I wanted the same look and feel of his conversions but I also wanted my own ideas on there too. So I took what Tael did and put my own spin on it. One thing I knew my commander had to have was big hands, not exaggerated ones, but noticeable.
Let's start there. I clipped off the fingers from two powerfists: the standard space marine assault squad one and the now old spacewolf powerfist. I had to clip them off so the three fingers came off in one piece, so I ended up cutting down past the knuckle. The thumbs came off as well. Then I had to fill in the XV8 hand with some greenstuff for a solid base to get the fingers on. I glued them in and I had my shatter hands. It's a little fidgety but you can do it. I also think necron destroyer hands can work as well.
Now for his customized Plasma rifle. I added some detail from a Necron Guass Flayer rifle. I just did a little shaving here and there to get it to fit right. I stuck on the side of the plasma rifle and it looks hot!
The leg has been up-armored by adding a Necron shoulder pad to the shin and a Space Marine Dreadnought power-plant casing to the thigh. This piece might sound hard to get but it is available for purchase alone at the Warstore for 5 bucks.
The helmet isn't very difficult to do but it looks great. I cut down a XV8 target lock and glued to his face, then I green stuffed the join to make it seamless. The detail on his cheeks were from Tau Drone aerials. This gives the model a heftier head, more fitting of an XV8 suit than the smallish standard head.
There are other little details here and there that I added. I basically look for little things on guns and weapons that can be used to add more detail to the XV8 model, which in my opinion, needs a serious update due to its lack of good detail.
Next time we'll look at Sidestriker. Enjoy!