Post by PondaNagura on Feb 3, 2015 12:56:40 GMT -5
I don't remember the thallax from the HH cardgame artbooks, but I figured they were supposed to be the 30k equivalent of skitarii Praetorians (not the tracked ones, the elite space-marine lite variety). But yeah, it's interesting they went full robot-body instead of armored combat thrall. I'm happy they released those, means I can potentially use my kitbash count-as bike marine guys for something else; if I ever find the missing pieces :/ I actually never quite finished assembling them, firstly as I couldn't resolve which codex I wanted to use, granted I guess if I still played 40k I could use allies. Secondly because I ran out of the torsos (they were made from the vehicle accessory sprues and some IG parts), which I have since compensated for with the glue casting Eventually I settled on scratch building the legs, before getting distracted and morphing them into chaos versions, which have had an influence on my ideas for AFG and surface tribe guys.
Actually here's one of the old sketches I did around the time you recruited me.
I don't remember the thallax from the HH cardgame artbooks, but I figured they were supposed to be the 30k equivalent of skitarii Praetorians (not the tracked ones, the elite space-marine lite variety). But yeah, it's interesting they went full robot-body instead of armored combat thrall.
It's basically a brain in an armoured shell, which is very much AFG territory if you ask me. The Thallax are a recent invention, first mentioned in Forge World's Horus Heresy books if I recall correctly.
As for those sketches, they really remind me of a more lean (and evil) version of some of the AFG designs you did later, definitely worth playing with!
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Post by PondaNagura on Aug 20, 2016 17:07:50 GMT -5
Was doing yardwork and I found these tiny pine cones. I never really dissected one before, but on a whim I inspected the scale parts, how they overlap, etc.
made me think of pauldrons for AFG
Three plates, two lower plates that would cover front(red) back(purple) of the biceps area; The back would overlap the front a little. With a top (blue) plate that covers center/gap.
The dark colored areas of the plates represents these indents that the pine cones had so that the overlapping plate fits more snuggly against it. That might not be in the final form.
The tiny pine cones have these fibers that hold the plates, but allow fro a a lot of flexibility. So probably some kind of sinew/tendon material the connects them to the rest of the body and makes for a tighter fit.
The plates also want to contract some, so I was thinking, if the AFG arm were to reach forward, the red(front) plate would shift to allow it to move, whilst the back/top plates would contract to hug against the would-be exposed back. Same goes if the arm reaches back. If the arm lifts upwards, then the front/back plates would slide down and around the arm partially cupping the armpit, whilst the blue lifts upwards a little.
Still need to explore more with how they're connected, it'd be different than how the pine cones work. I think the top plate could be broadened some more.
@ PondaNagura - this is an interesting idea. It's like a bio-variant of the sliding-plate armour from earlier. It would be very interesting to see this concept developed. Perhaps it could be the basis of a faction? It would certainly give them a distinct look, yet share some of the armour concepts with the other factions using AFG.