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I am currently painting Tyranids with Green skin and black carapace highlighted red with purple fleshly bits.
Across my different broods I've used a combination of colours but am not really happy with any of them. The green combinations I have used are
1. Orkhide shade, knarloc green followed by thraka green wash
2. Knarloc Green, goblin green, scorpion green followed by thraka green wash
3. dark angels green, snot green, goblin green
The red is normally scab red, red gore, blood red.
As I am next going to paint my carnifex's, tyrants and broodlord I wanted ideas to improve my highlights/shading, well basically my painting!
And if anyone has any good ideas for patterns on the carpace I would love to heard them.
Orkhide to Knarloc is a kind of funky progression. Knarloc leans heavily yellow and Orkhide is much more a straight green, maybe even blue leaning. I think at least a single 1:1 intermediate mix between the two is needed to make that transition work.
Regardless, what you really need for any of those progressions, is more contrast. Depending on the look you want, do another highlight with some yellow or bleachd bone mixed in, and a final tiny little dab of a highlight on the edges with bone or yellow that just has a dab of goblin or scorpion green in it.