It is quite a clever kit but however much I try I simply cannot fathom why Jes Goodwin chose to stray so far from the established imperial design pattern with these guys. While I do appreciate the nod to classic sci fi it has been taken a bit to far here - without the aquila on the chest plate one would never have been able to guess it was even a 40k model.
In other words - something had to be done to bring it back into the 41st millenium. With that in mind I started playing around with the kit trying to make it look more like imperial tech ( and less than a jolly space robot from the 1950s ) and have arrived at an early mockup.
I've tested a lot of different heads for this guy - everything from bretonnian peasants to grey knights. Here's two of my current favourites:
I will of course fill in the beveled screws and sculpt more traditional bolts and add lots of other details. Stay tuned kids!