The Year of Painting: Tyranids

I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet, but 2015 is the Year of Painting. It’s kind of like a New Year’s Resolution, if I made New Year’s Resolutions. Regardless, in my seven or eight years in this hobby, I’ve accumulated quite a few models. I have not, however, painted most of these models. Most of this comes from a huge wishy-washy quality my mind has – I agonize over details like color schemes and whether my painting skill is up to snuff. Naturally, I don’t improve without practice, and thus the vicious cycle continues.

But no more!

Now I’m just chugging through, slapping acrylics over primers over plastics willy-nilly, firing off my airbrush despite a lack of experience with it, and generally just trying to have a good time.

Our next installment is some tyranids – I did some hormagaunts to test a color scheme, and threw that on my hodgepodge Swarmlord. The tyranids were just primed white, then the armor plates were coated brown. I washed the white parts with a sepia wash, and the brown parts with a crimson wash, and then I did some highlights, the eyes, etc.

The Swarmlord is built out of leftover parts – I sculpted a cruddy body, and then tried to cover up my shoddy work with nicely-made green stuff “hoses” (made with the Tentacle Maker) that are meant to look like carapace structures. No idea how they look to others, but I think their generic, xenomorphic appearance works just great.

The fluff piece in my head for this “Swarmlord” is that he survived a disease attack from a Nurgle daemon or cultist, but survived and is now more powerful as a result. Naturally, he just counts as the Swarmlord, but I do like making up stories.

Here are some photos of the Swarmlord covered in all kinds of green stuff:

Swarmlord in progress
“I like swords.”
Swarmlord conversion in progress, back view
Greenback. Get it?

I primed the Swarmlord white, then airbrushed some colors on him to give him some undercoating (which I think worked out well). Still, he looks ridiculous after this step:

Swarmlord, after airbrushing the undercoat
Send in the clowns. No, I meant the alien ones.

Then I did a similar thing I did with the hormagaunts. Here’s the new family:

The Swarmlord and six hormagaunts, all painted up!
The only good xenos is a dead xenos. Or a well-painted xenos, I guess…

And here’s a nice shot of the Swarmlord’s head:

Swarmlord's head
I got no lips, so I can’t whistle.

Hooray! There’s still a lot to paint, so check back soon!

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