How to Make Tyranid Scenery

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The Tyranids are an alien "super organism," a hive mind whose bio-engineered warriors are designed to destroy other life forms in the tabletop miniatures game Warhammer 40,000. Once the Tyranid invasion of a planet has begun, there are two types of scenery your armies contend with: the alien structures and obstacles that form part of the front wave of the Tyranid assault; and the ruined cities their armies leave behind.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plastic scale model buildings
  • Craft knife
  • Expandable foam
  • Baseboard
  • Fred brand swizzle sticks
  • Egg cartons
  • Peanut shells
  • Pistachio shells
  • Paints

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out several pieces of baseboard to use as your scenery base. Make the shapes curvy and somewhat random, like jigsaw puzzle pieces.

  2. 2

    Glue three or four Fred brand swizzle sticks standing vertically onto pieces of baseboard. The swizzle sticks look like strange, knotted swamp plants and when painted will make good Tyranid trees.

  3. 3

    Cut out an egg "cup" from a carton and glue it, open end up, onto a piece of baseboard. Spray expanding foam around it to build up a mound and hide the edges of the cup. Put a dab or two of foam in the cup. This will form the basis of a Tyranid reclamation pool, where the DNA of Tyranid victims is turned into food and fuel.

  4. 4

    Glue peanut shells, rough side up, and pistachio shells, open side up, to a piece of baseboard. Add some expanding foam to create alien debris fields or the entrance to a brood nest.

  5. 5

    Cut out pieces of wall from a plastic scale building and glue them to a baseboard piece to create rubble from a human city. Leave some of the wall pieces standing, and glue other pieces on the ground.

  6. 6

    Paint your scenery pieces as you see fit. Alien scenery can be grey, green or mauve. Paint the city rubble like bricks or concrete and metal.

Tips and warnings

  • Everything about the Tyranids is weird and creepy. When designing scenery, make it look like something from the dark side of the moon.

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