Old School here with some pics floating around the web today of the new Tyranid and Space Wolf Models. Included are the Tervigon/ Tyrannofex kit (Tervigon above), the Swarmlord/ Flying Tyrant kit, the Thunderwolves and Fenrisian Wolves. Let's take a look:
Alright, so as much of the world speculated for so long, the Tyrannofex and Tervigon come in the same kit. My first impression is that they look pretty cool and meet the look that I imagined they would have in terms of size and base size. I have to agree with many of the commenters out there that say this is a little too late as there are a lot of conversions for both of these models that meet this size standard and are certainly good enough for the table-top even in a world where this kit exists (I am not retiring big momma anytime soon!). What the kits do is simply provide those who haven't converted them yet or who don't want to spen $100+ a model to grab a kit and make them to standard for roughly half the price buying the conversion parts at retail would cost. Will I pick one up? We will see.
The Swormlord/ Flying Hive Tyrant kit looks very nice with some minor concessions seemingly made that take a little away from the Swarmlord in contrast to his codex picture, but I think it is worth it for a good plastic kit with some wings included. Again, it isn't exiting for the many who already made their own. I think this will provide the Harpy lovers with a good model to start their conversions from, but again, it's a little late.
Here is the Tyrant with wings. Not bad and it looks like several of the better conversions I have seen. The legs could work to make a running, footslogger Tyrant as well, so that could be a nice little side deal.
... The mandatory swarm image.
Wolftime - Here are the long awaited Fenrisian wolves. For those folks who haven't made them, they are pretty nice and should look great on the table.
And the Thunderwolves. In terms of base size and overall look, I like them. They are set to be about $55 a box, which is comparable to the price of Bloodcrushers, so I think it's not a bad deal, but again, I feel like the folks who wanted Thunderwolves have got them already, whether they converted from GW parts or bought theirs from a third party.
Here is another pic of the TWolves.
My thought? As I mentioned several times going through the pics, these kits would have been great a long time ago and while I am sure they will sell, I am sure the converters out there aren't going to budge on their already-made models. What it means to me on a tournament judge/ organizer note is that there is finally a point of reference to compare conversions to the official models, so there will be less debate at events about what base the TWolves/ Big Bugs go on and less sightings of the mini-Tervigons from the folks who claimed that they couldn't be modelling for advantage since there are no models.
What do I wish they would have provided? Spore pods for one. They would fall into the catagory of stuff that most people have made, but with the pod being a very spammable model for reserve armies, they surely would have sold and I would have loved to have seen a proper model instead of some of the repurposed things I have seen out there (some are great, others are horrible). So my verdict is that these are all nice models, but I would have loved to have seen them sooner.
What are your thoughts on these models?