Anatomical industrialization, with bass guitar string, putty, and hate.
I didn't love the Maulerfiend kit. The exhaust ports running along the back of the beast were a bit too silly for me, as were all of the excessive spikes. Clipping and filing quickly followed. With some drilling, and some cable and bass guitar wire, I was able to channel some porcupine in profile. I puttied over the center set of arm/leg sockets, and smoothed the putty to match the metal ribcage.
The standard kit is in a somewhat static pose, so conversion work was in order. In the photo above, you can see a variety of poses, of the same modeled leg bit. By sawing the leg in a few places, re-pinning the joints, and re-sculpting the muscles with some putty, I have a handful of different poses to work with.
I made similar alterations to the forearms. At this point in the build, I did not have a clear direction for posing. I just knew that I should use these varied limbs, with modeled bases that complimented the pose. How wrong could I go?
The "dino-bot" standard head for the Maulerfiend kit, is not my style. I wanted my daemon engines to be a less literal translation of the classic "fantasy beast", and more of a representation in spirit. Instead of jaws, I used the seismic hammer from an Ironclad. Instead of breathing fire, I added the magma cutter bits at an evil angle. I would think that hitting the side of a fortification with a pair of super blow-torches, combined with a massive drill, would leave a dent.
Broken cork is such a useful tool. The same can be said for jamming anything you can find, under your glue-fuming conversion, for support.
In this pic, you can see the finished head, the loping pose, the "fetish tubing" fishing line, and some bent plastic I-Beam.
The bases need to be detailed before priming, and I have an etched brass collar I will be laying over the rear-portion of each head, but the models are largely assembled. Full disclosure: I watched Ghostbusters just before working on these models, and I think the ghost-gargoyle-dogs in the film influenced my finished product. Regardless, a kit that I once disliked, is now represented by a trio of models with distinct personalities.