Warhammer 40,000 is a a game of tabletop warfare set in the dark nightmare future of the 41st Millennium. There you command powerful armies of stalwart Space Marines, hard-bitten Imperial Guardsmen, bestial Orks or other deadly warriors as they struggle for survival across the battlefields of a thousand different worlds. Colossal mechanical war machines, crushing artillery and vast starships are also at your disposal to crush your enemies into nothingness.
The gaming industry has expanded a bit over the last decades. Today we are totally spoiled, gone are the days when every terrain piece was a DIY piece. Why not take advantage? So I ordered a complete gaming table.
Above you see the 6'x4' G-Mat: Sands of Time together with the Badlands set from Gamemat.eu. Splendid service, everything arrived within a week. Highly recommended!
The set looks IMO very cool together with additional scenery like GWs Deathworld Forest!
I received my Leviathan box and was eager to try a new paint scheme for the Tyranids. I started with a humble Neurogaunt Nodebeast.
Neurogaunts are a Tyranid bioform, which serve as crucial relays for the Synapse network, and bodyguards for those that would focus it. To fulfill their task, Neurogaunts are hosts for parasitic Neurocytes. Larger nodebeasts can be distinguished by the bulbous growth on their backs, while the smaller gaunts chitter around it with sharp claws and teeth. Besides being able to swarm foes, Neurogaunts also serve to extend the range of Synapse Creatures they protect.
Serious speedpainting here, contrast paint, minimal highlights and some glossy paint afterwards. Works for me...
And a comparison picture with an old Prodos Alien mini that was more or less painted in the same way, I am still blown away by the sheer detail of the Prodos AvP miniatures!
1st unit of Neurogaunts done!
After establishing the clours I tackled the best mini of the new releases (at least IMHO) - the dreaded Neurotyrant!
"The Neurotyrant is a Tyranid bioform which acts as a focusing node for the shadow in the warp, liquifying the minds of its prey as it orchestrates hordes of Tyranids to victory.
The Neurotyrant is a support-focused creature. It hovers across terrain much like a Zoanthrope. It sports a multitude of thrashing tendrils to whip at anything within reach. Its giant brain exists to focus the mental powers of the Tyranids, increasing the psychic pressure exerted by the Shadow in the Warp while simultaneously relaying the critical Synapse network to less developed creatures. This allows it to act as a sort of mobile command center for the Tyranid swarm and better coordinate the Hive Mind's armies.
Neurotyrants are accompanied by smaller Neuroloids in battle."
Leagues of Votann
The Leagues of Votann are a prominent Squat civilization based around the Galactic Core. For thousands of years, they have exploited the riches of the core and overcome the dangers of the perilous region. Over these many millennia they have battled many of the galaxy's races, while just as frequently trading or acting as mercenaries.
The Votann are a rugged survivalist culture, having derived their society from the dangerous merchant-fleets of the Dark Age of Technology. They find strength and unity in the endless quest to acquire the resources they need to endure. While many judge them as selfish hoarders, they see these actions as necessary to ensure the survival of their race. Few other races can match the cloned Kin of the Leagues of Votann in the resilience of mind, body, and spirit.
An Einhyr Champion(ess), right out of the box, only a head swap. Painted in Ymyr Conglomerate colours. A nice mini, I liked working on her.
Here comes the strange part, the new squats are almost as big as Marines and certainly bigger than humans... Scale creep at its best. ;)
Slightly converted (head swap - from Statuesque minis) Hesyr or Hesyra?
RT era Genestealer Hybrid.
RT era Genestealer Hybrid with old Space Hulk Stealer and current Stealer.