|In space, no one can hear you scream.|
Not all is lost however, even though the warriors did not receive a rules update, they did get a great redesign of their plastic kit! In fact, this was probably the most exciting aspect of the new tyranid release for me; finally Jes Goodwin’s excellent models have been updated with arms properly scaled for them (rather than resorting to the comically oversized carnifex arms). Despite their limited use in competitive 40k play, I made sure to buy a box of them, remembering fondly working with the plastic models back in 2001 when they were originally released in the 3rd edition of 40K.
Not owning a huge number of tyranids, I thought it would be fun to start building a small tyranid force for use in Kill Teams, focusing mainly on tyranid warriors. The tyranid warriors have always been an iconic element of Warhammer 40,000, represented in several classic illustrations (I particularly remember those from the 2nd edition of Warhammer 40K; quite a few good ones are in the Codex Imperialis). Nothing in the tyranid range has achieved the wholly alien and bizarre look captured by the original plastic tyranid warriors . Their bipedal ant-like frames tower over their modern counterparts and their faces have a subtle, yet horrible, resemblance to a rat.
This got me thinking that it would be interesting to include tyranid warriors from all of the different tyranid eras in the kill team. Fortunately, I already had three of the plastic warriors from 1992’s Tyranid Attack boxed game, and after a brief jaunt on ebay I had a few of the metal 2nd edition versions. While I am still working on finishing all of the warriors in my collection, I thought people might like to see pictures of some of the different tyranid warrior variants released over the years (and see how they look side by side).
|Plastic sprue of a tyranid warrior from Tyranid Attack.|
|Plastic tyranid warrior from 1992’s Tyranid Attack boxed game. Oh the horror!|
|Metal tyranid warrior from the 2nd edition tyranids. Look at those massive bear-claw hands!|
|Modern tyranid warrior. Their resemblance of xenomorphs has never been stronger!|
|The halls of lonely space stations are safe no longer!|
- Adam Wier