Category Archives: Tyranids


One can never have enough Genestealers. Apparently.

I still have a pile of unpainted plastic Genestealers from the original Space Hulk and modified a few show some sort of representation for Acid Maw and Flesh Hooks.

Although painting them when you are trying to match a 30 year old colour scheme is a bit of a chore.

Proxy Tyranids

I have plenty of Sedition Wars models lying around, the Human Vanguard have been painted, but there are loads of the Strain that are not getting much attention.

With the expansion of my old Tyranid army, I thought I could proxy some of the models into Tyranid service.

Some of these will get used as Pyrovores and the two larger critters as something else…

Zoats Are Back

Maybe not plural really, but a Zoat model will be making a return for Blackstone Fortress.

Although I do not play Blackstone Fortress, I hope this model is available separately so I can get one, or two if there are build options. This may finally give me the kick up the backside to actually start making my Zoat army, as this model is the army leader I have been looking for.

There is a large pile of classic Zoat models up in The Loft Full Of Lead that I was picking up from eBay some time ago.

Only one of the old classic models has been repainted, for use in Rogue Stars, but I may just have to start putting some more together.

Whats On The Table?

As I have regenerated my old Tyranid army for 40K, I wanted to convert a few of my really old Genestealer models to represent the one-in-four in a unit that can have an Acid Maw and Flesh Hooks.

All I did was cut out the tongue, actually called an Ovipositor, and replaced it with a Flesh Hook. A few others had some green stuff added to represent goo dripping out of the mouth.

I also decided to reposition some of the arms so they are not all the same pose, after all, these were the original plastic one pose Space Hulk Genestealers from the last century…in 1989 in fact.

Return Of The Tyranids

After many years in The Loft Full Of Lead, the Tyranids returned to the table for a game of 8th Edition.

As this is an army of mostly models from the last century (!), it was mostly Troop choices with only a few HQ and one Screamer-Killer.
There were plenty of Genestealers, mostly the original plastic Space Hulk models, but a few lead ones thrown in for good measure.

Thirty Termagants were the speed bump and rather amazingly, lots survived until the end of the game.

Tyranids sure are fast, it did not take long to get into melee and start to do some damage.

The game took a while to play as there were 80+ Tyranid models and they take a while to move each turn. It did not help that I had to keep reading the rules in a vain attempt to remember all of their special abilities and buffs.

It was good fun to bring out some old models again, I am glad I did not get rid of them years ago.


The box with these in them tipped off the edge of my desk and they ALL broke. There was a big heavy Screamer Killer at the other end of the box and when it got picked up, this lot forgot how to fly.

One of the disadvantages of lead figures, they don’t bounce. Mind you if the Screamer Killer had hit the floor instead, I reckon he would have put a dent in it…

Not a big deal really, they all need painting anyway and these are not going to make it into my starting Tyranid 75 power army.

Armorcast Haruspex

Another unloved model in the Loft Full Of Lead is this old Armorcast Haruspex. With the resurgence of my Tyranid horde, I will need this large creature to give my mostly infantry army some decent hitting power.

It should go together like this…

…but I seem to remember seeing one put together as below, the arms switched so they are out to the sides. I think it looks pretty cool, but I’m not sure if I should just go with what nature intended…

Tyranids To Paint

Having tarted up a few Tyranids a while back for Kill Team, I have decided to tart up the rest of my old 1990’s Tyranid mini-horde and get them into 40K 8th Edition.

All I am doing is rebasing the models, touching up a bit of the very basic paint job and then inking the hell out of them.

I have too many other projects on the go and really do not want to do a major repainting undertaking on the whole army.

The rest of the Genestealers, Termagants and Hormagaunts did not take long to freshen up and they amke up the bulk of the horde.

Fortunately there are only about six models that need completely painting and they will get a similar scheme to the rest so they sort of fit in…

It does make me wonder how many games I played back then with unpainted models, something that I refuse to do these days.

I only have one old Zoanthrope model so will be running it as a Neurothrope instead.

As for this old Hive Tyrant, it is a bit small by todays standards and the model does not quite match the model profile in the Tyranids Codex. So this critter will be used as a Tyranid Prime instead.

My nice big scary heavy chunk of lead that is a Screamer Killer has been sitting around unloved for so many years that the undercoat has started to crack.

To finish off a few units, I just had to buy a couple of original lead Gargoyles to allow me to make a unit of ten, I bought one Tyranid Warrior with a Venon Cannon (I reckon I will need a few more big guns), and finally I did buy a painted large winged Hive Tyrant from eBay as the big boss.