Skarbrand has written in with a question about how to paint his Tyranids like the picture above.
I've been following 40k for 15 years as a reader (I have all the Codex, rulebooks, extensions, WD, etc.) but never as a player.
Indeed, I always considered painting as a major obstacle. I'm not very handy with a paintbrush and I don't have any particular artistic talent.
But these days come to an end. I've decided to overcome that fear and to start a Tyranid Army. I still consider painting as a forced passing but it doesn't mean I won't do it seriously. I don't want an ugly army which makes me cry tears of blood each time I play with it.
So here I am, as a new member of The Tyranid Hive, asking for some help. I've read the thread about color schemes and I've searched on the Internet to find a color scheme that I love. And I found it!
But as a newbie, I don't know how to reproduce it on my models. So I hope your 6th sense of great painters will help me to take a good direction form the start.
The color scheme I really like is this one:
So my question is: what would you do (colors, number of layers, order, etc.) to get as close as possible to what we see in the picture (skin, amour, tendons)?
I've already thought about it, and we clearly see some purple, some kind of bleached bone, chaos black, red gore (?) but it'd take me ages to figure it all out...
I apologize for my English, this is not my first language, I'm French.
Thank you very much."
Heh, here's my quick and dirty 6-step recipe for painting your Nids like that picture:
- Find an airbrush and paint the soft underside bits of the whole model with a 50/50 mixture of Dwarf Flesh and Bleached Bone. Save this color in an airbrush jar for use later.
- Next, paint all of the carapace areas with Bleached Bone. The borders don't have to be perfect.
- Paint all of the "tendon" bits with a mixture of 2 parts Blood Red and 1 part Warlock Purple.
- Paint the eyes yellow.
- Now, wash the entire model with some slightly thinned down Devlin Mud. When that dries, wash it again with a thinned down black wash. The 2 washes will imperfectly overlap each other, giving you the same look as the picture.
- Go back and use your original colors to touch up any raised areas of detail that look too dark.
I'd paint a Genestealer to demonstrate, but my wife would start asking why her Malifaux figures aren't assembled yet. :)