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With my mojo back on track the next thing on my tyranid terrain list is some Capillary Towers. Having made my Bastion, a stretch from my straightforward defence line I'm now going to refine those skills with some Capillary Towers. Having already utilised them in the 'compass points' of the Bastion I thought I'd just get six done as I'd speculated they were easy to make from the foamboard templates I'd already made.

So first up was cutting a bunch of chitin plates from the bottom of pop bottles:



Then some foamboard spines to fit them to:



Then attach the spines to plywood discs and add the chitin plates using pins



More progress soon, but here's more info and pics: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/nids-part-106-scratchbuilt-tyranid.html
 

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Started 'icing my cakes'. It seems these are looking extremely phallic, G.O.D. help us when I start doing the Chitin plates!



After coating them with a rough layer of adhesive tile grout I then needed to sand them back. The grout makes the plastic and PVA'd tissue paper more rigid and gives the next layer of DAS air drying clay something to stick to.





More pics and info should you need it: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/nids-part-108-scratchbuilt-tyranid.html
 

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Pretty much all the tiers of Chitinous Plates have been done now, here's the progress:



All 6 are starting to look like the ones that formed the compass points in my bastion



And I've even started work on the fleshy musculature that forms the inside of the capillary tower



Next step is to cap all the curtain hooks into spikes. My bastion used spinefists to give it that Tyranid feel, this time I'll be sculpting them all on. Not quite sure what I'm going to do but we'll see soon it enough. More pictures and details are here:

http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/nids-part-109-scratchbuilt-tyranid.html

here:

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The next update brings more fleshy musculature to the inside of the Capillary Tower, but first i capped all the curtain hook spines. The weren't quite as lethal as the 'scything talons' I'd envisaged but the sculpting turned out OK and they will bprobably be less prone to break given their bulkiness



I'd planned on using Milliput for the fleshy bits but decide to just continue using DAS air drying clay. Even though I'd bought 5 packs of Milliput I'm glad I continued on with my cheaper/quicker options. There is still a question mark over durability. The clay can be carved with ease once dry but I think even if these were to chip or break I could just repaint them as ddamged towers.



The additional concern is just how stuck to the core the clay is. You wet it and press it on but it's not like Milliput which has real adhesive qualities, once again we'll just have to see in the end.



That's the first 2 'fleshed out' just the remianing 4 and to do their bases, add some fleshy sacs to the 'female' towers, and some vine tendrils and they're done, probably no more than a weeks worth of modelling left!

Point your cogitators here for more pics and info: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/nids-part-112-scratchbuilt-tyranid.html
 

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Looking good, sometimes cost is an acceptable trade off for durability. You can always superglue it if large chunks break off.
 

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Turns out I had bigger things on my mind with my Capillary Towers afterall - they in fact form part of my modular Tyranid Skyshield Landing Pad



Fingers crossed the other days rumour that the new Codex will deny Tyranids access to Fortifications was a load of old guff





For more info on construction and pics point your cogitators here: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/nids-part-117-project-y-scratchbuilt.html
 

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In an age where the Great Devourer has become more like a mawkish teenage anorexic self harmer at least there's one thing you can rely on, until the FAQ it to death - my Tyranid Capillary Towers. Here's what a little paint can do as most of the base coats and washes go on:



And the really big ones:



And a close up of the gestation sacs in the female towers [hey if they can ret-con that they don't have DNA I can ret-con my own fluff that there are sometimes gender specific bio-forms]



For more pictures and details point your cogitators here: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/nids-part-118-scratchbuilt-tyranid.html
 

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WOW! Stunning work! The striations in the "muscle" are really really effective, along with the tendrils/vines, the thing is quite organic. I wish I had the talent and discipline to pull off a project like this!

For what it's worth, +rep!

*edit* Figured it out, there's some rep.

PROPS, my friend. I confer props upon thee.
 

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WOW! Stunning work! The striations in the "muscle" are really really effective, along with the tendrils/vines, the thing is quite organic. I wish I had the talent and discipline to pull off a project like this!

For what it's worth, +rep!

*edit* Figured it out, there's some rep.

PROPS, my friend. I confer props upon thee.
Thanks, I can honestly say to achieve this the talent and skill needed is not great at all. Discipline, patience and willpower is a factor but altogether the 6 towers took less than 24hrs of work to produce which I don't think is a massive amount of time and you could do this quicker. Alternatively there are quite a few tutorials on making nid terrain around, some as simple as egg box card and hot melt glu that still look very effective and grossly alien. It's worth having a bash.
 

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The next part of the Skyshield is coming along, behold my sphincter



And then I had to go to bizarre lengths to try and keep the pad flat when I filled in the rest of the pad



Some abortive attempts at making some transparent walls using clingfilm



or tissue paper and PVA



For a few more pics and information point your cogitators here: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/nids-part-121-project-y-scratchbuilt.html
 

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And the Capillary Towers are pretty much complete now



They turned out a lot better than I'd hoped and with a few more coats of gloss varnish in the 'male' towers reclamation pools they'll be done



It's been quite and adventure along the way, not least making sure they would fit with 'project y' - the Skyshield Landing pad addition



The pad will be the next part to share with you all, the detachable walls are a lower priority as I can potentially play with it without the walls



But I'll be getting the pad done asap

In the mean time for more information and loads more pics, as usual, point your cogitators here: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/nids-part-122-scratchbuilt-tyranid.html
 

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And the Skyshield progresses also, first up the pad in situ, now the clay is all dry:



Some interesting ideas playing around with my Aegis Defence Line in front of the Skyshield:



Next I added some support strands, leading from the Capillary Towers to the central sphincter:



And a close up of the texture:



More information and pics, as usual, point your cogitators here: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/nids-part-123-project-y-scratchbuilt.html
 

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Really great work done on these. My only concern would be that the DAS may crack/chip if they are dropped or knocked.

However such great work deserves some rep.
 
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