EDIT NOTE: Some ebay sellers are using my article in their Protonid ebay auctions without my permission. I don’t give it to them to use.
My article was written in a time where the old hammer community was very young, it was far harder to find out things back then, then it is now, and that includes tracking models down. Whilst the Protonid is still insanely rare and the holy grail of Tyranid Collecting so to speak, I know of several dozen worldwide and that number slowly increases with time, as it has since this article was first published. A lot of the Protonid’s that surface are with gamers that were around in the late 80’s that haven’t touched miniatures in many years or don’t use the internet for miniatures based discussion and so the armies/models while away seemingly hidden from view. It’s like that Fimir army from one of the early Games Day’s where more then 60 Fimir are in the picture vs a Skaven army yet no one knows where that Fimir army lives today. END EDIT NOTE
The Rogue Trader Tyranid more commonly known as The Protonid (ie. Prototype Tyranid), was an unreleased model that featured in the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader Rulebook (1st Edition 40k) on page 103 (the lovely Bryan Ansell Protonid – see further below for more on Bryan) battling against some space marines (image shown below – please excuse the quality, I’m not the greatest with copying things from a pdf and turning them into a picture, but clicking the individual images will enlarge them):