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Well im thinking about atrting a tyranid army, as i think they lokk and sound amazing! But im put off by this hive mind aspect. It brings with it a lot of negatives! And know positives that i imediatley see? Is it really that bad?
Also, i heard that they are a NIGHTMARE to paint. Is this true as well? Im not the best painter, so i dont want to buy a whole army, only to try to paint them good, and to have them turn out rubbish. What are your views?
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Hive Mind? Im gonna have a stab in the dark and say you mean synapse
The synapse rule really isnt too much of a bother, it just presents aditional chalenges to your army. Ive been playing nids a fair while, and i have never regretted having synapse as a rule. Sure there are times when it screws you over, but thats just the fun of the game, and shows youve been beaten tactically
Besides not having to worry about your units running away 99% of the time is a god-send.
As for painting, im terrible too, but mine have turned out very nicly indeed. Its just a case of finding what works for you, but theres a lot of ways to get a good look.
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Out of the four armies iv painted tyranids were the easiest, there are effective ways to almost cheat your way through painting masses of the little guys and keeping them looking good and consistant.
The first thing I did was prime them all with a colored primer (I used a dark brown) this was my base color, I followed it with drybrushing on a slightly lighter brown and followed that with a third and lighter drybrush highlight. ( the trick is to put less pressure on the brush and less paint with each additional highligh.)
once dry I used a model dip/wash which further enhanced the color and blending by applying a darker tone in all the creases. It also left a varnish (shiny) Finnish on the model which made the skin look slimy and more realistic. U don't have to use model specific dips, you can go to your local hardware store and pick up wood stainer and you essentially get the same look. Just apply it cautiously.
I then painted the armor black and dry brushed it with the desired color and highlights. I didn't add the varnish to the armor instead I left it dry with just the highlight. The contrast between the slimy skin and dry armor made it look more authentic and unique.
Not alot of skill or effort is needed by doing this because ur using simple techniques. Dry time is alot though it can take 48 hours for the varnish to dry completely. You can use what ever color primer and paints you wish!
I will try and post pics later
Either way I hope it helps, good luck
I agree with Heirodule. Synapse is really no trouble. In fact, most of the time, I find it useful rather than a hindrance. Besides, it helps convey the "feel" of the army that the fluff describes. I like it.
As for painting: Tyranids are probably the easiest army to paint quickly and still get something that looks surprisingly great. The reason is because the models are so detailed and have so many levels, so much depth, to them.
I've been painting my force very quickly using only drybrushing and the occasional wash. Seriously, those are the only techniques I'm employing and they look pretty good. Good enough that people actually pause to compliment and take a look. They won't win any awards and aren't as awesome as some of the examples I've seen others post here, but it's plenty serviceable and "above average" in quality of appearance, if I do say so myself.
ninjabackhand: point and click, again, really? even after i give you an military term "shock tactic" you still call it point and click.
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Tyranids are only intimidating because of sheer number of models, however finding time is really the only challange to painting them.You should have no problem with it all!
Basing is another very important factor often overlooked, if you want an impressive looking model without alot of painting skill then basing will make the really stand out.
Painting Tyranids isn't that hard. Because Tyranids are biological you don't have to get the absolutely smooth effect on them that you have to get on Marines, Tau, Eldar etc. You will find that lots of different painting styles and methods can be used on Tyranids quite well, inking, drybrushing etc. Because of this I think you will find painting Tyranids will be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. Tyranids are flexible enough in their style to be painted in whatever way you can manage.
Tyranids can also be given whatever sort of colour scheme you want. Fluffwise there are loads of swarms that have spread from the main Hive fleets so your swarm can be whatever colours you want. Because Tyranids are aliens they can go well with very strange alien colour schemes or very natural colours instead. There are also no complicated symbols to be painted on. Also Tyranids don't have any annoying transfers to fiddle with.
Last edited by Leech; July 6th, 2010 at 22:57.
In the previous codex being in synapse was pretty much a MUST but now being in synapse is simply and advantage.
Also if you want a relatively easy way of making your models look great then check this link out,
A quick guide to ‘Dipping’ your minis |
I did it and its real easy. The models are better than table top standard and I can focus on my other armies.
Thanks a lot! These is really helpful! I think that i will now start collecting my very own tyranid army I've realise that the "synapse" () Is not really a big deal, if anything, it poses an extra challenge with play. I have also been consoled about the painting, realising that they are quite easy and quick to paint. I liked all of the techniques mentioned, especially drybrushing and dipping. Although i dont know what inking is?
Anyways, thanks a lot!!
(I especially liked the link that you provided dafridge! [because i had no idea what dipping was ] )
Inking is basically washing. Inks tend to be clear pigmentation that flow well into the recessed areas of a model. The clear nature of the liquid allows for color alteration/blending of the underlying paint. There's different techniques you can use with inks to create highlights, blended shading and gradient effects. I personally find that using inks add a bold coloration.
One thing to note about washes: a wash can't be done well with a pure acrylic paint. In order to use normal paint as a wash you need to alter the surface tension. You can do this by adding future-floor-wax or dish soap to your paint/water mix.