Like many others I picked up one of the new GW Tervigon/Tyrannofex kits this weekend, here are my thoughts on it.
So first of all, the box is huge, like battleforce huge making you think this is going to be one hell of a kit, generally though once you get it open the 3 sprue's don’t actually even fill the box, it could quite easily have fit in a smaller one in my opinion.
Excessive box is excessive
As you are all likely aware this new kit allows you to make either the Tyranid Tervigon (a HQ or Troop choice monster that spawns gaunts)
Or the Tyranid Tyrannofex (a Heavy Support monster with a fairly large choice of funky wargear.
The one I am going for with this kit will be the Tryannofex, a model that you will rarely see compared to the way more popular tervigons. The Tyrannofex will be carrying his big weapon the rupture cannon S10 ap4 assault 2, gives what I think is one item tyranids miss, reliable anti tank.
Here are the sprue's -
Onto the build then, it kicks off with the tail and torso and goes together very easily, you then need to stick on the sides of the chimneys which there are many (8 halves to glue on) which is a bit of a pain but not overly difficult or anything. After that it’s the back legs and onto the base it goes, again no issues there as the feet have large areas on them to glue them down.
This is where the problems begin, to keep its balance the Tyrannofex has 2 big claws it holds itself up with, however in practice they don’t go on very easily, either falling out of place or the bottom point sliding to one side and then ending up making the whole model collapse, as such expect to be holding onto this thing in place for a fair while.
When I bought this the guy in the store told me this would be the hardest and most frustrating part, it was indeed. You could glue them on without gluing it onto the base but expect them to not be in the correct position and as such may cause the model to be wobbly or need a small green stuff rock of sorts.
When it eventually sets its head and rupture cannon time, the cannon being the interesting part here, I just want to show you this -
Call me crazy but is a gun that is twice as big as a space marine really necessary? it sticks out over 3" from the edge of the base! all I can say is it’s a good job this model is not metal or on a smaller base or it would be constantly falling over.
Without further rambling anyway here is the final thing, once its painted pics will follow!
Only last thing to say is there is not much in the way of bits leftover besides the huge egg sack so that's not a bad sign either.