Winner of last year’s Slayer Sword Challenge at the German Games’ Day. Roman Lappat made this AMAZING set from scratch and hand painted (most people would airbrush large segments of this diorama due to the time and scale of the project) the rest. I love Warhammer 40,000 modeling almost as much as I love the game itself. Currently painting up my Minotaurs, Apoc-sized force and getting ready to start planning out a large-sized, non-Apoc Chaos Space Marines force (considering Word Bearers with Night Lords’ Raptors/Warp Talons on “loan” to the Warband) I think I’m pretty good at painting, but this guy is leagues above that.
My favorite about all of this is the amount of detail in the chaos that is going on. A squad of assorted Blood Angels, from first company vets to Death Company battle-brothers are being fucking SWARMED by Tyranids. Look at the left and notice that a living carpet of Gaunts are swarming up what was once a statue and using their own bodies to form a living-platform to bury their collective claws’ into the armor and flesh of the Sanguinary Guard who is propelling himself backwards on jump pack and wings. Only to watch the carnage of the melee below him as brothers fall to waves and waves of Tyranids, only to continue fighting on in such daunting opposition. To the right is the figure of a Death Company Dreadnought ALMOST COMPLETELY overwhelmed by a surge of Gaunts, resplendent with a Lictor stalking the side lines heading over to the Blood Angels’ Sergeant whom is valiantly attempting to rally the defenses and form up a firing circle as it becomes apparent that all semblance of a “defense” has been thrown out the window. Blood Angels Vanguard veterans that are caught in the living carpet of tyranids as they attempt to engage their jump packs to escape a certain and imminent death that is both explicit and not clear. Will they make it out? Will they be devoured? This is art. Plain and simple.
This is a perfect example of Warhammer 40,000 modeling as an art, and it’s beautiful. Hit this jump if you wish to see more.