Apologies for the blog weirdness last week; I've been experimenting with scheduling posts and something went very wrong! Those posts will feature shortly on the blog, but I've yet to finish some of those projects...
These models are form GW's newest plastic Venomthrope box. It's a really nice kit, capable of making several variations on the basic 'thrope chassis.
Let's start with the Venomthrope...
This is a much-needed revision of the older Finecast model. The Venomthrope was never a good candidate for resin, and the various flash lines, tabs and other assorted resinous peculiarities made the old version hard work. I painted up three last year, and the comparison between the old and new kit is very revealing.
Here are the older models:
From the new kit, next is the Zoanthrope. I've painted several of these in metal and resin, and the plastic kit is much nicer. The resin version had a real problem with sagging and being unstable on the base (the solution is, or was, to use brass or metal rods). This plastic version has all of the detail of the previous incarnation, and is much easier to assemble!
Finally, we have a new addition to the Tyrannic fleet: the Neurothrope. He's a generic version of the Doom of Malantai (oh, how we grieved his passing!) and represents something of royalty to the hive mind. A great little model and very detailed; there are some interesting spine parts on the back, and the head crest reminds me of the Alien Queen.
I painted these models in the same scheme as the rest of my client's army, but added more extreme highlights to the crest and spine of this model. I figured that he is something a bit special; perhaps this being reflected in the extreme patterning on his carapace and spine.
Bases are all from the excellent Secret Weapon range. I highly recommend them!
Another shot of the back of the model. The brain seems better sculpted on the plastic kit. I glossed these areas, and also used a turquoise glaze to add some pulsing effects.
So what's next? Some Forgeword goodness for the Tyranids will be coming soon. Next week I'll hopefully have some Judge Dredd pieces done.