Forge World - Legio Cybernetica

I was going to have this post be on the Space Marine release rumours/pictures, but it looks like there is still more to come, and it's all over the web anyway. I'll talk Marines when the pre orders go up, and I can see some 360° shots.

Instead let's take a look at the two Forge World releases that the Space Marine rumours are overshadowing.

Both are from the forthcoming Horus Heresy Book, Massacre, and hail from the Legio Cybernetica. Let's start with the bigger model...

Castellax Battle-Automata - £36

Not too badly priced, when you get the arms in the kit, and a plastic Dreadnought is £28. 

I really like this model, it looks imposing, the mechanal parts look workable and I like the grabby claws. My favourite touch is the skull at the centre of the model, giving it an off centre focus, and a nice bit of grimdark. 

I tempted to say it borrow a little from Warmachine Warjack's but I think that's just the shoulderpads. It's certainly more balanced it its proportions than PP's models. 

The weapon feed at the rear looks serious stuff (lets face it, that's where it's gonig to be picked up/handled.) The back of the generator looks great as well, which is all for the good, as it's the kind of portion that sometimes gets skimmed on.

There's some nice detailing on the model, combined with some good space on the armour plates for emblems, battle damage etc.
 "The most common of the widespread Castellan-type battle-automata in service, the Castellax is a general battle unit developed during the Great Crusade from its ancient forebear. Primarily intended for siege work and shock assaults, the Castellax Battle-automata is a hulking humanoid machine with a notoriously aggressive and responsive machine-spirit, and an enviable reputation on the battlefield.
The Castellax, employed in units of one to five by the Legio Cybernetica, has a standard configuration of bolter and bolt cannon armament, and is able to maintain a punishing barrage of firepower as it advances." 
 Magos Dominus with Rad-Cleanser - £20

 He's pricey, but he does look awesome. I like the synergy between him and the Castellax, with the back plating and the skull. As painting touches go, the wood around the servo skull is a great alternative to the usual metals. The claw looks great, but damned vulnerable to play and transport mishaps.
Once again the rear of the model looks good, with loads of nice details, and more skulls.

I think we've going to see this model as the basis for more than a few tech priest conversions.

Both models look great, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what else Forge World can do with what is still in essence a new design project, unfettered by the constraints of the usual power armour.

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