Prometheum Relay Pipes

WH39kPromethium (1)Since I was doing a War Store Order for the new Munitorum Containers anyway, I figured I’d also include the Promethium pipes set because it was one of the few terrain kits I didn’t already own.   Not that I intend to purchase/use them as a fortification much (seriously, who uses flamers?), but it might make nice random terrain for a battle at some point.

The kit consisted of 8 sections of pipe: three long ones and five smaller ones, each coming in two parts.   In addition, another sprue of fourteen end-caps was included so you can cap every pipe.  The end-caps are a nice touch because it means that every pipe has sealed end so that it isn’t necessary to connect all of the pipes to each other.  Of course, if you use those caps, it also means that you can’t ever see through the pipe and shoot down the entire length of it either–but how often would that ever happen?

The caps come in various styles/designs so that they don’t all look alike either. Some look like a standard door/hatch, some appear to be a grate/filter, and still others look like turbines.

WH39kPromethium (2)If I had a complaint about this kit, it’s that it’s really long and straight.  There’s only one option for a T-connection (and that’s on one of the long/straight pipes) and there’s no option for a four way, or a π shaped connector.  The kit is relatively cheap though, and I suppose you could buy a bunch more if you so desired to recreate the Alyeska pipeline (which I don’t, mind you).

I’m not sure what color I’m going to paint these.  The GW kit is pretty heavy on the brazen brass, and that’s not exactly my style.  I’m not sure if I go with a silver pipe, or do something like a black pipe with silver trim.  The former is more like my overall style, but the black pipe might look rather cool.

Any thoughts?

6 comments on “Prometheum Relay Pipes

  1. I have the intention of making a nid version, once I get all the other projects off my table. It’s coing to be such a simple scratchbuild it’s almost criminal but I’m sure it’ll look awesome. I like the idea of putting it next to a Tervigon with the Miasma cannon so it can torrent it’s 2+ poison template! Add in tthe relay network where I join it to my Void shield generator and it’s another new and interesting addition to my hive fortifications.

    • Please tell me it’s some sort of grotesque above ground intestine, leaking fluids in the surrounding area.

      By the way, I’d given a little thought to using this with the Tyranids; it may actually make pyrovores into reasonably effective units.

      On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:49 AM, Warhammer 39,9999 wrote:


      • The concept is probably more tendon-like than glutinous. Pretty sure just twisted newspaper or tin foil will be the inner core, PVA coated tissue over the top to make the outer skin. It’s really simple but I can see myself making it complicated 😉 I don’t want to do any clay sculpting, but there may be a few bits used to support the pipes – probably those stupid Scything Talons that no one uses, ha, ha. I like the idea of leaking fluids though, will consider that for some of the end sections.

      • I keep thinking of the pipe with the weird intestines in that Tool video–I think it’s from the song “Sober.”

        Looking forward to it–I’m sure you’ll knock it out of the park.

        On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 4:41 AM, Warhammer 39,9999 wrote:


  2. IRL, Gas pipelines on that scale tend to be painted in a colour, with the colour changed every few years or so, in order to tell if it needs repainting or not. If you pm me from the link in Devos IV, I can send you photos of real pipelines,

    You’ll probably not want to go with this sort of scheme, but at least you’ll know what IRL ones look like.

    • That’s pretty clever.

      The only pipeline I’m really familiar with is the Alaska Pipeline, which is basically silver from one end to the other–but it only pumps oil. I guess I never contemplated whether Prometheum was a liquid or gas, and since it was in a pipeline, I naturally assumed it was the same as the one pipeline I knew.

      Do you have a promethium relay network of your own? Did you paint it in a combination of colors?

      On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:48 AM, Warhammer 39,9999 wrote:


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