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thats a great idea! Infact I may just steal it... :-P
I would say maybe have a go at making the spiney bits on its back more spikey, and possibly replacing the head? Its great as it is, but, its quite obviously a tyranid so changing the head might make it more chaosy.
I'm guessing the Pyrovore is all metal which makes it a bit harder!
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Wow- that was my idea entirely! Not to use a Tyranid, but to add a cannon to a Spawn, so that I had a walking gun platform. Considering that this costs as much as the Spawn box did, and that I can still get 2 of them for the price of 1 cannon, this is an excellent idea. My suggestion would be to double check just how large the model is. My Spawn idea came up looking a bit small.
It's a 7-piece model. The head might actually be separate, so you could easily work out a swap. I would use a Spawn head, or, failing that, GS a Warrior head to it so that it looks like a huge, deformed mortal.
1. Switch the head to something not so obviously Tyranid. I'd suggest a Bloodcrusher head.
2. Carve the spines into spikes or tentacles.
3. Carve runes into its' hide, like the Chaos star on Dorghars back leg.
4. Use the collar from the bloodcrusher and add chains.
5. Make three Chaos Warrior handlers, 1 with whip and 2 holding the chains on either side.
6. Place on square tray and add some diorama bitz just for show, like rune-poles tying the chains to the ground, dead enemy soldiers on the ground etc.
It'll be a great army centrepiece.
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I'm using one for my cannon as well.
I cut of all the obvious Tyranid "spikes" and I saw his face off, leaving his lower jaw. I swapped his face with that of the Marauder Horsemen champion horse. I still need to extend his lower jaw a bit, he's a bit goofy looking now.
I also cut of the spiky thing on his arms/front legs.
I use a Proxon (dremel like machine) with a mini circular saw blade (a fraction of a millimeter thin) to do all my cutting and sawing. I can really recommend it! it has made life as a conversion fanatic much easier.
I plan to add more chains and chaos spikes. Runes I'll be painting on.
He is a bit small compared to my Warriors or a Shaggoth, but I prefer his monster look over the original Hell Cannon.
That might also be because I use him as a monster and not as a cannon.
I think the soulgrinder would make for a cool hellcannon.
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Isn't that a bit.... HUGE?
It would make for a wicked Hell Cannon tho.
What about the Forgeworld Blood Slaughterer
What things could we do with a 40k Dreadnought?
Or Space Orc Killa Kans/Dread?
I can already see it! A wicked creation by the Chaos Dwarfs, a machine powered by a bound Daemon, ridden into battle by a Chaos Dwarf crew, guiding it into combat.
Every time it eats a crew member, it crushed it in a Akira like fashion.
I wonder if which would make a better/easyer Hell cannon, the Dred or the Cans?
Cans would be cheaper.
you just need to add a muzzle/barrel somewhere, put some spawn parts on there and your good to go.
It's probably best to avoid using the Slaughterer, Cans, or the Dreadnought. Although it would be really cool to see it done, I don't know how you would put a convincing cannon onto one.
The 'Nid has a gun built right into his back. For my Cannon, I cracked a Spawn in half and ran the barrel from an Empire Mortar down his back. It's clear that they are walking guns, rather than a monster who just so happens to have a gun.
If I built that 'Nid, I think I'd leave the armor plating as-is, and paint it like actual armor. Maybe add some chainmail bits hanging from it, to protect the sides of his head and front shoudlers. Then use a dremel or file to cut some scores into his forearms, to make it look like the unprotected flesh has been chopped up a bit in combat, GS some scar-tissue on it and such.
I'll have bits left from the Daemon Prince sprue, so I'd probably just chop those "fins" off his back and attach the trophy poles from the DP model to make him a bit more Chaotic. With that distended belly and throat, he'd look absolutely amazing in a Nurgle army.