Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tyranid Prime, Dual Sword for the DFG Painting Challenge!

 Old School here with another entry for the painting challenge. This time it is one of my Tyranid Primes. Plenty of pics below:

 Alright, so no big, over the top, conversions here and until I start running regular warriors (which will likely be never). that is how it is going to stay. I have painted the Prime in the new style of my Nids, which offers a bright contrast to my chaos work. Also, in contrast to my Chaos, there are many more models, so the speed at which I aproach the army is a little faster, so rather than dazzle folks with each mini, I would rather dazzle them with the overall quality of a TON of bugs. Not to say I am not proud of the prime, but I really just had fun with this project, as I intend to with the rest of the army.
 That being said, I washed the skin blue from a white prime, then added chaos black to the carapace, then highlighted it with adeptus battlegrey, codex grey and fortress grey.

 the claws were done with astronomicon grey and a wash of gryphonne sepia, while the gills have been done in sunburst yellow, washed with Baal Red.

The swords were fun and intentionally done over the top in terms of color. I wanted a hot set of colors to counter the cold pallette of the Prime and I wanted to tie the gills into them as well. I used Mechrite red, Blood Red, some PP orange and sunburst yellow. I imagine the very action of passing the swords through the air causing frinction to the crystaline particles of the sword, exiting them to deadly levels of energy like a form of alien TNT.

Anyway, I have been painting a lot this weekend as I am down with Epididymitis and have nothing else I can physically do, so expect some commission work and some nice hobby stuff to pop up soon. Let me know what you think of my modest Nid as well.


  1. Looks awesome. You've done a good job of blending the blue areas. Missed some mold lines though.

  2. Yeah, I missed it until I saw the photo. There is nothing worse than spotting a mold line when you are posting the finished model! Thanks for the compliments though Dave. Often the difference between a dipped looking wash job and a professional looking one is just a little effort in pushing the wash into the appropriate places with your brush while everything is wet.

  3. Pictures will always capture those flaws you never catch. But still, looks great. I especially like the carapace.