The Original Spawning: Ripperdactyls take flight!

Used without permission.

Used without permission.

I feel like I’ve finally nailed down my “go to” list with my Lizardmen. After countless games and lots of model testing I think I’ve finally gotten a list that can compete against all comers and put up a good fight in tournament play. One of the units that I’ve play tested is the Ripperdactyls. They are a new inclusion in the latest edition of the Lizardmen book and man, can they pack a punch. To me, they’re like the Terradons on steroids… Frenzy, Armour Piercing, and Killing Blow? I’ll take that, and all for just 5 points more than a Terradon. I really like the new plastic models, too… My old Terradon models are the metal ones and I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to repair them over the years so these plastic ones will do nicely.

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Anyways, I decided to add 3 Terradons to my 2,500 point list in order to be my war machine hunters / lone character killers. If you seen my Bastilodon that I painted a couple of weeks ago, then you may recognize some of the paint scheme I used on these guys. I really liked the orange look with the dots all around their markings and that’s what I went with on the Ripperdactyls. These models were very easy to assemble and don’t have a ton of details, which is fine with me. The skinks on top have the most detail and, believe it or not, that’s what took me the longest… Here’s some pics:

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Even though these guys are skirmishers I still decided to make a small movement tray for them. Makes it much easier to move around on the display board and easier to transport as well. I don’t think I’ll be able to use it in terms of gameplay but at least it’ll make it more practical to move it around as I’m changing tables during tournaments. I also like the small terrain pieces that came with the kits. I usually give GW a lot of crap (and rightfully so) but I have to hand it to them, they’re sculpting personnel have comes leaps and bounds further than where they were even 10 years ago.

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I decided to color the skinks blue to help them stand out against the black on the Ripperdactyls. They have green crests and scales which will help to make the stand out also. I like the dynamic poses of the models and even like that GW decided to give different length clear holding sticks… it helps to rank up the Ripperdactyls while I’m moving them around on the board.

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The models come with a Toad marker but I already had an old metal lizard that came with the Jungle Swarms from back in the day. I painted it up and added a jungle tree to make it stand out a little bit more. In gaming terms, this models is to be set on an enemy unit and gives the Ripperdactyls extra attacks if it ever ends up in combat with that unit. Went with a purple color to help it stand out against the rest of the models as well.

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So now this concludes all models for my 2,500 point Lizardmen army. I’m now done! Complete!! I have over 7,000 points of painted Lizardmen and I’m tired of painting this army. It’s time to move on to the next project. I still have to finish up my Deathwing army and then focus on Orcs & Goblins and Empire. Lots more to do over the next several months but I’m looking forward to finally closing the Lizardmen chapter of the book. I’ll take them to the tournament on Saturday and hopefully put up a good showing. I’ll definitely have a report out as well after the tournament to let everybody know how I did. Thanks a lot and please let me know what you think. Thanks!