I was asked by Ultimaker™ to create some original characters to be featured on their blog along with some hand painted models to be showcased at printer shows. After a few brainstorming sessions I came up with the Poachers.
The Poachers are an elite combat unit created by a clandestine PMC . Genetically engineered super soldiers derived from various animal stock, their bodies are grafted with the latest cybernetic and synthetic military grade augmentations.
Blockade's body is testament to the terrifying advancements in genetic engineering and steroid synthesis. He is a master of tactical combat and has an unsettling preference for small arms explosives.
Standing at roughly 6 meters tall, Tombstone is a walking tank. He is the heavy weapons unit and has the most heavily mechanized body of the group.
Cortex is a mountain of synthetic muscle grafts. Like Tombstone, his heavily augmented body requires excessive heat ventilation which is achieved via the exposed muscle tissue on his neck. His cranial implants enable a neural connection between him and his Shark Hounds, Depth Charge and Typhon.
Depth Charge's ferocity in combat is second to none. He is the most dangerous member of the Poacher unit. Despite the neural interface between Depth Charge and his handler, his terrifying penchant for brutal violence has at time's become unmanageable. This has lead to his handler having to take extra safety precautions including heavy duty padded bite armor.
Crueler, faster and more agile than his sibling, Typhon uses his superior cunning and stealth to take down his prey. While his brother is wreaking havoc, Typhon uses the distraction to his advantage by out flanking his opponents. He is as cold as they come and seems to enjoy inflicting unnecessary pain suffering upon his victims.
When kept on their leash's, Typhon and Depth Charge are partially suppressed and under the control of their handler but when released they are a horrifying force to be reckoned with. While unleashed, Cortex's Cranial implants allow him to maintain a mild influence over the Shark Hounds. It is Cortex's immense Physical strength that gives him dominance over the pack and it is this strength that is often required to subdue the frenzied hounds after combat. Due to long running issues with Depth Charges unmanageable aggression, Cortex has had to equip himself with a tactical armored sleeve similar to those worn by police dog trainers.
All models were printed on the Ultimaker2 and hand painted with Citadel Paints. The entire collection can be downloaded and printed for free from the links below.