8th March 2020: Getting A Hold Of The Tiny Gribblies
It's not going as fast as I'd like, but I'm still making fairly decent progress on updating and adding to the paint on my old Epic Tyranid army. I've now got one of the two boxes and a Hierodule Titan all finished and ready to base. And up next are the Trygons.
I had a thought the other day about the old Epic Tyranid models that I used to have, before I bought the new ones that came out in the Epic 40,000 era. My belief was that I'd thrown them out when I tidied out my epic spares box a couple of years ago, but I was happy to find them still skulking in the loft. When I (finally) get around to doing the Epic-S rules again, I think these bigger, older models will get their own rules, that make them a bit stronger and tougher than the newer versions.
Last stages of the Hierodule
Epic Nidz progress so far
Different generations of bugs
15th December 2019: Some Smaller Bugs
Though I've made some progress on the painting side, I can not take my foot off the gas, not when I have a bunch of other armies and teams still to paint across a bunch of different games. Case in point, I still have another army of Tyranids to paint, this time in 6mm scale. These poor little buggers haven't been touched since the 90s, so are going to need some serious work to bring them up to date.
But I figured while I was painting Nidz, I may as well get these done as well.
Epic Tyranids up next...
30th November 2019: The Final Gribblies
The painting very slowly continues, but I am nearing one of my big targets. In the last couple of days, I've started putting paint onto my last Tyranid unit. Yes, I'm going to have to do a lot of basing and varnishing before I can use them. But holy crap I can't wait.
Work begins on the final unit
12th October 2019: Tabletop Trickle
So after a few months off, I've recently managed to find a little time and motivation to continue my tabletop adventures. Firstly, back before my break, I managed to finish painting my two Tyranid Primes. In the last few weeks, I've been working on the second Tyranid Warrior unit, which I've been trying to paint in classic Space Wolf colours of blue-grey and yellow.
I've also undercoated the other Marines I put together, so I can crack on at some point with painting all of those. If all goes well, in a few months all my Nidz and Marines will be finished.
Tyranid Primes done
Warriors nearly done
Extra Marines ready for paint
19th May 2019: The Tyranid Painter
My painting speed has definitely slowed down over the last couple of months, but I'm still managing to get a few things finished here and there. I know I was going to go straight into the Hormagaunt brood, but to be honest they're intimidating me. I really need to knuckle down, as I only have the following units left to complete at this point:
- 28 Hormagaunts
- 8 Warriors
- 3 Shrikes
- 3 Hive Guard
- 2 Tyranid Primes
- 2 Tyrannocytes (but only if I can be arsed to convert those old toy eggs)
Spraying some dudes
Hive Tyrant done
Zoanthrope #2 and Rippers done
Biovores and Spores done
23rd March 2019: Way Of The Brush
When it comes to tabletop action, there's not been a whole lot going these last couple of months in terms of variety. Instead, I've just been painting like a mad man in an attempt to get my Tyranids ready.
I continue to try and give each unit a very different look, and I'm pretty happy with the Lictors in particular.
As they are supposed to be sneaky, I chose probably the three most common camouflage colours in brown, grey and green, but then jazzed them up a bit with some very bright claws and teeth.
Like the Warriors from last time, I'm just going to wait until all the models are done and just base them all in one big session.
Working on the last few Termagants
Working on the Lictors
Zoanthrope #1 done
Hormagaunts up next...
The only thing I've been able to do that has not been slapping paint on has been scrubbing paint off. I'm not really a fan of stripping miniatures as it is always so messy and smelly, but some of those poor models really needed it, especially the Warriors I got from ebay and a couple of Eldar things that were ruined by a very rough spray undercoat.
The paint came off most of the models very easily, even the old beaky Marines, that were covered in several coats. However, the ebay Warriors were trouble. Absolutely no idea what kind of paint their original owner had used on them, but I had to leave them in that tub for nearly a week with several scrub attempts to get them somewhat clean. I even ended up throwing one out, as I just couldn't shift one and a half of its old coats of paint.
Oh well, one less to paint I guess.
Ready for a dip in the pool
The Avatar oversees the initial proceedings
This is messy as hell
Ready for more paint