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MCS Theme Day – Original content (not my fridge).
This is the painted portion of my Tyranids army for Warhammer 40k. I assembled, modified, painted and photographed these models myself.

The Carnifex (the really big bug) is assembled with glue and magnets, meaning that all of his parts are modular and swappable. I used rare earth magnets on his arms, head and carapace to allow him to be reconfigured between battles.

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    1. awww.. this didnt make theme day. that blows. this are good painting job; i wish this were moar higher res so i could appreciate it better. adding magnets is GOD-tier


    2. If it pleases the natedog, I will take some shots this week of the Carnifex with his parts all laid out for viewing & appraisal. I really enjoy modding these guys. It’s the best part of the hobby for me.

      I literally haven’t painted a model since I got an XBox360. Can you believe that? At least I’ve been putting my son’s models together with him, and giving him painting tips. I do have the rest of the Tyranids army and a bunch of Tau who need paint. I should really stop playing Borderlands and dive back in to the hobby.

      Anyway, thanks for the compliments. I’ll try & post some more of my better pieces soon for you & the 40k nerds here.


    3. Also, I wonder if this would have been posted for theme day if the Carnifex’s nickname was ‘The Fridge’ instead of ‘Lunchbox’.


    4. Awesome. I played as Tyranids before, when I was still in America.

      Didn’t really have a big army though, haha.


    5. How do you play a small Tyranids army? šŸ˜€

      I have 96 Gaunts, 16 Hormagaunts, 32 Genestealers, 2 Zoanthropes, 2 Lictors, 3 Biovores, 3 Warriors, 1 Carnifex, 1 Tyrant, 1 Broodlord, and a whole mess of spore mines. I need to get painting again.


    6. Technically, they all have fleshborers. I bought a bunch of McCraggee sprues off of ebay to flesh out the army, and those are nothing but 2-piece fleshborer Termagants. I only play against my friends, so we allow a bit of ‘counts as’ in our games. Because of this, I typically field them as having spinefists, and nothing else. A swarm of 96 gaunts at 5 points each is fantastic. This was the 4th edition cost, I’m not sure how it carries over with the new codex. I have a pdf copy, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.


    7. When I was first starting my army, I almost went with Nids. These guys look awesome.

      I am now much more partial to my idea of making a second defiler with parts from a Dreadnought and a Carnifex. And hell yeah magnets.


    8. I’ve done two Defilers. The first was standard kit. The second I bought on discount. It was already built, and falling apart. The shooty bits on either side of the upper body were not attached, nor was the head.

      I wound up cutting off the pincer arms. I ran a brass rod through the body, between the holes for the guns. I attached the pincer arms to either end of the brass rod, so they basically come out of the upper body now, where the lascannon & flamer should be. I then attached those guns to the underside of said pincer arms. I have a chaos havoc missile launcher from a Land Raider as it’s head (it fits so nice…the disc on the base is the correct size).

      It turned out really nice, and I’m glad I was brave enough to attempt the conversion. I probably wouldn’t have with a stock kit, but a half-price busted defiler makes a great canvas.


    9. That defiler sounds awesome.
      As for the ‘nids in question, I normally like colour schemes with dark shell plates and light colours like beige for the fleshy bits like with the almost standard Leviathan. However, this colour scheme is absolutely awesome! The green highlights really scream “I’M A BUG-MUTANT BITCH!” This is ‘Eavy Metal Team quality if ever I saw it.


    10. Thanks Sarcastastic! I really appreciate that. I thought long & hard about the scheme for these guys. I knew I would be painting a lot of them, so I needed to go to a palate I was comfortable with. I love working with greens & browns, so Hive Fleet Arborous was born. I have a lot of fun finishing the bases with bits of moss, lichen & twig. I can really imagine how terrible it must be to fight a swarm like this on a forest world, which they were obviously bred for assaulting.

      When I get around to doing my Genestealers, I’m contemplating gluing some static grass to their back-carapaces, too. Not sure how that will go, so I’ll have to do up a test-piece first.


      • That sounds like one helluva plan. I always thought there had to be some scheme with a dark colour for the skin, but none of the ones I saw seemed to work, but then there is this. The grassy shells sounds like it could be awesome, if it works out, you definitely have to post a picture of it.


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