In the past six months, I’ve gone from a handful of painted nids to over two-hundred painted models. Without a doubt, my hive fleet is starting to take shape. Of course, I still need to do their bases (something I said I’d do after I’d painted them all), but there’s a simpler step that I’ve been completely oblivious to. What do I call this monstrosity?
All of the great Hive Fleets have names. You can recall Hive Fleet Behemoth–the victims of the Ultramarine defenses at the planet of Mcragge, hive fleet Kraken–that was also defeated by Marneus Calgar and the Ultramarines, and hive fleet Leviathan, ork slayers extraordinaire. Though all are rich in fluff value, and as cool as it would be to have a hive fleet pitted against my ultramarine army, my color scheme just doesn’t coincide with any of the notable fleets.
Because of the vast amount of effort it took to model and paint them all, and the fact that the new Tyranid codex was just released, I’m going to name my fleet. But just what should I call it?
All of the classic fleets have names of giant mythological monsters. So, I can draw some ideas from there:
- Set (not technically a monster, but just a really cool sounding Diety name)
Further examination of popular fleet names (such as Jormungandr) seem to indicate a strong tie to sea-monsters specifically. That opens up options such as:
Furthermore, I’m rather fond of the “wet” sounding names of weather patterns:
Lastly, suitably evil sounding names from the bible:
- Ophian (which also has ties to both insects and serpents)
With so many choices, I don’t know which way to go. So, I figured I’d put it up for a vote. Currently there’s a poll up on my site, with my favorite options from the above list. I’ll leave it up for two weeks and when the time ends, we’ll have our winner.