Remember when the Carnifex use to be a huge monster? With the arrival of new Tyranid Heavy-weights such as the Toxicrene and Tyrannofex, the humble Carnifex seems a touch small now. It’s a good job you can take them as broods of three now then! After the jump, more close ups and a group shot of nine Carnifexes!
This Carnifex came with the Deathstorm boxed game. In the game the Carnifex is called the Beast of Phodius. I didn’t want to arm my one like the Beast of Phodius (Barbed Strangler and Scything Talons) so I choose two pairs of Deathspitters with Brain Leech worms. I already own two Carnifex with this weapon load out so I thought I third would be excellent. Imagine the Brood unleashing 36 twin linked strength 6 shots. It’s going to make a mess and anything still alive is going to have to get through toughness 6 and 4 wounds a piece! The brood is going to hard to remove. It’s a shame you can’t fit the Brood into a Tyrannocyte. A monstrous creature count’s as 20 models and that’s the capacity of the pod.
The new oval base fits the Carnifex really well. I could easily fit some small Tyranid decorations onto the base to add interest (these hive node parts are on the Genestealer sprue, you get four per box of Genestealers).
As promised at the start of this post, here is a picture of all nine of my Carnifex models. I’ve actually owned more. I had the original Screamer Killer carnifex from 2nd edition back in 1995 and I had the 3rd edition version as well. Those have been sold off a long time ago. My Carnifex scheme has changed since I first started adding these creatures to my swarm. Initially they had no purple and I used a green for a spot colour. You can still see some green in places. I also used to cover the carapace in bright yellow patterning. I did this for a large proportion of my collection (including 120 gaunts!) I’ve toned it right back down now as you can see from the first three models on the left of the front row. I would love to repaint the carapace and back chimneys to match the newer styles. Then I’d like to mount them all on these oval bases. Maybe I will one day. Maybe.
Good stuff, I like the oval more too.
As for the size I think the scale creep has put me off nids, I always preferred the small critters, the stealers, lictors etc The carnifex was the perfect size for the huge fellas but each new release there seems to be a race to increase the size of the monsters as such things got out of hand and the carni now looks like a dwarf in comparison. Storage is a issue as well as transporting but the big deal breaker is that I do not like the look of the army anymore. With that said nothing stopping me from just doing a small critter killteam.
Question regarding the model of this blog. The vents on its back, it seems to have a different sheen to them than the rest of the model. Could you she some light?
Also great looking Nid! As usual! 😉 Love the base for it. Gives more presence.
Also, used to love the Screamer Killers!
So THAT is what those extra pieces are. I was really confused as to where to use them, thanks for the insight!
I don't play the wargame thus don't really know the impact of the size of the bases but the larger bases look great with decoration and the minis.
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Neat. The new bases suit the model well.