These are troops who helped to defend the home-worlds from the Tyranid invaders while the Ark Ships were leaving. There are very few of them because they were the very last remaining casualties to leave the home-worlds before the planets were destroyed. Sadly, due to the horrific injuries they sustained, they would have died had the Squats not asked the Mechanicus for assistance. As a result, the Veteran Tyranid Hunters have a highly individual look that owes itself to the machinations of the Mechanicus.
Here are the first five of the ten man squad:
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They have been made from Skitari plastics which started by having the legs shortened and the belly area filled in and sculpted with green stuff. Next a helmet was sculpted and press moulded with Milliput. This helmet didn't have a face so each of the troops will have an individually sculpted face and beard (if applicable). The arms are slightly long and the hands are a bit smaller than the rest of the army... but I can live with that. I am counting the 'Galvanic Rifles' as las guns (once they are shortened) and the 'Radium Carbines' as plasmaguns (again, once they are shortened).
In the picture is a comms specialist, 3x plasma gunners and a Sgt with plasma pistol and power weapon. The trooper next to the comms specialist has such bad facial injuries that he wears a face screen, has no beard and has a device on his backpack that enables him to breath (he was unlucky enough to injest Tyranid bio-acid).
The squad will have ten troops with a Sgt, Comms and 3x Plasmagun. I just have the basic lasgun troops to go (x5) but this week is going to be a bit disjointed so I may not have them finished by the weekend.
Better pictures will appear when the unit is finished.
See you from the Forge World!