Congratulations – it’s a bug!

As long as XenonMage has had her Tyranid army, and as long as she’s been thrashing me at Warhammer 40K, something has felt like it was missing on the battlefield. Our planet’s landscape is littered with Eldar Eldritch Ruins and invasive plants like Barbed Venomgorse, but the Tyranids haven’t – up to this point – made much of a mark on the physical landscape of Andoan’s second moon. That changes here! When I saw that a seller in Canada had an old Forgeworld Brood Nest for sale, and that it was being sold super cheap, I jumped at the chance to finally add some Tyranid flavor to our games, and to add something nice to the pile of backlogged birthday presents for her.

Pictured: The miracle of childbirth.

There’s an old expression that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is – and I can’t complain much given that I spent all of $5 on this terrain piece, but I’m almost positive that it was a recast, and it wasn’t a great recast at that. I had to break out the green stuff and reconstruct the jaws of both of the Tyranids and plugged up a whole slew of different holes and flaws in the surface of the chitin and the “meat” of the nest alike, and even then, I found that once I started to paint I noticed even more, less major holes and flaws that I’d have to start over to effectively clean up. Tyranid terrain is so hard to find, though, that I was determined to make this work, and…to be fair, having bubbles in a Tyranid piece just kind of gives it a more organic or porous kind of look, so…it could definitely have been worse.

Pictured: A second Hormagaunt trying to break free.

In the end, despite issues with the build I was very happy with how this came together, once mounted on an 80mm base and given some extra terrain bits and bobs along the edges. It’s definitely not my fanciest or most polished build but I’m pretty happy all things considered with how it came together, and I’m glad that XenonMage is finally going to get to add some Tyranid flavor to our games, and other games she plays down the road. I’m still hoping to finish my Deathworld Forest table, but I’m also going to keep an eye out from here for any handy third-party Tyranid terrain pieces that we might be able to use since the GW stuff is so scarce.

Pictured: Four in a row, with one more to go!

And one last thing before I forget – with my last couple entries, I’ve neglected to update my running “Hobby Bingo” card, so here it is. I felt like this was a little small to count as a whole terrain piece, so I used up one of the “Any Model” spots, and used my last couple Sisters entries to fill up some of the “Unit of 2+ models” categories. Now, I just need to get some units of 10+ models on the go, and I’m all set!

6 thoughts on “Congratulations – it’s a bug!

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Great painting Mick, it has a very organic feel to it. Shame about it being a recast, there is far too much of that on the market. If you are looking for Tyranid type scenery check out Armourcast as they do some that would fit, I do have a small range on my company that I know people have used as Tyranid scenery as well

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    1. mick says:

      I’ll check Armourcast out for sure. And actually I’d be thrilled to pick up some of your terrain at some point, I’ll poke through and see what I can come up with! Thanks!

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  2. Ann says:

    Very pretty blue. Well, as you say, if something has to be a recast stuff it is hard to go wrong with Nid scenery on that score.

    I would imagine that one could create some pretty neat homemade Nid terrain. I did a cursory search and found a lot of links. I think I might do that myself someday if I ever get the itch to paint some bugs again.

    Do you have any of those little genestealer nests? If so I bet they’d look keen painted to match that big nest thingie.

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    1. mick says:

      Thanks! XenonMage is very much a fan of royal blue colors and I did my best to emulate that on the “chitin” parts. And she does have some of the little genestealer nests, but I think hers are already painted up for the most part.

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  3. Túbal Villar - Virakotxa says:

    Nice one! Look into a dried plant used in decorations named “lotus pods”. Chances are it smashes the 5$ threshold and way better casting quality… Mix with walnut shells sparingly, and I woul visit a seafood market… But that maybe not for all.

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  4. Azazel says:

    Great work! I have a couple of spires I’ve had here forever just waiting on me deciding on a final/main bug scheme but you”re making me want to dig them out and finally paint them up! 🙂

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