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So in the process of making a new swarm, I'm going to be creating my own Hive Fleet. That involves thinking up a unique name. Now mythological creatures are commonly used and sound great, but you'd be hard pressed to find a unique monster that no one has taken. I bet there are hundreds of "Hive Fleet Charybdis" swarms out there with radically different color schemes. Not my cup of tea.
Instead, I've been thinking of using names from other works of literature or settings. One example is "Hive Fleet Nihilus." If you've ever played Star Wars: KOTOR II, then you're aware of who Darth Nihilus was. Essentially, the man was a powerful Sith Lord who literally devoured the life of entire worlds using the Force to feed his hunger. Sounds very much like the 'Nids, doesn't it?
Any thoughts on the matter?
I think that name sounds fine. Using names from a new source is always good for making something stand out from the crowd. Remember the names of the Hive fleets come from the humans who meet them. You can easily have some bloke they were named after or the planet where they were first seen called Nihilus. My swarm is called Scorpio, after the star sign, I convert lots of my bugs to look like scorpions.
There is one danger of using the name of a Sith. Those who hear your swarm's name may think of them as a Sith and Tyranids are in most ways very different from Sith, asidde from the planet eating you wrote about. That's why I think a little extra fluff for your swarm will help it to be more yours.
Hope this helps, what colours are you going to use of your Tyranids?
I'll just have to explain why I chose the name and perhaps, as you said, incorporate the name into my own 40k fluff. Your scorpion theme sounds very neat; do you have any pictures?
As for my color scheme, I'm still deciding. My initial thought was painting them similar to Darth Nihilus to make it easy and as a 'nod' to Star Wars inspiration. That'd mean black or grey flesh with white carapaces. The carapaces would likely have red stripes or blotches like Nihilus's mask. My other idea was to use blue-grey flesh with a black carapace and have yellow and/or orange insect-like blotches.
I like your first colour scheme the best. Grey or blue-grey flesh with white carapace and a bit of red would look very good. The light look of them will help them I think. Avoid black flesh because I think I've seen a swarm out there like that.
Here is some of my Hive fleet at Buglands, very kindly hosted by Navarro-the bug-man.Intro Page
There are also more pics here in my photobucket.Tyranids pictures by Leech-man - Photobucket
Wow, your painting is brilliant! I'm liking the contrast between the purple and other colors. Those conversions are ridiculously neat as well.
If memory serves me correctly, I've got some spare 'Nids from my old Battle For Macragge set that I can use for some test schemes. Looking through the 3rd ed. Codex, there's a scheme that closely resembles the one I was considering. I can't find a picture online, however.
For the markings on the carapace, I was thinking of using a method like this:
A Guardsman's Guide to Glory: Tyranid Army Colour Scheme Tutorial
I'd probably use Mechrite Red for the darker color and another red mixed with a dab of white.
Maybe you could find a name from H.P. Lovecraft. There should be a bunch of neat names in the Cthulu mythos.
Hey, meant to reply sooner, I've been away.
I think that mechrite red will do well. You're sticking with good colours I think so you'll end up with a good look to your swarm. One thing, red mixed with a dab of white will start making the red a pinky white. You could try to use bleached bone instead of white because it is more neutral than white and won't start changing the red into white.