Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tyrannofex Conversion Complete! Happy New Nids!

 Old School here ready to kick in the new year with a new tyranid: My first Tyrannofex! After enjoying a little too much wine with the wife and watching the ball drop, I decided to glue the final peices in place for this conversion, photograph it and post it for the new year, so let's have a look at how it was done ...
First off, much like with my harpy conversion, the whole thing is a carnifex kit bash. While I prefer the multi-eyed face for the harpies, I like the tusks for this tyrannofex (and the one I am working on).

 I wanted to bulk the model up so I made sure it had plenty of armor. I doubled up the carapace in the front and added a butt-plate, which meant I would have to use green stuff to fill areas between the tail and torso, making the entire beast large that a regular carnifex.

The gun was made with two venom cannons green stuffed side by side, the wrapped in a thin layer of green stuff. Once that dried, I applied various crotch and chest peices from the trygon kit as well as a couple side peices from the stranglethorn cannon to give the giant cannon a good tyranid feel. If you look closely, you'll also see I used the rattle tail from the trygon for an ammo feed into the gun from the sacs located further along the rear of the creature. If my tervigons get laughed at for having big booties, then my tyrannofex gets laughed at for his "massive gun and ammo pouches" ... some people just can't be taken anywhere, lol!

The ammo sacs I talked about begin along the side of the beast in the form of green stuff and end with two sacs from the stranglethorn cannons in the rear of the beast.

I then decided to add the scything talons not for gameplay, but rather for a means for the creature to stabilise itself when it fires the rupture cannon. The claws in the front are a conversion of the crushing claw and the mawloc jaws from the trygon sprues. I thought that making them appear smaller and weaker would really make it clear that it was armed with claws and teeth, thather than the false double scything talon look we see on most tervigon and t-fex conversions (including my tervi, doh!).

In any case, I leave you with this bare plastic and GS shot and ask for your honest opinions and feedback on the conversion. In any case it should make due until GW releases theirs this August! Happy New Year!


  1. I like the Morloc Crushing claws; I went with the tiny Morloc talons to represent the lack of real talons on the T-fex and it also makes mine look a bit like a T-rex.

  2. I really like it. I'm resisting the urge to comment on the gun - suffice to say that you've taken something that looked a bit ridiculous in the art and pushed it toward so-bad-it's-good territory.

  3. That looks awesome oldSchool! For a minute there, I thought I was looking at the newest band member of Gwar.

  4. This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is for fighting, this ones for fun.

    I look forward to facing that biggun soon sir. It amuses the Duke greatly.

    Nice conversion though on a serious note.

  5. Ive got a fever. And the only perscription is more HuggyFexes. Where are they