In the end, I cranked out 7 Kroot in total, which I'm happy with, but it still grinds my gears that I didn't make the full 10.
In my last post, you saw the first three members of the team:
The Trooper and The Heavy
Kroot Tyranid Hunters - Medic
And I teased the Medic, but here he is in his full glory:
You can see that he's sporting a genestealer skull on his right shoulder, which, in the hierarchy of my killteam, means he's one of the top dogs. I feel like this seniority comes from his skill at pulling apart Tyranids and finding the best parts. You can see that he's got all manner of implements and vials to help him in the harvest.
Kroot Tyranid Hunters - Genestealer Victim
And harvest he will as he's got a rather unfortunate victim on his base:
Though it pained me to do that to such a beautiful genestealer (who am I kidding. I've got a million of them), I am EXTREMELY happy with how he came out. I still need to greenstuff him up, and this is mostly a model sketch, but I feel like he's in a pretty good state right now. He certainly was a HUGE it over on my Instagram.
The medic's cloak also seemed to be a big hit, so here's a look at the wire armature I built underneath it. Once the armature was built, I stretched the greenstuff into a thin sheet and mostly just draped it over the armature.
Kroot Tyranid Hunters - GrenadierNext up was my grenadier!
And what better Tyranid organism for a Kroot Tyranid hunter to chuck like a grenade than a SPORE MINE?
And he's got plenty more where that came from:
You'll notice that this dude has got only a lowly ripper skull on his shoulder. That's because, when dealing with such volatile Tyranid organisms, Tyranid hunter grenadiers can have a very low life expectancy. Therefore, they give the job to the newest, most inexperienced killteam members as a kind of trial by fire to see if they'll survive!
Kroot Tyranid Hunters - Psycho / Ripper TamerFor my Psycho, I wanted to pursue the pretty crazy idea of a kroot who straps living rippers to his hands and feet, striding into battle and using them as weapons. In my initial concept, I envisioned the rippers as unwilling subjects, forcefully lashed to the kroot's extremities. However, as I started to put the model together, and to sculpt the ripper tails winding around him, I felt like he'd be more interesting if he's somehow managed to develop a symbiotic relationship with the rippers in question.
As with the rest of these models, this guy is still a model sketch and needs a little more work before he's finished. I particularly want to wrap a spinefist ripper around one of his shoulders so that it will serve as kind of a ranged weapon parrot for him ;)
Kroot Tyranid Hunters - Marksman / SniperThis is another idea I've had rolling around in my head for a while. Though I equipped my original trooper with a crossbow, I also wanted to equip some of my Kroot Tyranid Hunters with traditional bow and arrows to pick up on the more feral theme. I wanted to make this bows HUGE--like full kroot height. However, for this first run at them, I went for a slightly more modest size:
For my sniper/marksman, I wanted him to be an extremely sneaky git. But how could a kroot, which is already a master of fieldcraft and camouflage, get even sneakier?
By growing a set of state-of-the-art Tyranid chameleonic scales, of course!
However, that's a bit of a tall order for someone as impatient and feral as a kroot, so he just took the short cut: skinning a young Lictor alive and conspiring with a Haemonculus ally from the fighting pits to devise a way to keep the poor creature's disembodied head alive and attached to the scales!
Though he might not be my favourite model in the killteam, this particular Kroot Tyranid Hunter wins my award for Best Fluff >:)
Kroot Tyranid Hunters - Kroot Hound / Carrier / PetThough all the models I've already shown are still very WIP and require more greenstuffing, etc, before they are complete and ready for paint, the two further models I'll share are much more WIP. However, I did the work on them in Kitbashember, so I feel like they count.
Most finished of the two is my scratch build of a Kroot Hound, which was going to play the role of a carrier for the medic. I'd fashion some sort of panier on the hound's back for carrying around all the useful Tyranid gribblies. When creating the hound, I based it on this beautiful 3D drawing I found online:
Brother Hydra and Bocks and Weirdingsway, I recombined pieces in different orientations to cobble together that loose shape.
The legs are obviously from Bloodletter, which is a kit that might as well have sponsored my Kroot Tyranid Hunters for how much I use them as bigger Kroot. The front half of the body is also a Bloodletter torso, angled back with the head attaching to the bloodletter's pelvis. The other, rear part of the body is a genestealer torso that has been flipped backwards.
The head was more of an adventure. The lower mandible/beak is from Ogroid Thaumaturge's staff. (no idea how to spell that: the big evil dude from Silver Tower). The upper mandible, however, is made from the two barbs at the end of the Tyranid Warrior head crest that is kind of reminiscent of earwig pincers. I cut them off then cut them down and glued them together in the rough shape of a beak. The eyes were stolen from a ripper.
Next up, I filled it in a big using greenstuff. I also added a tail, which I think was clipped and cut down from the end of a devourer barrel:
Kroot Tyranid Hunters - Kroot Ox / BrawlerThe other scratchbuild/severe kitbash that I made the most preliminary of starts on was my entry for Brawler, which I thought would be best represented by a Krootox. I warn you, though: I've accomplished very little, so this might be a disappointing tease!
Featuring the otherwise useless torso of that ugliest of plaguehulks from the Gellerpox Infected! (I'm irrationally proud of finding an interesting use for that hideous bit)
And with other nurgle contributions from the Maggoth Lord, and some Tyranid hands to round it out.
Burnout or not, I'm extremely happy that I finally got the chance to circle back around on this idea that'd been sticking in my mind for so long, and I feel like I was able to make a good, honest restart on them :)
So, now that you've seen the FULL squad (so far), which of the Kroot Tyranid Hunters is your favourite? Or do you have a crazy idea of another Kroot Tyranid Hunter who uses a different piece of Tyranid anatomy as a weapon or armour? Let me know if the comments below \/