Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Project Pyrovore


I can't remember where the conversation took place, but somewhere along the way I was talking to someone about how very useless Pyrovores were in the current Tyranid Codex incarnation. We were joking that about the only thing they seemed to be of any use for was to function like Banelings from Starcraft.
Put them in a Mycetic Spore, drop them in the middle of some marines, and hope that they fry a couple before they get shot to shit and are forced to detonate.

...Except, they can't even be relied upon to do that as they'll only blow if struck by a weapon that insta-kills them, and then only on a 4+.

Utterly so.

Still, the comedic idea of repping Pyrovores with Banelings stuck in my mind, and since I figured I could put them together with a few bits, some tinfoil, and some putty, why not take a stab? So here's my run at the first one.
I'm not entirely sold on it, mostly because of how massive the 'Fex head is, but I'll pursue it for now and try for something different on the next one.

The legs also look a little weedy, but, really, that is likely just my frustration at the uselessness of Pyrovores made manifest :P
I must also cite Bocks' Hive Mite as further inspiration for this as it is a far sexier proxy for a Baneling:


  1. OMG he's sculpting a Tyranid?! How long has it been since the Tyranid mojo flowed? Tyranid mojo shortage has been a pandemic due to the lackluster codex. My Tyranid mojo has been in the slumps too. I still gotta hit you up for that Tyranid Prime I won when the time is right, as in the mojo be flowing hehe.

  2. Nice go, Pinky. I have to day though that the head looks a little huge for the rest of the body ;) Or at least still too fexy. Maybe you should give the headplated the back-carapcae appearance?

  3. :) Thanks Krewl! Now that my Nid Mojo is back, I've been giving a lot of thought to the prime of late, so worry not! But, yes, I was just looking at the Nid 'dex the other day, making sure that the Pyrovores were as utterly useless as I'd thought, and YES. The book is wholly uninspiring these days :(

    DAS HYDRA! Did I talk to you about pyrovores as banelings?
    Yes. You're right. The head is a problem. I'm not sure what you mean by "give the headplated the back-carapcae appearance?", but I just ripped the rounded fex head carapace off and will be sculpting in something more angular. I've also started on a second baneling using a warrior head instead, but I worry that one is too small. We'll see.

  4. Looking forward to the pyroling fix!

    With the rate GW has been pumping out new books, I don't think we have to wait too long for our new one. I bet the mojo will flood the internets again when that happens! I have been in a yay Daemons mood lately with my mojos! I love the new book!

  5. I know it's been, what, 7 years since this post, but did this project ever go anywhere? Now that Pyrovores are actually kind of alright in the game (and also because I really like the model concept you came up with here) I want to convert my own set of burner-bugs, and your work has been a consistent source of inspiration for me.

    As a side note, when I first heard the leaks about the Pyrovore, I imagined it far closer to your concept- a squat, bulky and menacing beast that belched fire from its maw. Imagine my disappointment when the final product was essentially a tweaked Biovore!

    1. Peter, I never managed to finish it, but I still do have it and dug it out of its box the other day. Though I'll likely never use it in a game, I could finish it for old times sake. Heck, maybe I should just mail the finished model to you!