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Hey all, I'm currantly painting a Tyranid Carnifex as a bit of a showcase piece for myself, never having painted Tyranids before I was a little lost on the colour scheme but thats no longer a problem.
What is a problem however, is that the scheme I've based it off:
Finished Magnofex (pic heavy)
With the grey-lined carapace, I'm finding a little plain, and I have no idea how to highlight areas bigger then just small bumps etc, on black...
So I need some help on how to liven the carapace up a tad.
Markings is what I would add personally. Considering the tyranids tend to resemble insectoid creatures somewhat, coloured markings on the carapace tend to look natural. Look at some insects and see if there's any markings that catch your eye or generally see what type of markings they have and use them to create your own. I'd suggest using a complementary colour if you want them to stand out, or possibly stick to a darker colour to make it subtle. Try a few ideas and see what looks best.
Ooh thats new thanks, could you reccomend a complimentary colour?
His skin is red gore with blood red blending, snot green for the tongue and in the little fleshy gaps, and black carapace with codex and fortress grey edging.
Bone or a lightish brown/ochre would probably work pretty well, as would certain shades of yellow. Light blue and green sometimes work but I doubt they would fit well into your scheme. Just remember that less is sometimes more; adding too much to the carapace would make it look a little overcrowded, all you really need is some simple shapes in the right places and it'll do exactly what you need it to.
I'm assuming you're using the blank carapace rather than the spinebank/spore cyst ones (otherwise it probably wouldn't be necessary due to those details) so you'll have quite a large area to cover. Patterns on insects are usually symmetrical but not exactly the same, so I'd advise keeping yours in a similar fashion.
May I suggest sketching out a few ideas on paper before splatting them all over your carnifex?
*Note to self, create a Rorschachfex*