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On a boat, Trying not to die.

YOU STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT and she wasn't a hooker she was a nice lady!

Anyway, If you decide to make the Kraid, scratchbuild it. Much easier.

Every Normal Man Must Be Tempted At Times To Spit On His Hands, Hoist That Black Flag, And Begin Slitting Throats. 
   
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Terre Haute, Indiana

Chowderhead wrote:I'm agreeing with Doomykins and saying Trygon. It's not to scale, but you won't blow a few hundred bucks on something that you're going to hack up into tiny pieces.

I was thinking use it as a counts-as Hierophant, not buy the kit and hack it up! D:

   
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Warp-Screaming Noise Marine






Ireland

That Ridley was awesome.

 
   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Hmm, I already have Heirodules in an Anylosaur and Brachiosaur vein, and planning a Diplodocus Dominatrix with a massive pregnant belly (that'll fit right in Doom's NSFW thread), it'll be tricky making Kraid fit in the aesthetic. Especially since his anatomy is basically the old-fashioned inaccurate T-rex reconstruction, gone massively obese; plan was to make the really big stuff into large herbivore body types. Maybe -

- yes, I can see a place for him! The Imperial Armour Apocalypse Trygon rules are a pretty good fit; he can 'trample' as a Gargantuan, he has a short-ranged attack that feels pretty spiky, he emerges from the ground (which is how he generally makes an entrance), and he's near-immune to small arms fire.

Yep, found mah boi.

And of course, he's going to be a scratchbuild...

   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

Considering how long bulding from scratch can take at times, I'd say buying a Trigon kit just to have something to chop up into many tiny pieces is actually worth the money. The math is simple, If It takes you longer to build it from scratch than it would take to work and buy (at your hourly wage) then buying the kit actually buys you extra conversion time. I just look at how much time it saved me to buy a Trigon along with a set of balrog wings for a Harpy conversion and I'm not unhappy about the expense one bit at all. Then again, maybe that's just me.

Considering the quality of your conversions so far I'm pretty sure you'll be fine either way. Keep up the great work. Can't wait to see how you'll finish off those 5 Tervigons.

Dark_Gear's Spawning Vats | Follow the evolution of multiple new strains.
Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Yeah, I used to work for GW and filled a crate of nid bitz on my staff discount before I left the company so I can definitely appreciate the utility of pre-made bits. These days I'm signed off work with health problems; hobbycraft fills the days, and scratchbuilding gets around the problem of matching welfare to inflation :/

Who knows, maybe one day I'll catch someone's eye and find creative work again

   
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Texas

Wow, now those are tyranids! Cool to see someone actually going further into "dinosaurs in space" theme they already kinda have

 
   
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Australia

Awesome stuff!

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far." The Call of Cthulhu - H. P. Lovecraft

Painting Blog - http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/244402.page - leave a comment! 
   
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Sechelt, BC

lindsay40k wrote: hobbycraft fills the days, and scratchbuilding gets around the problem of matching welfare to inflation :/


That right there is very much what got me into heavily converting my Monstrous Creatures. Considering the costs of the kit, why build like everyone else, right out of the box and be done with it 2-3 hours when I can keep myself busy with for 20-50 hours instead? Definitely getting much more enjoyment out of it. It's also so much more rewarding to have a unique model at the end of it all as well.

If you don't mind my asking, what did you do for GW back in the day?

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Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Dark_Gear wrote:If you don't mind my asking, what did you do for GW back in the day?


Couple years of retail, couple months on the phones.

   
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That parasite is fantastic! Really nicely conceived and executed.

   
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Hey lindsay , impressive dino nids, i do like dinosaurs and i do like nids, so it follows i would like dinids. i commented on your wonderful ig nid diorama when i 1st joined dakka, very clever and funny. the hoplites are rather great also, are you gonna paint em up soon? btw the fluff was interesting and different. and nice art too, infact lets just say great blog allround and leave it at that.:-)
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

With the quality of the work you've been posting I figured you would have been working in the GW art department, not behind the phones. Does the company actually encourage people outside of the design team to do some creative work or is the staff discount just a "perk of the job?

Dark_Gear's Spawning Vats | Follow the evolution of multiple new strains.
Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Why thanks, though this job was eight years ago and I left because there was no full-time positions on the horizon. Hobbycraft and creativity was generally encouraged, yes, though if there were active drives to internally recruit for the studio I missed 'em :(

   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

Actually about a month back GW had postings for a couple of openings. The first for a modeling apprenticeship, where the applicant would be taught the GW sculpting style while working on projects, and the second for Main Modeler. It was based out of the UK offices and seemed to have a fairly decent starting wage for an apprenticeship program. It was damn tempting to apply...

Dark_Gear's Spawning Vats | Follow the evolution of multiple new strains.
Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Nottingham (yay!)

Yeah, when my health's back to form I'll be trying for some of those positions as and when they appear. Meantime, I try to gear my hobbycraft towards that goal.

   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Dino-looking interpretation of the worst special character ever.

Yeah, I'll add 100pts to the already overpriced Carnifex to add an occasional extra attack or two, redundant +1str on a S9 MC, and losing the only three options that make Carnifexes usable (Mycetic Spore drop, attached Prime cover saves & wound allocation, and AG/Frag spines giving I4 when charging into cover).

Oh, and a 5+ Regeneration that'll mean nothing after he gets dropped in one turn by a metagame full of S8+ AP3+ shooting.

Converted for completion and as a fun hobbycraft project.







Gimme back postmortem regeneration and EW, and you might be viable. YOU DIE FASTER THAN YARRICK FES.

   
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Ex nihilo

I take Old one eye in planetstrike games where I really need to take out a building.

So far, I've played one in two years.

Tyranids attract more tang than an astronaut convention.
Success is a little more than I already have. Every day, Forever. Until you have nothing.
As Galactic ruler, I promise to be tough but fair. But tough.
"Dangerous terrain where you just die upon rolling a 1 is for sissies. Parts of the board you wont even move your models into because you're physically afraid of being stung by wasps? Welcome to a Tyranid invasion, cue danger music. "
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Doomthumbs wrote:I take Old one eye in planetstrike games where I really need to take out a building.

So far, I've played one in two years.


Yeah, only time I anticipate using him is in Apocalypse; Forced March and run head-first at a superheavy.

   
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london (all of it)

lindsay40k wrote:Dino-looking interpretation of the worst special character ever.

Yeah, I'll add 100pts to the already overpriced Carnifex to add an occasional extra attack or two, redundant +1str on a S9 MC, and losing the only three options that make Carnifexes usable (Mycetic Spore drop, attached Prime cover saves & wound allocation, and AG/Frag spines giving I4 when charging into cover).

Oh, and a 5+ Regeneration that'll mean nothing after he gets dropped in one turn by a metagame full of S8+ AP3+ shooting.



Hit the nail on the head

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tyranid project blog: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/30/360228.page#7461387 
   
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Ex nihilo

Any tips for how you do your awesome feathering?

Tyranids attract more tang than an astronaut convention.
Success is a little more than I already have. Every day, Forever. Until you have nothing.
As Galactic ruler, I promise to be tough but fair. But tough.
"Dangerous terrain where you just die upon rolling a 1 is for sissies. Parts of the board you wont even move your models into because you're physically afraid of being stung by wasps? Welcome to a Tyranid invasion, cue danger music. "
Check out my NSFW Tyranids! Your eyes will burn for days.
Team NSFW: Making wargamers deeply uncomfortable since 2011.
 
   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Doomthumbs wrote:Any tips for how you do your awesome feathering?


I'll take stage-by-stage shots as I paint Old One Eye's carapace.

   
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Sneaky Sniper Drone




australia

Looking awsome, keep it up.

"if you're still alive your not fighting hard enough!"  
   
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Sechelt, BC

lindsay40k wrote:I'll take stage-by-stage shots as I paint Old One Eye's carapace.


Looking forward to the painting demo as I've been impressed with your paint style since it first first posted.

Dark_Gear's Spawning Vats | Follow the evolution of multiple new strains.
Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Update: built and undercoated my first Tervigon, with magnetised Gaunt pupa:











Old One Eye is halfway painted and will be blogged in full when finished.

   
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Ex nihilo

I love the idea of magnetizing the gaunts and replacing it with a stinger once it vapor locks.

Awesome as usual, nice use of the spider body.

Tyranids attract more tang than an astronaut convention.
Success is a little more than I already have. Every day, Forever. Until you have nothing.
As Galactic ruler, I promise to be tough but fair. But tough.
"Dangerous terrain where you just die upon rolling a 1 is for sissies. Parts of the board you wont even move your models into because you're physically afraid of being stung by wasps? Welcome to a Tyranid invasion, cue danger music. "
Check out my NSFW Tyranids! Your eyes will burn for days.
Team NSFW: Making wargamers deeply uncomfortable since 2011.
 
   
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Elite Tyranid Warrior





Sechelt, BC

Epic indeed!

This conversion is looking great. Loving how you used the spider legs to keep the back end away from the ground to give room for the spawning gaunts. Magnetising the stinger is also a brilliant marker .

Can't wait to see how you paint this one.

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Dark_Gear's Webway Portal | A new Kabal rises.
Dark Machinations | Dark Gear's Tumblr. 
   
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Tunneling Trygon






Nottingham (yay!)

Forgot to mention: the gribbly crawling onto the Gaunt conceals how I've pinned it's head to the momma bug's thorax, to better support the weight being borne by three legs.

Not sure how I'm going to paint her carapace, given that its anatomy doesn't fit my army patterns perfectly, but it'll be an interesting model to paint nonetheless.

   
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I like what you've done with your tervigons, especially how you've done the gaunts being popped out. I might have to do something similar with my own tervigon, which is also using the arachnarok as the base. That is, if you don't mind me stealing the idea...

...but I am curious how you attached the carnifex head to the body of the arachnarok. That's one point of my own conversion I'm not quite content with.
   
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Nashville

Spider-fexs for everybody.

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