After Simon made the throw away mention that next year's Carnage would be a team Apocalypse game I got carried away with ideas boiling in my head. I grilled him for details to find that it will be a 3000pt team game with one super heavy per team. Anvils Hammer is about as slow at painting and converting as me so we decided to team up, he with a Drop Troop Guard army and me with an Adeptus Mechanicus army, yay! I'll be taking the team's super heavy too in the form of a Warhound Titan, double yay! The two armies should be a good pair up fighting alongside one and other.
Painted pictures of a couple of the gun servitors on page 4
I've attached a .doc file with a provisional army list and all the concepts and ideas noted in comments. The total points is a bit over at the moment, Anvils Hammer will be taking a smaller 1000pt list so he can lavish attention on them and I'll be taking a 2000pt army with a big points sink in the form of tanks and a titan.
The army list may not be that effective but I felt it characterful of the Ad Mech, lots of tanks and vehicles lead by arcane tech priests and their cybernetic bodyguards along with lots of mindless gun servitors.
This is an initial WIP concept of one of the Heavy Skitarii (which will count as Strom Troopers).
The gun has been bulked out and extended a bit and the stock will be wired in to his arm. I wanted them to look heavily armoured with the bulky breastplate and cumbersome bionics. I still haven't started on his tunic but I don't want to do the typical Ad Mech robes on anything but the TechPriests. I thought they will probably have knee length tunics/robes on instead. No real bionics yet as I didn't have any suitable parts or Plastruct rod at the moment, there will be though!
I'm still not sure how I'll paint the armour. Firstly I thought I would paint the armour a nice deep red with black or grey fatigues. But now I think it will pant the armour a really worn antique looking metal and with red fatigues. Maybe even paint the fatigues to look faded ... hmm.
Speaking of TechPriests these will be represented by the officers, each armed wih a power fist for his servo harness. As there is a Techpriest Enginseer in the list, armed with a servo arm, the power fists have to represent something different which will be a servo harness different from the marine ones. I want them to look like massive constructs built in to the TechPriest with just one Servo arm mainly full of tubes and wires and advanced cybernetics maintaining and sustaining the TechPriest's life.
This is a quick concept sketch of a priest in profile with a frail, robed frame bent under the weight of his cybernetics built directly in to his back. I have in mind something far bulkier than the standard SM one with lots of other cybernetics and bionics running in to him.
Anyway, this is still very early days yet but I'll be able to get in to gear with it properly after I wrap up my marines. Thanks for looking, C&C welcome.