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I'm embarrassed for whoever made the hungering darkness sculpt

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Think of it like a real bad horror movie, so bad it actually goes over the line and ends up being somehow good. And then throw that logic out because it's just a horrible sculpt. 

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I was looking for some alternative model which I could recommend to you but then I realized that I am not sure what exactly I am looking for.

How do you picture Hungering Darkness? Or what specifically don't you like about the sculpt? I mean... apart from the fact that you are not fond of tadpoles.

Are you looking for something demonic? Or as creepy as possible? Something that looks formless?

I read Malifaux 2E Hungering Darkness entry and there is not much information about the appereance. Well... there is a picture, but that doesn't help in your case.

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This one looks similar to Malifaux model, but is much more creepier. Forge World - Tyranid Malanthrope. Sadly it is rather expensive - 49,50 GBP and is quite large - 129 mm (5 inches) tall, but it looks like the base is around 50 mm. Imagine it painted very dark with purple tint.

 

malanthrope.jpg

 

http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/Tyranids/TYRANID-MALANTHROPE.html

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It's certainly one of Wyrd's weaker (and earlier) plastic minis, but I thought it was pretty obviously intended to look like one of those bizarre, deep-sea fish, plus some other horror bits added in. IDK, I've come to enjoy the little weirdo after painting 3 of them. Also, giving it eye sockets instead of eyes really changes the feel.

 

I'm thinking about using the regular Tara's Nothing Beast as a proxy for it, assuming it mostly looks like a smaller version of the current one, since I think they hit the lovecraftian look much better on it. Or, maybe a Kingdom Death model, if going that direction for horror.

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This one looks similar to Malifaux model, but is much more creepier. Forge World - Tyranid Malanthrope. Sadly it is rather expensive - 49,50 GBP and is quite large - 129 mm (5 inches) tall, but it looks like the base is around 50 mm. Imagine it painted very dark with purple tint.

Those bases are 63 mm (for some reason GW keeps insisting that they are 60 mm though).

 

There are some smaller Tyranids in that style, Venomtropes and Zoantropes. They are sold in three packs so you may want to find some 40k player to split the box with if you get them.

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Oddly enough, I think the best representation of what I'd want out of "The Hungering Darkness" is actually the illuminated sculpt that's getting its head chomped.

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I think the problem is the lack of tendrils. The artwork looks more substantial and threatening because of them but they probably couldn't sculpt it that way without them always breaking (anyone thinking of using a venomthrope as a proxy, that's a definite problem with them).

 

My Hungering darkness is currently sitting in my bits box awaiting major conversions. I was going to slap on a bunch of tyranid parts but the body is so scrawny it still looks disproportionate. I'm thinking the best option might be to construct a big chunk of scenery on the base so it can just be poking it's head out of a hole in the ground or a wall. That'd cover up the tiny body and fit with the introductory story for it.

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I think the concept is fine (agree some extra tendrils would have been nice), it's just the execution is weak. That box set is plagued with soft details throughout the crew. 

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I gotta admit I kind of like the model.  Sure he's a little on the dopey side, but Malifaux is full of manifested nightmares, things from beyond the veil of time and space and giant deamons that eat people and all of them trying to be really nasty and scary or sexy gets a little exhausting.  I also like to imagine huggy as a mouth breather standing behind Lynch who's constantly facepalming, but that may be because I throw huggy under the bus so often in games he's started to physically merge with the bus' transmission.

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I'm planning a conversion of the Hungering Darkness for mine, still doing some concept for it, we'll see... More tendrils might be a good idea.

 

This one looks similar to Malifaux model, but is much more creepier. Forge World - Tyranid Malanthrope. Sadly it is rather expensive - 49,50 GBP and is quite large - 129 mm (5 inches) tall, but it looks like the base is around 50 mm. Imagine it painted very dark with purple tint.

 

The malanthrope would be an idea but for me, apart from the price tag, the chitinous parts don't fit in.

 

Hell Dorado: Damned One of Gluttony, maybe?

 

damned_one_of_gluttony.jpg

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I think that's the closest one I'd use if I would bother. I just use the Tadpole. At least it gets attention, not sure if it's good or not though. :P

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Where as i dont particularly like the sculpt as it's not the threatening meanace it should be, its an overall hard concept to materialize. Its concept screams original poltergeist closet of tenticle doom to me but i could be way off. I do however like the fluff explination i am required to go through when some inquires about the fluff of the crew while im playing a game.

 

"oh they are a possy of drug addicted vagabonds working in a whore house/casino, passing out the essence of an elder being that feeds of thier life essence.......who's avatar heppens to very cuddley....see"

 

It is just one of the things i guess that is more to the comical side of the game, but one day i hope a nightmare version to make a appropriate whispy, sinister peice this being deserves.

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The model can be worked on i am sure. I see it more like the "start" of a monster than something else, as it's very plain. But yeah if someone doens't want to add anything to it, it's one of the weaker releases. As stated above, it's also one of the earliest plastic kit...now i don't want to talk through my hat, but i also think it's also the first "large" plastic miniature they've done, as part of lynch crew. I think it could look like one of those ghostbusters ectoplasm things, but the painting skills needed might be high to get the result...perhaps a translucent edition look better?

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To be honest I hated it at first but I think the more games I play with it the more it's growing on me. That said I would buy a nightmare huggy in a heartbeat!!

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For a Hungering Darkness proxy I would use a Shoggoth model, or some other Cthulhu monster from beyond. I believe Reaper has a good looking Shoggoth is their line? As an alternate a large wraith model should also work pretty well, as they are also ghostly horrors that feeds on human life forces?

 

Ah, here we go, Reaper's Shoggoth, Night Spectre and a Grave Wraith:

http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/shoggoth/sku-down/77115

http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/wraith/sku-down/14547#detail/14547_g_2

http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/wraith/sku-down/03274

 

 

 

For Jacob himself I have always taken it for granted that, should I even build his crew, I would be using Reaper's Benedict Baker in place of his relatively plain plastic one:

 

http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/Chronoscope/latest/50305#detail/50305_p_1_mj

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I like that one... quite a bit actually.

 

It's the only proxy posted that feels "Malifaux" to me, and it fits in better with Lynch's theme crew than the official sculpt.

 

I don't mind the sculpt we have for huggy, but if I ever play Lynch I may have to go with that Fat Plague Gentleman anyway.

 

Though it is, maybe, a little bit small.

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I've wanted to try and just place the mouth/head on the base to make it look like it's coming out of the ground. I just got the box, but have not looked to see if it would be possible.

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