Alas, the official model is crap.
So of course I had to make my own.
Being that my army has a very tech-heavy slant, the bog standard "space shaman" look would simply not do. I was toying about with some high-tech ideas when I stumbled upon some fantastic concept art by the very talented Paul Jeacock. This particular picture caught my eye and my imagination:
My theory here is that the weirdboy has covered himself in batteries, capacitors, and copper plates in order to help control and store Waaagh energy. The very concept is unbelievably cool, a supercharged weirdboy.
I grabbed the bits box and set at collecting the raw materials: a plastic nob, some OOP metal nob bits, all manner of plastic rod and card, paperclips, copper wire, and various other bits and bobs.
The head was a very careful combination of bits. I trimmed the worky bits off the head of a Mekboy from the Loota kit. This was then grafted onto a suitably shaved down Black Orc Command head. I love that head, the scream is grand and feral, but the grimace hints at the pain just beneath the surface. In a pinch he'll make a great 'counts-as' for Zogwort, with the many torn, hanging power cables and arcs of electricity representing Zoggy's venomous vipers.
Of course, he needs basing. The plan is to greenstuff the wire stand to look like a cable dragging behind him. I also want to sculpt some sort of ripple in the sand beneath him, as if the Waaagh! energy supporting him is physically affecting the ground beneath him. Something akin to a water drop hitting a fluid surface.
The staff was great fun to construct. I wanted to created a rough-shod, orky version of the Imperial psychic hood, and a LEGO kit became a willing donor. The rest of the details were inspired by a mix of 1950's sci-fi and late 1970's electronics.
Once I finish my current paint project I plan to finish him up. In the meantime, here is a compilation shot showing several different angles. Click for the (rather large) full size image. Enjoy!
The million dollar question is: given his trappings, could I get away with using him as a KFF Mek? Or am I pushing the limit too far? Obvious gear like a burna would be represented, being carried by an oiler grot. What are your thoughts?