Since you have now seen a few of my models, thought I would walk you through the painting process for my Tyranid horde…
If I still have some older colors in pots, I will list those colors and provide a reference to the new Citadel replacement color (if any).
Step 1- Prime with black. Pretty straight forward. Armory makes a pretty decent black primer. Have been using it for awhile.
Step 2 – Heavy dry brush with Hormagaunt Purple (replacement color is Daemonette Hide). Here I try not to cover the black primer completely, but I do want the purple to have visual preference. I also try to avoid the carapace areas as much as possible.
Step 3 – Touch up any carapace with Chaos Black (replacement color is Abaddon Black). This is also when I detail spikes, eyes and teeth. Spikes and eyes get Mephiston Red and the teeth Screaming Skull.
Step 4 – This step is the trickiest for me. It is a very light dry brush with Tentacle Pink. Note: there IS NO REPLACEMENT for this color in the new paint line! There IS a new dry brush product that is pink, but I prefer to use a more traditional method with actual paint after trying the new stuff. I use Emperors Children lightened up with White Scar and that has worked pretty well.
Step 5 – The next step is a wash with either Badab Black or Devlan Mud. I have plenty of both, so I have not checked for suitable replacements yet. Ron at FromTheWarp has a great post regarding a side by side test he did and seems to have found something that will work when my stock finally runs out. Also, I don’t just do a wholesale wash of the entire fig. I try to use it to highlight areas that will benefit most from the contrast, or one that came out a bit too bright from the purple or pink.
Step 6 – The last step is flocking of the base. In considering how to flock my bases, I wanted something suitably desolate and lifeless, like the surface of a world ravaged by the ‘Nids. Since I am a former model railroader, I chose a couple of materials from this venue. I mix an equal proportion of light grey track ballast and scenic iron ore. I have a big bag of it standing by. I just brush a heavy coat of wood glue onto my bases and then dip the base in the bag. I then clean off any excess on the sides of the bases or on the model. I need to let it dry on a flat surface, or the glue tends to “roll” off to one side, carrying the flocking material with it.Let me know what you think.