Adeptus Titanicus – Leviathan Bio-Titans

In the early variants of Epic and Titanicus, there were Xenos available as part of the ranges and not just the Legio Titanicus. And while we saw Bio-Titans in the early 90s for Epic, later when Forge World covered large units and models for 40k and among them an updated model of the Hierophant, that went far from the design of the 90s.

Epic - Tyranid Dominatrix Epic - Tyranid Hierophant Forge World - Tyranid Hierophant

And while building the Tyranids from the Leviathan boxed set (boths the swarms and more unique units), I had the urge to compare them to my Adeptus Titanicus models. Because some of them, would in my opinion make for great bio titans of different size.

Some units like the Termagaunts are out of questions as their details clearly pose them as 28mm models, but the larger models, like the Psychophage could probably be Hierophant Bio-Titan of some kind.

Adeptus Titanicus - Biotitans

The Psychophage would fit that role in my opinion pretty well, as you can see, the stance would allow to add small swarms 6-8mm scaled miniatures to the base to increase the immersion. You would need to remove the Primaris parts from the front, but that would be pretty and maybe replace them with bits from a vehicle or other fitting bits. The third picture shows that both, Psychophage and Neurotyrant don't make the worst impression next to a Warlord Titan. I would rate this scale: magnificus.

Warhammer 40,000 - Leviathan Psychophage Warhammer 40,000 - Leviathan Psychophage Adeptus Titanicus - Biotitans

The Neurotyrant is a great model as well, far from what the old Epic range or later Forge World present, but a fitting Overlord like creature and even the Neurolides would make for an interesting addition in a knight sized scale (scale: grandis). But the Neurotyrant felt to me like a Warbringer Titan sort of model, scale: immensus, and the huge carapace weaponry of the warbringer would be aligned with a telepathic strike.

Warhammer 40,000 - Leviathan Neurotyrant Adeptus Titanicus - Biotitans

Even the Neurogants and Barbgaunts could work as knight sized models, as they have only few details that are distinguishedly 28mm, but could easily used with Titanics in my opinion.

Warhammer 40,000 - Leviathan Neurogaunts Warhammer 40,000 - Leviathan Barbgaunts Adeptus Titanicus - Biotitans

I am aware, this is something really just for house-rules. There are only rules for Imperial forces, house rules for Orks (with Stompaz and Gargants), and not that much else. So how to cover Tyranids in Titanicus? Well, that would be something to sort out by yourself, but for the beginning you could simply use the models as stand-ins - the Psychophage as a Warlord, the Neurotyrant as a Warbringer, the Barbgaunts as Acastus Knights and Neurogaunts as Questoris Knights. As they are Tyranids, a Hive Swarm, I would go for a Knight Household with Auxiliary Titans, swarm the enemy, drown him in small units.

Would be an interesting side projects you could built from the Leviathan kits along with the support of 3d printing. I am not going to follow up on this myself, this is more of an inspiration for the fellow wargamers looking to spice things up.

Posted by Dennis B.

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  1. Love this idea, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it too!

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