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Customised Thousand Sons Terminator Squad by skycat Customised Thousand Sons Terminator Squad by skycat
After about five months of working on them (alongside other projects), these boys are finally finished! Arms are magnetised, and pauldrons were all scratch-built from plasticard and greenstuff. Helmets were modified using more plasticard and greenstuff, and the glaive weapons were also made using... plasticard, greenstuff and some spare bits. :D The bases were also custom-made using greenstuff.

And yes, I am fully aware that they're using the pre-Heresy Thousand Sons symbol. That's entirely deliberate. ;)

As for the symbols for each terminator, they're based on which psychic discipline each one specialises in. Had to make up a couple of the symbols since there's no real descriptions of them as yet in the 40k background fluff.

Decided to make the Raptora symbol a swooping hawk - fits the overall bird theme they seem to have going, and raptor = bird of prey. :D Flared wings to give the impression of a 'shield' to represent the Raptora's kine shields, and outstretched talons to represent their more offensive telekinetic abilities.

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the Athanaean symbol was the aspect of an owl, which seems to fit. Again, fits the overall bird theme, and owls are considered wise, all-seeing and all-knowing.

The Pyrae and Pavoni symbols have been described in fluff, so those were easy enough - a phoenix and a colourful feather, respectively. And of course the Corvidae use the raven's head, but none of this squad are Corvidae, so eh.
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:iconamethystforge:
AmethystForge Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
cool!
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Direrain Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Kamuzu is my favourite of all these. That vox grill work is absolutely phenomenal.
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skycat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Hehe, thank you! Though alas, as much as I'd like to, I can't take credit for Kamuzu's vox grille; that was already part of the head I modified for him, if I remember right.
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Direrain Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
then I can assure I have never seen those particular head bitz, so excellent find!
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skycat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
If I remember right, it's one of the helmetless heads with just a breather mask from the Chaos Land Raider or Chaos Rhino boxes. Here's a coupla WIP shots of it! :D
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Direrain Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Aha! Okay that's definitely going on the future ideas list. Thanks!
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skycat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
No worries, happy to help! :D
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Rexart35 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this id awesome!! I love thousand sons :D
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! Yeah, Thousand Sons are my absolute favourite legion, I love their story.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I think that the expression 'Jaw-Dropping' describe this minis pretty well ^^
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:iconskycat:
skycat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehehe, thank you! Just as long as your jaw doesn't detach, 'sall good. :D
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
:iconl4dspitterplz: Too late!
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skycat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
O noes!
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MalletMann Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I like it, especially the square pauldrons. One thing confuses me though. Their painted post-heresy colors, but use pre-heresy symbols.
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skycat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D

The post-heresy colours but pre-heresy symbol is entirely deliberate. ;) It's part of my backstory for them, heh.
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MalletMann Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Sounds interesting. I'd like to hear more.
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skycat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm currently in the middle of writing a story involving my Sons army and my friend's Grey Knights army (among others), heh. Not finished yet, but it does clarify what's going on with these guys.

I also plan on actually writing the backstory for my army as well... one day... :D Accursed writers' block, blargh.
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Recon234 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Wow, they're amazing.
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skycat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe, thank you! :D
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Recon234 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
You are welcome. :) I wish I could do stuff like this. xD

I could really find some use for it. :)
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skycat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Give it a try sometime, you might surprise yourself! These guys were my first go at seriously customising models. :D
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Recon234 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
You know, I am planning to. Found a brill site with some cool stuff for conversion, and have got a decent plan in motion for my Thousand son army to dust itself off and get back to war. Thanks for the inspiration!
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skycat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
No worries! Glad I could inspire you. There needs to be more Thousand Sons armies! :D
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Recon234 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
That there does. :)
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Irabrai Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Awesome...only fitting word. Really Jealous of the models
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skycat Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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toht981 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Tzeentch sheds a tear for these bright symbols of the future.
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, possibly! Or Tzeentch is just laughing his ass off. :D These boys told Chaos to go jump, hehehe.
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MonkeyToho Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I am fucking jelly of your lava-painting skills.
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Hahaha thank you! I think. :D

... the phrase "fucking jelly" could be taken rather interestingly out of context. XD Not sure I wanted those mental images, heheheh.
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MonkeyToho Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Considering I roll Slaanesh...yeah, it can be taken really, REALLY badly.

And that's the point~
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Man, you crazy, kinky Slaanesh guys. :D
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
holyshit!!!:D superb work dude!!!
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehehe, thank you! :D
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Dinadan-Ermorfea Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work, although I think the pauldrons could have done with being closer to the torso - in some of the pics (most notably front and back of Kamuzu) it looks as if there is a 'gap' between the arms and the bodies which looks unnatural. But apart from that, good work - nice painting, and nice sculpting :)
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D

And yeah, Kamuzu especially I kinda messed up on the pauldrons there. 'Cause he's using the loyalist lightning claw arms, they don't fit onto the torso quite the same way as the chaos terminator arms do. So they ended up a little further out 'cause of the magnets, and I didn't move the shoulder pads in closer to the torso to compensate. But I didn't realise till too late. >_< It does bug me, and I might fix it up one day, but for now I'm just glad to have the damn squad done. :D Five months, aaagh.
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Dinadan-Ermorfea Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. Know that feeling, been working on some truescale pre-Heresy Thousand Sons for ages - actual scultping was finished months ago, but have been really lazy with the painting so there's still stuff to do with them, lol.
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GlauG Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Absolutely sick to death of 40k, but as ever, loving your miniatures. I am conflicted. :P Only crit is that I don't feel that the loyalist Lightning Claws and the head on the bottom one look quite right, somehow. Claws seem too plain compared to the rest of the mini, with all the piped detailing.
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! And muahaha taste the conflict! TASTE IT. :D

I'm still trying to figure out why the Chaos Terminator box doesn't come with ANY lightning claws, even though they're a weapons option in the codex. ;_; So weird. Maybe I should've whacked a scarab on them to give 'em a bit more detail - didn't think of that before. :\ And I was pondering on whether or not to do the lightning effects on the claws, but decided not to 'cause I liked how the claws themselves looked as they were. Laziness had nothing to do with it, I swear. _

As for the head - Kamuzu's an apothecary (ignoring the fact that Chaos marines don't get apothecaries as such _), so I wanted to give him the apothecary-style eye lenses. The rest of his head is based on this image of Hathor Maat, the Pavoni Magister Templi, since Kamuzu is also Pavoni. Doesn't look much like the others, but eh. XD Trying to put a nasal crest on with the apothecary lenses there as well wouldn't have really worked, I think.
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GlauG Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Urgh, I've been trying to sell off all my GW stuff, and can't bring myself to do it faster than in dribs and drabs. Love the hobby, HATE the company. Very painful, and then I see cool stuff done by friends (mostly online these days) and it gets me interested again. Though I guess I already own enough stuff to never need to buy another kit and keep modelling for the rest of my life. >_>

The short version is so that people will spend money on other kits for bits... Like the Chaos Lord, for example. And personally I think the lack of the piped rim is what makes them stand out... if you did it again, maybe a little bit of GS would help.

As for the head, while the Apothecary explanation works, I think it was the combo of additional optics on a close-combat Terminator that set my spidey-sense tingling. ;)
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Keep all your stuff! Then send bits to me. :D

It's just weird. They have fifty million OTHER arms.. but no lightning claws. Sigh. Oh well, thankfully I have friends with bits. XD And I see what you mean 'bout the piping - I'll hafta keep it in mind if I ever do something like these boys again, heh. Though that won't happen for a long long time, got too many other projects in mind! :D

Hahaha, the additional optics are so he can better see where to CARVE YOU OPEN. Kamuzu's kinda like a 40K version of Retread - grumpy-ass medic bastard. XD
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GlauG Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Yeah, one of the only reasons anyone works for GW vs any other min-wage retail is because one amasses quite a collection of bits... I have probably over $1,000 of Terminators (Chaors, Loyallist, Space Furry) all in pieces in a big plastic tub... Including several sets of the Chaos Lord claws I hoarded because of their scarcity. >_> Actually, that reminds me; Space Wolf Termies have a set of lightning claws with piping on. I used them for my evil Pirate Wolves I just sold off.

That makes more sense with the backstory provided. :P But it isn't one of those ones that tells itself, I guess? I don't know. Being a grognard now. :P
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmmm, butchering Space Wolves is appealing... XD

Yeh, I can see what you mean. I just figured that the lenses were apothecary-enough to get that idea across - I honestly thought those lenses were pretty much an apothecary-only thing. And I also specifically gave him the legs with the pouch hanging off the belt chain (and added a second pouch using greenstuff, come to think of it) to represent medical shit he'd possibly be carrying. That's prolly a bit too subtle though, heh.

Hehe, speaking of grognard, if we wanted to get even more nitpicky, could also point out that they're using post-Heresy colours... but the PRE-Heresy Thousand Sons symbol. ;) But again, that's covered in my backstory for them, so eh. :D
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GlauG Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Yeah, you'd just have to fill in the runes, but I figure that might appeal. ;)

And nowadays Thousand Sons Terminators (like all the Legion Termies) are a frustrating grey area anyway, since rules-wise you can only have Termies with the Mark of Tzeentch, rather than TS Termies specifically. So there's plenty of wiggle room for one's own personal canon :P
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Me? Maim Space Wolves? Never! :D

I'm looking forward to the new Chaos 'dex, whenever that decides to come out. In the meantime though, I wiggle plenty. ;) Seeing as these boys - and the rest of my blue Sons army! - are all from Pre-Heresy times, and are still loyalists... *whistles innocently*
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Solav Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
man o man Luv'n d'e look an design me friend! <3
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehehe, thank you! <3
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Solav Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
me want'z some T_T hehee
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skycat Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Make some! :D I've seen your conversions, you'd be able to make 'em easy, no worries!
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Solav Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
smiles," actually I can REPLICATE d'em <3 if one sends me an original I can greenstuff quite eh bit fer d'e original design'az." <3
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