Baltaten Actus Pho - The Rustking of Ferrugo Pass
Servos groaned and whined as they moved the heavy door from where it had stood closed for decades. Diagonal beams of sunlight illuminated the orange dust that dry winds swirled through the open doorway.
The sound of distorted vox-chatter, a mix of static, binharic cant and low gothic, accompanied the clatter of metal feet uplon metal gratings. A small group of ParaSkitarii filed out of the doorway and into the daylight for the first time in many years. They scanned the horizon for signs of movement and unusual energy readings. When they were satisfied their leader keyed a rune on his augmetic mask and transmitted a code.
The towering form of the Rustking scuttled out onto the balcony and looked out across the desert from his vantage point, high in the tower that topped the immense Tor, known as The Cauldron. A mobile exploration, drilling and pumping platform the size of a city, that slowly lumbered across the sands of the Ferrugo Pass.
I've had the Belisarius Cawl model in a draw for a long time now. I have gone through a few different vague"plans" for what I would do with the kit but the combination of Ferrugo Pass on the horizon and actually finding his assembly instructions again (I thought I had lost them, or thrown them away by accident!) spurred me on to get moving with this idea.
I have stripped him back a little by leaving off the servo-skulls, the more delicate mechadendrites and several other technological attachments. I trimmed off the large cog-crest from his back and I haven't used the book he normally rests one mechanical foot on (I have other plans for that!), I found a girder from the old Sector Imperialis scenery fitted perfectly in the space left by the book.
I used Cawl's arms on the Datasmith I made for the Grimdark Cards Challenge, but that was okay as I wanted the Rustking to look a little more techno-barbarian anyway. I trimmed the shoulders of two Necromunda Goliath arms, carrying an oversize wrench and an axe, so they would slip inside his armoured upper-shoulders.
There is still a bit of cleaning up to do, and I plan on adding a fair bit of texture paints that will hide some of the joins.
(Edit: For this idea, a debt is owed to Kristian's Scrap Queen.)
The two "ParaSkitarii" are not very original - I've seen a lot of other people do this - they were made from Necromunda Cawdor gangers with Skitarii parts added.
The first one was just a hand-swap for one holding an Arc Pistol. I swapped the staff-top for part of a leftover Poxwalker weapon, I wanted it to look like a primitive Arc Maul.
The second one was given a skitarii Galvanic Rifle - I cut down the arm at his right shoulder to fit under the Cawdor cowl. I cut off the cowl on his left shoulder to attach the Skitarii arm - I will greenstuff some cowl back to blend it in.
They are fiddly to make but I love how they looks so I'm planning to make a few more soon!