It's a bird, it's a plane! It's . . .kitbashed brainleech devourers?
Up, up and away!!!!!!!
Greetings fellow wargamers! Caleb with White Metal Games here!
With Forgeworld recently releasing their own set of twin linked devourers, lots of folks were plenty excited! Finally, easy access to a pair of devourers for your monstrous creatures! I have to admit, they look pretty snazzy. You know what I'm not crazy about? The price. 13 GBP for 2 little arms, plus shipping? Forget about it! That's over $20 USD for just a few bits. Does that seem like a good market value for these?
In the past, folks quickly learned that Fleshborer hives made a great alternatively to the far more popular Brainleech Devourers, especially considering the Flyrant only had one empty arm socket. However, there are a few problems with this approach. Firstly, Fleshborers hives can go for quite a bit on the second hand market, like ebay, when they are available at all. A cursory search of Ebay for 'tyrannofex bits' yielded no results, other than just buying the entire kit!
Many of you will have been using the spare FBH's from our tervigon builds, but what about guys like me that like to use them for crazy conversions? I need to save those fleshborer hives for other projects, like this guy!
Another thing I might point out is that Fleshborer hives now have 18" range, so they have 'some' viability in a modern list. Twenty shots is nothing shabby, even if they are only strength 4. So maybe you want to hold onto those t-fex options for your own magnetized t-fex.
To exacerbate matters, devourers for MC's are only readily available on the secondhand market (and they go for an arm and a leg there) or through the carnifex kit. But even then you only get one set!
So what we need then is a way to build a poor man's Devourer for Monstrous Creatures and a Poor Man's Twin-Linked Devourer with Brainleech worms for Flyrants!
Fortunately the solution to both is simple: Termagant Fleshborers and Monstrous Creature Arms.
You can get Tyranid Devourers in very large lots here! Less than 10 bucks and you've got enough devourers to do an entire brood of carnifexes . . . .carnifii? Whatever, you get 15 of them.
Here's how the conversion works. Couldn't be simpler:
Firstly take a pair of monstrous creature spare arms. Deathspitters come to mind. You get two in every Carnifex kit, so you've likely got a set or two lying around. If you don't, well, they are at least reasonably priced on ebay.
Clip or Cut off the barrel of the deathspitter. I prefer to cut, using a nice sharp exacto knife or box cutter. Be careful, both are sharp.
Here's a side by side shot with our custom made Deathspitter (above) and the original Carnifex Devourer (below). Ours is a bit beefier, as you can see.
What's that? Lame you say? Fine, let's amp it up a little bit.
Take two MORE spare devourer arms, and a spare Tyranid Heavy Weapon. I like the venom cannon for this, because I have a bajillion of them, but use whatever you like.
Glue on at the top half of the exposed Venom Cannon Barrel, and one on the bottom half. Be sure to leave a small gap between them for the tendons.
. . . .or use those spare Devouer tube arms you have from the Termagant kit to plug the gap. I add mine on like below. Be sure to trim off the ball joint from the small end of the hose, otherwise it won't sit flush against the weapon barrel.
Okay, now to fill the gap. Roll out a thin beam of your favorite, two part Epoxy putty.
Using the tip of the tool, scratch out a few texture marks on the putty, just to give it a little definition.
Til next time, PUT YOUR MINIS WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!!