Monday, June 14, 2010

Tyracron Update: The Gate Spider, Tervigon!


As promised, a new set of Tyracrons! Tervigons (or Tervicrons, if you will) are probably one of the most useful monsters in the new codex, what with their ability to spawn troops units, their psychic powers, and the fact that you can buy them AS troops, which is  pretty huge considering what they are and do. The brainstorm came after staring at Carnifex torsos for a an hour or two and finally figuring out that A) I could use the Sentinel crotches to mount the heads and B) not using metal tomb spider bits is a crime. After that, they rather flew together, from the immense gate generators on their back to those wicked-looking composite legs. Did I mention how much I love the Sentinel kit? 



Yes, I have scads of leftover paint pots. Lord knows I go through paint fast enough.  


So now a bit about design. Those big things on their thoraxes are gatefold generators, which warp time and space and allow hordes of Necron warriors to literally walk through the thinned (courtesy of its energy field)  fabric of reality from one place to another. The thick clamshell shields are there to protect the generator, when the gate field isn't active. What, you thought Tyracrons laid eggs, like bugs? Well, I toyed with the idea of a "troop carrier" insect, but to pop out hordes of Necron warriors turn after turn it would have had to be immense, so thanks, no. Besides, this fit the whole Void Dragon theme better. Go read Graham McNeil's Mechanicum and you'll see what I mean. Also, they have six legs (not eight) because Tyranids are hexapods, and it's a theme, so there.


The distorted time/space field has a sort of inverse effect on the Tervicron's local gravity, and as such the Tervi moves along like he's dragging an immense kite full of wind. The motion is rather like a hermit crab pulling itself along the sea floor, which is the reason all of the legs are pitched forwards in a sort of "pulling" pose (as opposed to a more insectile one with the rear legs pushing and the center set carrying the weight). Also, his beady little head is white, because he's a synapse organism. 


Man, that poor skeleton has it bad. First the guy gets crushed under a manhole/wheel/whatever and now a big fat Tervi is standing on him. What a life. Oh yeah, and since I spent (or mispent) my youth on Gundam models, I happened to have some bits lying around:




They're just so perfect I may forego the whole "hybrid" idea and just give Grievous straight lightsabers -- or would that be too derivative? If only I had four factory boneswords instead of two (yes, I've seen the recasts by a certain resin caster, and sorry, $12/pair is too pricey for what they are). Anyway, this way Grievous will be living up to his trophy lightsaber habit, and has apparently killed two Jedi, a Sith, and Mace Windu. 

Now we can finally move forward with the Grievous project....


14 comments:

Max said...

Looks great man! Very unique and very creepy- I likes it.

Chumbalaya said...

{^}

Love that Tervigon and a big YES to the lightsabers.

Agama said...

Looks great mate. I really like what you did with the Tervigons!

Old School Terminator said...

Absolutely amazing conversions. I have been following this since it started and have never regretted it!

#2501 said...

Thanks dudes. Luckily they all seem to be straddling the line of bug monster and "machine of the ancients"well. These guys were almost crabbier with wider bodies, but A) wouldn't have fit on the MC base (they barely do as it is!) and B) the generator would've looked weird on the wide body.

I'm tempted to try my hand at some rules for including the Tyracron stuff in a Necron army. This sort of thig would be easier if 40k just had a construction system like Battletech. Even the old one they published in the Annual had its problems, though, and who uses house rules, anyway?

No, seriously, does anyone here use house rules?

AbusePuppy said...

Have I ever mentioned that this whole army is basically the best thing I have ever seen? Because this army is the best thing I have ever seen.

And yeah, those lightsabers look like they could be really cool.

Lantz aka Sparkles said...

Bloody fantastic, this army is thoroughly impressive! And you're not the only one who wasted some adolescence on Gundam models =P

Brent said...

I'm amazed at your ideas - who but you would have thought of this?

It looks amazing - Brent

#2501 said...

The best part is they're still relatively easy to mass-produce, given money and time. Two Tervis seems to be the limit for any army at 2K or under.

Mr.Esty said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing! You've perfectly, seamlessly combined the 2 aesthetics of the separate armies into one great new monster force. I love it.

Gonewild said...

Wow. This is by far the coolest thing to happen to 40K in 2010.

Side said...

Great conversions.

Regarding your bone sword issue - you might wish to check out this article, published a while back at BOLS:

http://www.belloflostsouls.net/2010/01/40k-hobby-converting-warriors-with.html

IDICBeer said...

These look amazing mate, I love them.

Now following and have added your Blog to my Blogroll. Any chance I could get mine on your list please?

http:idicbeer.blogspot.com

Cheers

Nick

Neal Ghant said...

Total insanity.