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I've decided to start using a shaggoth in my Cav. Warriors army but the GW model just doesn't quite do it for me for some reason, So I've started looking around for alternative models to use, and was wondering if anyone had any other ideas apart from the following ones. The main considerations are:
- big model! roughly 72 mm eye height, but that can be quite varied
- be fantasy looking to some degree (unnatural) Eg an elephant isn't unnatural
- look at least half sentient, as opposed to a mindless follower
- be wielding some form of weapon (pref. 2-handed) and have some form of armour
- not be on a scenic base
- Not be obviously a monster from another WHF race eg, a DE Hydra or TK Bone giant
The candidates so far are the following. None of them fulfill all of the options above which is why I need help...
Tyranid Tyrant - comes with a groovy sword and is quite mean. isn't quite smart enough looking though
Tyranid Carnifex - similar to above. plus side is all plastic (easy to convert) but doesn't come with a sword type thing.
Rhinox Riders - A different approach, but it fits the Cavalry theme well, piy that they look too much like OK Ogres. with some conversion they could work, or use the same concept with different models
Legion Carnivean - Similar to tyranid, but isn't obviously a GW race. again doesn't come with a weapon
Skorne Gladiator - cool model, really like it. never seen it in the flesh so I don't know if it will fit on a 50mm base. also not sure if it will be "big" enough. A less armoured alternative is the Bronzeback but neither have a 2-handed weapon.
Circle Pureblood Warpwolf - pretty cool, but again has no "weapons" and is a bit lightly armoured.
Earthborn Dire Troll - very meaty, bit unsure about (removing) the scenic base and could be a bit small model. maybe better as a throgg type model.
Mulg The Ancient - best candidate so far but is unfortunately not released yet and I don't know when it will be. Am a bit worried that the width of the model (including that huge club) may make ranking up fun, but that's trivial stuff...
Gonna post this and then update as I search
From the GW range, I would recommend the Carnifex, with a few extensive conversions.
OMG I can't believe you don't like the Shaggoth model! Compared to the dragon ogre models, the Shaggoth model is pure beauty. I personally think it's one of the coolest models in the Chaos army, but to each his own I suppose!
It's not a bad model, but I'm not a fan of the beastman look (my army is actually a beastman hunting party, so the fluff is a bit funny) and I'm also looking for a cool centrepeice model that looks different to the same old.
Re: search, nothing in the reaper ranges, nor the Crocodile games stuff was any good, and some of the old Confrontation stuff looked cool (eg Belial) judging from the pictures they all seem too small still.