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Origin of the Tyranid Species?- The First Haruspex

Way back in the 1990′s the newest wave of Tyranids models were originally hatched.

With the release of Epic series of games, a lot of models were created for each faction of 40k in to fill the vast tabletops of this game.

Chief among these for the Tyranids were the Exocrine, Haruspex, Dominatrix, and Malefactor models that towered over the smaller infantry stands.


Then Armorcast (one of the producers of resin models before Forge World) came along and bought the license to produce some of these large scale resin models for play in games of second edition 40k.

This gave birth to the first “Gargantuan Creatures” for the game as the Tyranids got 40k scale Exocrine, Haruspex, Malefactor.  And now it seems like technology closed the modeling gap, and in 2013 we have plastic versions of some of these big baddies.

Today was the Haruspex model, a sort of “Tank” for the bugs. It is similar to the current Hierodule models, that are just beaters in hand to hand.

This guy came out of the box in four pieces, torso, jaw, and two arms.  All the normal working with resin rules applied here, but strangely from the directions they advised against using green stuff to fill gaps and bubbles because “it shrunk over time”.

Along with the other Armorcast Tyranid models, this one is more “slug like” and not a member of the Hexapod family(six appendages) like all the other current Tyranids.  But I like him all the same!

Checkout my video review below, and have a great weekend gaming guys!

If you get hungry for more Armorcast Tyranids, check out their other kits: ExocrineMalefactor.

Scale Comparison with one of my Waterbugs

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Origin of the Tyranid Species?- The First Exocrine

Way back in the 1990′s the newest wave of Tyranids models were originally hatched.

With the release of Epic series of games, a lot of models were created for each faction of 40k in to fill the vast tabletops of this game.

Chief among these for the Tyranids were the Exocrine, Haruspex, Dominatrix, and Malefactor models that towered over the smaller infantry stands.

Then Armorcast (one of the producers of resin models before Forge World) came along and bought the license to produce some of these large scale resin models for play in games of second edition 40k.

This gave birth to the first “Gargantuan Creatures” for the game as the Tyranids got 40k scale Exocrine, Haruspex, Malefactor.  And now it seems like technology closed the modeling gap, and in 2013 we have plastic versions of some of these big baddies.

This was the Exocrine model, a sort of self propelled artillery model for the bugs that fired the first Bio Cannon (which is now on the massive Hierophant, and Harridan models).

This guy came out of the box in one piece, which was nice for “beginners” like me.  All the normal working with resin rules applied here, but strangely from the directions they advised against using green stuff to fill gaps and bubbles because it shrunk over time.

I haven’t noticed that these days, but it’s funny hearing a disparaging remark about green stuff from so long ago.

Currently I haven’t been able to find a set of rules for this mode, but the old datasheet from Second edition can be found here.

More info on this big baddie below, courtesy 40k Wikki:

An Exocrine is a large Tyranid creature bred for long range fire support. Its forelimbs are fused together to form a skeletal platform for a powerful bio-cannon that fires high velocity chitin shells with a silicon-based penetrator core. The bio-cannon is powered by a sudden surge of muscle contractions starting in the creature’s head frill combined with an electromagnetic boost from adapted nerve bundles.

The Bio-Cannon is a Tyranid Biomorph and is among the largest weapons yet encountered on Tyranid organisms. Equipped to titan-sized creatures such as the Hierophant and Harridan, the Bio-Cannon is triggered by a massive electro-chemical shock that spews forth a hail of highly venomous and corrosive maggot organisms. These organisms then impact on the target, splattering a rain of bio-acid and poison that can melt through nearly any material in a matter of seconds and reduce the unfortunate victim to a steaming pile of bubbling goo. - 40k Wiki

 Little Scale Comparison with one of my Waterbugs

 Whats in the box?!!!

Second edition Codex art with the Exocrine in the back left.

What’s your favorite or least favorite Tyranid Big Baddie? -MBG

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40k Flashback- Tyranid Haruspex Gargantuan Creature

Welcome to Flashback Fridayswhere I dig deep for something cool that I have from back in the day.  Which according to the comic Dane Cook was a Wednesday.

You always hear the question: “How did you get into the hobby?”, and for me it was getting bored with assembling fighter jet models.

I could never afford the good jet kits either. Plus those things had a ton of components, we’re spoiled by Games Workshop when it comes to piece count, believe me.


This week I dug out another old Tyranid Armorcast Models from back in the Nineties. 

For those of you that aren’t savy on the history of the resin side of Warhammer 40k, Armorcast had a license with Games Workshop to product large scale 40k kits back in the nineties that were mostly based of Epic 40k models.

And produce they did, from Tyranids to Titans, Armorcast cranked out these big boys for nearly a decade.

However in  the late nineties/ early 2000′s Forge World came along, acquired the licensing from Games Workshop, and started casting their own creations. For Tyranids we got Hierodules, MK1 Trygon, Hierophant, Harridan, Malanthrope, etc etc..

Today I’m featuring the Haruspex model, a sort of “Tank” for the bugs. It is similar to the current Hierodule models, that are just beaters in hand to hand.

This guy came out of the box in four pieces, torso, jaw, and two arms.  All the normal working with resin rules applied here, but strangely from the directions they advised against using green stuff to fill gaps and bubbles because “it shrunk over time”.

Along with the other Armorcast Tyranid models, this one is more “slug like” and not a member of the Hexapod family(six appendages) like all the other current Tyranids.  But I like him all the same!

Checkout my video review below, and have a great weekend gaming guys!

If you get hungry for more Armorcast Tyranids, check out their other kits: Exocrine, Malefactor.


Scale Comparison with one of my Waterbugs

What’s your favorite or least favorite Tyranid Big Baddie? -MBG

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Pre-Forge World Tyranid Transport? The Malefactor

Welcome to Flashback Fridays, where I dig deep for something cool that I have from back in the day.  Which according to the comic Dane Cook was a Wednesday.

You always hear the question: “How did you get into the hobby?”, and for me it was getting bored with assembling fighter jet models.

I could never afford the good jet kits either. Plus those things had a ton of components, we’re spoiled by Games Workshop when it comes to piece count, believe me.


This week I dug out of the closet another old Tyranid Armorcast Models from back in the Nineties. 

For those of you that aren’t savy on the history of the resin side of Warhammer 40k, Armorcast had a license with Games Workshop to product large scale 40k kits back in the nineties mostly based of Epic 40k models.

And produce they did, from Tyranids to Titans, Armorcast cranked out these big boys for nearly a decade.

However the late nineties/ early 2000′s Forge World came along, acquired the licensing from Games Workshop , and starting casting their own creations. Of which are the Hierodules, MK1 Trygon, Hierophant, Harridan, Malanthrope, etc etc..

Today I’m featuring the Malefactor model, a sort of Rhino APC for the bugs. It is similar to the Harridan model, in the fact it can carry a small brood into battle while smashing aside opposition to deliver it’s contents.

This guy came out of the box in three pieces, torso, and two arms.  All the normal working with resin rules applied here, but strangely from the directions they advised against using green stuff to fill gaps and bubbles because it shrunk over time.

Along with the other Armorcast Tyranid models, this one is more “slug like” and not a member of the Hexapod family(six appendages) like all the other current Tyranids.  But I like him all the same!

Above is some sweet modern art featuring how maybe the Malefactor would look today, if Forge World ever put one out.

I even managed to find some rules for using all the old Tyranid big bugs in the current rules set recently. They are included in the Lords of Battle Apocalypse Datasheet download over on the Fly Lords of Terra site. You can check them out here.

They all seem to be loosely based on the Tyranid Monstrosities “VDR” system from Chapter Approved 2001 with a twist of some newer stuff thrown in.

The Malefactor was armed with Acid Jets and Frag Spines,  with more recent rules editions giving it Scything Talons to be able to punch though think armor of fortresses and disgorge it’s contents inside.

Frag spines as I remembered them just conferred offensive grenades (something Tyranids most certainly can use), but I guess in the rules above they have a more offensive profile.

Acid Jets would be neat if it was the big Hellstorm template from Apocalypse! (insert menacing snake like noise here)…..

More info on this big baddie below, courtesy 40k Wikki:


A Malefactor is a large Tyranid assault creature that is able to transport a brood of other Tyranid creatures into battle under its thick carapace. It is surprisingly fast and is armed with Acid Jets and Frag Spines. 

Checkout the Three Sixty, and have a great weekend gaming guys!

 Little Scale Comparison with one of my Waterbugs

Second edition Codex art with the Malefactor in the back right.

What’s your favorite or least favorite Tyranid Big Baddie? -MBG

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Before Forge World- Tyranid Exocrine

Welcome to Flashback Fridays, where I dig deep for something cool that I have from back in the day.  Which according to the comic Dane Cook was a Wednesday.

You always hear the question: “How did you get into the hobby?”, and for me it was getting bored with assembling fighter jet models.

I could never afford the good jet kits either. Plus those things had a ton of components, we’re spoiled by Games Workshop when it comes to piece count, believe me.


This week I dug out of the closet all my old Tyranid Armorcast Models from back in the Nineties. 

For those of you that aren’t savy on the history of the resin side of Warhammer 40k, Armorcast had a license with Games Workshop to product large scale 40k kits back in the nineties mostly based of Epic 40k models.

And produce they did, from Tyranids to Titans, Armorcast cranked out these big boys for nearly a decade.

However the late nineties/ early 2000′s Forge World came along, acquired the licensing from Games Workshop , and starting casting their own creations. Of which are the Hierodules, MK1 Trygon, Hierophant, Harridan, Malanthrope, etc etc..

Today I’m featuring the Exocrine model, a sort of self propelled artillery model for the bugs that fired the first Bio Cannon (which is now on the massive Hierophant, and Harridan models).

This guy came out of the box in one piece, which was nice for “beginners” like me.  All the normal working with resin rules applied here, but strangely from the directions they advised against using green stuff to fill gaps and bubbles because it shrunk over time.

I haven’t noticed that these days, but it’s funny hearing a disparaging remark about green stuff from so long ago.

Currently I haven’t been able to find a set of rules for this model in 5th edition, but the old datasheet from Second edition can be found here.

The Bio-Cannon does however have rules and is a 48″ Range STR 10 AP3 Large Blast Weapon.  Not too shabby.  Imagine multiples of these guys firing at once. Ouchies.

More info on this big baddie below, courtesy 40k Wikki:

An Exocrine is a large Tyranid creature bred for long range fire support. Its forelimbs are fused together to form a skeletal platform for a powerful bio-cannon that fires high velocity chitin shells with a silicon-based penetrator core. The bio-cannon is powered by a sudden surge of muscle contractions starting in the creature’s head frill combined with an electromagnetic boost from adapted nerve bundles.

The Bio-Cannon is a Tyranid Biomorph and is among the largest weapons yet encountered on Tyranid organisms. Equipped to titan-sized creatures such as the Hierophant and Harridan, the Bio-Cannon is triggered by a massive electro-chemical shock that spews forth a hail of highly venomous and corrosive maggot organisms. These organisms then impact on the target, splattering a rain of bio-acid and poison that can melt through nearly any material in a matter of seconds and reduce the unfortunate victim to a steaming pile of bubbling goo. - 40k Wiki

Checkout the Three Sixty, and have a great weekend gaming guys!

 Little Scale Comparison with one of my Waterbugs

 Whats in the box?!!!

Second edition Codex art with the Exocrine in the back left.

What’s your favorite or least favorite Tyranid Big Baddie? -MBG

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Army of One- Painted Figure Showcase

Welcome to Army of One, where I display a great looking painted model from stuff I’ve done or amazing figures I’ve seen around.

If you click on the Army of One label you’ll be able to scroll through some great looking figures, all at once.

Today we take a look at a Genestealer form my Waterbugz army. -Enjoy MBG









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Slitherqueen- Waterbugz Converted Hive Tyrant

Hey everyone. I’m back with what I think is my best bug conversion to date; The Slitherqueen.  This baddie will be the leader of my Waterbugz as they decimate the Ultramar sector, or at least central Virginia lol.  Well as you can see I used the same theme as my Slitherfexes, but added some armor plating on the front.

So I started the model out the same as my other ‘fexes, okay actually I stole the lower torso from one- cause lets face it I don’t need to run six Carnifexes anymore. Then I added the Hive Tyrant torso, and some extra spikey plates in the back.

She’s armed with twin Devourers (or I guess now they are Brainleech worms?), Bonesword and Lash Whip.  When I was dry-fitting everything together I didn’t really like the pose of the Lash Whip bit that comes with the Tryant, so I had to come up with something better suited to what I wanted.

I ended up using another Devourer bit, and a Venomthrope whip I had left over from making the Slitherguard- hey that model comes with four Lash Whips, might as well get my monies’ worth!  Then I puttied up the gap, and viola insta-whip! Now I just need to find a fast way to make boneswords, lol.

Okay so here’s a better look at my new pet, from both sides.  If you haven’t seen the rest of my Waterbugz conversions you can check them out here.

So what do you think about The Slitherqueen? I suppose I’ll have to work on a Swarmlord next…

-MBG

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