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Welcome to my attempt to get into the Hive. I have a small Tyranid army from a long time ago that never really got off the ground when I discovered chaos, but I've always wanted to have one. Now, 8th ed, and being out of uni and having a real job means all my wishes come true. 

 

After reading the WHComminity article on nids, and feeling some of the buzz, I went and picked up a Start Collecting! set from a GW, and then managed to score the last Brood Progenitor in stock at my FLGS. Between these and all the tyranids that come bundled with Blood Angels boxed sets, I have a decent force to start me off.

 

My initial messing around with schemes, which are spoilered below if anyone wants to see

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I ended up settling on the blue skin, white carapace scheme, but with a little purple in the recesses.

 

Currently to my name, I have a painted Hormagaunt, Warrior and Ripper Swarm.

 

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Thanks for looking!


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Loving the scheme, nice and other worldly looking, also a fan of fade on the bonesword. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Cheers dude. I fell in love with the Lizardman blue paints a while ago and knew I had to do something with one of them. I wanted them to be quite bright as for the last age I've been painting darker Blood Angels and Chaos...

 

Eventually they'll get snow bases, but I need to pick up the GW snow texture first.


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Eventually they'll get snow bases, but I need to pick up the GW snow texture first.


That new snow texture is amazing, very quick and easy to work with compared to their old offerings.

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Your opponents are gonna have to get themselves some vorpal swords. Ones that go snicker-snack are preferable.
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All you'll hear will be my lictors snick er snacking on my opponents brains.


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Hello

 

I see great potential in the scheme, but I believe it can be improved if you want constructive criticism.  Also, I have a tutorial on snow bases if you also want to hear.  Overall a great start to a great army.  Can't wait to see more. 


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Good start. I have a spattering of nids and GSC I would like to get to table worthy status for my home, beer and pretzels games with the rpg group.

And yeah, a lot of BA players have tag along nid collections lol. Thanks to deathstorm and space hulk!

Look forward to seeing where this goes!

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Hello

 

I see great potential in the scheme, but I believe it can be improved if you want constructive criticism. Also, I have a tutorial on snow bases if you also want to hear.  Overall a great start to a great army.  Can't wait to see more. 

 

Constructive comments are always welcome, what do you think I can improve upon?

 

Bear in mind the gaunt was a fast test piece and had been painted several times, so looks a little sloppy. 

 

Snow base tutorial also welcome, but I'm 99% likely to be using GW's solution, I'm not after any baking soda recipes, etc :)

 

 

Good start. I have a spattering of nids and GSC I would like to get to table worthy status for my home, beer and pretzels games with the rpg group.

And yeah, a lot of BA players have tag along nid collections lol. Thanks to deathstorm and space hulk!

Look forward to seeing where this goes!

 

Thanks! It's good to have motivation to plug away at them.


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Constructive comments: 

1.  The teeth:  It looks like one coat of white over the blue/green skin tone.  The best way to improve this is to give the mouth a coat of black or dark blue.  Then build up the white with a base of browns and khaki colors, finishing with a tip of pure white.  Another suggestion would be a give the moth a coat of nurgle rot to give it an alien saliva/acid vibe.   The best way to see example of how teeth look are to google animals pics(I suggest sea creatures for tyranids). 

 

2. The green: I love it great work.  I think an additional bright green highlight in the veins would help bring it out(like the sword).  

 

3.  Carapace:  Looks great.  If you want, you could add patterns(like insect) to make it stand out even more. 

 

4.  The purple:  Looks great, but you missed some detail on the warrior.  Its too much purple, and need some contrast(like add green to the middle, etc). 

 

5.  The blue:  Skin is extremely hard to do on nids.  The blue looks a little flat.  You could add darker color to the recesses or give it another highlight to brighten it up. 

 

These are my initial thoughts, hope they help. 

 

On the snow bases, GW works best.  I would suggest adding some white and light blue paint to the mix for preventing yellow.  Also blood effect on white bases look great. 


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Great work! I really like your scheme!

 

My only suggestion is: paint some details with a warm palette on weapons/biologic bits of larger models to make them stand out

 

Works grate to create a sense of competition on bigger models, with little effort 


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Thanks all for the input. These are still all test models essentially, and the scheme can...evolve. The 'scutes' on the barbed strangler are prime for being painted green, that will likely happen next.

 

Likewise, teeth were mainly an afterthought and straight ulthuan grey over the blue. I can build this up in the same manner as the carapace, going through the greys, and a little purple at the root. I'm not going with the brown/khaki as suggested though, that would look too out of place with the white/grey I have going on, I think.

 

On the skin, maybe it's bad lighting. Its sotek green over white, with a drakenhof/lahmian wash, then back up to sotek.

 

Patterning, I'll go for on larger bugs, but I'm unsure what colours. Maybe xereus and genestealer purple, in blotches down the dorsal carapace.


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I like the scheme.

It seems to me that the Vorpal Swords chapter of Marines would be the natural rivals of this hive fleet.
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