After being quite calm regarding tyranids, I come with a new big project, my biggest tyranid project to date actually. The idea is to develop further my hive queen concept by making a giant hive queen. The size is roughly 9" (22 cm) high to the top of head. To do this, I will proceed as for making my custom Cthulhu, I mean I'll be using McFarlane action figures as main parts : alien spawn for body, mutant spawn for head, claws from the star wars Acklay arena beast, and Ultima online dragon wings... The general shape will be like my smaller queens : big head evoking a highly intelligent and psionic being, with mandibles, the tentacles will be a very long single barbed tongue. The wings will be sprouting from the side of the back. The legs and feet receive additionnal talons, the knees have some clawed fingers like the main hands. The tail will be long, beginning at the middle of the back, and it will be ended by an ovipositor, consisting of a ripper head on a part from koralon breeder, and 4 additionnal talons are to be added, to grab preys... The big claws will come under the arms. These arms will receive big carnifex talons on their external side. The ribcage has some hooks sprouting from it. For all the model, I have kept the texture of the alien spawn. I firstly thought that I would add typical tyranid scales/armour parts, but I finally prefered to keep the original texture, as is is in fact more detailed and original, I felt that this beast needed a special texture, and I liked all the little "chimneys" (for spores ?). So i tried to copy these textures on the claws. I have elongated many nails and talons from the spawn parts, to make them more acute. But enough talk, here are the first shots. No panic, they are only wips and more things will be added/reworked.