Once I'd found a suitably horrific solution for the Cronos, I had the itch to replicate this hideous treatment for Cronos parasites in other places in my army. I see the Cronos as kind of vacuums/generator for the whole coven. They are black holes into which souls/spirits pour, and they store the energy for the coven. I wanted them to have a pretty central role in the coven, so, if one gets destroyed, there needs to be a fresh supply of replacements.
Enter the idea of including nascent parasites, which are being groomed and grown to one day assume their roles as full-fledged engines. When looking for a role that I could rep with a baby Cronos, the Mandrake was the most obvious ones for me, particularly now that they seem to be stealth DEATH machines with the new 'dex.
In terms of construction, these parasites are mostly Pink Horror mouths and tentacles that have been built by a tentacle roller. Other bits include pink horror bodies (with legs removed), pink horror arms, ghoul arms (I tend to use them in mismatched sets to make the things more horrific and twisted), shirtless torsoes from either Crapachans or Marauders, and the all-important cronos tentacle tail/spine. You could probably replicate them with solely a Pink Horror kit, a tentacle roller, and cronos tentacles if you got em. I put in the Crapachan/Marauder torsoes to mimic the bare-chested look of the Cronos/Talos, and to link them to the MAN side of the drake lineage. However, these torsoes are mostly lost under the nest of tentacles.
I also sculpted on some arcane ruins carved into their skin to harken to that actual Mandrake models.
That Mandrake is the one that's pretty close to done. The others pictured are still pretty WiP since they need to have some greenstuff fill-in done, then have their tentacles added with rune-carved flesh over top.
What do you folks think? Are they suitably nightmarish for things that go bump in the night? Any tips on how to reverse-highlight a model, making the recesses brightest and the extremities darkest?