|The future belongs to the mad.|
Somewhere between the Skitarii, Eldar, Imperial Knights, and Cult Mechanicus, Games Workshop released the stand alone game Execution Force to showcase new plastic versions of Jes Goodwin’s classic Imperial Assassin sculpts from the mid 90s. Although the metal models have held up really well over the years, I was still excited to hear that plastic versions were being released, as it would allow the designs to be updated a bit and put them in the more conversion-oriented plastic.
Unfortunately, when they were ultimately revealed, I could not help but feel a little disappointed. The new plastic variants of the assassins failed to add anything new to the range, and in most cases look worse than the original models. The Vindicare looks too short and has balloon feet, holding an oversized rifle which has a scope that is not mounted properly. Instead of having a menacing skull visage, the Culexus has an awkward looking Necron face. Worse than this are his anatomically incorrect legs, where his lower legs (tibia & fibula) is longer than his upper legs(femur), making for a very awkward looking model. The Callidus actually looks pretty nice, aside from her gigantic neural shredder (possibly a nod to Mark Gibbon’s classic piece of artwork) and overbearing hair. The only one of the four that actually improves over the original Goodwin sculpts is the Eversor, with a suitably grim skull mask, a wicked set of talons, and a dynamic pose.
Instead of purchasing the game, I opted to buy the Eversor off of ebay, considering my reservations about most of the plastic assassins (I also did not really want a truckload of additional Chaos cultists, a few snap-fit Chaos marines, and a Chaos Lord). While I am a big fan of the Eversor model as it is, I felt that with a few modifications it could be made even stronger. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably have a good idea what aspect of the model that I wanted to convert, his Executioner pistol!
|Some WIP images of how his pistol evolved over time, in chronology 1-5.|
|I have converted the assassin a new Executioner pistol, one more reminiscent of an IWI Uzi.|
The assassin’s pistol, similar to the one on Goodwin’s old Eversor, is impressively large, much bigger than even a Space Marine bolt pistol. I wanted to rework the entire pistol and transform it into a smaller sub-machinegun along the lines of the Uzi or Mac-10. Fortunately for me, the release of the Sicarian Infiltrators provided the perfect foundation for the weapon, the Flechette Blaster. To start, I cut off the drum and the Sicarian’s hand from the blaster and flattened it so that it could serve as the top of the Executioner pistol. I also removed most of the rear sights of the blaster such that I could recess it snugly against the Eversor’s hand. This also required that I remove the previous Executioner pistol the assassin had been holding; the only thing I kept was the trigger guard. At this point, I had to start adding small details to make the pistol more convincing. First, I trimmed down the suppressor and filled the slit on the side of it with green stuff. I also replaced the pistol's magazine with the slightly smaller sickle one from the Flechette Blaster. The next order of business was to add a collapsible wire stock. I searched through my bits box for something that would aid in the conversion and ended up finding what I was looking for in the Sicarian kit again. I was able to use the top piece of one of the forked antennas as the base of the stock. Then with a little plasticard and greenstuff, I was able to create the stock that I had envisioned. The remainder of the antenna was used to create a charging bolt for the pistol and an under-slung needle pistol. The ejection port of the weapon was taken from one of the Sicarian Stubcarbines (carefully cut off with a new x-acto blade) and integrated with a little greenstuff.
|The completed Eversor assassin, ready to save the Imperium!|
|In order to rebase the Eversor, I needed to reposition the model's foot, head, and hand.|
The only other aspect of the Eversor that I wanted to change was how the model was based. The stock model is posed such that he is lunging off of a steel bulkhead. While this is exciting and dynamic, it is not very suitable for games of 40k (a model bringing along its own terrain is a setup for confusion). I therefore set out to remove this cumbersome bulkhead and simplify his base. This proved to be more involved than I had originally anticipated, because the model’s pose is so integrated with his contact with the bulkhead. To make the model look natural, I needed to reposition both his foot planted on the ground and also his head. This involved a reasonable amount of cutting and greenstuff work, primarily on his foot.
I am quite pleased with how the Eversor turned out. I am particularly happy that, although a lot of small changes were made to the model, his original spirit and theme was retained (I still may need to trim off those three bullets on his chest...). With this assassin complete, I am half tempted to try to create ones from the other Temples. I think I would work from the ground up on them, if I do try to create them, however. The sinister psychic nulls of the Culexus Temple have always intrigued me...
- Adam Wier
Nicely done, man! That's a great re-pose!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the kind words! I am really pleased with the re-pose too!Delete
Really cool. I like the mods to the gun. It works very well with the whole modelReplyDelete
Glad you like the modifications of the Executioner pistol. I think it looks a lot more believable now. That and I was never too fond of the look of many of GW's needle weapons. Why would they look like big syringes?Delete
Great stuff Adam! You´ve really improved on the model by some very subtle and clever alterations.ReplyDelete
As you say the new sculpts feels very lacklustre and, in most respects, fails to improve on the original models. Like the new harlequins they are partly ruined by silly overly dynamic poses and you´ve managed to rectify that with your assassin. The eversor and the culexus are the best ones in my opinion ( I do agree about the culexus legs but I do rather like his menacing pose) but they could have been so much cooler.
Thanks! You are certainly right that some of the newer releases are marred a little by overly dynamic poses. The pose of the Culexus assassin is really neat and menacing. I am tempted to buy the plastic one of eBay and try and improve on him like I tried with the Eversor. I would need to shorten his ankles a little and give him a more sinister looking skull visage.Delete
You boys and your greenstuff.ReplyDelete
As always looks great and I worry about the painting of such fine detail - even though I know now not too after your stirling effort in the invitational.
I thought the new sculpts were too samey to the original metals (excluding the obvious shift to plastic) with only tweaks to posing really setting them apart. Obviously balloon feet and odd proportions didn't help endear them either. Out of the four though it was the Culexus that was the standout to me - though I'd not thought of the mask as Necron inspired - I see what you're getting at though.
Thanks for your support! I need to try and do some more conversions without greenstuff, ha ha. It could be a fun exercise. :)Delete
The new plastic assassins are pretty samey when compared to the original Goodwin models. The new Culexus's mask really reminds me of the original metal necron faces more than the new ones.