What you're looking at is a duo of rather nice resin sculpts which could easily proxy as psychic slavers in the retro science fiction wargame setting of your choice. The larger of the beasts is Cortex Eater from Crooked Dice that I was kindly sent a pre-production sample of. The smaller one is a fan-produced sculpt that was gifted to me well over 12 months ago. Whilst I'm rather embarrassed it took me so long to paint it up, I'm pleased that it is actually painted and not consigned to the shameful box of incomplete projects!
Unfortunately the larger beast was missing a tentacle, but I was easily able to make a new one from a rolled cone of greenstuff that I draped over some pencils as it cured.
The Cortex Eater is a crisp, chunky sculpt. The relatively dormant tentacles add to the sense of weight of the model. I painted it up in a dull skin colour that was then successively washed with browns and pinks and drybrushed by adding a pale flesh to the original colour. The eye is a fairly slavish copy of the Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings films, completed with a couple of layers of gloss varnish.
The smaller beast has much thinner resin tentacles, designed to be heated and bent into the desired shape. I like the greater animation that this smaller beast has - it feels like a more active, aggressive and possibly younger creature.
I decided to mount the pair on textured bases with brass rod supports rather than the clear plastic flying bases they were provided with as I think this is a little less obtrusive.
I've also been eyeing up the Mind Controllers set from the recent Knightmare Games Space Goblins Kickstarter. I mean if you're going to invade a world with one-eyed tentacled slaver aliens, perhaps you need more than just a handful!
|Desperate Imperial Guardsmen attempt to protect a psyker from being enslaved by monstrous aliens.|