This is a lot of fun for those of you that really do not know how far we have come in the last 20 years for Warhammer 40k, or the entire tabletop gaming experience. I am not sure if these are the first time Tyranids were ever mentioned for 40k, but I think it is the first playable version of them ever, and they are presented in a White Dwarf. Take a look at some of these images.


A big thanks to Deejay for sending these in, they are really interesting. He had mentioned the magazine was 21 years old, so the publication date is around 1992, a full 6 years before I had even heard about the 40k.

Have some fun this morning. One thing to note........ No plastic.


















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  1. Love it! I still have four screamer killers at home, they were the models which first got me into the hobby. I think I might even have this very White Dwarf somewhere in the attic.

    These are all happy memories, thanks for posting!

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    1. I have two in my current 'nid army. I was gutted when they were redesigned for 3rd (?) edition, although not as terrible as the priginal Tyrant Guard. Thank goodness the most recent Carnifex sculpt was so ace!

      Here's hoping we get Genestealer cult armies some time soon.

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    2. Yeah! Genestealer cult armies would be awesome to have in the modern world. I think codexes with multiple sub-builds should be a no-brainer for GW as it should sell more models, also fun for us because we'd get more variety on the battlefield.

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    3. ^^^This is why IG should be allowed to Ally.

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    4. Haha I miss my 2e Nid models so much! Especially the ol' Screamer Killer! I sold my 2e bugs for WAY too little to some dude who worked at a shop... I wonder if he still has them. Sigh, memories.

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  2. This was the first White Dwarf I bought back in the day - I was about 10 or 11 and wanted the extra Hero Quest and Space Crusage rules.

    Those Tyranid army cards (and the Empire army list that was about issue 147 or so) played a big part in me looking beyond those board games into the wargames. There was a long break in gaming for me, but it's probably no coincidence that 'Nids are one of my armies now.

    On another note, those old warrior models aren't great, but they're a damn sight better than the horrible blobby malformed things that replaced them a few years later.

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    1. They were certainly very iconic, and what Tyranids were all about at the time.

      Worth saying that the old metal hormagaunts, despite constantly falling over, were some of my favourite ever models.

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    2. They were that - and I'm glad that GW went back towards these models when they redid the tyranid models.

      And although some of them were metal (I might even still have some of these old ones with boneswords kicking around somewhere...), they also did get a release in plastic - they came in the Advanced Space Crusade box, and were available from GW seperately. I remember the front of the rib cage came as a seperate piece from the rest of the torso (presumably because technology at the time wouldn't have let them cast the internal detail in plastic?)

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    3. And the current plastic hormaguants aren't exactly stable on the table either ;)

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    4. Most unstable models ever.

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    5. Exactly the same here - I think my brother bought this issue for the Hero Quest rules. I wonder why GW don't look to doing more kids board games as an entry route into the hobby?

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  3. Oh boy, I remember this. Forgot about those crazy Tyranid warrior models!

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  4. Nids are in the original Rogue Trader rulebook, although Genestealers were not mentioned as being a part of the Tyranid Hivefleets.

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  5. Holy crap! Squigs are 'Nid-infused Orks!??!?

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    1. Were, I think it's been retconned so no more squig nids. You could theme ripper swarms though!

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  6. The good ol' dinos in space, before all the 'bug' nonsense xD

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  8. This missing scan features the "Mind Slave Squad", which was basically an excuse to use an Ork, Imperial Guard or Chaos Marine squad. The fluff was about a little parasite burrowing into the model's head and the hive mind taking over. Rules-wise, if they moved out of synapse range then they either died or became under the control of your opponent!

    Aah, I miss old-school GW.

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  9. This was a classic article! Thanks for posting! Although at the time it felt almost like a cop-out that the genestealers where "absorbed" into the Tyranid army list. Also, I think this was the only place that the origins of the 'squigs' were ever properly discussed. Silly, yet, very fitting for Ansel-era orks.

    Oh, BTW, those genestealers are the plastic ones from Space Hulk.

    Funny that you dug this out, I recently mulled on this era of Tyranid/Genestealer development on my blog, and I am going to put a link there back to this for reference. Thanks again!


    http://nevernesshobby.blogspot.com/2013/02/alert-genestealer-insurrection.html

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    1. I take that back: the unit pic show metal genestealers!

      This artile was also the only time they presented an army list in this format. There was a lot of interesting experimenting on armylist formats around this time as the designers were clearly working on 2nd edition.

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  10. Oh the joy I remember these guys Space crusade was a blast to play.

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  11. Who remembers the genestealers black limos! Those were the days!

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  12. Tyranids were mentioned before if you consider that the "genestealer" word describes a kind of "tyranid" soldier, hehe. Space Hulk was before this white dwarf.

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  13. I remember thoses metal carnifexs eating my plague marines many, many moons ago...

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  14. Tyranids were in the original Rogue Trader rulebook as a creature entry, pretty sure that the first mention.

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  15. No one remember Tyranid attack? Great game! It was like space hulk but played in a hive ship with tyranids and genestealer hybrid cultists vs librarians and scouts. Wish I still kept those cultists, they wear awesome but I ended up swapping it for an early edition of fantasy back in school. :/

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  16. This might have been the first actual army list for Tyranids, as opposed to Genestealer cults.

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    1. The Rogue Trader Rulebook had a Tyranid list, the only only choices in it were Zoats and Tyranids (what we now call Termagaunts). They escalated in level from a basio trooper, Champion, Hero and Mighty Hero for the unit types.

      The Mighty Hereos were NASTY!

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    2. Yes it will be I missed out on this mag by 1 or 2 mags I picked up one that had stuff for Epic 40k back in the 90's

      White Dwarf would do a pre codex/test rules release/write up the necrons had this as well in the late nineties.

      The Tyranids are a idea from john blanche and the necrons are from the same guy as well, but andy chambers really liked them and did a lot of the pre rules and the 1st codex.

      Genestealers are from hulk and they aren't tyranids but they are what brings the tyranids to a planet but they eat them at the end of the day.

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  17. Was able to feed my nids 2000 Pts of dark angel biomass today, the digestion pool is overflowing.

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  18. Ahhh, I remember those models! WD #131 was my first with the Advanced Space Crusade cover, but it was Space Hulk that got me into 40k, followed by Rogue Trader and Adv Space Crusade. I still have a bunch of plastic Warriors, a Zoat and a metal Screamer-Killer knocking about somewhere...

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  19. Oh nostalgia I love you.
    I actually use a good portion of these models in my current nids army.
    Screamer killers are badass
    Oldgaunts are a lot of fun
    Some of them are hilArious poses

    Cheers natfka :-)

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  20. I still have some of those giant ant warriors and they are plastic

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  21. Ahh i own this WD and some older ones showing my age back when WD MAG was good

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  22. Ahh i own this WD and some older ones showing my age back when WD MAG was good

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  23. Ahh i own this WD and some older ones showing my age back when WD MAG was good

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  24. I have a feeling hr geiger artwork might have had something to do with it

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  25. I have a feeling hr geiger artwork might have had something to do with it

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