I’m not run any flying Hive Tyrants in my Tyranid army. They’re great and look really awesome on the table top but they’re not for me. I’m just a hipster gamer swimming against the current, I guess. Luckily, my follow Tyranid player and tag team buddy is running a pair of flying Hive Tyrants.
I guess everybody’s aware of the slight problem with the Hive Tyrant kit and model; the kit doesn’t include any twin-linked Brainleech Devourers and the wings of the Hive Tyrant robs the model of one pair of arms. So to run the Hive Tyrant with two sets of Brainleech Devourers (which everybody and their granny do) you need to either buy Forge World’s awesome gun arms, use the Fleshborer Hive arms from the Tyrannofex or convert your own Devourers. I decided to convert a couple of arms for my friend. This is how I made them:
1. I used the Deathspitter arms from the Carnifex kit and the Devourers from the Tyranid Warrior kit. The Devourers from the Tyranid Warrior is the exactly the same size as the Devourers in the Carnifex kit. You need two Devourers for each arm.
2. I cut off the barrels of the Deathspitters and the Devourers and glued two Devourer barrels together on a small piece of plasticard. I also cut off the chitin part on Devourers.
3. I glued the double Devourer piece and the chitin part to the Deathspitter arm. Repeat this four times.
4. I went over the bio-cannons with some Green Stuff filling in gaps and doing some minor sculpting. Nothing fancy at all.
All this was done in less than an hour, in two sessions as I wanted the glue to cure and create a really strong bond before doing any sculpting. It was really nothing to this conversion.
This was my first tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know what you think. Stay frosty!