I began some preliminary work on my Tyranid project over the last several evenings between my other obligations (homework, and sleep). I had been thinking about the way that I wanted to paint the ‘nids for a while, and had even done some rough tests that I was really happy with. Here are some images of the second round of those tests.
I have to say that I am VERY happy that I did a test run before committing to the way I painted this mini. First of all I realized a few details that I would like to start to build up ahead of time, such as the fleshy red areas around the mouth and the wrists. Also to be very sure about the state of my can of dullcoat before I hit any volume of minis. I used a can of Armory flat spray, and the crap left this weird dusty coat on the mini.
I was so pissed when I realized this! I think that it was an issue of humidity, I have run into this in the past. The test spray didn’t show any funky results, but that was only on a piece of cardboard so I may not have been able to see that things were amiss. I was able to clean this guy up and to restore some of it’s paintjob with a brush with water in it. The thing that kills me is how much this coat of spray desaturated the paint’s color. Dullcoat does this a little usually, but this seemed a bit on the extreme side. I’m using a test mini next time to get a better idea as to what I will end up with. Oh well, that is why this is a prototype, and luckily, I have a lot of Genestealers, so it is not a huge loss.
After painting this model, I decided that I would do something with his broodmates that I haven’t done with many models in the past. I decided that I should paint the arms separately. This will allow me to get at the areas of the face and lower torso better. I have often avoided this method in the past as part of my general painting strategy, but now, with these critters, I think it will really help.