Tuesday, 6 June 2023

'nids part 344 - Tyranid Zoanthrope - TO DONE!

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my #Tyranid Zoanthrope. Getting the Parasite to the same stage meant it was so much easier to do them as a pair.

Obviously you can see I opted for blue psychic powers.

I think I just wanted all three Zoanthropes to exhibit different effects coming from their brain.

I know that's not how they work in game, usually doing the same power.

And 10th will be likely very different with the psychic phase removed [I believe].

But I just thought it'd be cool to have them all doing their own thing.

I think they make a cool little brood, good to finally have 3 so it's a complete set and they're all painted to the same standard.

Also, the fact I lost the 2 of the small back vents for the green one means it looks a little different too.

Not mounting it on the [tiny] Capillary Tower base means it's a little shorter too, almost like it's underdeveloped or younger. 

It adds a little variety to an otherwise identical set of miniatures.

And the different colours helped sell that too. If I do another one I'll have to go Fluoro Magenta

And the white background pics.

Close up of the brain - it wasn't exactly what I was going for, but I think the results were pretty cool.

The green one is clearly working overtime with it's powers leaking down towards its mouth but the scheme, like the biophorms - evolve.

And another GREAT Big RUSTY Stamp of Approval .

Friday, 2 June 2023

'nids part 343 - Parasite of Mortrex - TO DONE!

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my #Tyranid Parasite of Mortrex and it's TO DONE! I've combined the red and white pics in one post and will do the same for the completed Zoanthrope next week.

I've said before, I'm not a fan of the way they took the Tyranid aesthetic here, and I think they've moved further on from this in the new models.

However, I do like the end result.

I've seen other Parasites recently that managed to achieve so much more with the model and although I wish I could have achieved what they did I do really like what I ended up with.

And I think being comfortable with your own ability, limitations and expectations is key to being a happy hobbyist.

You can continue to strive to improve but there is nothing wrong with 'good enough'.

Whether this figure survives it's precarious stone plinth is debatable, hopefully it's rules are rubbish so I never have to field it! 😂 

No doubt I'll hook onto its claws with my jumper leaning over the table and it'll be flung across the room to shatter.

Nevermind, I have the pictures.

White background pics for those that prefer them

Although the wings did not come out quite as I'd hoped they are pretty effective.

I aimed to add more texture under the highlights, with the blue veins and a mottled effect.

But really, I just ended up with enhancing the highlights on the all the stretched areas and highlights.

The toxic green on the talons worked really well, as did blending in some red where the wings attached to the bone area. This has worked so well since I applied it to my Tyrannofex 3 years ago

Imagine if I'd converted it into a Dimachaeron as planned...? I wouldn't have expanded my skills, my hive fleet's colours and with the Dima going out of print from Forgeworld we may never get rules for it again...

Anyway, close-up of the wings so you can see all the obvious flaws.

And the simplicity of it, and yet it works from tabletop distance.

Now I don't pretend these are tabletop standard, a bit more than that. But they're not Golden Demon either. I mean I could enter it next time, but I have no illusions it would make the finalist cut, which is all I aspire to

And so, I will instead receive my own reward - a GREAT Big RUSTY Stamp of Approval .