ZOATS & HUNTER SLAYERS today from the BLUE catalogue (section 1). These Rogue Trader era Tyranids are some of the earliest metals that represent forces of the Hive Fleet to see widescale release. The Hunter Slayers fit the role now covered by gaunts, but the Zoats now long gone from the fluff had a much weirder role.
Originally a monster from Warhammer Fantasy, a kind of magical reptilian centaur that lived in woods, hung out with Elves and even had its own allies army list in the old 3rd ed Warhammer Armies books. As GW tended to do back in the day, anything that had a fantasy model normally ended up with a 40k equivalent (commonly by simply putting the word 'Space' in front). The Zoat found its way into the first 40k rulebook and was billed as the hive fleets Diplomats and negotiators, kind of a friendly herald of galactus if you will. The idea was scrapped by 2nd edition and even the fantasy zoat disappeared by the time WFB moved to 4th, and the zoat was lost. Considering the weird things weve seen resurface from GWs timevault in the last few years, (especially in Necromunda with ambulls, beastmen, squats etc) it would no longer suprise me to see a Zoat model for either 40k or Age of Sigmar.
Also that missle launcher is amazingly weird. I love it.
Also as an added bonus swipe to the end and feast your eyes on that beautiful Adrian Smith Tyranid Artwork which was later used for Advanced Space Crusade.
It was a hard task to write the text for this picture. What do we have here? Amazing (yes, we are humble) Grabblecast Cedar Stump and classic GW Necromant. May be he is going to rise a zombie treeman? Or just looking for a hiden artifact? We don’t know. May be you have any thoughts?