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How to make your tyranid hive queen ?

Publié le 23 Août 2006 par Hellric in Tyranids


A few people have been asking how to make a hive queen. So I decided to make a small tutorial to help those who are interested and maybe to give ideas to others.

For pictures, check the tyranid gallery.

First, you have to get the following parts (use Ebay, you'll find cheaper parts there):

- Complete Hive Tyrant (not all parts are used, but like this you can upgrade your bits box, and the cost is not higher as the spare parts are quite expensive).

- Complete new Zoanthrope


 - 2 x bio knout from classic guard

- 2 x shield from classic guard

- lower jaw of a ravener

- 10 x gaunt talons (or the small blades from the carnifex sprue)

- a gaunt sprue

- 2 little adrenalin glands

- 2 x warrior’s talons

- both bloodthrister’s wings

- the headplate with two small horns of the carnifex

- Green stuff !


Tools :

 - sculpting tool (I have the GW one)

 - drill

 - modelling knife

 - pliers

 - file


First, assemble the body of the hive tyrant. This includes the 3 parts of the upper body, the lower body, both legs, the claws at the feet and the big round base. I’d recommend 2 components glue for all of this, as this is the strongest glue I know, so you’ll have a strong body structure (you know bad things can happen to your favorite models, with cats for example ;) )

For the toes, cut 4 gaunt hooves and glue them to the base of the big hoof of the tyrant. Then use GS to extend the toes to the top of the hoof, use the sculpting tool to smoothe everything and a toothpich to make a few lines in the chitin, and don’t forget to use water or nivea cream to help smoothing.

The pointy heel can be made with GS or you can use the end of a gaunt tail.

Cut the zoanthrope spine sprue to isolate each spine. Then at the upper end of the legs, stick a back spine of the zoanthrope with GS. You can also cut small claw parts of any nid sprue (I used the ones of the barbed strangler on the old tyrant/warriors weapon sprue) to add at the back of the calf muscles.

Cut the small talon on the rib cage and file the place, file the base of each bio-knout to have a plane surface, then stick the bio-knout there with GS. Between these come the headplate of the carnifex, but don’t fix it now as the deathspitter must come into the two “horns” of this plate.

Then we must extand the front “chimneys” of the tyrant, for this, cut top part of the big zoanthrope spines, file where you cut and fit them to the tyrant’s own chimneys. Here again, GS is your friend.

I have added a third row of spines at the middle of the backplates, between the big spines/chimneys, you can use small trapezoïdal parts of GS or cut those of a warrior, old tyrant, etc...

For the tail, make an oval ball of GS, stick the headlate of a gaunt on the top. For the spike at the end, I used the tail of the zoanthrope, from which i cut the niddy scenery part. Then before it is dried, connect the tail to the body. Try to smoothe it but if there are some irregularities, that’s not a problem, the eggs can deform the tail ;).

Time to make the wings : cut all the external spikes of the bloodthirster wings, cut all the gaunts’ scything talons to keep only the blades. Stick them with GS a the nd of each finger of the wing. For the frontal claws, I replaced them with a warrior’s scything talons, so they’re a bit bigger but this is optional, also works with a gaunt’s ST. I added one small surrenal gland (gaunt sprue) on the “biceps” of each wing.

Shield arms : cut the arm part of the guardian shield, cut the weapon part of the barbed strangler (right arm) and the weapon part of a left devourer arm of the carnifex; keep the small “rod” under the arm to add stability to the shield. Now you can stick the arms to the shields, I used superglue, very small amount of GS was necessary here, just to extend the “fingers” on the inner part of the shield to the base of the arm.

Scything talons arms : easy part to do... just use the ST from weapon sprue, and place a small ST from gaunt (or like me, I used the smallest one from ravener) and glue it to the “hand”, to make some sort of claw with the biggest ST. To improve the pose, I also cut the main blade to reposition it with a larger angle from the arm.

Head : cut the head from the zoanthrope’s body. For this difficult part, I first used a saw then pliers. I also cut the lower jaw of the zoanthrope head with mandibles, to replace it with the lower jaw of a ravener. A small GS amount is necessary to make the continuity of the jaw.

I place the smallest zoanthrope chimneys at the back of the head, one in each “V” formed by the headplate at the back of the head. I cut the horn from the head of the tyrant, filed the base to make it well smooth, and then placed it on the front scale of the head. GS is used to continue the central vein of the blade and the small holes of the side of this vein.

Then cut a deathspitter after the hand, to keep just the cannon part, and stick it under the head with GS, drill a hole to make the mouth of the deathspitter more realistic. After this, you can stick the small zoanthrope arms on each side of the head, as if they were holding the cannon.

To end this head, I added a second pair of mandibles, they are mid arms of a gaunt.

When everything is well dry, you can place the head on the body, with a ball of GS. The V-shaped headplate of the carnifex can then come on the front of the torso, the “v” is holding the DS of the head.

I would advise you to paint the model at this point.

When done, place each limb as on the picture or sa you wish, the wings at the back, they replace the second external chitin plate. I pinned all limbs and fixed them with superglue, then 2 components glue thn GS to fill the gaps.

Then some more painting of the joints, and I let you imagine something cool for the base :)

Good work now !!!

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