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Ive posted this in the nids forum too but decided id get a bigger scope of feedback here. Im looking for feedback and advice on how to improve my tyrant. He is the first large model ive painted and it seems like he just isnt quite... complete! His arms are attached by magnets for reposing and selecting weapon configurations on the fly so please no comments about the pose! Also ive purposely left him unvarnished so i can alter him after your advice. and finally the colour scheme is final! One post in the nidsection suggested colouring his ribs the same as his carapace but I prefare the variation, plus all my smaller nids have green ribs!
Ok, advice please!
I think you are right in that you feel it is not quite complete. Firstly I would do something about that base, it is too small. The Hive tyrant is a synapse creature and if it has a smaller base then it will have a shorter range on it. It is best not to change the interplay of synapse creature in the game. Use a larger base and simply glue the Tyrant on as it is, there is no need to remove the Tyrant from it's base. You can build up the edges with green stuff.
I think it really needs shading. A darker blue would be helpful for the skin. You should also try to mix up a highlight for the skin. I would say the same goes for the carapace, a slightly brighter highlight. When you do these highlights you can get easy quick results by using a small drybrush very carefully.
Another idea is to try an ink wash. Most of the Hive tyrants detail has been painted over. Inks will however drastically change the depth of the colour. A blue ink on the exoskeleton would bring out the details whick are hidden.
There seem to be some holes between the wings. I think it would be a good idea to fill them in with green stuff.
Finally the wings really need some highlighting. I suggest using a light grey or white and very carefully dry brush it on.
You have an interesting colorscheme going on but I agree with Leech about more highlighting and shading.