Monday, October 13, 2014

Tartaros Terminators Unboxing

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!


jabberjabber said...

I should add to this post that there are TWO sets of Tartaros Terminators that Forge World sells.

The first is "Legion Tartaros Terminators" (product code: 99590101331) and the second is "Tartaros Pattern Terminator Armour" (product code 99590101248).

This article details the former (Legion Tartaros Terminators). The main difference being the difference in decoration on the torsos.

Greg Hess said...

These guys look great! Look forward to them coming together! (especially with your bits!)

Ian Charles said...

With a bit of work, could the finecast thousand son heads fit in these?

jabberjabber said...

Hi Ian,
I don't have the Thousand Sons heads to check this, so am not totally sure of the dimensions. But, I do have some Khorne Berzerker heads (which have a vertical elongation that appears to be similar). The two issues are (i) the front "collar" just in front of the head's location and (ii) the recessed nature of the head placement.
I think if the heads were trimmed and tilted somewhat that would be fine. This could be accomplished in a more natural manner if we positioned the terminator itself in a tilted position (e.g., going up some steps).
Hope that helps. But again: I don't have the thousand sons heads to check myself, so cannot comment for certain -- caveat emptor!!!

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