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Hello to all. I have recently finished converting some new Tyranid warriors I have called Hive Scorpions to fit them in with my scorpion themed Tyranid Hive fleet. They are the basic Tyranid warrior with a few changes.
I have repositioned thier bodies so that they are closer to the ground, this helps to make them look more scorpion-like by showing the carapace on the back like a scorpion. I decided that they would have guns and used spare Tyranid warrior legs I have to stick deathspitters and a venom cannon to thier tails after I cut off the end of the tail.
I decided that I wanted them to have extended carapace so I added carapace parts to thier heads. The heads themselves had the back part cut off so that they would fit horizontally into the Tyranid warrior body. The carapace worked well to cover the joint, which wasn't perfect as they aren't meant to go in that way normally.
I used green stuff to fill in the gap around the throat under the head. On the end of the head above the eyes I added a Gaunt claw just because it gave them a nasty, bitey look. I finally added some bio-targeters to represent enhanced senses. These were made out of the left arms of the Tyranid warrior venom cannons, I have somehow got my hands on loads of spares. I painted them as eyes, which was fun.
Tell me what you think, comments, criticism welcome.:ballon:
There are a total of nine of the Hive Scorpions. The one with the venom cannon got more stuff, claws etc, because it was fun. These things are the bio-targeters I made for them and some details of the deathspitters and the venom cannon. The tubes on the weapons came from spare parts such as the unused venom cannons for the bio-targeters and the odd barbed strangler.
Very nice. What on earth did you use for them? Loving the paint job too, especially the tail-eyes.
http://uk.games-workshop.com/tyranids/contest/1/ Here are some pictures of Tyranid warriors.
I converted them by gluing the legs into the bodies so that they would be horizontal instead of vertical. The heads were glued in to fit that way too and I added extra carapace to the bodies. The bio-targeters are part of the venom cannon arm.
Wow, just from the normal warriors? Nice.
Oh my! Those are lovely! They make me want to start a 'nid army. I wont because I never get anywhere on them but still... You, sir, are a magician!
I'm guesing (from the close ups in particular) that you are a big fan of inks. If I'm right then you are one of the finest inkers in the land. In any case how about you share some of your tricks- you're doing stuff there that even I cannot get my (giant) head around.
I then take a fine detail brush and use black paint to shade in around the carapace and so on. I then apply purple ink. I uise winsor and newton purple not GW or vallejo as winsor and newton inks are the best in my experience.
Once this is done the purple will be highlighted with a very light mix of purple and white. This is applied to areas such as the fingers and the mouth. After this is doen the carapace is painted completely black. I drybrush scaly green and then a mix of scaly and white and a final drybrush with white. I try to stick close too the edges of the carapace except when I use the white. The white is again applied very lightly.
I then use black again to shade in the areas of carapace such as the cracks etc. This also helps to clear up any white that over-shot the mark. I then use viridian ink, a kind of cold green. When this goes onto the carapace it has an effect of staining it with green.
Similar effects are used on other parts of the model. For example to tie in the weapons. I have painted the weapons scaly green. They recieved a similar process to the carapace only much heavier. The weapons also recieved alot of strong white highlights once I was done.
I think that when it comes to inking it is good to consider what kind of surface the ink goes onto, not just the colour. Because I use lots of drybrushing the inks I use are slurped up by the surface of the paint. The result is that it blends these colours in a way and it also deepens tham and brings them together.
If inks are applied to a very smooth surface they will simply flow off it. I also use inks to colour cetain areas more. I use a deep red ink on parts such as around the head and the join between the torso and the hips. Areas like the rib cage are basically painted with a mix of dark angels green and black. They are then drybrushed up to a lighter shade using warmer greens than those found on the carapace.
They too recieve an ink wash but it is a kind of apple shade and much warmer and lighter that the viridian. I think it is very important to consider how to use different shades and tone so of colour when using inks. Inks have the effect of changing the colour of our models. This makes it important to think about the tone and how arm the colour is. I don't want my Tyranids carapaces to be bright or warm so I use a cold shade of ink on them.
I hope this helps out. If you have any more questions, comments please do say.:party:
I was closer to the mark than I thought, non citiadel inks are what threw me I think. It looks really 'niddy, does it work as well on other things I wonder...
I like this pup in particular. It's the wonderful shading on the claw.
Your g.s. is impeccable. I wouldn't have even noticed, if you hadn't of pointed it out. This batch looks to have darker carapaces. Is this just the image or have you changed the mix?
Some of the bodies look a little too dark, or perhaps it's just that I can't see the details. In your previous Nids, there was always detail wherever I look, but in these, the bodies seem to lack a little of what I'm used to seeing in your work. Does this make sense?
Some of the Warriors have a darker purplish pink, and some have a lighter. It's a good mix and gives the impression of variety. I generally prefer the darker ones, but as I said, the lighter ones add diversity.
Great work as always 8Y8Y8Y
EDIT: I figured out what is bothering me about these minis. That great bug mouth in your profile has every little thing painted and shaded. It's absolutely stunning. When compared to the Nid in your profile, these bugs seem to lack the detailed attention.
EDIT: Heh, that will teach me to ask a question in your profile again. That has to be the longest response I've ever seen (and yes, I read it)
Last edited by Rabbit; December 3rd, 2007 at 01:07.
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