Thousand Sons Defiler Scorpion Conversion WiP

By | 07/31/2017

++ Scorpion Defiler +++

I have wanted to do this conversion for a long time and finally it is worth while. While Defilers in 8th edition are not a stand out choice they are a fairly solid weapons platform. Also they look cool, which counts for a lot in my view.

Thousand Sons Defiler Scorpion Conversion

Thousand Sons Defiler Scorpion Conversion

So I have a very rough paint job on it so far, just blocking in a few colours before starting the trim. All the trim! The blue is actually Macrage blue and was laid down with an airbrush, so much quicker than by hand. Thousand Sons Defiler Scorpion Conversion 2 So for the actual conversion work itself! This was a second hand buy and it was originally in the standard configuration. But that wouldn’t do for me! So I took of the torso off and sunk it down onto the front of leg section, adding some supports at the back to help hold it in place. I then removed the side weapons and the head.

Thousand Sons Defiler Scorpion Conversion 3

The scorpions tail!

The tail is made out of reaper auto cannon it came with mounted on a spare leg, with additional armour plating. For ease of transport it is held on by a magnet. The power scourage tentacles are from the spares left over from my Forgefiend. I feel they help tie everything together at the front. Thousand Sons Defiler Scorpion Conversion 4 You can see the extra pistons I added here from plasticard tubes, anchored to the demon engine with growing flesh (aka greenstuff). I am quite pleased with how it is coming along so far.

What do you think?

Here is the build list update:

  • Sorcerer Lord Heka, terminator armour: Built and base coated.
  • Demon Prince, wings: Built and base coated.
  • 5 Scarab Occult: Done.
  • 10 Thousand Sons: Soul reaper to convert and paint, rest done.
  • 10 Thousand Sons: Soul reaper to convert and paint, rest done.
  • 20 cultists: Unbuilt.
  • Defiler: Converted and base coated.
  • Predator, all lascannons: Base coated.
  • Predator, dakka: Base coated.
  • Rhino, combi bolter, havoc launcher: Base coated.
  • Rhino: Done.

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14 thoughts on “Thousand Sons Defiler Scorpion Conversion WiP

  1. Thor

    Well done. I always love the scorpion conversions with the Defiler. It seems relatively easy to do, and the look really suits the model. All the little touches pull it together.

  2. Westrider

    Looking great! Like Thor, I’ve always been a fan of scorpion Defilers, and this is a good one!

  3. Mordian7th

    Awesomeness! Really dig that, it’s got a great sense of menace to it. Great work!

  4. Spoticus

    Looks great. I agree that these scorpion conversions always look good. A base Defiler looks odd at times.

  5. Joe B

    Nice Rory! It really makes a difference moving the arms around and removing the funny head. The extra pistons look really cool back there too

  6. Hogfoot

    The Defiler is a kit that is showing its age, but this conversion does a fab job with its components. Great conversion, looks awesome!


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