Greenstuffing Gaps

When I last left off with my Tyrannocytes, I was ready to call them finished (as far as modelling goes) and proceed to painting.

Since they’re a dipped army, I don’t take as much care with them as I probably should.  Granted, I still go over them and clean off mold lines, drill out barrels, and even take the time to fill in occasional cracks.  I just don’t worry about getting everything done perfectly because they’re just going to be dipped anyway.  Well, as I sat at the table looking at these guys, I realized that the dip is going to really wreak havoc on the seams for these guys.

Whoever put these together did a fair job of it, as nothing is woefully out of place; however, there are some joints that leave room for improvement.  Many of them are pretty innocuous, but there are others where the seem is big enough to slide a sculpting tool into.  Though I didn’t want to be bothered filling in these gaps, I realized that it’s the right thing to do.

So, I found myself at the table, mushing green putty into tiny crevasses.  Not exactly a thrilling Sunday night, but there are worse things I could’ve been doing.

Since they’re organic in nature, I felt that I didn’t have to worry about getting everything to be perfectly smooth.  Little imperfections seem to work out well with the general feel of the models.  With that in mind, the work went quickly.

And that’s a good thing because screaming children running around the house don’t tend to leave enough hobby time for longer projects these days.

It’s nice to get back into the hobby aspect of the game, as I feel that I’ve been out of touch for a while.  I think the last real hobby progress I made was back in May when I was working on my Knight Titans (whose write-up is still, as of yet, unfinished).

With any luck, I’ll be able to revisit that topic again soon on the blog as well, but for now, I’ll leave you with a picture of the “finished” pods…

 

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Batrep: Salamanders vs. Hive Fleet Proteus (50 power)

Of all of the guys in our crew, I think it’s pretty easy to say that Brandon is the one that knows the rules best.  He spends a lot of time reading the rules and watching online games, etc. and even judges tournaments now and again.  The thing is, his free time has been pretty well eaten up as of late, so he doesn’t show up as regularly as he once did.  As a result, while he may really know the rules, he doesn’t play much.  In fact, I think he’s only gotten about three games in so far.

Well, despite a great turnout at our regular game night, he and I peeled off and played a game of 40k to get him his fix.  He was working on a reduced timeline, so we opted to play a 50 power game instead of our normal 80 power level, in the hopes that it would speed things up…

Salamanders:

  • HQ:
    • Captain w/ Thunder Hammer, Plasma Pistol, & Armor Indomitable
    • Lieutenant w/ Lightning Claw & Master Crafted Boltgun
    • Apothecary
  • Elites:
    • 5x Sterngard w/ various combi-weapons
    • Dreadnought w/ Twin-Linked Lascannon
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Meltagun, Combimelta, & Multi-melta
    • 5x Tactical Marines w/ Flamer & Combi-melta
    • 5x Scouts w/ combi-melta
  • Transports:
    • Rhino w/ Stormbolter

Brandon plays Salamanders, which means that he’s a cheating power gamer.  Well, in the previous edition, he played salamanders, but now that they get to re-roll failed hits and wounds for each squad, I’m going to just label him a cheater.

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Batrep: Tyranids vs. Hive Fleet Proteus (2000 pts)

With a bit of a derth of 40k games due to the folks showing up for our regular game night, Tim and I managed to schedule a game outside of normal hours.  He’s more into the competitive circuit, and actually frequents local tournaments, so he requested that I play a list in points values (something I haven’t yet mustered in this edition) and also that I bring something a little less casual than my usual lists.  With that in mind, I set out to make as cheesy a list as I could with my bugs…

Tim’s Tyranids

  • HQ:
    • Hive Tyrant w/ Venom Cannon, Laswhip, & Bonesword
    • Old One-Eye
  • Troops:
    • 20x Genestealers (for the Trygon Tunnel)
    • 3x Warriors w/ Boneswords & Deathspitters, including a Barbed Strangler
    • 3x Warriors w/ Scything Talons & Deathspitters, including a Venom Cannon
  • Fast Attack:
    • 3x Raveners w/ Spine Fists & Rending Claws
    • 3x Raveners w/ Spine Fists & Rending Claws
  • Heavy Support:
    • Trygon Prime
    • 3x Carnifex:
      • 2x w/ Scything Talons & Bioplasma
      • 1x w/ Stranglethorn Cannon & Scything Talons
    • Scythed Hierodule

 

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Tyrannocyte Tentacles

I recently picked up some Tyranids in a trade including three of their drop pods.  I know that they’re actually called Tyrannocytes, but I’m having a hard time referring to them as such (except for when they force alliteration, like in the title of this blog post).

If you recall from that post, the big issue with them is that they were missing some pieces.  Some of the missing pieces were the spikes on the top of two of the pods, and a set of armored chitin on the third.  Those I managed to pick up off of Hoard-of-Bits on ebay for a reasonable price, but the bigger issue is that they were missing their tentacles.

  • Carapace pieces?  $5
  • Smoke stacks? $2
  • Weapons? $2
  • Tentacles? $30!!!!!!

I don’t mind buying most of that stuff, but I can’t justify $30 for a bunch of tentacles.  On the plus side, it gave me a chance to play with my tentacle maker again (which hasn’t seen the light of day since I started my Tyranid Bastion project more than a year ago–for those that are curious, it’s now spray painted blue, but no further progress has appeared).

I also drastically overestimated how much green stuff I was going to need, and promptly ordered a ton of that online.  The good news is that it seems to keep for a long time, based upon the fact that I still have some that’s pushing two years old.  So, I’ll be good on green stuff for a while.

I won’t go into the tentacle making process too much, other than to say that it seemed to work best if I rolled them into “snakes” and then let them cure for about 45 minutes before scoring and shaping them.  While they were curing, it worked best if I went back and periodically gave them a quick roll (so they didn’t flatten or stick to the plastic tray).

The biggest limiting factor on them was how many other odds and ends I had laying around to form them over.  Tentacles look better when they wriggle around in all sorts of directions, but to get them to cure that way, you have to find a way to position them in odd ways.  Enter: my sculpting tools.  Basically any tool that was laying around got wrapped with a tentacle of some type (and, like before, it was best if I came back every fifteen minutes or so to adjust them).

For the last lot, I rolled them a little longer and wrapped them around the carapace itself.  This looks far more dynamic, and might have been something I should’ve done with more of them.  Then again, you want at least some of them to dangle down, right?

For the one missing the lower tentacles, I rolled out some long ones and tipped them with little claws from a spare Harauspex mouth.  They don’t look quite like the “proper” tentacles, but I think they’ll do in a pinch.  The real problem I have is that they’re so evocative of the Aliens from “Chicken Little.”

I can’t get it out of my head…

The good news is that I’m into this for about $130.  They’re $63 each (MSRP), so I’m at about 30% off retail.  That’s not super exciting, considering how much work I put in them, but if we’re using that math, I also got two harpies and six venomthropes thrown in for free.  Yup, at that price, I can definitely overlook my feelings on cartoon aliens…

Trading for Tyranids

I’m constantly on the lookout for a good deal.  It used to be that any deal that seemed reasonably good might be good enough, but anymore, unless I really want them, I tend to pass on anything that isn’t an absurdly good deal.

Just before our Apoc game, I had a friend from Seattle call me about some old models he had laying around.  He told me that he’d sell them to me for $100, and I bit.  In hindsight, I didn’t do a proper valuation on them, and though they were certainly worth it, it would’ve normally been the type of deal I’d pass on.  I mean, it wasn’t a bad deal at all, probably being valued in the $300 range if it were all brand new, but it was for an army I didn’t play (Khorne marines), nor did I immediately know of anyone looking to pick them up.

But he was a friend and I had a momentary lapse of reason (plus he secretly threw in delivery, which included a surprise appearance at said Apoc game as well, which was worth the $100 right there).

Well, flash forward to last month.  There was a guy selling some Tyranids on a local facebook group.  The models themselves looked pretty banged up and his prices were a little high for my likes–and lord knows I don’t need any more Tyranids.  Still, he had some models that I don’t currently own, so I pinged him and asked him if he was interested in anything in trade.  I have a ton of models languishing in my garage, so trading is a far easier pill to swallow.  When he said he wanted Chaos, I flashed him some pics of the chaos marines, and he was hooked.

We then worked out a trade that involved the marines for:

  • 2x Tyrannocytes (partially assembled)
  • 1x Tyrannocyte (mostly complete)
  • 6x Venomthropes
  • 2x Harpies (or maybe they’re Hive Crones…?)

I brokered the deal over facebook chat and wound up leaving the stuff on my doorstep to have him trade it out when I wasn’t around.  Some of the stuff was sight unseen, and it was in halfway rough shape.  For instance, the Tyrannocytes were missing quite a few pieces, and some of the bits on the Venomthropes were broken, but the price was right, and the guy seemed accommodating, so I didn’t buck the system.

Sadly, I don’t think I got any better shots than this of when they were dropped off.   He threw in a big bag of bits, which covered most of the parts required for the two Tyrannocytes, and the third one that he listed as “mostly complete” was actually only missing the tentacles.  With a little green stuff, that shouldn’t be an issue.

I find myself happy with the trade, but sad that I now have to go paint more Tyranids.  But before that, I have to go strip some figures…