For some reason I seem to have a fullblown addiction to painting my Tyranids. I don't know why, but every time I try and start something new, within a week I find myself painting more stupid bugs (getting close to 4000pts fully painted now). When trying to figure out what I was going to paint this week I couldnt help but pick this guy up out of my bits bin and finish converting him. In my mind I had already spent a fair amount of time and money converting him so regardless of how much he completely sucks in the game, in my mind I had to finish him.
I have done a lot of conversion work since I posted the initial stages of building on this guy. The main look I was going for on this guy was like a giant flying Ravener. In the fluff they describe him as being as big as a Trygon...but with only a toughness of 5, 4 wounds and a crappy 4+ armor save there was NO WAY I was making him that big...especially when you condsider the True Line of Sight rules for 40k. I added the wings and redid the front of his chest using green stuff. I also sculpted the entire tail except the tip (which, with the head is from the 3rd ed Hive Tyrant), the shoulders covering the wings (basically carapace extentions) as well as the bottom half of the rib cage. I am not really very good with green stuff, but I went out of my way on this guy to push myself and get practice and I think my skills are coming a long. I know in my "How to Create a Tyranid Army List" article I wrote I said to avoid the Heavy Venom Cannons like the plague. I built this guy BEFORE playing with the new book...so this is back when I though HVC's could actually do something. I was way too far into building to switch him Stranglethorn Cannons which bumbs me out. I am only going to use him in fun games so I guess it doesn't really matter :)