Saturday, 8 November 2014

Tyranid Neurothrope and Zoanthrope

This is my first post to this blog for many months, unfortunately real life has interfered a lot with my wargaming in recent months but hopefully now I will be back for a while. Prior to this week I havent done any painted or gaming since about June time but a few days ago I did pick up a brush and paint a Zoanthrope, then this morning I saw this image of an upcoming GW release and decided that I didnt want to buy the new plastic Zoanthrope/Venomthrope kit but I probably will want to use one of the new Neurothropes

I had a bit of time to spare today so I thought I would have a go at making my own version of the Neurothorpe based on this image. I wasnt really too bothered about copying it exactly so this is what I came up with:

I am by no means a master of the kit-bashing, sculpting type skills used with this sort of work but it was fairly simple and Im quite pleased with the results

I also painted a regular Zoanthrope a couple of days ago so here are the two of them alongside each other

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Tervigon - Finished

I've tried to take a different approach to my painting over the last week or so and have attempted a "little and often" approach of doing at least a few minutes every evening, rather than trying to find time for a longer session. So far, its working quite well as I have got a lot of base coating done on a variety of different 'gaunts, 'thropes and 'fexes and have finished the set of numbered objective markers (forgot to take any pics of those). I have also just finished painting this Tervigon, I originally started it a long time ago (probably over a year ago) so Im glad to have finally managed to find the time to tick this one off the list.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Hive Fleet Leviathan - Current work in progress

As per normal these days I have had a very limited amount of time to do much in the way of painting and blogging. I did, however, manage to get some time to paint recently so thought I'd just show some of the current state of my ongoing Tyranid progress

First up are some Warriors, I'm currently only working on a batch of three of these but in total I think I have twelve to do. A lot of people dont really rate Tyranid Warriors due to their high points cost and the fact that despite their 3 wounds they can be instantly killed by strength 8 weapons due to only having toughness 4. So far though theyve done fairly well for me and Im going to stick with using them for a while longer

This one is pretty much finished, the other two arent

Sunday, 27 April 2014


The first couple of games that I used the Exocrine I wasnt too convinced by its usefulness, after a few more games with him though Im currently finding him to be pretty much a certain pick ever time. He's not exactly amazing but with 24" range and 6 shots that are AP2 (I dont tend to use the blast very often) I think he is another unit that brings something that is quite lacking with the rest of the 'nids. Also, the fact that he is a Monstrous Creatue means that he is far from useless should he end up in combat.



Biovore Brood

These guys are definitely not my favourite Tyranid model (aesthetically speaking) but I do find them pretty useful in the game. Firing a large blast at 48" is definitely something that the Tyranids dont have a great deal of options with and its such a bonus that if the first blast misses that it isnt a complete failure as it creates Spore Mines instead.

My plan with this blog over the coming weeks/months is to try and write a few more meaningful articles to focus a bit on my experiences so far with the new 'nid codex, for the time being though its just going to have be more pictures of the models Ive managed to paint recently.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Deathleaper - Hive Fleet Leviathan

Just finished painting Deathleaper a few days ago so thought I'd post a few pictures. This is the first metal model I have painted in a while (execept for a few Necron scarabs) as I picked this one up off ebay. Hopefully I should have a few Biovores painted in the next week and then its on with the Exocrine and Tervigon that I have already started.


Monday, 10 March 2014


I finished this Mawloc a few weeks ago but hadn't previously had chance to post any pictures of it. So far I have only played two games with the 'nids and have only used the Mawloc in one of those so I can't really comment on how useful it is.

If I can find some time over the next few days I am planning to post up some of my thoughts on the new Tyranid codex, I am a long way from being an expert on such matters but I have enjoyed using the army so far. In the meantime here are the pics of my Mawloc from Hive Fleet Leviathan


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Hive Fleet Leviathan - Work in Progress

The Necrons are now on the shelf and the Tyranids should have been putting in an appearance at my local gaming club tonight but unfortunately I hadnt made enough progress on them and the codex (still not read it at all) so I had to delay their first showing.

I am however quite pleased with how much progress I have managed to make in the time that I have had available and I am now pretty confident that I will finally be able to give the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Leviathan their first showing on the battlefield next week. So, here are some work in progress shots of what Im currently building and painting:

Monday, 6 January 2014

Tyranid Army Building - Advice Required

I have been building up my Hive Fleet Leviathan army over the last year or so but I've not really put a great deal of thought into which models to buy. Originally I just started off with a handful of random purchases and I was then able to buy a second hand Assault Brood set. Since that time I haven't really bought much for the Tyranids as I wanted to get to a point where I felt my Necrons were "finished".

Now that the new Tyranid codex is about to be launched, along with a host of new models, I think its nearly time to put the Necrons back to slumber in their Tomb World and for my version of Hive Fleet Leviathan to take to the gaming tables. I currently have a limited budget (probably about £200 max, ideally a bit less) to spend on some new models so I'd appreciate any advice from anyone as to what else I should consider buying. It should be noted that I know very little about Tyranids as I've only ever played a couple of games against them so I really am a bit clueless at the moment as to where to go next, the models I currently own are as follows:

  • Flying Hive Tyrant
  • Hive Tyrant (unbuilt)
  • Tervigon
  • Trygon (unbuilt)
  • Carnifex (unbuilt)
  • Carnifex with Deverourers
  • Carnifex with Talons
  • 24 Genestealers
  • 32 Hormagaunts
  • 9 Warriors
  • 8 Rippers
  • 32 Termagants
  • 10 Gargoyles

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Hive Fleet Leviathan - Flying Hive Tyrant

I've been working on this particular model (on and off) for many months now I'm really happy to have finally finished it. The Hive Fleet is starting to take shape now and with the new models due to be released soon, and more importantly with permission from the wife to buy quite a lot, I'm hoping to have my new Tyranid army up and running before the end of January (with the slow rate I which I paint these models it will probably be a very long time before I have a fully painted army though :-( )