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I'm curious how everyone modeled some of the biomorphs on their models. I'm just starting a tyranid army, and am not all that experienced at conversions, although I'm trying to learn.
Some of the ones I'm most curious about:
Extended Carapace, Reinforced Chitin, and Bonded Exoskeleton on carnifexes. I am considering just either making the carapace thicker or a bit longer with green stuff for EC, but am curious what other people did. No clue how you would do the other 2.
Scuttlers on genestealers.
Might be some more that I can't think of. If there are any other strange biomorphs you have modelled you can talk about those too!
Extended carapace comes with the models. They are the little bits of smooth bone looking parts. they generally fit onto the shoulders. Bonded exoskeleton can be done by sticking large armoured plates to exposed area's of your fex, or again by using the small bone plates. (theres 2 types, smooth ones and ons with a raised spike type thing n the end)
Reinforced chitin is more complicated. Theres no sprue parts for it. When i created mine, I used the spore cysts armor plate, and added some greenstuff to make it look gooey rather than full of holes.
GW recognized that they don't have any way of making parts to represent some of those, so they made this handy guide that could help:
GW Online : Warhammer 40,000 : Tyranids : Know Your Foe: Tyranids
As for Scuttlers, IMO that's a biomorph that doesn't really have a way of being shown, so just let your opponent know about it beforehand.
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Extended Carapace for Tyranid monstrous creatures are on the monstrous creature heavy weapon sprue (the one with a bigger version of the venom cannon and barbed strangler). It's 4 pointed pieces of carapace armour that fit over the shoulders. Genestealer extended carapaces are two pointed pieces of carapace armour moulded together that, again, fit over their shoulders. Gaunt extended carapaces (note: don't bother with these!) are on the troops weapon sprue. Not sure about warrior ones.
Although that "know your foe" link suggests that Scuttlers should be modelled, I would say that is rubbish. What way are you going to model it that will shout out to someone, "Oh yes, those Tyranids are Scuttlers"? Doesn't seem likely to me. Your opponent can forget about it after they've had their free move anyway, until the time comes to calculate victory points.
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