Much of my Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard) army is mechanized, and that’s the way I like it. But keeping with the theme and fluff, having such a vehicle-heavy army, they would need quite a crew to maintain it. In come the Techpriest Engiseers! I mused openly about my lone techpriest in this post, but I thought it was time he had some support.
I considered buying the new Techpriest model, but I wasn’t too excited about it. I wanted something unique.
So, I got this model from eBay of a Dwarf Runesmith. It’s for Warhammer Fantasy Battles, but the eyepiece makes him look rather steampunk already.
Dwarves in general are an interesting topic in Warhammer 40k. The Eldar are obvious proxies for fantasy elves (and by extension Dark Elves –> Dark Eldar). In earlier editions of Warhammer 40k there were references to Squats, the future equivalent of fantasy dwarves. But they weren’t well-received and aren’t supported in current literature. But, they technically do exist in the universe, and it would make sense that a Squat could go to Mars and become a vested tech-priest!
The image below shows a mechanized White Dwarf which I used as my inspiration.
Converting this model was part of the fun. I took a few servo-arms off of a Master of The Forge techmarine model I had, and another servo-arm off of a servitor I converted to hold a plasma cannon. I used all of those bits and a Vox-Caster backpack (and A LOT of super glue) to create a servo arm.
Next, I stole a power-axe from a techpriest to replace the dwarf’s axe.
Finally, there was a wrench hanging out of a backpack of a Chaos cultists in the Dark Vengeance set. So I carefully modelled that so it looks like he’s holding the wrench in a zealous mechanic kind of way.
In the end, with the white beard and red robes, he actually wound up looking a lot like Santa Claus.
But, he isn’t alone. I converted a Chaos Cultist from the Dark Vengeance set to another techpriest.
The process was very similar: I used a vox-caster for the backpack, the searchlight is off of a vehicle kit, and the servo-arm is a combination of a lot of bits.
He actually bears a striking resemblance to the Games Workshop Techpriest.
And, to round out their team, I finally finished the servitors.
Now, with a few servitors, they’re one big family:
I expect to use this unit quite happily in games. But, they also look really cool together just for display. The red really stands out against the grey of my army.