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I have grown tired of my dark angel's green skin with black chitin look, and have been having a brain fart every time a start thinking of another. So good people of low, got any ideas?
Don't you mean LO?So good people of low, got any ideas?
Anyhow, how about a yellow orange theme? Maybe some red or light brown for the carapaces?
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+ look at wildlife!
theres a whole lot of animals with freaky chemical colours like poisonous snakes and insects.
I'm sure 1 will have a "colourscheme" that'll get your fancy!
i like this one:
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Before I decided on my simple green and purple for hivefleet Spectre/Pengallen I initially had a plan that I indeed stole from nature, but I figured it'd be far, far, FAR beyond my painting capabilities.
A variety of fish and insects have anti-predator colorations that make them appear to be larger entities, or to be looking different ways.
I considering painting a gaunt brood in stripes and drastically different colors to try to make it appear to be a larger single organism. I also considered drawing spots and such on the larger creatures to make them appear to have 'eye' images and the like.
Goofy I know, but when thinking up tyranid schemes, I find it best to think of what would look coolest on a fleet of gaunts scuttling over the board.
As others have said nature is a grat sourch of inspiration. I suggest that you also try to change your painting style. Use new techniques and methods to get new effects and results. If you are bored with the old colour scheme I suspect that it is possible that you may be a little tired of your painting method too, so try a new way not just new colours painted the way you painted the old colours.
Wishpoosh, I feel for you. I found myself in a similar situation when I just recently got back into playing 40k. I had originally starting playing 40k when 2nd rules came out, and stopped playing right before 3rd gen. rules came out (due to mostly moving, work, etc).
In any case, I picked up playing again and chose Tyranids as my army of choice (originally played them when I first played and man have rules changed). I went out and picked up various models to start my new "swarm of doom" (for the lack of a better name).
So, there I sit at the table wondering what in the world I'm going to do for a color scheme for all they lovely new models I have standing in front of me. My first thought went back to when I first played, of course the models were different then (for the worse compared to what is available now). At that time I stuck with the traditional red skin, bone for carcase scheme that everyone was familiar with, however I didn't want to repeat that scheme nor did I find it very original. So, I was staring at a blank slate...of an army that doesn't really have a color scheme that other armies have (like chapters of Space Marines).
I started flipping through the rule book and Tyranid codex, reading any "fluff" story that involved Tyranids, to try and get ideas from. The one thing that kept being a common theme was that Tyranids were highly adaptive. So, why limit their adaptiveness to just biomorphs? Why not extend that to their appearance in "skin" color?
I started doing Google image searches on insect, bugs, beetles, bees, ants, anything that I thought had some sort of "hive" mentality. Then it hit me, do the various species in a Tyranid army have to be the same color? No.
With that freedom, I chose various wild life from the insect kingdom as my pallet for color choices. I just recently started painting my models, each species type in my Tyranid army will have its own color scheme. I started with my gaunts that fall under a beetle found in Africa (also made sure the marking were easy to reproduce since I have a lot of gaunts). I will do this for each group choosing a different insect as it's guide. The more complex color schemes I leave for my more complex models.
That's how I approached my painting dilemma, as someone mentioned before when you just can't think of anything just start looking around you, textures, colors, anything that you find appealing to look at and see how you can apply it to your army.
I wrote a tad more then I expected, hopefully it was a bit helpful rather then a bore.