"We can cross here, off you go Milo.  Whats that?  Oh no... not at all... its perfectly safe..."

“We can cross here, off you go Milo. Whats that? Oh no… not at all… its perfectly safe…”

An oft referenced but rarely seen Rogue Trader beast for show in this evenings entry to the Deathworld/Alien Flora and Fauna project: the carnivorous Rippy-fish.

As per Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader p.215:

“The Rippy-fish is a piranha-like aquatic creature with pirahna-like habits.  It comes from the Lost Hope Death World, though many similar creatures exist on other planets.  It is not large, rarely more than 30cm in length, but its uncompromisingly carnivorous appetite and fearless disposition make it deadly.  Rippy-fish form shoals of several hundred creatures.  They can live in salt or fresh water, and are immune to most poisons, extremes of temperature and pollution.”


The Rippy-fish are CP Models “Fish Swarm”s.  I stuck them to plastic 25mm Renedra bases to help prevent chipping, but it wasnt really 100% necessary I guess.

I got these models in the post this morning and fired them out in front of the TV this evening. “Flipping” a model (or models) like that is quite satisfying.


12 Responses

  1. Haha nice, they look like something you’d run into in the obligatory water level in a sci fi first person shooter 😉


  2. They are so cool! We are getting Gordon Shumway into a scenario with those guys for sure.


    • To be fair Gordon gets into most of our scenarios. I dont know if he particularly identifies with space fish over space cats, but Im willing to find out 🙂


  3. Wow, you keep on surprising me with fresh ideas and models! Really nice!


    • Thanks Suber. I knew about these models for a while but even though they were staring me in the face, I didnt think to use them as Rippy-fish until a couple of weeks ago.

      A quick, satisfying little project. Thanks for the feedback.


  4. Those are very nice indeed – may have to pick up a few of those swarms…


    • Thanks Donogh.

      The swarms are nicely varied, inexpensive, cleanly cast and I found them easy and enjoyable to paint. Most of them have potential for use in various scales too (see what I did there?). I will get a kick out of seeing some unfortunates devoured by these guys.

      Thanks for the feedback.


  5. Very cool. I’m really enjoying your deathworld safari.


    • Its a slightly peculiar hobby tangent, but if I am honest with myself then I already own enough painted guys with guns.

      Space fish on the other hand are thin on the ground I find.

      Thanks for the feedback Barks. I have loads more lined up for this project. the plan remains to dip into it from time to time and gradually build up the species.


  6. I don’t know why but I though of those fish in Mario Bros you know the one’s in the water levels lol anyway that’s probable just, once again great work from your good self the fish are out of this world so to speak.


    • A “Cheep Cheep”?

      The colour scheme that I used does like a bit like carp, which in turn looks a bit like the Cheep Cheeps 🙂

      Thanks for the feedback Frank.


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