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Hi everyone i am going to start a tyranid army but can't to save my life think of a colour scheme. There is almost too much choice !!!.
Does anyone have any suggestions as what colours look good ???.
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I personally reccomend the Hive fleet kraken scheme (red gore & bleached bone). It's easy to paint and looks fairly striking on the battlefield. You can produce it by spraypainting the model an eggshell white (close to bleached bone) painting the armor red, then fleshwashing the entire model. All the details will pop out then you can dry brush and highlight accordingly.
It goes pretty quick.
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I think Ice Blue with purple highlights would really stand out on the field. Alot of Tyranid players I see have dark colours. A lighter shade would be cool.
i really like the red skin/ purple carapace look.
Personaly i was thinking of the Blazing Orange with a dark carapace. Not sure on the Carapace yet but probably a dark brown.
There's a lot of inspiration in nature: look through books with photos of insects or fishes or even fungi.
When painting Tyranids there are some basic guidelines that can help you get started. You should think of the feel you want. Do you want dark sinister things such as Giger's Alien or do you want the more animalistic critters in Starship troopers. It is also possible to mix these ideas but it is always good to know why you choose a colour beyond simply 'I like it. Darker colours work for the alien look but they should also be weird. This means purple, blue or a deep venomous green are examples.
If you were to use browns even if they are dark it will give a more natural look, this is just fine if it is what you want. You should also divide up you Tyranids into different sections when you think about what colours you want. The primary areas are the carapace and the exoskeleton or the 'skin' as some call it. These are the two areas which get the most attention. You should try to use colours which work well together. One being lighter or darker than the other.
The next area is the bio-weapons, specifically the guns. Many people paint them the same colour as the rest of the model as the weapons are a part of the creature. You can if you want though try to change it slightly by adding and ink wash to the weapons for a mildly differing effect to emphasize them. Talons and claws are another part. Bone is the standard way to paint them but there is also red or black. Colours like blue,orange or purple tend to look silly on the claws and talons.
There are also the details which though small are important. The eyes can be painted green for a alien look or yellow for a more wild natural look. Red is used as a more evil malevolent look. The rim of the base is also important and I can give you three options for choosing it. The reason it is important is that it will set out much of the feel your models have. Goblin green is good for jungle terrain and a bright fresh look. Graveyard earth is the least intrusive because it is a toned down colour and it will not stand out and fit well with most terrain. Black is used for a more scary in your face approach, it stands out and clearly marks you Tyranids as villains.
There are a few other things. Red is a popular choice for Tyranids. Red will clash with pink so I suggest green or black tongues. The brain of a Zoanthrope should also be painted nasty slimy green as it will clash horribly with the red. You should also consider the eyes in relation to the rest of the model. GW colour sheme for Kraken had them painting the eyes and carapace red. This was terribly stupid as it made the eyes look like they were made of carapace and the chance of having scary evil eyes was wasted as they were barely noticeable.
Here is an example of one of my own tyranids and how I came to choose it's colour scheme.
The look I wanted was alien so I used purple skin which has a unnatural look and black carapace. The carapace green used in it. The eyes were done yellow. I did this because the toxin sacs on my Tyranids are green in this way I avoided having them look the same and causing confusion. It also is a more animal like look but that helps in adding variety. The rim of the base is black. I want my Tyranids to be bold and aggressive so the base helps to show this. I hope this helps you chose your colours.
A colour schem i am rather fond of is snot green, and bleach bone carpace and then a heavy wash of flesh wash which gives it a very alieny apearence.
Last edited by hero; September 2nd, 2006 at 16:41.
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