When the Adeptus Mechanicus goes to war the Skitarii Vanguard make up the bulk of its armed forces. Like all Skitarii, their legs (and often other limbs) are amputated upon recruitment and replaced with cybernetics. Eyelids are cut off and replaced with targeting reticules and salve-filled goggles, lungs are connected to rebreathers and chemical filters and organs are upgraded, replaced or removed entirely to enable the Skitarii to fight in the most hazardous war zones.
Clad in ancient-looking Skitarii warplate, the Vanguard troopers are armed with radium carbines. If the radioactive bullets they fire don’t kill the enemy, the sheer weight of fire and radioactive material can create a localised rad-storm, leaving the enemy dead, dying or severely weakened by the experience.
You can find out more about the Skitarii Vanguard, including a painting guide and full rules, in White Dwarf 61, out now.