In 6th edition the rules for wounding models changed drastically. Along with this change, came a significant upgrade to barrage type weapons. Effectively barrage weapons allow you to snipe specific models (special weapons, sergeants, ICs etc) in a unit, and pile up a ton of wounds that have to be resolved against that model first. Biovores benefited greatly, and although still not as ubiquitous as tervigons and flyrants, they have found their way in to more and more nid lists. Sadly, if you want to field a unit of these spore launching bad boys, you're shelling out $41.25 (USD) for a model that looks like this:
Now, while most of it isn't terrible, the biovore model has one dated element that stands out immediately - the head. Back in 4th edition fluff (and before), biovores were the product of adapted Ork DNA. So in this sense - the model fit the fluff, though it veered slightly from the new design direction Jes Goodwin started implementing in third edition with the warrior/gaunt models. Most new units since then have followed the same overall design characteristics, and minus the head, this 4th edition biovore model is no different in those regards. By simply making one small tweak to this image, by superimposing part of a warrior head, I ended up with the picture of a model who fits current fluff, and falls in line with the current overall design direction of the army.
Until next time,