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Tyranid Hive Ship by Zen-Master Tyranid Hive Ship by Zen-Master
Painting of a Tyranid Hive Ship from Dawn of War 2
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SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Space marine 1: we're doomed Space marine 2: *shoots himself in the head*
LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
amazing and Waaaah! creepyI think I've fainted. 
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Talk about desolation on a grand scale! This is a really nice piece of artwork. Very haunting and bleak. Definitely conveys they whole "well, the tyranids are here, we're screwed" feel.
BlackDonner Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent, man.
serpion5 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This looks amazing.
Derrick86 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Love how it sort of materialises out of the clouds as you look at the picture!
SieniMan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
this is absolutely awesome
dragon191917 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Ok, to say that looks post-apocalyptic is an understatement. And creepy.
FuzzlesTheFuzzler Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well this is simply amazing, i have been reading a lot about the tyranids and i find their Lore to be simply amazing, just mind blowing. your artwork shows thrilling information about the massive hive ships feeding habbits in a humbling and terrifying way. showing the size of the ship isnt easy and although that hive ship is too close to the surface its a really amazing artwork, i would like to use it as my wall paper =D thanks.
OutofLuna Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Are you taking credit for being able to printscreen from the game? Or did you seriously make this for them?
You should probably specify that. It's kinda low to just snag stuff and not give proper credit.
grievousvsdarkahsoka Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
#1 reason to run from tyranids
fireflyfan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Reason #2.....Genestealers.
grievousvsdarkahsoka Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
fireflyfan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Reason 3, everything else
grievousvsdarkahsoka Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
BohemiannConections Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Spectacular! Is so huge! Briliant work.
germanvisitor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Just giving my venators their claws :-)
CrazySilkTie Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Awesome!!! The sense of scale and forbidding is amazing!
RantingAtheist Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Writer
I've always thought that the Tyranid spread to other worlds through immense towers that extended into space that just keep growing until it reaches a new world.
Coalition Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Hive Fleet selects a star that is more likely to hold life, and uses Narwhal critters to pull themselves to the target system. As the fleet gets closer, the pulling effect causes natural disasters on planets in the target system to increase. Soon, the fleet is close enough that the Shadow of the Hive Mind covers it, preventing reinforcements from arriving by Warp.

The fleet establishes orbital supremacy, and begins sending down spores, to begin the environment converting into a Tyranid friendly one (warmer and lots of biomass), and sending down troops to kill and eat the locals. As more biomass is gathered, giant towers extend into orbit for the Ships to feed. They also drink the oceans, and inhale the atmosphere.

By the time help actually manages to arrive, the earth-like planet is a barren lifeless rock, and the ships have moved on. The ships have also taken the opportunity to spawn young, and the smaller ones grow a bit bigger.

According to the current fluff, that is.

This is different, where a Hive ship likely crashed (they are big), and grew these processing plants to convert the local biomass into stuff the ship needs to take off again.
SigmatheArtist Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy... That would be a site to behold. Tyranids are just that epic.

ApteusGalactica Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
and the two black bars at the top and the bottom really adds effect! It looks like a movie!
ApteusGalactica Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
that is turtely AWSOME!!!!
You really captured the devistation of a Tyranid invasion. Well-Done!
RavenWolf87 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Very beautiful! This is defiantly going into my background folder! Nicely done!
cuba12 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well this just made my morning :D
freaqie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
wow.. great work!
Deviantsquash Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
did u do this? i'm sure its prtscreened off the game move if not awsumsness!
SPGinc Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
I love this picture. So skilfully made, and so ominous for anyone with even the slightest idea of what it means when the Tyranids are on the march
chaoman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh fun stuff. Are those space marines atthe bottom? Looks like a terminator and a normal marine.
Hejin57 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
A fantastic rendition of the Tyranid menace! It's emotional, and I love the scale, and where the marines are standing in contrast to the broken landscape. Awesome work. :D
Idene Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
my god. beautiful and terrifying!

Io-Selas Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Excellent. I like the Tyranids but I feel kinda bad for humanity in Warhammer 40K cuz everything else is kind of throwing themselves at humanity and humanity doesn't have much left. I think the Tyranids and the Tau, maybe Necrons have got the only potential to stay alive in the 40K universe.

Oh yeah, excellent work on the art you've done an great job in drawing the ruined landscape. I;m guessing that now the hive ship is absorbing the planet's atmosphere. How depressing. Great job!!
Glorthogoot Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn! Iz dis wot my boyz up agunst? Bring it. Bring it ya zoggin bugz!
Anggul Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Wow, that's so good, really captured the landscape being devoured.
Wak-tak12 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is a painting? You are amazing! I love Tyranid lol I'm such a nerdy girl
Hider6 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
terrifying...imagine the horror of seeing those
kimitotehpony Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
great cool ^^. This picture is actually in the game DoW 2 might wanna clearify you didnt draw it or... you did for the game cause its in there XP.
zman988 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
2 words "Fu__ing sh!t" that is all i can say
EvilGermanTier Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
What the Space Marine behind the first one says:

"Wow, Charles, will you look at that?
It really does suck the life out of...
seetheshape Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
if the tyranid ship was leaving (i geussed from the ruined back ground)

but in the foreground y are their plants the hive fleet sucks up all organic life the planet would be a rock
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
If they were leaving, there would be no space marines to watch it as they would have utterly obliterated all in their paths.

This looks more like the beginning of a snack from a recent victory.
Lord-of-Angels Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
That is amazing, epic even! I can almost see the scene unfolding; the marines emerging from a thicket of spore chimneys, the gasses emitted rolling across the skyline. As the two reach a small clearing a section of the roiling fog recedes, unveiling the huge bio-ship, consuming the biomass of the planet via tendrils protruding from a host of digestion pools, stripping away the atmosphere layer by layer...

tekanako-the-first Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Student General Artist
That is totaly cool, and those space marines are Tyranid foder, arn't they :)
Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
deamonicangel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Student
Painting? man that's awesome!
Veanar Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
I love the light on the left and the details!
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome colors and details!
squirrels-are-evil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
damn amazing
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basler2 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would like to see that kind of stuff in a motion picture about space marines.
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