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I'm just starting to paing up a unit of vespid I'm planning to use in the comming Baltimore GT. So, I started off with black primer, liberally drybrushed some gore red all over, and went over that with some blood red on the raised areas. Thinking I would finish it off with some yellow highlights to make em look very waspish...
I havn't gotten to yellow on my test figure but looking at it now I feel its very plain and looks a lot like how I've already painted my classic stealth suits.
Anyway, I'm looking around the web for pictures of painted Vespid and I find a grand total of TWO pictures NOT from the GW site or painted similar to the codex.
Wth? I know people don't like these guys but apparently they HATE painting them.
I'm not sure where to look for ideas now, I looked at some Tyranids for inspiration but they arent really the same.
Any suggestions? I'm not sure what colors really say, "Look out ima sting you!" you know?
Eh, Maybe I'm just rambling.
I'm probably not the best person to give you advice; I'm not really that good a painter, and I've never painted Vespid. I don't mind the look of the models, though; they might not be all that effective in game terms (again, wouldn't know myself, having never used them) but I thought they looked alright.
In terms of the colour scheme though, maybe a stronger yellow would help? They'd look more like wasps, at least.
And, for some reason, I thought green might help. Maybe a really dark green, to contrast with the yellow/red that you're currently using. I'm not exactly how dark I mean when I say dark; I was thinking the kind of green you see with those full green glass bottles; dark and kind of shiny. Not sure how you'd pull it off, though; maybe an ink wash?
Basically, Black and Dark Green on the base, with the Red and Yellow Highlights on the raised areas.
I don't know; I have no idea how that would look. But you did ask for suggestions!
Hopefully someone else will get back to you with a better idea, or some more useful advice...
I cant help with the painting but i can at least reason why you dont see pics of them that often. They dont perform very on the table with the majority of tau players so not many people have them/ can be bothered painting em.
Mine are just black undercoat with with grey highlights and a blood red drybrush over the "lumpy bits"
I can understand them being underpowered. Have to wait forever for an update in the new codex huh?
I dunno if green really blends well with hot colors like yellow and red, but thanks for the advice anyways. If I had the time now I'd screw around with the color scheme. Maybe I'll leave a comment here later on how it turns out.
I've only done one of mine so far, but here are a couple of pics for you:
I didn't use GW paints at the time, so I can't give you exact translations, but I basically did this guy progressively highlighting all the way up. The main body starts from a deep brown and goes up to yellow; the wings from deep navy blue up through white. Afterward, I added the details of the body spines in black and teeth in white. The armor and weapons I painted to match the rest of my Tau.
Personally, I was happy with the way it came out (even though I know this isn't the best photo). I was going for something that looked like a bumblebee. I need to fill out the squad in order to try them, and I'll probably stick with them because they fit my fluff.
I build, I convert, I sometimes paint, and once in a while, if I'm really lucky, I might even play.
For inspiration for Vespid I suggest that you look at bugs. Bugs come in loads of colours (I think all the colours actually), however they could be handy for some help on colour schemes.
You could also think about something like all white Vespid or all black Vespid.
It is true that many hate Vespid though. I don't like them because they are sometimes called stingwings. I am making my own buggy winged Rippers I wanted to call stingwings but the Vespid stole the name .
Thanks Leech, thats what I was looking for. Still, not a lot of em are there? I'm trying out a red scheme with black wings and some yellow highlights. We'll see how it goes.