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The Tyrannocyte, a relentless harbinger of Tyranid terror, descends from the skies, unleashing a swarm of nightmarish creatures upon its unfortunate prey. Brace yourself for the onslaught as this monstrous vessel leaves destruction in its wake.
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Witness the raw power of nature’s fury as the Tyrannocyte fulfills its gruesome purpose, a living harbinger of doom that leaves naught but devastation in its wake. The skies darken with the ominous shadow of the hive fleet, and the ground quakes beneath the relentless march of the Tyranids, an unyielding tide of carnage and destruction that engulfs all in its path. Prepare for the relentless onslaught of the Tyrannocyte and brace for the cataclysmic fury of the Tyranids as they unleash their hunger for conquest and assimilation upon the battlefield.

What’s in the Tyrannocyte box

  • x124 plastic components that make one Tyrannocyte. The armoured carapace can be modelled closed to the body or open to act as an airbrake as the Tyrannocyte makes planetfall. It is armed with five deathspitters which can be replaced by barbed stranglers or venom cannons. You can alternatively build a Sporocyst and Mucolid Spore using the same components.
  • x1 Citadel 100mm Round Base.

How to paint the Tyrannocyte set

  1. Step 1: Carapace Base Coat
    Begin by painting the Tyrannocyte’s carapace with Naggaroth Night, ensuring full coverage and even application. This dark purple will serve as the base color for the chitinous shell.
  2. Step 2: Flesh Base Coat
    Next, paint the creature’s flesh areas with Rakarth Flesh. Apply this paint carefully to areas such as exposed muscles or openings on the Tyrannocyte’s body.
  3. Step 3: Shade the Carapace
    To add depth and dimension to the carapace, apply a shade like Druchii Violet over the Naggaroth Night base coat. This will create shadows and enhance the menacing appearance of the creature.
  4. Step 4: Layer the Carapace
    After the shade dries, apply a lighter purple color, such as Xereus Purple, to the raised areas of the carapace. This layering technique will highlight the edges and give the carapace a more textured and realistic look.
  5. Step 5: Flesh Shading
    Using a shade like Reikland Fleshshade, apply it over the Rakarth Flesh to create shadows and define the details of the Tyrannocyte’s flesh.
  6. Step 6: Flesh Layering
    Once the shade dries, use Pallid Wych Flesh to carefully layer the raised areas of the flesh. This step will bring out the highlights and add a sense of depth to the creature’s exposed anatomy.
  7. Step 7: Fine Details
    Now it’s time to add some additional details. Use Abaddon Black paint to accentuate the Tyrannocyte’s mouth, teeth, and other darker elements. You can also add some eyes or various details/battle damage using bright colors like Mephiston Red or Baharroth Blue.
  8. Step 8: Optional Weathering
    For those who want to add extra realism, you can incorporate weathering effects. Use Agrax Earthshade or Nuln Oil to create grime or dirt streaks on the carapace or flesh, giving the impression of battle-worn terrain.
  9. Step 9: Varnish
    To protect your hard work and give your Tyrannocyte a finished look, apply a layer of suitable varnish. Consider using a matte varnish for a more natural appearance.

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