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Bellow is a link for my new nids army. Its an easy paint scheme, and every one that sees it always gives me comments. This scheme is first based, I use Woodland Sceneics-Fine Ballast, and the model is then primed with black. I then coat the body, not the carapace in Snakebite Leather. Because it is primed black, I need 2 coats for the Snakebite to cover, also on the second coat I go over the edges of the base and the sand with the Snakebite. Once thats all dried, I go over the carapace with Scorched Brown. I go over the carapace, and if you notice on the pics, the little pieces of carapace on the Genesteelers heads and the Carnifexes weapons. Once thats dried I heavily wash over the body with Gryphonne Sepia. After that I paint all their little claws and talons and hooves with Bleached Bone and drybrush over the sand with the same. I paint Blood Red on their tounges and make dribbles of drool with snot green. I apologize for the graininess of the pics as they were taken with my phone. Any comments are welcome.
Dakkafex 3 picture by hbomb1point0 - Photobucket
looks good, I would suggest thou cutting back on the thickness of your painting, it seems as thou your units are flat as well, you can break this up with a slightly lighter color than your base colors for the flesh, like snakebite+ a dab of white or yellow to make a slightly lighter color then dry brush that over the surface area. the claws can be given more depth by two easy methods:
Top->Down: (fastest given pre-painted)
Begin to mix in a slight bit of Bubonic brown or delvan mud into the color you used for your claws,
Then paint this new color over 50% to 70% of the claws starting from the bottom going to the tip,
Add a little more brown (or whatever color you wish)
then paint this new darker color over 50 to 70% of the prior layer(the one with brown in it)
do this until you achieve the desired result
Bottom->Up: (fastest if unit is unpainted)
Start with a Delvan mud or dark color paint all of the claw with it
Then mix a little bleached bone in and pain all but the bottom 10% of the claw with it
repeat the last step until the gradient satisfies you
For a nice finishing touch add a dab of skull white to the tip of the claw
take a thin/fine brush and run lines of chaos black up the grooves on the base of the claws, usually 2-3 of them on mid to large claws/talons gives a good sense of depth to them
Finally take a little brown ink, apply it around the very base of the claw tiny amount will do, just where the claw connects to the arm, will give it a good representation of the claw still being grown as if it recently pushed out of the skin.
Hope this helps a little
Your current work is fine and with more practice they'll look even better.
I like that, Ill grab a Warrior that Im not fielding and try it out on him, Ill post pics of it once its finished. And Im not a master at drybrushing...who am I kidding, Im not even half good, I always have to much paint on the brush. But thanks for the advice.
another bit of advice, I had this same issue when I started, having heavy painted units.
In order to put it on a lot thinner, only dab a small amount of paint onto an external pot/tile or other containing surface area. Then mix it with water, a 75/25 paint to water try to keep it at that consistency and then take a little at a time and apply it over the mini where that color needs to go, one thin layer at a time. It'll come out alot better in the long run, look forward to pictures.
Alright, I havent gotten around to thinning the paint, probably something about working at a paint store and all the painters yell at you for having paint thats too thin...damn painters...lol anyway I did try out the talons description you gave me, not sure if its right or wrong or what not. Please give me any amount of corrective criticism you have, except for spelling, hukked oin fonikz ez gud foor meh. Lol heres the link for a close up of a warriors scything talon.
warrior scytal picture by hbomb1point0 - Photobucket