Posted by: Turkadactyl | February 13, 2017

Tyranids- Death Leaper

I really like the Death Leaper model.  It looks like it has a mission and the means to carry it out.  The next step is Games Workshop writing rules to make this model more terrifying.  I use this model frequently because it looks cool on the table top.  It dies in 99% of my games and hardly does any damage.  I find it never hits hard enough and dies super easy.  That’s okay.  It’s still a cool looking  model.


I had fun with this Photoshop.  Since Death Leaper is secretive I wanted to go with a captured on infrared look.  That’s a mug shot I wouldn’t want captured on my security cameras.  I really hope Games Workshop does this model justice with the next codex.  Just about every game I play my opponent is concerned about Death Leaper wreaking havoc.  That could be further from the truth.  Lictors need to be terrifying again.  Guardsmen pissing their pants terrifying.






I had a comical moment with a game against Nik and his Cult Mechanicus a while back.  The Death Leaper charged some Kataphron Breachers and actually killed two in combat.  That was a pleasant surprise because my Leaper is usually not that efficient.  Picture the wack-a-mole game.  Death Leaper pops up from the hole and the surviving Breacher pops the Leaper on the head with its mallet.  I had me one insta-killed Death Leaper.

I’m working on the next Badab War battle report.  I hope to have it published in the next couple of days.  Thanks for reading.


  1. I agree that it’s a great model, and also concept, that needs some love in game. Hell, Tyranids in general could use that, some love.


  2. Death leaper is looking great. The lichors have always been pretty awesome. I remember the meta breaking lictor list that was all the rage for awhile. So much fun.

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    • I missed those days. I never started playing them until fourth edition. I didn’t like the third edition model so I waited for a better model to be released.


  3. A nice looking leaper there. Always had a soft spot for the bigger nids.

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    • I have a soft spot for the Lictor. Every game I use them I hope it will do something meaningful. Hope, it’s all I have.


  4. The Death Leaper is so cool. I Love the background and the model. Great paint job on yours.

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