Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Modeling a Thorax Biormorph on a Hive Tyrant (Electroshock Grubs)

Hey Guys,
Ron here with another conversion quickie.  Today we are modeling a thorax biomorph on a hive tyrant.


If you haven't discovered electroshock grubs in your Tyranid Codex yet, go check them out.  For 10 pts, you get an almost guaranteed way to cause some damage to all vehicles - especially the ones Tyranids tend to struggle against in shooting (haywire, ignores cover due to being a template).  With the changes to smash, and how FMC assault works, getting hull points taken off in shooting has become even more important.  On a Flyrant, they allow you to swoop next to a vehicle you wouldn't normally be able to damage with Devourers and strip a hull point with ease.  Combo this with the fact that you can now cast the lance version of warp blast (if you get it), and a flying Tyrant goes from having difficulties with AV13+ to excelling at killing it.  If you can manage to line up a few vehicles with a few tyrants, you can wreck mech heavy armies.  

As most of you know, there isn't a bit available from Gamesworkshop that represents thorax biomorphs, so I set about converting my own.  I started with the vag deathspitter chest option from the Ravener kit, cutting out just the deathspitter portion.  


 I then cut out the middle three armor plates on the tyrant chest:


I put a little blob of putty in the gap, and mushed the devourer bit in, using the putty displaced by the bit to sculpt in some plates and connecting tissue.  


Finally I slapped some paint on, and my conversion is complete!




I'm using this conversion to represent electroshock grubs, but there's no reason you can't have it represent shreddershard or desiccator larvae.  This was a quick easy conversion, and one that you can do with very modest putty skills.  I'd love to hear what you think in the comments down below, and see your thorax biormorph conversions as well!  This is a work in progress flyrant that has some medium level re-posing (see tail bending post here: Tail Bending - Flyrant), keep an eye out in the next week or two for the finished model!        

-Ron