Though I don’t use raveners in games much (and haven’t really liked them tremendously since their inception), I seem to find them relatively cheap around the net, and pick them up just the same. I’m up to a grand total of twelve models now, broken up into squads of 6, 3, and 3.
All of them have had their lower set of scything talons removed and replaced with rending claws. For some reason, my fascination with magnets didn’t extend to these models though, so I’m forced to play them with claws. I believe this is due to the fact that the talons option has always been vastly inferior (indeed, the only real reason to play them was because of their capability to get a slough of rending attacks–which, coincidentally, is the reason I don’t love them. I’m a very unlucky roller, and I can’t depend on rending…). Thinking back, the absense of magnets is probably due to the time-frame that I assembled them.
Back then, I had only recently discovered the joy of pinning (ok, not that pinning is a joy, but the end result, is truly outstanding), so that’s probably why they’re pinned, and not magnetized (and in hind-sight, due to their splayed pieces, it was probably the right decision). By the way, if you’re interested in pinning, there’s a great tutorial over on Dakka you should check out.
Why squads of 6, 3, and 3? Well, because I did six in my first batch, and I wanted to be able to seperate them into distinguishable squads. When I first started painting my ‘Nidz, I had no way to distinguish squads. Later, I decided to use colored bands to indentify members of given squads. If you look at the picture above, you can see the three raveners on the left bear yellow stripes on the sides of their heads as well as down their tails. Those on the right, bear similar stripes of a light-blue hue.
You’ll find a similar scheme on the rest of my bugs as squad markings. As a tip for those that are dipping their models, I find that darker colors don’t work nearly as well as the lighter varieties. That’s why you’ll see most of their stripes as yellow, blue, and pink. I don’t reach down into the oranges and such until after I’ve exhausted the bright colors.