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Note to mods: Im putting this here as I want advice from nid players, if your really must move it then ok, but I would like it here please.
I started this hobby back in 2007 with tyranids. Id never painted a model before and looking at my old swarm it kinda shows! So with the new force there will be lots of converting and a completely new colour scheme. I want this colour scheme to be original, something now seen before, and most importantly, something damn cool!
Not alot of people know this but im actually partially colour blind! So things like colour wheels dont help me, I just slosh paint onto a model and if it looks good to me I use it! What I want from this force is 2 main colours that complement each other and on that jumps out. so if anyone has some good idea's of what colours I could use then that would be a great help!
Im a fan of the very earthy nids that have been cropping up more and more, but think it will be hard to make my force stand out by using this kind of scheme. If anyone can think of a solution to this problem then im all ears!
Anyway, I threw some paint on a few gaunts last night, anyone got any like's or dislikes? (they are all really rough so wont look like the finished models!
This first pic is of the original wyvern theme,
This one was done in an alien themed scheme. It looks ok, but I doubt it'll translate to a larger model.
Again an alien themed one, this time using a blue hue and source lighting. Again not really good enough.
Heres one in my original colours, thought I might be able to tweak it into looking better but decided I dont want to bother! His mate was an experiment in having a light carapace and dark skin, I dont think it works.
Two with earthy feel bodies, on with a dark carapace, on with a bright one done like a wasps body.
I quite like the red and white eldar so tried a red and white gaunt
And one in my favourite style of bright garish colours, my fave as I can actually see them!
I know I havnt hit the right colour scheme yet, but it shows you how my minds working. Anyone got any advice?
I have been thinking about bone color plus green or blue (probably green though) for my own army. It would look kinda like leviathan but different. I was also planning on adding a little purple for random pattern like in the wasp body.
You can look at natural animals or insects to get some idea. I got mine from crabs
Green crab, king crab etc.
I would suggest doing that.
Can you tell us which colours are you blind for? Reason of asking is because you should use the colour you can see and work out a scheme from that. It is your army and you will look at it more than anyone else, paint for yourself not the opponents.
I started Nids last year and painted my battleforce in the following colour scheme.
But I did not quite like it after a while cause it looks very un-natural and stop painting Nids.
This year I ordered lots of Nids models and started a new scheme.
The colour scheme is nothing fancy but I feel good looking at the colours, feels natural. I undercoat them white then applied 2 coats of Delvan Mud. Then applied the green wash on the carapaces, I applied 2 coats, but you can apply more for different shades of green.
As for the Ravener, I painted the carapaces with Dark Angels Green instead, then wash with Delvan mud and paint the streaks with snot green.
I hope all these help.
Wow! K4nex thats almost exactly what I'm doing with my army colors. Mine just might be brighter but still not sure. Also I'm planning on using more pink and purple. Pink for the flesh and purple for just details.
The way I do the tongue was to paint them Blazing Orange, the highlight with Fiery Orange and Elf Flesh for the extreme highlight, and wash the whole area with Baal red but not too much.
I am having 128 gaunts to painted so I came up with this quick painting scheme. It took me about 2-2.5 hours to paint 16 gaunts and it took me longer to assemble and undercaot them LOL.
Coming from painting Blood Angels, I just want something quick.
I think the "light carapace and dark body" idea could actually work well. I'd probably paint the carapace so it looks like bone, and the body as either raw muscle (very dark red) or black.
Most of the time I see colours fine, its when I get two colours together, like similar shades of green and blue, that problems crop up as they kind of blend together if that makes sense. My original nids, using Iced blue and hawk turquoise for the skin looks natural to me but ive been told its quite a large jump! Take my exodites for example,
The two greens are different by quite a large amount, so I can see them fine. If id of used the dark green and another dark green, like dark angels green, they would probably look identical to me.
Anyway, I quite like the look of the wasps patterns, and will probably be using them. I like Quareni's dots on the limbs too and would probably do somthing similar but paint scales onto the upper joints to fit with the dragon theme.
I think the key to making this scheme original is in picking a base colour not normally seen on nids, then building the other colours around it. Any thoughts?
I personally like the color choices of your exodites. As for your ideas aout your nids its really similar to mine (with bone and green like K4neX's) so i think thats a good idea too.
Hey, I'm a little colour blind too, but maybe not as much as you. Only blokes will be colour blind because we have only three cones in our eyes to see colours, girls get four and so aren't colour blind, (no fair). I like the idea of earthy bugs. You could try a pale green as well. There a fair number of earthy bugs around at the moment but most of them don't have much contrast in them. I think you should not avoid looking at earthy types just because other people have done them. You could try to make the skin very pale, like bleached bone. Brown ink could be used to bring out the details on them. You could also try a very pale/cold green. Using odd colours can be handy as people will find them strange.
Think about what you want. Do you want a very real look which is well done but subtle or a more unusual and easy to spot look with bright colours. You should think about eye colour too. Scorpion green eyes will stand out and be scary on earthy bugs. If you do the carapace darker it may be a bit easier. A light carapace needs lots of shading and highlighting or it looks bland. Look at the facehugger in alien. It is sort of earthy and very gross looking. You could use the colours in that film for your bugs. Pale/gross skin with a dark carapace. Throw in a bit of green for bug-ickyness. I think if you are not sure yet don't rush into it too fast, you will only change your mind just after you start.