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dave
02-10-2007, 20:42
Hi
I'm building some bio-titans for my Tyranid army (scratch build) and was wondering if anyone knew what was a step up from a Hierophant? For Imperials you have Warhound-Reaver-Warlord. For Tyranids you have Hierodule-Hierophant-???. Is there any specific creature mentioned? Or just use VDR? I'd like a massive monstrosity on the scale of a Reaver perhaps. Bigger than a Hierophant (Warhound-ish) but smaller than a Warlord.
Cheers.

Mozzamanx
02-10-2007, 20:48
I think its called a dominatrix, essentially a massive hive-node

edit: linky
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyranid_Titans_%28Warhammer_40%2C000%29

gorgon
02-10-2007, 21:01
They're smaller than Heirophants, if the Epic models are representative. Norn Queens are a possibility, but we really don't know what they look like, and they likely never see combat. So the next biggest Tyranid genus probably gets into Battlefleet Gothic territory -- Tyranid bio-ships. :)

dave
02-10-2007, 21:01
Wow. Good Link. Cheers! Tons of info.

loveless
02-10-2007, 21:04
2 Hierophants.

AdmiralDick
02-10-2007, 21:44
if you don't like the sound of any of those, there are plenty of pictures showing enormous tyranid monstrosities that can be found in the Codexes. some examples of there are:

the building-hugger (like a face-hugger from Alien, only bigger)
http://uk.games-workshop.com/eldar/wallpapers/images/2_1024x768.jpg

the great, big eaty mouth (an awesome idea for an immobile superheavy creature).
http://uk.games-workshop.com/download/popup.htm?/tyranids/artwork/images/8.jpg

probably not a 'superheavy', but a cool looking, unexplained tyranid mouth about to eat a space marine (or lead, depending on whose side you take) that could very easily be super-sized up.
http://uk.games-workshop.com/download/popup.htm?/spacemarines/artwork/images/20-big.jpg

the 'sir, what's that in the background?', 'i don't know but i'm hoping that that's a trick of perspective and its not all that big up close.'
http://uk.games-workshop.com/download/popup.htm?/spacemarines/artwork/images/16-big.jpg

and one of my personal favourites, the huge flame shrimp
http://uk.games-workshop.com/download/popup.htm?/imperialguard/artwork/images/art-11.jpg

chaos0xomega
02-10-2007, 23:30
The 3rd one is a trygon, notice long sweeping tail and gaunts/rippers coming out of the ground...

I dont see the flame shrimp... though I do see what appears to be a spider... an ant... and a preying mantis

catbarf
03-10-2007, 00:23
Flame Shrimp = enormous thing at the far right spewing flame.

Hellebore
03-10-2007, 00:38
The Hydraphant. It's in the new EPIC army list at specialist games.

The sizes used to be alot different, a Heirodule was a scout titan, and a heirophant was battletitan sized.

Now the heirodules are baneblades and heirophants are warhound sized.

So they designed a Hydraphant to be bigger.

Hellebore

Damore
03-10-2007, 00:43
I don't have my codex with me, but does it talk about a Kraken that was left behind after one of the invasions.

Hellebore
03-10-2007, 00:54
Well, if we are talking about biggest organism there is, EVER, then it would be a hive ship.

On the battlefield though, its a hydraphant.

Hellebore

Wraithbored
03-10-2007, 00:54
the biggest imho are the hiveships as for "landbased" nids who knows since they're so damn adaptable.

Bregalad
03-10-2007, 01:38
The 3rd one is a trygon, notice long sweeping tail and gaunts/rippers coming out of the ground...
I think it is the closely related Red Terror, as it has this distinctive mouth not found on the Trygon and is a bit smaller, as the one on the picture.

chaos0xomega
04-10-2007, 17:58
Possible, or maybe its just a normal... thing(you know, the fast attack burrowers in the codex, the ones I never use...)

AdmiralDick
05-10-2007, 23:49
i don't think its a Trygon, its too small (appearenceis not necessarily a good basis for interpretation, particularly with things as mutable as Tyranids or Chaos). but it also seems too big to be a Ravener . so i simply surmised that it was some other, indiscript tyranid monstrosity (might be something like the Red Terror though). not everything that is depicted in illustrations has to be representative of units in the game. it certainly adds for more to the feeling of the 40k universe being vast and diverse.

ps. the 'flame shrimp', as the legendary unit has become known about in my gaming group, is the one that is shrimp (or possibly lobster) shaped and is at the base of the wall, spewing white hot flame up onto the battlements. now that apoc is coming up jut about everyone in my group is planning on adding one to their armies (regardless of race), just because we've all joked about having one for so long.