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Tyranid swarm "Knochenfresser" expands

Even though nothing has happened here for some time, I have not been idle. Over the last few months, I've completed my Warhammer AoS armies such as Soulblight Gravelords and Sylvaneth, and have been fully focussed on expanding my beloved and so far only Warhammer 40k army, the Tyranids. My goal is to finish my Tyranid swarm called Knochenfresser this year, completing a three-year army project. The Tyranids were my first 40k army. I thought they looked really great - and that impression has been reinforced since the reworking of many units and the release of some new units as part of the 10th edition Tyranid launch. When I started 40k three years ago, I didn't know much about the backstory. At the time, the Tyranids were a pretty good starter army, as the concept of an all-consuming alien fleet was quite easy to understand. You didn't need much knowledge to customize the miniatures to your own army lore - an aspect I always found most appealing about the Warhammer hobby and which I also practiced extensively with my Age of Sigmar armies, the Sylvaneth Kirschbl├╝tenhain, as well as the Soulblight Gravelord, called the Klingenberg Legion. Nonetheless, the sheer mass of a Tyranid swarm inspires respect - on the battlefield, but especially as a hobby project with the ambition to paint the miniatures to a solid standard. Three years later, the Knochenfresser swarm fleet has grown massively and fought many battles.

Here is a list of all my painted units, in total 4.500 points:


  • Broodlord
  • Deathleaper
  • Hive Tyrant
  • Neurotyrant
  • Old One Eye
  • Tervigon
  • The Swarmlord
  • Winged Hive Tyrant
  • Winged Tyranid Prime


  • 30x Hormagaunts
  • 40x Termagants with Devourer

Other Datasheets:

  • 5x Barbgaunts
  • 10x Genestealers
  • 5x Ripper Swarms
  • 6x Tyranid Warriors with Ranged Bio-weapons
  • 3x Venomthropes 
  • 3x Von Ryan’s Leapers 
  • 6x Zoanthropes
  • 1x Neurolictor 
  • 2x Lictor
  • 1x Haruspex
  • 1x Exocrine
  • 1x Screamer-Killer
  • 1x Tyrannofex 
  • 1x Norn Assimilator
  • 1x Norn Emissary
  • 1x Psychophage
  • 1x Maleceptor
  • 1x Mawloc
  • 11x Neurogaunts
  • 1x Biovores
  • 1x Pyrovores 

The following units are still outstanding (985 points). The aim is to have them painted by the end of the year:
  • 20x Termagants with Spinefists
  • 40x Termagants with Fleshborer
  • 5x Carnifexes

As well as working on the Tyranid miniatures, I've also spent the last few months building a Warhammer 40k gaming table including terrain. I always marvel at how many of my fellow hobbyists photograph their miniatures in such a cinematic way that you feel like you're standing in the middle of the battlefield. I wanted that too! So I seized the opportunity and photographed all the newly painted Tyranid miniatures accordingly. Enjoy!



  1. Lovely work! They look amazing as a group. I particularly like the scenic shots with the terrain. And of course the added Rippers on the Norn Emissary's base are great! They really sell the sense of scale - the swarm has organisms of every size to still it's hunger!


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