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I'm considering modelling some winged Warriors using Forgeworld products, but their catalog photos show the wings taking the place of "arm" sockets. I admit I skim rather than study the codexes, but I haven't been able to determine whether or not the winged biomorph requires the surrender of a set of weapon arms on the model. :unsure:
Part of the confusion comes from the Gargoyle models also having one set of arms modeled as wings.
Would it be fair to use close combat biomorph arms in addition to wing arms and then claim that the Warriors have deathspitters implanted in their thorax like the rules state for Raveners? (If I didn't feel the need for fast synapse, I'd probably stick with Raveners over Warriors...)
The general reason, as far as can be seen, is fluff more than anything else. Fluffwise, the Tyranids are 6 limbed creatures, and all of them follow that general format.
You don't have to replace a weapon spot with wings, but sometimes it gives you a more fluff-centered conversion. Really the only thing that is negated by wings is Extended Caprice.
For example, I'm working on a Devil Tyrant (2 Twin linked Dev), I used the top two arm sockets for the wings, and then did some conversion so that the devs are weapons for the other two arm sockets. I've seen other conversions with 4 Devs taking the arm sockets and the wings attacked to the caprice.
Its all a matter of preference.
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I believe the Forge World wings on the warriors counted as "Scything Wings" so they were wings that could be used in the same manner as scything talons, that is why they took up the top arm slot. If you wanted to give the Warriors two ranged weapons or a different CC weapons it shouldnt be hard to convert the wings to fit on the back.
And to answer your question, no nothing in the codex says that wings replace a weapon. :yes:
No wings do not take up a weapon slot, the main reason why the FW version looks that way is to keep to principle of 6 limbs for tyranids, there's nothing wrong if you want to make extar lims but there are those of us who try to get the 6 limb.
I have done this myself for a winged deviltyrant, of whom I'll post some pics this weekend.
or you can take the little scything talons from the genestealer sprue and model them onto a joint on the wings, looks cool, easy conversion, and makes it clear that they are used as scything talons too.
I used the Forgeworld wings on my warriors in the top arm sockets, per the serving suggestion on the FW website. I put STs in the middle sockets, but rather than using the normal legs, I put Macragge genestealer RC arms in the leg sockets.
I based two of them with pinning through the tails and green stuff to make them look like they're swooping down over a rock and a tree stump. The third one is perched happily on a dead SM.
I also have the Forgeworld winged hive tyrant, which also uses the top arm sockets for wings. Just to make sure it was fully WYSIWYG I replaced the tiny wing claws with larger STs and also built on some uber toxin sacs with bioacid spore mines and more green stuff. They will look like serious stingers when it's all painted.
I'll have to post some pics some time, some where.
Wings donot take up a weapon slot on warriors I entirely agree this is done this way because tyranids are supposed to always have six limbs that said they don't have to always have six limbs mine certainly don't always have six limbs they often have more.
You should remember that tyranid warriors always have to have two bio-weapons or buy two ranged ones and twinlink them. Those wings can easily count as scything talons as I believe
others have said.
If you don't want scything talons and are looking for a place to stick additional weaponry because you've used up arm slots here are a few suggestions.
Put the weapons where its legs are and pin it to its base via the tail or [easier] give it a flying base and stand.
Try attaching the weapons to the elbows of arms it already has. Do this in a similar way to the arm of a hive tyrants venom cannon. In this case the tyrant has two forearms you could try a similar approach on your winged tyranid warriors.