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with the bright colors and pale bone tones that is semi popular with tyranid color schemes, do you prefer white spray paint coat or black? i just went ahead and purchased the black with out even realizing that i had no color scheme! silly me....
I sprayed mine white, and then inked them green...looks nice, and doesn't give them the normal uniformity of painted armor which for a living organism is a nice way to look.
I spray mine black because I paint them purple and black mainly with a few other colours used about the place.
I spray black, then put foundations for green and stone slowly building up a highlight.
I actually spray all the little gribblies (gaunts etc) black and the bigger tyranids (warriors, carnis) white
with my experience from white spray paint, coming from fantasy tomb kings, i find that a white undercoat is really good for that decayed bone effect. But, in sci fi reality, would you define the carapace of a tyranid alien a sort of bone textured plating covering juicy meat, Or is the exo skeleton more of a slick, hard hide? Im thinking of having most of the model coated with blck, but with the large, more bonelike plates on the model, i might base it with white, to get a stronger effect that it is a different type of texture or surface. does this make any sense?
It all depends on what kind of colour and the kind of colour you want. For example spraying your models white and painting a red over them will produce a much different effect than priming black and painting the exact same red. One will be alot better while one will appear much deeper and darker.
It's really very colour scheme oriented. Doing very bright and vibrant colour schemes for nids is fairly popular and it is easier to achieve by using white. Also using alot of washes and such on tyranids is another popular choice which produced a good flesh tone when primed white.
i know how the black undercoat vs white undercoat is going to effect the paint colors. What i am wondering is what sort of color do you guys imagine tyranids might appear? Its a little like imagining what the dinosaurs might be colored. I mean wouldnt it be dumb if a t-rexes were a bunch of bright red and purples that looked like the color scheme of a furby. Im sure someone can succeed using white coat on their nids, its just i imagine them with darker tones.
Apparently some have their colour because of wild plants being the same (e.g. orange, pink). It is the same with tigers, they're orange and black for camouflage usually in green environments.
Black Tyranids usually fight in the dark.
White Tyranids usually fight in the snow.
Green Tyranids usually fight in grasslands.
Brown Tyranids usually fight on dust worlds.
Fleshy Tyranids usually fight everywhere.
Grey Tyranids usually fight in cities.
But with animals, a great many, in fact majority, are colour blind so colour isn't so much an issue. It is more down to tonal values. While a tiger is orange perhaps because of grass lands I suspect their orange is a very similar tonal value to green...
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