“Hive Tyrants are monstrous Tyranid creatures created to be commanders of the Tyranid swarm. They embody the Hive Mind completely and act as the primary Synapse conduit through which it enforces its will over lesser Tyranid creatures. Hive Tyrants are extremely powerful, large and strong monsters three times the height of a man that can tear through plasteel or ferrocrete as if they were glass. They excel in both close combat and ranged fighting, and in fact every part of their body is perfectly designed to maim and kill. They are highly mutable, with individual Hive Tyrants displaying a wide range of physical characteristics, biomorphs, and bio-weapons.”
The jewel in the crown of Hive Fleet Dragur was never one I ever intended, however, my love of Heavy Venom Cannons and the value afforded by the Hive Tyrant being good in melee and with a psychic presence was all too tempting to avoid.
I’m probably alone but I’ve never cared too much for the winged Hive Tyrant (or anything with wings generally) from an ascetic point of view and it just so happens that the ‘walkrant’ variant happens to be a very solid front-line HQ choice in the Tyranids 9th edition codex.
I wanted this Hive Tyrant to be a true centrepiece model and I’m delighted the way it turned out and that I decided to paint it in sub-assemblies making the task so much easier!
From my earlier Broadlord that I choose not to use the chitin capillary-tower base (which I think looked cheesy and wrong), it gave me an idea of using it on the Hive Tyrant to be leaping off this like a stepping stone.
I then had an absolute blast painting a Brother Phaello Space Marine Heroes Series 2 Terminator miniature in my choose Blood Angels for HQ bases theme as a casualty giving his last dying breathe to level his storm bolter at the looming Hive Tyrant!
Always grateful for magnetisation, the 9th edition codex made the previous monstrous rending claws option obsolete but I’ve included it here for completeness now swapped for a monstrous bone sword / lash whip combination.
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