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10-02-2006, 22:28
I've had had this idea for some time now, but it wasn't until GW Canada started a nation wide campain that got my butt in gear to get working on it. That idea is Aquatic Tyranids. Thats right swimming, surfing, scuttling nids, and for those of you who dought the fluffyness of the idea just take a look http://ca.games-workshop.com/Wrath/Story/Lochtelli/home.htm.

Now on to the painting/modeling part of this thread. First off is the test model I created to see if this idea had legs (or fins in this case)

This is your basic termagaunt plus a touch of the aquatic with its feeder tendrills.

Next I did a brood of genestealers with extensive green stuff and conversion work (note not the whole brood is shown)

Then this army was going to need some synapse so I did more convering/green stuff work for these warriors.

Note: these are no where close to finished (except the gaunt) just what I would call table top playable.

10-02-2006, 22:29
Now on to the more WIP critters.

Here's the first of two Zoanthropes. The wires will get green stuff over them, and some extra carapace will be put on the sides of the body to help the transition.

The new addition to the hive fleet is a heavy sapport carnifex. I wanted the more crab-like legs I've seen others used but game wise I wanted to have BS and VC, so this was my solution. I've done a bit more work since I took this picture, but I'll post that up later.

10-02-2006, 22:43
DUDE! SWEET! I think I want to steal that Zoanthrope idea for a landbased one. I've been trying to do something a touch more Azazoth with colours, maybe I need to do it with sculpting as well :D

Zark the Damned
10-02-2006, 22:51
Looking cool - I saw something silimar on Hive Fleet Moloch a whiles back that may give more ideas - http://www.hivefleetmoloch.de/seafex.php

10-02-2006, 23:03
@ devolutionary - thanks for the compliment, I'm really liking my zoan too, just hope I do him justice when I get around to adding the rest fo the green stuff

@ Zark the Damned - I'd seen that and one other seafex before and they sertainly gave me a few ideas, one of which is the flesh hooks, turned fins, which I'm doing on my hormagaunts.

Metal Fingered Villain
11-02-2006, 09:10
That zoanthrope model is ridiculous. Love the idea, it should look magnificent when green stuffed.

11-02-2006, 09:20

Can you tell me how you painted them?

11-02-2006, 15:18

Although the Warriors really remind me of when the Aliens in Alien swim...which isn't necessarily a bad thing...

One more note, is that the bright blue looks a little too bright and stark compared to the rest of the test model. Could maybe highlight / shade it a bit to give it a more textured look.

Other than that, absolutely GREAT conversion work and models.

11-02-2006, 23:00
@ Darkseer - couldn't be simpler. Black base coat, drybrushed the skin scally green, then do about half the carapace (the edge side) litch purple highlighting that with a mix of litch purple and codex grey, the claws are layers of bleached bone, and the bright blue is enchanted blue.

@ Arbedark - I wanted the blue to be really bright to give it a sort of bio-luminesance (sp?) look. What I might do is high light it with ice blue though. The pictures tend to make the carapace and skin look darker and the blue look more intense. In person it's bright but not as much, plus I think high lighting the carapace will help to subdue the blue.

12-02-2006, 00:23
snazzy :)

Good luck with the army

12-02-2006, 00:57
This creature I found might inspire you: http://www.hivefleetmoloch.de/seafex.php

11-09-2007, 20:28
mate, if i was as good at conversion as you are... oh wait, i am! but the point i'm getting at here is: This Is Brilliant.
full stop.

11-09-2007, 20:33
apologies for the double post (that should become my catchphrase hehehe), but there are some things you want to keep in mind:
1. tyranids all have six limbs (though some of these my have seperated into sets of tentacles - i'v seen it)
2. keep spawning the aqua nids - i want to see more

11-09-2007, 20:42
Very nice- my favourates are the swimming warriors on the flying bases- this really gives the impression of underwater nastiness. the Zoan is looking great too- can't wait to see it greenstuffed. Maybe use brass rod to float some of the smaller critters like the gaunts and stealers. But very nice theme keep it up!

11-09-2007, 20:50
Consider me subscribed. This is looking very good!

11-09-2007, 23:10
those look great. lovely paint scheme and the zoanthrope is awesome, very creepy. I like the use of all the tentacle heads on the genestealers as well.

Metal Fingered Villain
12-09-2007, 01:14
I'm digging that zoanthope, most effective conversion by far in this army. The paint scheme is very good as well, I would try some highlights and shades on the models as well, certain parts are looking a little flat.
Didn't read the part about not being finished painting, if the carapaces etc... are all painted to that standard the army would be very dope. I would consider painting the lines a little longer and taking the highlights a little lighter to make em pop because the skin is pretty dark as well.

12-09-2007, 16:10
really interesting log, reminds me a lot of the underwater scene from Alien Resurrection, keep it up

16-09-2007, 05:40
dude nice, very creative. keep up the good work

17-09-2007, 08:58
Nice idea, keep it on.

17-09-2007, 17:34
This thread's bloody ancient. What's it doing back up top?

18-09-2007, 00:54
people been talking on it for near 2 weeks.

18-09-2007, 17:39
Orcdoms right, darkseer...

Comrade Wraith
20-09-2007, 18:25
Fluff wise this army should contain lots of spinegaunts. I have extracted this quote i came across on the GW website:) have fun these are looking ace

"The spinefist is a crustacean that develops a set of lethally poisonous spikes similar to many oceanic echinoderms."