Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Cheap 'n Easy Shrikes
So, on this attempted return to Tyranid Tuesdays, I'll be showing the work I've done so far on converting shrikes out of--mostly--spare bits.
Moloch has always been a huge proponent of flying Tyranids being modeled as more than just Tyranids+wings. Nothing angers him more than hooves on a flying nid (and if you take a look at his winged models, you'll see that his flyers always have feet, rather than hooves). When trying to come up with a concept for Shrikes, I definitely didn't want them to have hooves, like normal warriors. Nor did I want them to have much in the way of feet at all, hoping to pattern them off the gorgeous new Gargoyle plastics.
Since, after getting my hands on the garg models, I became obsessed with the idea of repurposing their torsos as armoured shins, and their tails as lash whips (more on that later), I had a glut of garg wings lying around (how often do you hear that sentence?). This shrike concept was inspired by that glut of wings, as well as a certain extra bit that came with the Trygon.
Once I got the wings attached to the Trygon carapace piece, I just needed to attach a ribcage on the front of the model. I chose a Tyranid warrior one, severing it from its carapace (which was saved because it is an awesome bit for armouring up all manner of things later), but you could also use a ravener torso as you get a pile of those in a ravener box.
For the creature's tail, I elected to use a garg torso/tail. I know I said that the Garg torso/tails were meant to be used for armoured shins/lash whips, but I fell so very in love with them as conversion bits that for a while I was buying them up from online bits suppliers. Here's the cutting work I did on the torso/tail.
Next up, I'll be adding an under-slung devourer and some vestigial legs in the back to represent rending claws. I've tried a couple of configurations for these claws, and they always seem to wind up looking awkward, so we'll have to see how it goes :/
Due to the size concerns, it may not be the ideal solution for Shrikes, but I'd say it is at least WYSIWYG passable, and the design links the Shrikes to any Gargoyles in the force aesthetically.