Recently Imperial Rebel Ork has launched a Tyranid project reviving an old interest of mine. So I thought it would be nice at least to show the state of my old ‘Nids collection. I may be painting some of them during the summer, so if they’ll pop up in a post you’ll know where they’re coming from.
This was an (almost) exclusively close-combat army I played a lot, experimented a couple of paint schemes with, and mostly left unpainted. In time, different models from different ages of the game got mixed together, and I dabbled at converting a little, so that the result is quite heterogeneous – some wild gene splicing and assimilation has been going on.
These I used to call “lamps” and they were meant to try to cope with vehicles. These are perhaps the most complete models of the lot. You can see the green skin, blue brains and spotted sand-coloured armour that I tried to apply consistently to all other models.
Here’s some “new” Tyranid warriors, with lighter green insect skin and a painfully intricate camo pattern on the back plates.
Some of the transitions on the skin are brutal, but these are also almost done, at least to a basic standard. I may just clean them up, try something on the bases and see whether I’m happy with them.
This was my “arachnid” tyrant, which most often than not counted as flying. A wonky conversion that seemed cool enough to me in my childhood to overlook how difficult it was to transport.
And this is the new tyrant with leash and bone sword. The pose took a while to figure out, but I like it still.
Old One Eye, used as a regular carnifex.
The… Green Terror, which I used as a regular Mantis.
Some old metal raptors with an alternate scythe build that I think makes them look more dynamic.
A small swam of new Gargoyles (Gorgons? I can’t remember) – very nice sculpts, the best in the new gant series, I think.
Now these are some of the oldest models: three old plastic warriors, and a metal hive guard, two more metal warriors in the plastic bags and ten metal termagants that are probably my favourite gaunt sculpt ever. In the back a squad of genestealers which is trying to pull off the colour scheme and doing poorly at it: green genestealers just don’t seem to work.
Some new termagants, which would probably need some extra work on the chitin, but otherwise just need to be based.
An old metal hormagaunt built as it was originally intended, but alas poorly painted.
For the rest of the squad I went for a mix of old and new models, with some basic conversions.
As with the warriors, I went with some patters on the armour plates and sometimes they turned out nicely.
Here’s a couple more warriors in this dark green colour scheme, plus a conversion whose reason for existing is lost on me now.
If you’re still here you won’t mind seeing another box of partially painted horma/gants and a final shot of a box of assorted cannon fodder.
I think it would make sense to try to finish the warriors and zoanthropes and maybe have a go at the new tyrant and see how I feel about them. It’s not the kind of project I can bring with me abroad, so whatever I can do on them will have to be by the end of the summer.
Anyway, I’d be glad to know what you think about the colour scheme (anything you would change or improve?) and whether you have any particular mini that you would like to see painted.