So happy to be finally finished painting/basing my Tyranids again, I’m doing a small series with photos of the finished models. The topic this week? ‘Vores. Don’t know what that means? Well, ‘Vore is a widespread colloquialism that includes various Tyranid organisms with cannon-like protuberances.
Well, either that, or I just noticed that the words “biovore” and “pyrovore” have similar suffixes.
That really makes me wonder how much thought goes into naming new models. I’ll admit that I don’t read 40k fluff anymore. There was a time, twenty years ago, when that sort of thing compelled me, but for some reason I don’t get into it anymore. I don’t think I’ve ever bothered to make an excuse: I just no longer read it. Another game I follow rumors/updates on is Magic: The Gathering, and–while I find myself similarly glossing over the creative writing and fluff they put out–I do read articles and listen to podcasts about all of the efforts they put into “world building” wherein they create all of the backstory behind the names for things. I wonder if GW has a similar department that really gets into things, or if they just happen spontaneously. Since GW’s rules always seem to have holes and they really struggle to find any semblance of balance between codices/editions, I’m prone to believe they’re just happenstance. Two guys were just sitting in room, chatting”
Guy2: “Um, isn’t that just like a slightly bigger biovore?”
Guy1: “Yeah, I guess it is. What if we made it like spit out acid or something. We could like make it shoot, or attack, or hell, I don’t know…”
Guy2: “Thinking is hard. Let’s go get lunch.”
Then, several weeks later, when the codex was due to be published and they hadn’t come up with anything, they threw up a crappy statline, horrible rules, and–since one of them liked fire–they said, “we could, like, call it firevore–since it’s like a biovore–or something.”
Wow, that was a bit of a side-track, eh? I guess that’s convenient, because I didn’t have a lot to say about these particular models. I think the different color tubing on the pyrovores came out rather well, lending a splash of color to an army that’s rather simple in scheme. Their carapace looks as I would expect, even though I dipped them twice (unlike what happened with my flyers) so I’m quite happy with the effect. While I only painted/dipped 2x Biovores this time, I already had completed a third earlier, so I included him in the photos to show the squad was complete. The original wound up with a little darker stain to him, but I don’t think you’d notice it unless someone pointed it out–especially when they’re on the table.
It looks like there’re just a couple of more posts on this subject before I finally have to do some more hobby progress again. Oh bother. Whatever will I do?