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I play Tyranids I was wondering how to weather the carapaces properly.
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Last edited by Warlord Vrrmik; September 14th, 2011 at 13:06.
Since oil, rust, & paint chips are of no use on nids, I see two things you could try.
Battle damage: dremel & cut away some pieces here and there, you can even drill some holes and chip the edges and paint 'm up like cracked carapaces with underlying meat. You could use some green stuff or wood glue for loose hanging meat, pus etc. Score some lines in the carapaces for glancing hits etc... I'd suggest to give the film Starship troopers another rerun for inspiration on gore and wear & tear on the bugs.
Moss, mulch, dirt: you can use green & earth coloured weathering powders to put some dirt in the nooks & crannies of carapaces to add some matte discolourations. maybe something best used on large critters and nids that can sit still for a while, like lictors & such. Think caked dirt, moss, algae, splashed of wet mud, cracked dried mud etc etc.
Scar the carapaces with a modeling nife and have some models have severed stumps of limbs.Also some holes from bolter shots etc in the carapace would be nice.Though battle scared nids doesnt make too much sense IMHO.Remember that after the world has been absorbed the nid troops themselves are been absorbed and be reconstituted for the next engagement.Even the Swarm Lord who is the only nid to be effectively distinct is going through that process.Any damage been 'repaired' after his rebirth.
Based on the above mentality i would try to muddy them up or bloody them instead of scaring and damaging them.
Tamya has a nice product range for muddying stuff as does forgeworld.
For some reason right now my brain is stuck and i cant remember the tunneling nids.Anyway those are bound to have some dirt on them.Also lictors can be given ash/green stains on them depending on the environment they operate.
Last edited by pilot00; September 14th, 2011 at 19:40.
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