From Jon at Khurasan,
Mike Broadbent is back from Cancon and he's finished up the Vespulid Swarm for me. They will be sold in packs of nine, eight warriors and a drone.
The basic warriors have ion shotguns and can fight with their mandibles and stingers for close combat if necessary. Like all Vespulids of the warrior caste, they have had their wings removed and rocketpacks installed in their place.
The warriors are based on the German wasp. One warrior in each flight has a mechcontroller -- if the warrior can place it on a tank or other piece of machinery, the warrior can take over the equipment's functioning. This is reminiscent of those wasps that burrow into the brain of much larger bugs and take them over, leading them peacefully to their nests so
that the eggs can be laid on them.
Each flight is led by a drone, a huge powerhouse of a creature with two ion shotguns and, mounted on its backpack, an ion howitzer that fires a single huge ion blast. The drone does not have a sting, but it has enormous mandibles that are capable of biting a human's head or arm clean off. The drone is based on the asian giant hornet.
Because your swarms will have eight different warriors and one drone, a very large number of squads can be built without duplicate models.
The Vespulids don't have vehicles, they only have an ion mortar which fires at the pheromonic direction of the drone. It's not made yet but it will be honeycomb like. They do take over enemy vehicles though, which would be a fun accomplishment! Until the bug is shot off the vehicle, that is.
I think they are neat, what do you think? It took someone of Mike's experience and caliber to make the basic warriors one piece castings despite the fact that they have six legs!!!
Thanks to both Mike and Jon, from what I've seen, I think they're bloody marvellous!