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The Renegade Zanatorian Machine Cult
I’ve always loved robots and thus I couldn’t help but create the fluff for a renegade Mechanicus cult that specialised in the science of ‘abominal intelligence’.
(Zanatorian Machine Cult Background (Critque Please))http://www.librarium-online.com/forums/40k-army-fluff/114321-zanatorian-machine-cult-background-critque-please.html
There were many armies I thought of using, but of course I had to go with Necrons.
But just after I had finished creating the 4 main conversions I was going to use GW pulled the plug on individual metal sells stopping me from taking this unique army idea any further without spending a lot of cash.
Some of you may remember my warrior conversion post a while back well I’ve produced some new mock miniatures since then.Going from the left...
The Liberator/ Machine Lord
“The Zanatorian Machine Cult is led by 3 high ranking techpriests referred to as ‘The Counsel of Elders’ under them exists 10 powerful warriors called Machine Lords who act as both the cult’s generals and main agents. Each of them able to guide and command whole armies of robots with their thoughts threw a powerful mind impulse unit.”
I had a bit of trouble in thinking of a good looking lord miniature that looked like a Techpriest by still looked…. Necrony? Luckily I came up with this dark mysterious miniature that supports my warrior squads at the far back of the field.The Harbingers (Immortals)
‘The Harbingers are the creation of the Third Zanatorian Knight Zethos being a master strategist Zethos rarely set foot of the battlefield and controlled his forces from his ship in the same way someone who play a game of chess. He designed the Harbinger to be a unit that could win a battle without support from other machines such as the Dragoons and Strikers, and be able to deploy directly into battle to strike and the enemy’s weakest point.’
This was my favourite conversion out the lot it looked unique and was not bad considering it was made from metal, I looked forward to create more squads of them… then the GW bits discontinuation hit without warning so this is the only one that will likely ever be made.The Dragoons (Warriors)
‘Designed by the fifth Zanatorian Knight Proiteus Kruger the Dragoon was originally created to support Machine Lords during their crusades across space. A machine featuring both bio and cybernetic components and armed with a powerful electrical weapon, this supported by the Dragoon’s anti-grav generator and built in self repair systems has earned it the task of being the Zanatorian army’s core infantry unit.’
This is where the idea of the Zanatorian Machine Cult started from, a robotic character for ‘Inquisitor’ Inquisitor Model Dragoon by *Proiteus on deviantART The Warriors were the hardest to covert they either looked too much like a heavy battle droid from star wars or something from IROBOT they just didn’t look unique so I decided to use my old Dragoon design.
Fortunately it not too badly effected by the bits change as I am currently creating a replacement for the Tomb Spyder head out of green stuff: Dragoon Mk2 Redesign by *Proiteus on deviantARTThe Striker Tank (Destroyers)
“During a war for resources against the Ork Speed Freaks the Zanatorians found themselves easily out maneuvered by the Ork’s small and swift vehicles and hit and run tactics. To counteract this the 7th Machine Lord Obsidian created the Striker tank like the enemy these vehicles were lightly armored but fast and armed with the ‘Giga Cannon’ the Strikers quickly turned the tide against the Ork forces.”
All plastic, cheap, easy to build and look fantastic! I’m currently creating heavy variants and a destroyer lord.The Mobile War Factory/Citadel (Monolith)
STILL WORKING ON
“One of the most feared weapons of the Zanatorians are their well armed Mobile War Factories often proving invulnerable to most weaponry, it powerful ‘Ion Matrix’ can either teleport a unit to safety or build up massive amounts of energy before unleashing it on a chosen target.
For this conversion I plan to use two Monolith bases and sandwich the parts from the Manufactorum building in between them mounting the turrets on the top half with the powerful tesla coil like weapon built in the middle. With any luck this will be one of the best models I’ve ever made.Iron Forger (Tomb Spyders)
STILL WORKING ON
This idea is still up on the drawing board so far I plan to use the tomb Spyders legs and a Tau drone to create the lower body: Tau Online - Crayfish I also plan to use the Spyder’s arms problem is, what to use a torso that would fit and suit the lower torso, suggestions anyone?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------Now I hope you’ve liked the look of some of my models and army fluff and it would be a great help to me if you answer the following question…“How would you react to this army, would you get at all confused by the warrior conversion?”
With the new 5th edition rules a warrior army is bound to be more effective than a destroyer one, but it really relies on how people reach to my warriors. Also I may even consider a C'tan in the form of a Avatar of the Machine God.
Last edited by Proiteus; June 28th, 2008 at 17:26.
Karmoon: "well.. any kore = good kore" 12:35pm PST 23 May 2007
Despite the fact that I love the Techpriest/Lord/Liberator the most I have to say that every conversion here is excellent... The floating Harbinger is very nice...
So how many points are you planning for starters?
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
wow, just... wow. Very cool conversions, ESPECIALLY the dragoon A brilliant model, reminds me for example of Half-life 2... i like this model so much, i would like to do models like these myself, if there would be chance to get tomb spyder heads and the rest of the stuff somewhere... (Isn't there ANY chance? No place to order conversion parts?)
I just have to say that those are incredible. So the Dragoons and Striker tanks were made from Tomb Spyder heads? How did you make the Harbingers?
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~Gustav Mahler
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski
Read The Discriptions mate
Those are pretty cool particulary the liberator piece. Very original, how long till your going to field/play these pieces?
Inquisitor, great conversions as always, however please keep in mind that no images posted should be larger than 700 pixels wide. I've edited your images to links; keep this in mind for the future, please. Also, this thread belongs more in the Modeling forum, so I'll move it there.
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I suggest you get good at sculpting. Either that, or sell your body on a corner so you can have money to spend on Ebay for the parts you need to finish this army.
Luckily for me, I bought just about all I needed to do my mechanicus army from GW before they stopped selling bits.
BTW, mines loyalist, and it would smite your traitor mechanicus any day.