Friday 24 January 2014

'nids part 122 - Scratchbuilt Tyranid Capillary Towers pt12. TO DONE!

Aside from an application of my Vernidas gloss varnish in the three male towers these are all but complete. Once again Tamiya Clear Red X-27 is awesome, I'll need to get some more at this rate.

I'm less convinced of the tendril vines, they don't show up a great deal but I've already changed the colour  from my first Reclamation Pool I didn't want to introduce another variant.

Each fleshy musculature was gloss varnishes prior to any Tamiya Clear Red X-27. That ensures that the pink of the flesh is still glossy and wet and the highlights painted on get some use. When the Tamiya Clear Red X-27 goes on it's not all over, in joints and at the end, with some Army Painter Heavy Tone mixed in where I want it darker.

Army Painter Heavy Tone [equivalent to Badab Black] makes the Tamiya Clear Red X-27 matt so in some cases a quick dab of extra gloss varnish was required to make it look wet again.

I was dubious about doing the lime green pit throughout, thinking I should have stuck to just the flesh sac versions but now I'm loving the variety and it's a really cool effect with the gloss varnish.

The Vernidas was applied afterwards and filled this baby up, and then somehow shrank down. A second coat though has retained a lot of it's thickness. I'm thinking the underlying material must absorb soemthing from the varnish. I think next time I'll do a thin coat to seal the base and then try a thicker coat.

Ultimately this isn't a 'water effects type substance' there are various resins and water looking substances. Vernidas is cheap in small doses and convenient for me to get although I'm sure 250ml of Vallejo water effects is considerably better value. Howevere, it;s doing the job admirably.

I did have a think about getting some and probably will, not sure what crazy idea had brewed that required more water, maybe it'll come to me

I'm also looking at ways to transport them, I may end up getting a pick & pluck foam tray to store them in.

Currently bubble wrap and some jiffy bags will suffice ;)

OK so this is just the four rotations of the three pairs, just so you get a full view of everything.

I think the one on the left is my favourite, it's got a little more character and heft to it.

And the four and five tier towers, I surprise myself I really do sometimes.

So, next up completing the landing pad. Then I will look at the walls but March is fast approaching and I may have to abandon those [the Mk I Land Raider has been abandoned too :( ] to paint more Termagants :( and maybe fit in something completely off piste - an Icarus Las-Cannon. I've got the bits I'm just not sure I'll have the time. I did want to make some Void Shield Generators too but I can't fit them in my Fortification slot. If ti was a full Stronghold Assault mission I could get three, including the Void Shield Relay Network and the Vengeance Weapons Batteries. Instead I'll have to make do with the Bastion, Aegis and Skyshield.

Here's my big blue tick, for getting it done!

Tyranid Capillary Towers part 1. | part 2. | part 3. | part 4. | part 5. | part 6. | part 7. | part 8. part 9. |
part 10. | part 11. | 


  1. Congrats man, they look awesome. Definitely some of the best home-made scenery I've seen. In fact, scratch the home-made bit, they're probably some of the best scenery I've seen full-stop. Brilliant work.

    1. Cheers LP, glad you like them. There's certainly room for improvement though and although I do love my colour scheme and I'm getting better at it I'm starting to think it's getting more and more 'cartoony' as I go along. The colours are ridiculously bright even if they're mainly gore soaked flesh strands...

  2. A big well done I'm just about to start making some of these for myself & its all down to you sir as I was so impressed with your work.

    1. Good luck Frank, glad to be of inspiration. I've the templates for the towers and pad if you want it/can wait a week or so. I'll be putting them online, just need to fit them in around everything else. Le t me know if you want me to speed things up?

  3. Keewl! Can't wait to see what it looks like all together

    1. Well as of last night the landing pad was also complete, 'to done' post to follow. However the pad walls are still under construction but I can potentially play it without. I will probably paint some Termagants up while 'pottering' on the walls, they're quite tedious and although I want to get it completely done I WILL need more Termagants and I CAN play with it as is. It'd just be nice to have it fully finished, it will be, but the walls are a lower priority for March [and I'll need more Tamiya Clear X-27 before then anyway ;) ]

  4. Those things look amazing, Dave! Well done!

  5. I even love the colour scheme, dammit.