Monday, 14 September 2020

'nids part 284 - Rippers - refreshed

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Rippers again. My original 3 bases of Rippers were one of the first Tyranids I painted. As I have recently added more those initial models are beginning to look a bit poor in comparison. The chitin is less defined and the fleshy bits were in the 'liver brown' effect I was using at the time, which has since been replaced by red.

So it was quick blast of Bahama Blue on the chitin. I was leaving the bases as is. They're subtly different in colour but I can live with that. 

Sepia and Strong Tone washes on the chitin and some of the bone bits..

Turquoise striations on the chitin.

All the fleshy bits will be ready now for adding some Khorne Red.

And that's why I'm doing it to get those striations defined and the deepest blue areas to be darker with more depth.

Highlights on the turquoise and first set of highlights on the bone.

All the eyes, claws and teeth need doing, the red and tongues.

The bone also needs its second highlights.

Comparing the originals with one of the most recent bases. You can see the slight difference in basing, less orange and vibrant but as I'll be keeping them in broods of 3 there weren't be too much side-by-side  comparison and most people won't spot the variannce.

Next stop, TO DONE! pics. Obviously I was supposed to be painting my Land Raider, and I have done some on it which I'll cover next time...


  1. Great work! I rarely re-visit older models to bring the paint job up to standard.

    1. I think the last time I did this was my original Trygon but it was just the red fleshy bits. My schemes are very easy to update. I suspect Space Marines might be harder, possible require stripping first.

  2. Like Mike I rarely revisit old models but they do look well done back up.

    1. Getting there and I'm doing some other bits at the same time so should have some extra finished items when I finally get my hobby on again.

  3. I love your Nid scheme and these guys looks fantastic with the update. Repainting stuff is such a glorious time trap :-) I just started tinkering with colour shift paints, and looking at the plain leadbelcher back armour of my own Nids thinking "Hey, I could just add a bit of this right there..."

    1. It would be so easy for you. Even the contrast paints would create a completely different looking army over the top of your metallics. Resist though, else we'll all start complete makeovers!