I was right. The ranged combat ones do look better.
The oversized prop comedy drills on the close combat ones really screwed with the proportions on what's still a pretty badly proportioned model. At least with these the eye isn't drawn away from the center of the model so much. Makes them look more taller than wider.
If they had stretched these guys out on the vertical axis 1/2 or a full inch, I think they would have been truly badass. Which has kind of been GW's design studio problem through out 6th edition. They're just that much effort away from awesome. Always falling just 10 yards short of a touchdown. You know, while continually raising ticket prices despite never winning any games or scoring any points.
Though, man, I want to see rules for these guys. I wonder how much 3 with 2 Heavy Bolters and a Hurricane bolter each cost points wise.
These, I would almost buy if they didn't cost $78.