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Ravenstien
29-04-2007, 22:34
Greetings! Well, seeing as all (one) of you have experienced my all-running, all-fleeting, all-flying Hive Fleet Gorgon, I've decided to branch out and make a new Tyranid army, using the 'Nidzilla' method.

I was mucking around with colour schemes the other day, and wondered how blue'd look on a 'Nid. I grabbed an old Ravener I had lying around, and started painting his carapace in shades of blue - I managed a blend from regal blue all the way up to ice blue - 10 layers in total! As Gen.Steiner pointed out, painting this on 100+ 'Nids would be madness, but seeing as I've wanted to make a Nidzilla list for ages, I thought that painting this on only 10 (or so...) models'd be a fantastic idea! Here's how my ravener's chitin turned out:

http://s178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/?action=view&current=Ravener.jpg

yes I know it's rather blurry, but you get the picture...

Anyway, I've split my army into two sections really, the shooty part with my Twin-Venom Cannon-Toting Hive Tyrant leading three carnifexes, and a stabby/choppy one leading the other three carnifexes...and we don't need to worry about the rippers. here's my list:

HIVE FLEET JUGGERNAUGHT

HQ
Hive Tyrant with 1 Tyrant Guard - Scything Talons, Bonesword, Lashwhip, Extended Carapace, Toxin Sacs, Adrenal Glands (WS+I), Enhanced Senses, Warp Blast, Toxic MiasmaTyrant Guard have Scything Talons and Rending Claws
Points - 241

Hive Tyrant - Venom Cannon, Barbed Strangler, Toxin Sacs, Adrenal Glands (I+WS), Enhanced Senses, Warp Field
Points - 211

Elites
Carnifex - 2 x Twin-Linked Devours, Enhanced Senses
Points - 113

Carnifex - 2 x Scything Talons, Adrenal Glands (WS), Bio-Plasma
Points - 113

Carnifex - 2 x Scything Talons, Adrenal Glands (WS), Bio-Plasma
Points - 113

Troops
3 Ripper Swarms - 30pts
3 Ripper Swarms - 30pts

Heavy Support
Carnifex - Scything Talons, Crushing Claws, Toxin Sacs, Adrenal Glands (WS+I), Bonded Exoskeleton, Reinforced Chitin, Extended Carapace, Tusked, Scythed Tail, Toxic Miasma, Regenerate
Points - 252

Carnifex - 2 x Barbed Strangler, Toxin Sacs, Enhanced Senses, Extended Carapace, Reinforced Chitin, Bonded Exoskeleton
Points - 209

Carnifex - 2 x Twin-Linked Deathspitters, Toxin Sacs, Enhanced Senses, Extended Carapace, Reinforced Chitin, Bonded Exoskeleton
Points - 189

Total - 1502pts

Basically, the first Heavy Fex is designed for total annihilation of anything it can get its claws/spikes on, and with a possible 9 attacks, plus D3 from it's tail, it can take out whole squads. I considered giving it thornback...but I didn't deem it necessary.
The other two stabby-fexes are there just for soaking up firepower, but can also make a nice mess of things when they get in there with 5 attcks.
Once the Devourer-Fex gets in range, it's very nasty. Pumping out 8 Strength 6 shots, re-rolling to and to wound, it'll wound the toughest beasts.
The Strangler-Fex is also very nasty when it comes to infantry - two pie-plates, at strength 8 is going to hurt...
And the same goes for the Spitter-Fex - once he's in range, he's chucking out 2 blast templates at strength 7, re-rolling to hit.
The two Hive Tyrants are there...just because I can... The first ensures much stabby death, and makes sure that the Fexes don't go down without attacking and the second can whack out 6 strength 8 shots a turn, hitting on threes, with an AP of 4...
Don't you just *love* 'Nids?

Ravenstien
29-04-2007, 22:39
Finished making the Hive Tyrant (nearly) now, pics here:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/28042007575-1.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/28042007576.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/28042007577.jpg

I know they're not best quality, but I had to use the camera on my phone because my dad was using the decent camera...2Mpixels my ass...

I had some issues with the double-venom cannon. I originally tried to use two cannons, but it didn't look right, nor was there really space. I then put the cannon in the bottom right hole, with two feeder arms, and tried to put a talon in the other hole, but that didn't look right either. I then moved the cannon up a hole, and twiddled the feeder arms a bit, to make them long/short enough. I then just had to GS over the join of the two feeder lines - easy enough. I need to put some more GS on his back where the two sides join to the middle piece, because they're currently vast chasms (comparatively :p ) - also why I didn't include a picture from the rear .
I'll spray him tomorrow most likely...

Ravenstien
29-04-2007, 22:40
More pictures now.
I've gotten up to highlight 8 (out of 10ish) and I'm generally happy with the results, but in some places I might re-do. The pictures really don't do it justice - the flash is way too harsh, so it's either black or blue, and you can't see the layers - I'll have to experiment...
In one of the pictures, you can see a flash of green in places - that's where I tried to paint the spikes scorpion green - but it totally didn't work as they were way too bright for the rest of the model. I may try red or purple for the spikes/claws...
anyway:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4290185.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4290184.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4290183.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4290182.jpg

Gen.Steiner
29-04-2007, 22:59
I like it very much. Keep up the good work! :D

Some Muppet
29-04-2007, 23:01
so far so good. cant wait to see more. keep it up :)

Wrks
29-04-2007, 23:23
Wow, that's some nice blue color handling! Great work so far, looking forward to see the progress.

ReclecteR
30-04-2007, 09:40
Nice work, but before you do anything further, let me just say that unforunatley having 2 of the same guns (bar set choices of twinlinked stuff like devs or spitters) means they are twin linked. So the tyrant has 3 TL shots and the fex 2 TL strangler. Still want to do that setup? I find it too expensive, but its personal choice.

i like the blues. Will the skin end up being black? Maybe you could do bone/white talons and spikes and stuff?

How are you going to deal with high AV tanks? You could replace one strangler with a V cannon one the strangler fex.
good Luck!

One_Second_of_Insanity
30-04-2007, 09:48
looks good should be very striking when they are all done, all the big critters have sooo much detail on them dont they?

keep up the good work

Pekel
30-04-2007, 15:14
And the same goes for the Spitter-Fex - once he's in range, he's chucking out 2 blast templates at strength 7, re-rolling to hit. [...] the second can whack out 6 strength 8 shots a turn, hitting on threes, with an AP of 4...
ReclecteR is correct. Your Carnifex will have one shot and your Tyrant will hae three - they will simply re-roll all misses. Very inefficient points use. The shooty guys should each have a Venom Cannon and a Barbed Strangler.

It seems you already modeled the Hive Tyrant - if you have the bit, perhaps you could do a Barbed Strangler barrel slung underneath the Venom Cannon? You're also going to need to rework your list a bit.

Also, what color will the skin be? Black?

Zedric
30-04-2007, 15:59
I LOVE the blue!

Is that shine on the basecoat or do you have uncovered pewter in the crevices? If the latter, you may want to cover that up before you get too far on your beautiful scales!

Ninners
30-04-2007, 17:34
I'm thinking of starting a MC nid list aswell. I'm gonna paint my hive fleet kraken colour but that blue is really good and very tempting! :D

Keep up the good work

Ravenstien
30-04-2007, 18:27
Since when was that the case? What about stuff like the Devourers/Deathspitters?

EDIT: Bugger...Checks out... I never remeber seeing that in the codex...this requires a re-think...

2nd EDIT: Right, I've dropped the 2nd venom cannon from the shooty Tyrant (there goes my modelling :(), and stuck a Barbed Strangler in place... I've also used up 30 points (I'd miscalculated by 10 points) and given the stabby 'fex regenerate instead. Will re-do the Tyrant now, and update later.

Ravenstien
30-04-2007, 21:59
Right, carefully extracted the venom cannon arms, and scraped off the GS, which came off easily, thankfully. I removed the adrenal gland I'd used to cover up the other hole...where I'm going to put it now is beyond me...
Anyway, I experimented with the Barbed Strangler and I'm not sure where to put it - top or bottom, so I've also included ones with it at the top and bottom, so people can choose which is best...Don't worry, I can still keep on painting it :p
Here's the piccytures:

Venom Top, Strangler Below
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4300187.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4300188.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4300189.jpg

Which is best?

Ravenstien
30-04-2007, 22:00
And the rest...

Those ^^^ or these \/\/\/

Strangler at Top, Venom at Bottom
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4300190.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4300191.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P4300192.jpg

Gen.Steiner
30-04-2007, 22:14
Ouch, major bummer with regards to the tactics and list, but you've salvaged it nicely. Congrats.

I reckon the big bug looks best with the Strangler on top of the V-Cannon. :)

One_Second_of_Insanity
01-05-2007, 00:02
i would have the strangler at the top as per the last photos
i concur with the gen - nice salvage

Ravenstien
01-05-2007, 20:26
Here's the latest picture:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P5010193.jpg
Just added the finishing touches to the blue in places.
I now just need to do the claws, and the flesh. I might go with ReclecteR's suggestion of bone for the spikes, and as for the flesh I might drybrush with grey, then wash it with black, just to take the edge off it...

Nife
01-05-2007, 20:47
Yup... count me on the Blue Nid Fan Club :D

Looks top notch!

proximity
02-05-2007, 06:55
I went with big nids as well ^_^
my 1500 point list looks a little different though,
being:
Flyrant with 2x TL Devourers
3 Carnifexes with 2x TL Devourers
23 Leaping Ripperswarms
3 carnifexes with barbed strangler and venom cannon

One thing you will find a bit rough with the combat fex is in escalation, IF you roll him on in turn 2 - he doesnt make it to the half way mark of the table until turn 5, and people will normally move away from him a bit, in 1/3 of your games hes really not gonna get to play : (

Gen.Steiner
02-05-2007, 10:45
I think it's a good idea to have the flesh as shades of black - it reminds me of the 'nids on the cover of the 3rd Ed 'dex. Black and chitinous! :D

Ravenstien
02-05-2007, 17:09
@proximity: Yours is the pure shooty list then :P

I did a couple of testers for the flesh tone. I got the barbed strangler arm and slathered a mix of chaos black and shadow grey 2:3, I was going to do chaos/codex, but shadow is tinted blue slightly, so I thought I'd go with the general blue theme. Then washed that with chaos/water 1:4. I then thought I'd take the blue theme even further, so I added made the tone chaos/shadow/regal 2:3:2, and then tried that on the strangler feeder arm, and put the wash over that. It looks good, but I preferred the colour without the blue, so I've done the arms, I just need to start on the actual body...that's gonna take ages!

Pics up soon :)

Gen.Steiner
02-05-2007, 22:40
So long as it doesn't last for as long as the hiatus on my plogs... :angel:

Angelwing
03-05-2007, 04:18
Love the blue. i will be watching this one!

Ravenstien
03-05-2007, 19:06
Ok, so I *didn't* put any pics up last night...and I probably won't be tonight either. I *do* have an english exam tomorrow...

Cheers for the comments people, they're much appreciated :)

I'll rephrase:
pics up ASAP :)

Ravenstien
11-05-2007, 15:44
Right, finally finished the big bug...
I'm not 100% happy with it, but it's only my first one...I've got 9 more to go...
I still need to base it, but I prefer to do large amounts of basing all in one go, so as to avoid wasting glue.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P5110195.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P5140209.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P5110197.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P5110198.jpg

I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment, but I'll be getting a 'fex next. Keep your eyes peeled!

EDIT: GAH! Just seen a slash of blue on one of his vents that I missed...don't look at that bit :P

Ninners
11-05-2007, 18:06
You missed a bit on the vents :evilgrin:

Looks really good, cant wait to see the fex, what equipment are you gonna give it?

Ravenstien
11-05-2007, 22:13
Shhh! No I didn't ¬¬...you're just seeing things...

Not sure how I'm going to equip the Fex....possibly the double-deathspitter one...

Gen.Steiner
12-05-2007, 01:44
Not sure how I'm going to equip the Fex....possibly the double-deathspitter one...

Screamer-Killer please. 4x Scything Talons and a bio-plasma attack. It's the ONLY WAY! It's a fantastic Tyrant, too. Really well done, but you've missed a bit on th- *ducks* :p

Ravenstien
12-05-2007, 16:05
I'm *so* going to take another picture :p

Yeah, screamer-killer sounds fun...doesn't matter really, I'm going to get them all eventually!

Ravenstien
14-05-2007, 18:02
There you go, you bunch of pedants! He's all done now, bar the base!

Ravenstien
30-05-2007, 23:41
I'm sure you haven't all been waiting in anticipation, but I've bought my second model...but it's only a lowly Tyrant Guard :P
I haven't really got the cash for a £25 Carnifex right now, so he'll have to do for now. Nice model though.
Pics up soon

Laan
31-05-2007, 01:30
What ink/wash/etc did you use on the hooves? Theyve got a real rich ivory/bone look to them that i wouldnt mind stealing!

Ravenstien
01-06-2007, 01:06
Er...*strains to remember*

I *think* it was bleached bone, washed with very watered down scorched brown, like 1:10 paint:water, with possibly two or three coats, just to get a good shade on it, and to dull the bleached bone, as against the black and blue, it's really prominant.

I went through about 5 or 6 different testers on the claws. I tried red, green, yellow, bright blue, brown, and settled on dull bone...oh well, simple is best :P

Tyrant Guard's carapace is nearly done - will post pics once final highlight is in place.

Ravenstien
04-06-2007, 13:29
Right, Tyrant Guard is officially finished - I would have posted pictures earlier, but my internet's been down for the past three days.
I got convinced into buying a new Foundation paint - Khemri Brown, and they're actually pretty good. I used it as a basecoat for the claws and spikes on the Tyrant Guard, and liked the look of it so much that I re-did the Hive Tyrant's claws.
Will edit later with piccytures

EDIT:
Here's the little critter. Putting him next to a Hive Tyrant it's hard to understand how they can protect something so huge :P

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P6040272.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P6040273.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P6040274.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P6040275.jpg


2nd Edit: WOAH!! Those are a little bigger than I wanted...and way too close up...I'm taking summore :P
3rd Edit: There...that's better...now you can see where I missed the mould lines a bit less...gonna go re-do that...

Gen.Steiner
05-06-2007, 22:55
The blue is beautiful.

There's really not much more I can say, other than: DO THE BASES! :p

Ravenstien
05-06-2007, 23:00
Well that was more glowing than I expected.
And I'll do the bases when I have all the models - it's a waste of PVA otherwise :P

Gen.Steiner
05-06-2007, 23:05
PVA is a lame excuse :p

Ravenstien
06-06-2007, 22:58
Still an excuse though :D

El-Diablo
06-06-2007, 23:01
The blue looks great, nice transition. My only gripe right now are the mould lines running down the lenght of the tyrant guards claws. With the dull bone they'd look nice.

El Diablo

Ravenstien
09-06-2007, 22:41
Yeah, I need to clean up the claws...I'll get round to it when I'm less ill :p

titan136
10-06-2007, 07:05
the blue on the carapace came out really well on the tyrant guard, good work

Ravenstien
06-07-2007, 22:15
Well gentlemen (and a smattering of ladies), I've bought another Carnifex, and (to please Steiner) I've made it a screamer-killer. I had a lot of fun with blue-tak - making my devourer-fex, spitter-fex, and generally doing odd things with it :P
I even tried flipping the abdomen - putting the head in the **** end, and the head end on his legs - with a bit of fiddling it actually looks pretty good. I'd have posted some images, but my dad's nicked my computer again, so I can't get access to images ¬¬
It actually looks quite good - it makes the Carnifex taller, almost as tall as the new Tyrant, and makes it all the more imposing.

I've modelled my *actual* 'Fex with it rearing up slightly, looking like it's about to strike - like I said, I can't post pics :P

I've also thought up an interesting way of modelling my gun-fex...but we'll see :P

Gen.Steiner
09-07-2007, 20:13
Your excuses grow tiresome, Commander. *Hckh-chhh*

:p

Pics now! I'm going to update my logs this week, you update yours. :p

Arhalien
09-07-2007, 20:39
Oooh, very nice blue :D

Oh, and Steiner; you mean that we may see some new stuff on your logs! :eek: :p

Ravenstien
10-07-2007, 17:51
Here's some pictures of the beastie, before Steiner force-strangles me:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P7100302.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P7100301.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P7100300.jpg

I'm not 100% happy with the paint job, 'specially on the larger parts. I'm still trying to master getting a good transition on such large carapace plates - hence why my Tyrant Guard was a lot better...plus I hate painting plastic...Which means my last 'Fex'll be my best one...in theory :p
...And yes, Steiner, I know the bases aren't done yet :P

My sister owes me £30, à cause de my exam results, so I might splash out on another Carnifex...maybe my gun-fex...

Arhalien
10-07-2007, 17:59
ooh, gribbly gribbly, and very nicely painted :)

Ravenstien
10-07-2007, 18:32
Why thankyou *bows*

Ravenstien
03-08-2007, 19:00
Well I've just bought another Carnifex, and I'm pondering what to do with it...
At first I wanted to make it a Dakkafex - 4 x Devourers, but then I felt like making my Stranglerfex.
When I was making the Screamer-Killer, I experimented with the legs - using Scything Talons for legs, and I thought that since the Stranglerfex is going to be just a gun, it should be like a tank, and I put Scything Talons in the top holes, and then stuffed his **** full of blu-tak and stuck some scything talons there, and then blu-tak'd a strangler so it was underslug, like a cannon. It look fairly good, but I thought I'd save it for when I had more bitz.
Now I've decided to make a spiderfex using the same idea.
Seeing as I've already made 2 Carnifexes and a Hive Tyrant, I had a quite a few scything talons lying around - 4 sets in fact - two huge ones and two normal sized ones. I put one set in the top and bottom holes, blu-tak'd another set just below (or behind) the bottom set, and then blu-tak'd the last set where his legs would've been. I fiddled about with which went where, and settled for:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8030331.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8030332.jpg

The second one isn't how it should be, because he sort of slumped when I moved him - and he's on a CD, so the claws can't grip as well as when they're on my wooden desk.
I'll update once I've stuck his legs on properly - it's gonna be tricky...pinning might be crucial here...

Arhalien
03-08-2007, 20:27
Oh, wow :eek:
That looks absolutely incredible :D

Superb conversion; I really can't wait to see that painted! ;)

Mad Larkin UK
04-08-2007, 22:04
It is a wierd thing, ive gone for the exact same painting scheme, except with green :-) i dont have 10 coats, ive only got 6. Was wierd looking at your two venom cannon tyrant, i have one that is soo similar :-)

very nice though..regarding your list, i think that u shud drop the twin venom cannons to one..the reroll to hit isnt worth it. 40 points for an extra hit, since u shud hit 2/3rds of the time. Also the CC carnifex will never really see combat, maybe swap him out for another shooty bug?

Ravenstien
05-08-2007, 20:33
Thanks for the comments. More pictures now:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8050046.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8050047.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8050048.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8050049.jpg

Apologies for the horizontal scrolly bar of doom.

*interlude*

And as for the list, I've done a few tweaks.

HQ
Hive Tyrant with 2 Tyrant Guards - 2 x Twin-Linked Devourers, Toxin Sacs, Adrenal Glands (WS+I), Enhanced Senses, Warp Field, Toxic Miasma
Tyrant Guard have Scything Talons and Rending Claws
Points - 271

Hive Tyrant - Venom Cannon, Barbed Strangler, Toxin Sacs, Adrenal Glands (I+WS), Enhanced Senses, Warp Field
Points - 211

Elites
Carnifex (Aka Dakkafex) - 2 x Twin-Linked Devours, Enhanced Senses
Points - 113

Carnifex (Aka Screamer-killer) - 2 x Scything Talons, Adrenal Glands (WS), Bio-Plasma
Points - 113

Carnifex (Aka Stabbyfex) - 2 x Scything Talons, Adrenal Glands (WS+I)
Points - 111

Troops
3 Ripper Swarms - 30pts
3 Ripper Swarms - 30pts

Heavy Support
Carnifex (Aka Spiderfex) - 2 x Scything Talons, Toxin Sacs, Adrenal Glands (WS+I), Bonded Exoskeleton, Reinforced Chitin, Extended Carapace, Tusked, Scythed Tail, Toxic Miasma, Thornback
Points - 220

Carnifex (Aka Stranglerfex) - 2 x Barbed Strangler, Toxin Sacs, Enhanced Senses, Extended Carapace, Reinforced Chitin, Bonded Exoskeleton
Points - 209

Carnifex (Aka Splatterfex) - 2 x Twin-Linked Deathspitters, Toxin Sacs, Enhanced Senses, Extended Carapace, Reinforced Chitin, Bonded Exoskeleton
Points - 189

Total - 1497pts

I twiddled a few things. I took the close combat stuff off the guarded Tyrant, and gave him two Devourers, because the manager at my local store pointed out that it's a good idea to have that combo on a Hive Tyrant, because while a fex gets 8 shots at BS3, re-rolling to hit, at strength 6, re-rolling to wound, giving an average of 6 hits; a Tyrant with the same gets 12 shots at BS4, re-rolling to hit, at strength 6, re-rolling to wound, giving an average of 9 hits...bonus, and that'll totally mow down Imperal Guard, and give Marines and the like something to hesitate about, because he still gets 3/4 Monstrous Creature attacks!
I dropped regenerate from the stabby-fex, because it'd be a bitch to model with tusks, plus I can never roll 6s. I also dropped the Crushing Claws, because I find that 2 sets of scything talons is actually better than D6+1, because with the former, he gets 2+2+2 attacks (base + talons + tusks) on the charge, GUARANTEED (not counting any fancy grenades or anything), whereas the clawed fex would have D6+1+2 on the charge, which can be anything between 4 and 9. I'd rather go with the guaranteed 6 any day thankyou, plus it's 17pts cheaper. And he also gets D3 strength 5 attacks if he's in base contact with at least 5 models, and considering this Spiderfex barely fits on top of a CD case, I think that might happen.
All this allowed me to get an extra Tyrant Guard! A bargain at 45pts.

Anyway, all that writing is probably hurting your eyes, so I'll stop now!
Laters people!

Ravenstien
05-08-2007, 20:34
One last post.

These two just detail the extra work I did on him to fit the legs on - note the extra carapace on his chest.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8050033.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8050039.jpg


Also I've decided to make all the heavy support fexes in the same vein (or pulsating bio-vats) as the Spiderfex - so I'm going to have 3 sets of Carnifex legs lying around! I'm going to put in the leg holes like I have above, and with the Stranglerfex, I'm going to put talons in the first, and third holes (or fourth...), and the strangler in the second hold, making look like the 'Nid equivalent of a tank. As for the Splatterfex, I'm going to put talons in the first and third holes, and the deathspitters in the second and fourth holes. I know putting the devourers in the leg holes sounds a bit odd, but believe me, you don't notice it. Trust me, it looks good :D

Arhalien
05-08-2007, 20:42
that thing gets more and more impressive the more I see it.
Just superb :D

Angelwing
05-08-2007, 20:54
Thats a great conversion! We want more! ;)

Ravenstien
06-08-2007, 00:15
Cheers guys :)
I just want to get another one now, so I can make the other Heavy Support ones! Screw two legs, I want four!

Ravenstien
08-08-2007, 16:54
Wonder! Another update!
I decided to do all the painting in 3 stages:
1. Scything Talon Carapace, Head Carapace, Tail Carapace
2. Back Carapace excluding front piece
3. Front piece and chest carapace.

I split up the painting because the carapace in 1 is much smaller, and therefore requires less layers of paint - only 6. Part to is more layers still, but still not the full blown lot, only about 9 or 10, and part 3 is the really huge pieces of carapace, which will require about 15 layers to get right. Here's how the brute looked after phase 1 (and one layer of phase 2).

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/CarnifexRightSide.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/CarnifexLeftSide.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/CarnifexFront.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/CarnifexArse.jpg

I'll repost once phase 2 is complete. It's gonna be a right bitch, because all the spikes I put on there keep getting in the way...

Ravenstien
08-08-2007, 22:06
Well I didn't call it a Spiderfex for nothing :P besides, these are 'Nids - I could give him 200 legs, and say it's evolution :P

warboss48
08-08-2007, 23:20
Nice. The blue is very striking.

Arhalien
09-08-2007, 10:09
The blue is looking excellent Ravenstein :)

Gen.Steiner
09-08-2007, 19:12
Congrats - that 'fex is the single most hideous and creepy Tyranid I have ever seen, and that includes the Malanthrope. :D

Ravenstien
09-08-2007, 22:56
Yeeesss!! Now that's praise :D I'm working over the next three days, but I'll try and get a few layers done. I've just put a layer of Regal on there...

*taps nose* I have a kool plan to make my own Malanthrope ;-) but we'll see on that one...

Ravenstien
12-08-2007, 17:38
*ksshk* Come in commander *ksshk*
*ksshk* Receiving you captain *ksshk*
*ksshk* Phase two complete, sir. Images are uploading now*ksshk*

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8120057.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8120058.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8120059.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8120060.jpg

Ravenstien
20-08-2007, 21:36
Well the Spiderfex is complete, he just needs a base now! I'm still working on that though. Not sure when I'll next get one...probably at the end of the month, but I'm moving to Uni (anyone in Leeds here?) around the 15th of Sept.

Finished Spiderfex, with a Hormagaunt I painted for the hell of it:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8200061.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8200063.jpg

The whole gang so far with only 4 more carnifexes, another tyrant and another guard to get!

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/P8200064.jpg

I didn't see the point of including all elevations of the Spiderfex, as they're all pretty similar - it's only the front carapace that's important. I'm still not 100% happy with it, I'm having trouble with the ice blue.
I found a rather good way of blending them actually.
I started with 1:4 Chaos:Regal on the carapace, then added parts of Regal until it was probably about 1:7. At this point it's quite hard to know if it'll look too harsh next to 'Regal true', so I put a layer of Regal on it, then continued to blend over the Regal where it overlapped the mixture, until I got the desired look. Unfortunately it didn't really work for the Ice, as by that time it was getting too small for me.

Arhalien
21-08-2007, 11:17
Put quite simply wow :)

The blending on the blue is beautiful, and the scheme works very well.
And that spiderfex is just incredible :D

Ravenstien
21-08-2007, 15:24
Cheers :D

The Rippers are being repainted - they look crap next to everything else, and it'll fill up the gap between now and the 31st...I hate 5 week months!

Gen.Steiner
21-08-2007, 15:34
Simply superb. I look forwards to crushing this lot beneath the treads of the 45th Dev Hetra Super-Heavy Tank Regiment's Beta Company... :D

Ravenstien
21-08-2007, 22:02
Heh, with the impeding release of Apocalypse, I can now justify getting a Trygon! And I'll repaint my Hierodule (pictured behind the gang) in Juggernaught colours, and combing them to make a...er...4000ish points force! Well...considering I managed to get 3000pts out of Hive Fleet Gorgon, without the Hierodule, I should probably be able to get about 2000 points out of Juggernaught.

aenimosity
22-08-2007, 01:49
Hey mate. Looking good so far. If you're not a fan of the TL look but still want to make a TL devourer fex, you should check this out:

http://www.rudypicardo.com/WH40kRTTforums/viewtopic.php?t=33&view=previous&sid=45cf5fd177810e355c2f0114f469acb6

I pinched the idea for my flying tyrant. :D I only wish it looked as good as his. :(

Metal Fingered Villain
22-08-2007, 01:56
They look better and better on every model. The layering on the last carapace is especially nice. What are you planning for the bases?

Ravenstien
22-08-2007, 17:47
I'm not sure actually, either high-density polystyrene, or perhaps wood of somesort for the Spiderfex. As for the detail, I'm just going to do a very boring desert style :P. I'm not one for fancy bases, so I always try and do the minimum :D

EDIT: Kool! Totally stealing that idea, Aenimosity! The 4-pistol Devilfex does look a bit gimpy, as do the enhanced senses...Is there a guide to how he did his Winged Hive Tyrant? I can't see how he did it on there...My Winged Tyrant for Hive Fleet Gorgon needs updating sometime...

Ravenstien
17-10-2007, 21:06
Finally! An update!
With the new release of Apocalypse, I bought myself another Tyrant Guard, and a Mycetic Assault box - it may be the same price as 4 normal Carnifexes, but hey...I want a free 'fex!
I've made 'em and sprayed 'em, now I just need to steal my friend's camera for a bit and take some pictures, as I don't have my own digital camera.
Prepare for some seriously spikey action...

Gen.Steiner
17-10-2007, 22:06
I am so glad I got that Baneblade... now I just need the money for that tank company... :p

Ravenstien
18-10-2007, 01:41
Just wait until I get a Trygon :p

Ravenstien
29-10-2007, 00:28
Ok, so my friend's camera totally sucked, so I couldn't get any pictures, because it ran out of battery, and those pictures I did get were just rubbish :mad:
But I'm going home next weekend, where a camera will be available, so I'll take Juggernaught home and take some decent pictures of it - I know you won't be drooling in anticipation :p

ss_cherubael
29-10-2007, 05:50
lovely looking nids mate, if i didnt already have a scheme for the army im painting a friend i would steal yours! cant wait to see the big bug in the blue! and i think that spiderfex is awesome, consider the idea stolen.....

bram kuijpers
29-10-2007, 07:54
the spiderman i mean fex is looking good, imo it would look better with a highlight of skull white on the claws, the bleu is fantastic work.
to bad amout the litle green bits i think they would look better with a chaos black wash over them.

Ravenstien
29-10-2007, 20:59
Which green bits, the toxin sacs? Yeah, I keep meaning to get some snot green or dark angels green and wash them with that, but I keep forgetting.

I might be borrowing someone else's camera tomorrow night, so fingers crossed for pictures!

Gen.Steiner
29-10-2007, 21:16
I've been thinking and I think that you need to make a base for your Spiderfex. At the moment it seems rather... empty, almost unfinished.

Ravenstien
30-10-2007, 19:49
I am going to get round to it eventually, but I've yet to get the materials for it. I may have to go to B+Q or somewhere and find some sort of suitable materials.

Gen.Steiner
31-10-2007, 13:14
Probably. Hardboard would do it, or something like that. Maybe extra-thick Artist's Mounting Card? Get the peeps at B&Q to cut it into a disc for you. :)

The Phazer
31-10-2007, 14:18
This is coming together really nicely. I like a lot.

Phazer

Ravenstien
02-11-2007, 02:04
Cheers :)
I bought the final Tyrant yesterday (or maybe the day before...it's not important), and I decided to do the 'walking on scything talons' bit with it too, but it's a lot more upright than the carnifexes, but it still looks dandy. I took pictures of the swarm the other day, but they're not brilliant, and they're absolutely massive (like 3120x1024 or something ridiculous), so If I can't take them home this weekend, I'll stick those up here when I'm back.
Keep your eyes on the horizon...something very spikey is coming...

Ravenstien
05-11-2007, 23:03
Pictures! I resized the photos I'd done on imageshack, so now they're much smaller, and easily viewable, although I only realised after doing all but one that they're a little *too* small. But hey, these models aren't designed to be viewed close up...

First up, the Dakkafex:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1798kn0.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1799nq3.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1800ug9.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1801vq3.jpg

I can't remember where I saw the idea for the guns now, but I loved it, and it looked like a simple conversion - which is it. Take one standard Barbed Strangler arm, and cut off the underslung tube, leaving the rear connection point in tact, and chop of the main barrel at the thinnest point where the barrel meets the main body of the gun. Get two devourer heads (I used 'fex ones, as they were the only ones I had), and flatten off the bottoms, and then square off the backs and the bottoms, and then glue them together. Glue them to the barbed strangler arms, and fill any gaps with GS. As for the right arm, just chop the arm off where it goes at a right angle, then flip it, and glue it back on. With a bit of filing, you can't see the difference!

Ravenstien
05-11-2007, 23:04
Next, the Spitterfex:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1802ga0.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1803ss9.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1805cv8.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1806xz3.jpg

Standard scything talons instead of legs (I say 'standard'...), not too difficult. The Deathspitters were just an expansion of the Devourers. If I can do it with them, why can't I do it with 'Spitters? Same as before with the arms, and just flatten off the 'Spitters, but not too much, then stick them together and fill the gap with GS.

Ravenstien
05-11-2007, 23:06
Next, the Stranglerfex:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1815fp3.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1816qx3.jpg

This one hasn't got much conversion work, and it needs more - the legs are all screwed up - sticking out at unseemly angles, so I'll work on that later.

Ravenstien
05-11-2007, 23:08
La pièce de la résistance, the Spikiefex:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1808oq4.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1809zr6.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1810tf2.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1811ol7.jpg


This one isn't actually in the original list, but he's my 'Apocalypse Carnifex', if you will, which is why he's only got two legs (also he's got Crushing Claws, which don't look very good with 4 legs). I just tried to create the most expensive close combat carnifex ever, which is 282 points:
Scything Talons
Crushing Claws
Acid Maw
Adrnal Glands (WS+I)
Bonded Exoskeleton
Extended Carapace
Flesh Hooks
Implant Attack
Regenerate
Reinforced Chitin
Scythed Tail
Thornback
Toxin Sacs
Toxic Miasma
Tusked

Previously I hadn't considered it because I wasn't sure if I could do the regenerate/acid maw/tusked combo (thank god I didn't try enhanced senses). But looking at it, it's quite simple. I took the left hand side of the acid maw face, and the right hand side of the regenerate face, chopped off his jaw on the right side, and replaced it with the big tongue from the acid maw face. Then I chopped off the tusks, and positioned them in place, and then filled his face out with GS, as some of the parts didn't fit 100%, so his tongues lolling to his right, but who cares? It's a 'kin tongue! I also got as many spikes as I could salvage from my bitz box and put them all over him. The carapace spike ridge is 5 of the big 'horns' from the other kits, as well as a little one at the back. All the rest are normal spikes that you get from the boxes.
I also made him super-armoured on his chest, using a spine-banks carapace piece, chopping the sides off, so there was the middle piece, and the two side pieces, glued them on his chest, then filed them down so they sort of flowed into each other, then filled up the rest with GS. Proper job!
Since that picture was taken, he's had his smaller carapace bits done. All I've got to do on him is his back carapace.

Ravenstien
05-11-2007, 23:09
Just another shot that I couldn't get on the last post:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1813ii6.jpg

Finally, one shot of the whole gang, minus the Tyrant I hadn't bought at the time:

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/img1817oe0.jpg

Note that the Screamer-killers have multiplied. I didn't see the need to show the 2nd SK, as he's pretty much the same (I put them in the same pose by mistake, but oh well...).
The newest Hive Tyrant needs a few bits of GS here and there and a lick of paint and he'll be done too. All this has to be ready for the 17th (including painting my Hierodule!), as Hive Fleets Gorgon and Juggernaught are combining to make Hive Fleet Trajan - a ~5000pts super-army, complete with deep-striking Carnifexes :D, to face the might of the Karaboudjani Kataphraktoi, and a baneblade :(. keep your eyes peeled for that report - there'll be pictures of the new Tyrant too.

Phew! That was long...enjoy!

aenimosity
06-11-2007, 02:30
Looks awesome!

I really like the look of that unfinished spikiefex too. Black and white is simple but helps make it look mean.

Gen.Steiner
06-11-2007, 16:17
That bloody baneblade's got to be finished too, I'll have to do some serious work on that this week... and my essays, arrgh.

Crackin' army tho', I'm looking forwards to destroying it utterly. :D

Shinigami
06-11-2007, 19:26
i tought carnifexes couldnt get fleshhooks?

anywasy looking awesome, will you be adding some extra biggies from Forgeworld perhaps? would look great ;)

Shinigami

Ravenstien
06-11-2007, 20:21
Yup, the book says they can. Either that or it's a misprint. I don't see why they can't though...

Gen.Steiner
07-11-2007, 07:53
Regarding flesh-hooks... what do they do again?

aenimosity
07-11-2007, 08:04
Count as frags in close combat and make 'vertically impassable' terrain difficult terrain instead.

visgoth
07-11-2007, 13:15
Nice variety of 'Fexes you have there. Now my head is filled with conversion ideas...

Ravenstien
09-11-2007, 02:16
Yup, I've never really seen the need to spend the points on them, as there's usually either enough bodies to weather the blows from being struck from cover, or the body is tough enough. Plus I've nver had the need to scale some impassable terrain...
I've finished Spikiefex, and I've moved onto Dakkatyrant, and I've just got to do from 1/1 Enchanted/Regal up to 1/1 Skull/Ice and he'll be done.
Then I'll reposition the legs on Stranglerfex, paint him...and then the mammoth task of painting the Hierodule(!).

Ravenstien
12-11-2007, 03:36
And I'm finished!
Hive Fleet Juggernaught 1500pts is now officially completed...well...aside from the bases...
Pictures of Spikiefex, Dakkatyrant, Stranglerfex and the Hierodule will appear miraculously after next saturday, because I'm going to steal Gen.Steiner's camera for a bit...
Keep your eyes peeled for a battle report...maybe...

aenimosity
12-11-2007, 05:26
Well then let me be the first to congratulate you ;) Well done mate. Looking forward to the bat rep. Is Gen. Steiner ready yet?

Gen.Steiner
12-11-2007, 08:16
Is Gen. Steiner ready yet?

Ready on time? Me? No. :p

bram kuijpers
12-11-2007, 08:34
jeej 101posts.

happy you finished this stuff looks damn good

btw why do you guys have vgcats avatars?

aenimosity
12-11-2007, 10:57
Because vgcats is cool ;)

*highfives ravenstien for his tasteful avatar choice* :p

Ravenstien
12-11-2007, 20:33
Same reason you have one that says "Kapouw!" :p

If I can paint all my stuff in time, then so can Steiner :p, although I need to GS the wings back onto my Gorgon Hive Tyrant...

*high fives back* VGCats = awesome
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Are you candy?

bram kuijpers
12-11-2007, 20:43
well to be perfectly honest i have a vgcats avatar in my msn:D
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NO IM NOT CANDY! you gonna get raped:evilgrin:

Gen.Steiner
12-11-2007, 20:46
Before this becomes a VGCats love-in, can I just say that I've undercoated the Baneblade's hull.

I need a bigger brush... :(

aenimosity
01-12-2007, 11:01
Hey Ravenstien. What's going on? Did you get that camera? I need pictures man. PICTURES! Seriously though, I'd like to see that Heirodule.

Ravenstien
01-12-2007, 18:50
No :( no camera as of yet, BUT I'm going home this friday and I'll have access to a camera there, and I might even play some games with Juggernaught, so keep your eyes peeled folks...

Ravenstien
08-12-2007, 03:20
Prepare for an über-update! I am home, with camera, and have just uploaded the final pictures of Hive Fleet Juggernaught...started in May 2007 and finished November 2007...6 months...not bad...
Anyway...apologies for huge pictures, but it's 3:25am, and I can't be bothered to resize them :P
Without further ado:
The painted Stranglerfex:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080111.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080112.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080113.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080114.jpg

Ravenstien
08-12-2007, 03:22
The painted Spikiefex! I like this one...

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080100.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080101.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080102.jpg

I challenge someone to make a spikier Carnifex using bitz only from the carnifex box :D

Ravenstien
08-12-2007, 03:25
New model, Dakkatyrant:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080103.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080104.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080105.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080106.jpg

I thought he looked a bit empty with just the two gun arms, so I decided to go all the way and give him scything talon legs too, although the Tyrant body is an absolute lump of metal, so the legs are under a lot of strain...the poor things...Please do *not* note the slight chipping on his tail, as these were taken directly after transit. TBPH I'm surprised they're still in one piece.
The rear right scything talon did need some tweakage to make fit around the tail, and put it in a suitable position so it could bear the weight...which didn't matter anyway as I think this model can balance on three legs...

Ravenstien
08-12-2007, 03:28
And the biggie, my Scythed Hierodule resplendant in Juggernaught colours.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080115.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080116.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080117.jpg

Ravenstien
08-12-2007, 03:42
And now to show off:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080099.jpg
Hive Fleet Juggernaught on its own, totalling 1500-2500pts, depending if I pimp up the elite choices for Apoc, and if I use Spikiefex and the Hierodule...

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080098.jpg
Hive Fleet Gorgon on its own, totalling around 3000pts-ish.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/Ravenstien/PC080097.jpg
Both Hive Fleets together, totalling almost 5000pts exactly.

I've yet to take the full 5000pts to the table, but it should be fun when I do... Nor have I taken Juggernaught to the table yet, but I'm back home now with not much to do, so Thursday night, I might take Juggernaught for a test run...

And sadly (genuinely, lol) I've come to the end of this Plog...6 months in the making, but I'm rather proud of this army. No doubt I'll fill it out a bit more, maybe a couple more Dakkafexes, a Venomfex, and maybe a Barbed Hierodule or a Malanthrope - definetly the latter though. And I'll definetly be updating Gorgon's Flyrant, possibly using the Balrog wings, and I'll most certainly get a Trygon...all of which should hit around 7000pts!
I've already written a list for an all-shooting Tyranid list, and I've painted about 10 different carnifex heads to figure out a colour scheme (which I forgot to take pictures of, but I'll do that tomorrow), but that's a while in the making yet. My next project is going to be a Speed Freeks army for the upcoming Ork release...keep your eyes peeld for the Zagsnikk's Zagamatazz Project Log including a Go-kart-riding Warboss, and a lacerated, orked-up Baneblade, dubbed 'The Battleblade.'
General Steiner...be warned...a very spikey yellow-and-blue cloud is appearing on your horizon...

aenimosity
08-12-2007, 05:51
OOOOooohhhh! Very nice! I like that spikiefex. Might have to do the same to my own CC fex. :) I'd waffle on a bit more but I'm already late for something and making myself later by just strolling past warseer. Well done on all your work.

I'll be looking for that battle report.

Getifa Ubazza
08-12-2007, 10:46
Now that is a lot of Nids. I like the colour of your Gorgon fleet. very natural looking, very bug like.

Gen.Steiner
08-12-2007, 14:32
Raven, can I just say... it's not finished until everything's based, you slacker. :p I'm looking forwards to getting eaten by it, whenever that'll happen!

Angelwing
08-12-2007, 15:50
Excellent stuff. Good work. Now, all thats left is to chase General Steiner from the field of battle! :p

Gen.Steiner
08-12-2007, 17:02
Excellent stuff. Good work. Now, all thats left is to chase General Steiner from the field of battle! :p

He's already done that.

Twice.

In my defence, I hadn't had enough sleep beforehand...! :p And I made REALLY collossally incredibly silly mistakes. Namely; "ooh, tyranids, I think I'll advance towards them!!!!! With my Really Shooty army!!!!"

Woops.

Ravenstien
08-12-2007, 19:20
Yeah, nice one there, Steiner :D
I will give them bases when I get the material...which may have to wait...
Gorgon does need a general re-paint, not so much on the little ones, more anything that's bigger than a Warrior...except the Raveners, they're just dandy :D

Gen.Steiner
09-12-2007, 13:48
...the Raveners, they're just dandy :D

You mean the Raveners which Deep Struck and got wiped out to a ... gribbly thing ... by my humble Guardsmen? :angel:

Ravenstien
09-12-2007, 20:10
Actually I meant their paint job is fine, mr smart-ass ;)
Besides, last time I saw your guardsmen on the battlefield, they were running for the hills, and going home for a large dose of humble pie :P

Gen.Steiner
10-12-2007, 04:50
Actually I meant their paint job is fine, mr smart-ass
Besides, last time I saw your guardsmen on the battlefield, they were running for the hills, and going home for a large dose of humble pie

True on all counts, but there weren't many 'nids left either. :p And your Flyrant got taken down by bayonets as I recall... :angel:

So, will we see based models for Juggernaught or is that never going to happen? :p

Ravenstien
10-12-2007, 16:31
There were enough to win ;), but yes, my Flyrant being bayonetted to death was one of his less glorious moments...
I'm going to go out and get some plasticard this week, so I'll try making some bases for them with those...I've also had a brilliant idea for a Guard army :D