly minted ones were sent into the mines to purge and drive out the termagants and hormagaunts. The veterans remained on the surface and wiped out the broods of Carnifexes that were wrecking the preprocessing plants and other hardware.
Using a variety of tactics such as goading the Carnifexes into rage-filled charges only to be cut down by flanking fire of Heavy Grav Cannons or slamming into the flanks of the Carnifexes with Arc claws and Cognis flamers. Rapidly changing tactics and constantly on the move Garik’s Kataphrons were able to obliterate the Carnifexes before the unseen Hive mind could adapt to their tactics.