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This is a Hive tyrant of mine that I finished a while ago. I named my new pet Slaver tyrant as it has a big whip and Hive tyrants aren't noted for being very friendly as such as nasty name works on it. It is one of the Forge world Winged Hive tyrants. I decided that I would use the wings for something else and I made this one so it would be on foot. I was going to convert it loads as many of my Tyranids are converted to look partly scorpion-like. But I then decided to use it with only a limited amount of conversion work on it as it is a good model as it is. Though the Hive tyrant is finished please do give any comments or criticism.
The base of the Hive tyrant was fun to do as well. I found that all the bits all over it provided a good excuse to go into alot of detail. Many of the parts came from the 40K basing kit. I also used a rock to plant under it's foot which was originally of the ground. I suspected it might of eventually started to bend with only one leg supporing it's weight. I also think it looks better. Please do ask any questions you want about it I am happy to answer.
The Hive tyrant's tongue is bio plasma. I made it out of green stuff so it can spit green gunk all over people. I think I also like the pose of this one as it seems to look like it is moving. I think that gives it a nice flow.
The tail was fun to paint as it has those nice segments on it. I painted it with Dark angels green mixed with chaos black. I then used cold/aquatic greens to build it up before highlighting each segment. It then got a green ink stain.
The bio-weapons were enjoyable to do as they are quite detailed. The lash whip was interesting as it gave an opportunity to do a kind of webbed, vein pattern over the thing. The bonesword was good too and I used a method on it similar to what I did to my Tyrgon's bio-electric field. And as is often the way of things in my swarm the venom cannon got a eyeball/bio-targeter which shows it has enhanced senses.
Teeth and gums on Tyranids can often be lots of fun to paint. Here I used loads of additional purple highlights to bring out the details on the side of it's jaws. I used a darker selection of pinks to make the bottom part of the jaws look gross and icky.
Yeah, its alright I suppose
Its weird, my favourite part is the lash whip too, the pink and purple veins look so natural. Are they all painted on or is it a result from staining? The little green spikes look sweet too.
The veins im on about arnt the dark ones around the green spikes, im on about the texture of the other curved part, starting from his finger, ending at his knee)
Seasonreaper, thankyou for your comments, it was a fun Hive tyrant to make, loads of wee bits all over it for various biomorphs.
Leech the work you have done and show us is just awesome! Well done... and keep on!
Oh and +rep!
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
Actually that reminds me what I was going to ask you, how are you going to deal with the disappearance of tentacle pink from the paint line? You seem to use it quite a lot and now it's gone =(.
What I am really wracking my brain about is that I have the really old warlock purple before the current version. It is darker with a weaker pigment, sort of transparent in a strange way. However it is has always been supreme for doing shading in certain areas like, well goey, fleshy bits. After about ten years it begins to run low and I have to cook up a replacement.
Last edited by Leech; September 19th, 2008 at 23:55.
Unfortunately the pink is already gone from most GW stores, but some independant stockists may still have some in stock. My local GW has a small paint stand near the counter of the discontinued paints however so I picked up a couple of pots of pink whilst I was there =P. I wish you luck in your quest to find some!