This is my first miniature army ever. I started with the Tyranids, and with Thousand Sons. But today, I am going to show my Monstrous army. After the units that I display here I have about 2-3000 more points worth of Tyranids assembled, and basecoated. The other models that I actually have finished (not pictured here yet) are: 3 Zoanthropes, 1 Broodlord, 11 Genestealer Retinue for Broodlord (which I used the last plastic models of 'stealers cause it is easy to tell them apart on the field), 6 new Genestealers, 10 Termagaunts with Fleshborers, 1 Termagaunt (paint test), 1 Lictor (paint test), 1 Ravener (paint test).
So. I will maybe post those in this thread later on if anyone is interested in seeing them. I painted everything with the idea in mind to create a believeable monster. Natural browns, both dark and light, give the illusion of a large dirty monster that could be coming stomping to a location near you. I like some of the armies with giant blue, green, yellow, grey bugs... but that is not what I was trying to achieve with this army. the first thing I want anyone (40K player or not) to say is: "Man... I wouldnt want to run into THAT!"
So far it has worked.
Note: I paint with Testors Enamel based paints. They are pretty different from Acrylics in application and look, but I was familiar with (painting car-models as a kid) Enamels going into Warhammer 40K so I felt I would get a better look from a medium I was already somewhat comfortable with. I have to say that I am happy with the "richness" that I recieved from these paints. I will probabally build my 3rd army with Acrylics, but for now... At any rate I photographed them on a light table at work. So... here is all of the army together:
It Consists of:
Winged Hive Tyrant with Devourers:
Wings are optional due to Magnetic Conversion:
I really enjoy this Model, as the wings are just a cool option, it is really scary on the TT, and if you notice- He is smooth ie: no spines like....
Hive Tyrant with Bonesword, Lashwhip, Barbed Strangler with 3 Hive Tyrant Guard Retinue (only 2 in this picture):
This is the true leader of my monstrous army. Warp Blast helps with anti tank, Barbed Strangler is anti-infantry. If I need more anti-tank I use...
Heavy Support No. One:
This Gent can be used as a heavy assault (current configuration) or...
This cool feature allows me to have the option of a Extra Senses head with Twin linked Venom Cannons, or a Venom cannon and an additional Barbed Strangler. It is nice to have options.
As you review this army... a couple fun things to look for. Please note that each monstrous creature's tail is slightly different for a unique look to each figure, and each Carnifex has a different Flesh Hook upgrade displayed. It is easy to spot on the last picture, but it gets a bit harder as we go...
Heavy Support No. Two:
This fella has one purpose. Get in close and smash face. He is really menacing looking- Very spiky, and This is my Wife's favorite monster I have... Why? Cause she thinks the HUGE mace tail is... cute
Heavy Support No. Three:
Back lines support. He slowly walkes forward, not totally opposed to close combat- But his main function is anti-infantry. Dropping Ordinance to be a menace, and closing to finish things off. Laying down cover fire so that others may close in to do more damage...
Shock Troop No. One:
Close combat scything talon fury. He wants to get close and personal, and bring his friend...
Shock Troop No. Two:
This guy is SO mean.. that no camera would capture his.. um... MEANNESS! 10 pictures... all a bit blurry. This was the best one, and it is a closeup of the group shot. If you dont like it... I can send him to your house personally to have a chat with you about it. As the 2 shock troops close, their good pal adds some cover fire:
Shock Troop No. Three:
I believe this is called a Dakkafex? I built him knowing that 2 twin-linked living ammunition guns with so many shots would be great on a max strength Carnifex. I wanted one shock troop unit to be cover fire. But... wow. I guess this is a well known unit, and I am glad cause guys... This fella is scary. With my hive tyrant they chew through units. And are a HUGE threat until my other Fexes close in for the kill.
And along for moral support...
When you can fill both of your minimum Troop slots for 60 total points... Life IS Good!
I hope you like them. I have had fun painting them so far, and these being my first painted miniatures ever I dont think they turned out too bad. they are definately TT quality, and I am now painting my Thousand Sons to have a bit better detail. If you want to see the other Tyranids I have let me know, and maybe I can just add them to this thread when I get some more time. Let me know if you have any Questions, and if you read all my blathering you are as as me! The small pictured dont do them much justice, but I didnt want an admin hunting me down and killing me for having too many huge pictures.
Hope you Enjoyed!