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I need earplugs to look at those models they're so loud!
If you were looking for a garishly bright army, it's a great job. If not, you need to redo them. Because of the flash I can' tell if they're highlighted, but highlights are always good. I like the warriors, except the crest thingies on their heads seem too big.
Last edited by Bellum_Gerreo; October 31st, 2006 at 18:25.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: Are you wounded?
Clouseau: No. Fortunately I was saved by the darkness.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: So what we need is more light.
Wow these guys are bright! :w00t:
Seriously though - for table top figures these guys are fine. If you are looking for painting advice I would suggest thinning your paints a bit more and for optimal color combinations pick 1 dominant color and find complinetary or split complimentary colors to accent it. My personal opinion is that these guys are too busy with the colors and the colors seem to change from figure to figure so the cohesion is lost. Also I am not a fan of the glossy look. A little gloss goes a long way.
Paint wise they are neat just a bit thick looking. Also taking the figures as a whole the basing choice seems out of place with the bright wild colors. I would have gone with a sandy or grey base choice.
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I think they are well painted. Your Hive tyrant has come along well since I last saw it. I particularly like the Lictor/Death leaper. The patterns on it's carapace are very good and distinctive. I also like what you have done to the ribcage and the areas that connect the torso and hips.
I think you should now concentrate on shading the areas where the carapace and exoskeleton meet, this would give them more life. I suggest you try a thinned down black or purple/blue shade. The feeder tendrils on the Lictor and the Zoanthrope's brain could also do with more attention.
These parts are easy to spend loads of time on because they are few and far between. It will also really bring them out. I would suggest you paint them red gore. Then highlight them up with several shades of pink. Mix red gore and tentacle pink together for this. About two or three are needed in progressively smaller quantities until you reach pure tentacle pink.
You can also try to emphasize the sharpness of their scything talons, rending and crushing claws with a small highlght. Mix up a combination of the lightest colour you use on the talons plus a little white. Then very lightly drybrush this onto the tips. This will draw attention to them.
Finally the rims of their bases are dirty. You should have them a clean colour. Goblin green is for standard or jungle. Graveyard earth is very neutral and won't interfere with anyhting. Black will tend to be more theatrical on evil-doer types like Tyranids.
Hope this helps you out.
Damn I like the highlights on the Tyrant! I was going to tell you to blend the highlights on the lictor more, but then I realized how leaf-like the green looks. Did you do that pattern intentionally? It's sweet.
I agree though that they look kinda odd on dull, grassy bases. With a far out color scheme like that, maybe you should paint their bases to represent some crazy purple swamp planet... alternatively, dull grey cityfight bases would help them stand out (I paint my bases like cityfight - it's also a ploy to brainwash opponents into playing cityfight against my nids)
I think the final step would be to make their complexion a little more interesting, maybe shading in the cracks and joints, purply sore spots around the spikes protruding from their skin... and if you have the patience, bring everyone's detail to the level of the Tyrant! (but this is hard, I can never give my less-favored nids the same attention as the tyrant)
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Thanks for the feedback so far guys, youve given me alot to think about.
The bases arnt finished yet, and Abe has hit the nail on the head! Im going to paint them like a purple swamp! My game table is purple and I have blue/green forests dotted around. Heres a pic of one of my first nids, its bad quality but itll give you an idea of what i mean.
And leach, I beat you to it on the tentical advice! I did exactly what you have said on my broodlord's tounge (Its entered into the painting comp, pic below) and liked it so much im going to go back and re paint the others in the same way.
thanks again for the feedback and keep it coming, Ive already picked several points to try out on future models!
Edit: Yes the leaf motif was intentional, thanks
Im sorry Macewind, I just don't like them. The colours are too out there for me, and whatever varnish you used needs to be watered down..way more. I know the flash of the camera really exaggerates it, but still, next time, water down the varnish.
But Macewind, Im a real stickler for painting, and I waste hours on a single model..which is time I realize that many people do not have. Your Carnifex's base is excellently done, and so is the magnet work. I'd be more than glad to see that army play on my boards
I read somewhere that nids constantly excreated a slime all over their body to prevent their scales/plates from grinding together, so i used the gloss ardcoat to represent this. Ill try watering it down on one of my gaunts and see what i think. And thanks for the base compliment Im dead proud of that!
I can see the Broodlord's tongue and it is a great improvement, really brings out the motion in it. That colour scheme is fine. As you said you either love it or hate it. I think it works to emphasize the grossness of them and it is important to do a scheme you like. Doing a scheme you don't like will get you quickily bored and I have to say I choose the colour scheme on my own Tyranids based on what I can do and what I like doing.
The gloss varnish can work. The danger of it is that it obsures paintwork. I use a satin varnish because it is shiny but not too shiny. I use gloss varnish on the mouth-parts and other gross areas of my Tyranids. Matt varnish will always allow for the best view of paintwork but I find it to be too dull. That said I use it on things like rocks and skulls/bones scattered about on my Tyranids bases because these things are not reflective in real life.
The only problem i have with them is that they are entirly bright colours. There is no contrast in them at all so the colour don't look to good together for me.