Tyranids: even if they bleed, can we kill them?

You may remember the Shadow of the Kabal of the Twilight Wraith, a Dark Eldar army by my friend Joel Williams that we posted a gallery of a while back. You may, too, remember the mention of a discussion Joel and I have often held: I, as an upstanding defender of the Imperium, see the wicked xeno pirates as one of the cruelest and deserving-of-human-las-shot factions in the 41st Millennium; Joel defends them with (heretical) explanations and justifications about the nature of their escape from She Who Thirsts. His exonerations for his Tyranid army are no less blasphemous. The Hive Mind is, he says, only acting on its natural need for sustenance. Whatever his justifications for playing such a sinful army, it is clear that he has put a lot of work into it.

Joel’s collection comes to approximately 3476 points total, and it contains models from several different editions of release. To start, here are a few shots of his hormagaunts and spinegaunts.

Next, some of those ever important synapse creatures, some of the common Warriors and a couple of Zoanthropes.

And from days of old comes a terrifying Screamer-Killer Carnifex, a bioform that, as Joel points out, is fantastic under the latest rules.

And also his newer, fully-magnetized Carnifex.

The main body of the horde is backed by fleet units of gargoyles, raveners and genestealers.

Leading this mighty throng stands a Hive Tyrant with a wicked visage, protected by two Tyrant Guard.

Last, but certainly not the least threatening, are Joel’s three Lictors. He is particularly proud of these older – but updated and beautiful – models.

All in all, even though for games Joel mostly runs forces around 1500 points, his total collection amounts to:
•1 Hive Tyrant, with scything talons and a venom cannon
•3 Tyrant Guard
•1 Hive Tyrant with wings
•10 Warriors
•3 Lictors
•48 Spinegaunts
•48 Hormagaunts
•30 Genestealers
•10+ Ripper Swarm bases
•3 Raveners
•32 Gargoyles
•Screamer-Killer Carnifex
•Magnetized Carnifex
•3 Zoanthropes
•3 Biovores

So the question that remains is, of course, did I pack that extra power cell for my lasgun?

4 responses to “Tyranids: even if they bleed, can we kill them?

  1. I hate to say it about bugs, but that’s a beautiful army! I especially like the way the chitin is painted. It’s almost a shame that they all have to die… horribly…

  2. Don’t worry, the dead bodies just get reabsorbed and recycled after I’ve taken the planet :P.

    Thanks for the kudos… for this army (which is in the middle of a repaint to the scheme shown here) I wanted to go for a ‘natural jungle camo’, playing off of how a Nid invasion will cause the planet to erupt in all sorts of wild jungles and other strange plantlife.

    I’ll eventually get all of those gaunts to have the same standard of carapace work (and the little dots on the limbs), but for now I’m just getting them to a tabletop standard so that I can get everything switched over to the new colors faster.

    And, as an aside, I’ve also completed work on my squad of Reaver Jetbikes from my Dark Eldar army, and hope to finish the final highlights on the last of my Raiders (finishing all vehicles) before the end of the week.


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