They are spirits of warhorses from ancient times. Legends say that warriors of old used to feed their steeds with flesh, thus turning them into fierce carnivorous beasts...
Behold the Bloodfiends! They are, as the quote above says, spirits of ancient steeds. I came up with the design for these conversions purely by experimenting with bits, and I love how unusual their bipedal, armless figures look. Also, I really love the look of horse skulls. These are actually banner tops from GW Clanrat/Skeleton/Goblin command sprue, oop now- which is bad because I used up all I had, and I still need several more copies. The bodies are from plasticTzeentch Horrors. There are two more finished Bloodfiends, and another one still in conversion stage; so there will be more pictures soon.
In Malifaux I play these miniatures as Gakis. They are cheap, swift in movement, summonable minions. They have no ranged attacks and aren't much durable, though. Best used in groups, they are able to devour enemy models whole, or tear them apart in a feeding frenzy. They can also pick up corpse counters and use them to heal themselves.
I always liked the idea of carnivorous horses. There is mention of carnivorous equines in classical mythology: in the tales of the Twelve Labours of Heracles the Mares of Diomedes, also called the Mares of Thrace, were four wild, man-eating horses. Podagros, Lampon, Xanthos and Deimos were their names, and to complete his eighth labour Heracles was to steal them from their master - the giant Diomedes. Classical mythology is rich with awesome concepts, and you will often see me borrow from it.
So what exactly is Malifaux? Well, it's a fun 32mm skirmish miniatures game by Wyrd Miniatures. There is a link in the sidebar which will take you to the game's official website, so you can check it out.
Malifaux provides this project with two things: a set of rules for my custom miniatures to play by, and a group of fine people to play with- the Malifaux players from my local club UMS Agram (you can find the link to Agram's official website in the sidebar as well.). The rest - the Malifaux setting and the original miniatures- is discarded and substituted with those of my own creation.