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I tried to do kind of a brownish carapace... starting with graveyard earth, then snakebite leather, up to vomit brown.... the end result: Orange. I'm pretty dissapointed with how the carapace came out, though the rest of the mini looks good in my opinion. I think I might switch the carapace over to a black to red gradient... I might just paint it straight black- it looked pretty evil that way. Anyone have any ideas for a carapace color scheme that would fit in with the rest of the model?
Oh, and the skin isn't quite as glossy as it appears in the pictures, that's mainly a result of the strong lighting.
Even though it's a trick of the light, I rather like the shiny-skin apperance. Kinda reminds you of those Egypt-type beatles with the nasty looking pincers. Try the black to red gradient thing, highlight the very egde w/ bloodred. It'll match nicely with the red tinge the skin has.
not crazy about the carapace, but the flesh looks awesome, i love the effect.
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I've decided to just leave the carapace black. It looks sinister, and makes painting that much easier.A side effect of this, though, is that I'll actually have to base my minis. Before, I was just planning on leaving them flat black, but with the black carapace, there's no contrast - kind of a 'black overload'.
Here are some updated pictures: I painted the eyes, and added some blood on one of his talons.
Why don't you leave the carapace black (I agree it looks more dramatic) and highlight (or drybrush) the edges with one of your chosen colors (I suggest your snakebite leather)...I think that would look pretty cool!
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I have to disagree about the color. I think the brown/yellow/orange whatever you want to call it had much more character and looked good with the dark red. The black and red is rather blah. It's similar to a number of other schemes that I've seen online. That in and of itself is not sufficient reason to avoid it particularly if you have a strong appeal for the scheme. However you seem to still be experimenting so I urge you to take another look at the original scheme. While the black & red scheme does look like some species of ants and beetles, it doesn't really make a statement. Sometimes in nature, creatures that are particularly dangerous(i.e., poisonous) as a defense mechanism use bright colors as a warning to leave them alone. While the analogy is not appropriate here, the brighter color scheme could still be indicating danger. Frankly I think you had a winner to begin with and should give it another go.
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I would be inclined to agree with the saint. It has more character and after a while the black bits might scream "unfinished" at you.
Having said that, when I paint I prefere quick jobs over detail to get them on the table and start playing quicker (even if stating such an opinion on this sub-forum is risking getting shot).
Your choice of course, but if the question is which looks better, the answer from me is the orange/brown one...
Yeah, gotta agree... the first scheme popped more, looked fine to me, reasonably unique.
If you aren't too happy with the orange, a quick chestnut ink wash should tone down the orange-ness of it while retaining the vibrancy. Making the vomit brown highlights finer would also help... the "brown" in the name is very misleading, it's really just a nice orange. I use it to highlight reddish tones.
Black is just way too dull, unless you get the highlights on it right, and maybe add some bright yellow beetlelike marks.
Last edited by scarletsquig; January 24th, 2007 at 01:49.
I also agree the first colour scheme was better.
The flesh is really good kind of liek a slimy alien effect its pretty cool.
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I think that the first colour used on the carapace looked better because it was done better. The brown/orange carapace needs more work to make it work, shading and so on. The black hasn't got this.
So even if you prefer the feel of the black it isn't as good at the moment. I think you need to do more work on it. Drybrush the edges and after that shade any areas that got drybrushing on them. You should use at least three shades of paint to get a reasonable effect. What colours you use are up to you. Green would be interesting.
It might not be the perfect black after that but it will be better, imagine it as a natural/unnatural marking the Tyranid has. I think you like the black because black looks good when it is applied. You obviously have the painting skills to improve it so you should. Also I can see mould lines you will need to remove them.