Hivefleet Lepus

Almost all my painted tyranid forces.

Basic Information

Army:Hivefleet Lepus
Game System:Warhammer 40,000 (4th ed.)
Figures:35 tiny, 68 small, 13 medium and 3 large aliens
Manufacturers:Games Workshop
Total Points Value:1498
StatusCan't fit everything on list, some leftovers to paint


Hive Tyrant "Marilyn" with Enhanced Senses, Flesh Hooks, Toxin Sacs, Venom Cannon and Scything Talons 149
Hive Tyrant "Margie" with Enhanced Senses, Flesh Hooks, Toxin Sacs, Venom Cannon and Scything Talons 149
Warrior Brood "Margaret": Scything claws, Enhanced Senses, Extended Carapace, Toxin Sacs, 1 Venom Cannon, 2 Deathspitters118
Warrior Brood "Dolores": Scything claws, Enhanced Senses, Extended Carapace, Toxin Sacs, 2 Devourers, 3 Rending Claws158
Gaunt Brood "Joanne": 27 Gaunts with Fleshborer162
Gaunt Brood "Neva": 21 Gaunts with Spinefists105
Hormagaunt Brood "Arline": 20 Hormagaunts200
Ripper Swarm "Jackie": 7 Ripper bases70
Fast Attack
Ravener Brood "Madeline": 3 Raveners with Scything Talons, Rending Claws and Devourer150
Heavy Support
Carnifex "Diane" with Scything Claws, Barbed Strangler, Enhanced Senses and Adrenal Glands (Initiative)127
Zoanthrope Brood "Terry": 2 Zoanthropes with Warp Blast110


Termagaunts. I don't really like the look of the fleshborer, but I got a bunch of figures that were already assembled with it. Raveners surge forward. These models are darn hard to balance. In the end I glued a 40mm washer under their bases too.
The last few tyranids.... a hive tyrant and a carnifex. Tyranid warriors form a solid elite core. This is the assault brood.

More pictures of these figures.


I started making list by jotting down all the tyranid models I had painted. I realised that I could never fit them in one force organization, so I dropped most of the genestealers right away. Then I entered the lot into The Forge and easily broke 2,000 points even with rather conservative options. I really wanted to make this a 1,500 point list, so I dropped all the stealers as they were not really painted in the army theme. Still around 1,700 points... so I stripped the tyrants and carnifex down to basics and dropped three ripper bases and... 1,498 points!

If I wanted a real horde army, I could drop the big guys and utilize the 49 genestealers, 14 spore mines and further 4 ripper bases that didn't make it to this list...

So the list is basically designed to employ maximum number and variety of models. For optimal performance, it might make sense to bring the Extended Carapaces back, boost the big guys a bit more and drop maybe the raveners.

I still have a few tyranid models left to paint: A Red Terror, couple of Lictors and a small pile of more or less broken gaunts I plan to use for conversions. When I started this project, I filled and empty paint pot with dark grey wash. By the time I finished, the pot was empty.

The army paint scheme is designed for maximum impact with minimum effort. They are all spray primed grey and the a dark grey wash is applied directly on top of the primer coat. Carapace bits are then painted black and the entire model is given a light grey drybrush. After that, it's basically just adding the yellow spots and picking the bony bits out in white. Light green is used for eyes and weapon feed tubes, but that's it. Very limited palette.

All bases are covered completely or partially with coffee grounds.

As I don't see tyranids being too eager to talk with their prey, all the names in this list are actually codenames given by their enemies. There is a certain logic behind the unit codenames -- can you spot it?

Sucks! (37) Sucks by 37 votes Rocks by 34 votes (34) Rocks!


I know, I know... guest Dec 07, 2005 17:24

Playmates of the month 1953/54. Do I win a prize??

girlfriends? guest Jan 20, 2006 15:17

old girlfriends. Named after them because of the untold horrors they were?!?!?

Playmates it is maxxon Feb 01, 2006 10:56

That's correct.

The broods are named after Playmates of the Month, starting from the very first one but skipping duplicate names.

Sorry, no prize except for bragging rights ;)

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