Something that I have wanted to get hold of for a long time finally arrived today: Forge World Tartaros Terminators. I got pretty excited and decided to delve right in and see what they looked like. The image below is of the components taken directly out of the bag with no trimming or anything else of that manner from me.
As can be seen, there are a number of excess flashes that will need knocked off. The connecting rods where the resin pumps in to the moulds are thick in some sections and will require chopping and filing down to an appropriate smoothness.
Interestingly, there are two pairs of shoulder pads. The smaller ones (bottom of the picture) reside under the larger pads to create a double layered pad.
The heads (middle) are basically standard marine heads that have been sliced in half (horizontally) which creates the illusion that the head is tucked deeply in to the torsos (lower right). The arms terminate at the wrists, hence need to be combined with other weapons available through Forge World. But in this case, I'm going to use bits from my bits box for the hands and the weapons as I didn't want to splurge on these extra parts given that I felt I had the bits I wanted in place already.
One could image replacing the arms with the entire arm off modern plastic terminators (e.g., for a reaper auto cannon from the chaos space marine range, or a thunder hammer from the space marines). These would fit nicely, although the shoulders might need some consideration in parts.
The legs meanwhile come in a variety of poses and I'm pleased to see they are replete with the heresy-era studs that become common in the background fluff after Isstvan. I feel some conversion work in the brewing at the back of my mind!