Thursday 31 December 2020

'nids 302 - Tyranid Warrior & Hive Guard TO DONE! White pics

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've been #paintingwarhammer Tyranids. OK, the finished showcase pictures on a white background, you know the deal by now.

I was really pleased with the maroon highlights on the Impaler Cannons. Adding a little Bonewhite to the Khorne Red gave them a different tone, something I've seen them do on the GW painting guides.

I had thought the backs were a bit scruffy but they look OK in these pics.

There are still some bits I've missed, there's a claw missing on one hand that needs some blood adding, for narrative reasons.

But I need to consider how and when I may look at the 4 original Warrior to Hive Guard conversions and bring them up to this standard. I may wait until after the new Codex as I fear they may very well get some kind of nerf that makes having 6 ludicrous.

The same goes for the Warrior's brethren. There are 4 of these and their Primes that need a little bit of titivating to be up-to-date.


There's nearly a decade between them regarding my skill level and the evolution of the paint scheme.


As you can see here, the two outer ones are nearly a decade old, the 2nd from right might be 6 years old...

You can see how that one has slightly more defined striations on the chitin. But all of the older generations have Khorne red weapons, whereas I randomly went Bloody Red on my new one. I'll have to decide whether to keep or match them when I do look at a revamp.

As you can see the chitin is where the biggest improvements can be made, although some extra recess shading elsewhere and 2nd level bone highlights will easily match up.

The 2nd from right is almost up to standard with the chitin, but I'd probably bite the bullet and redo it anyway. Perhaps if I do all the bone first it'll give me an ide of whether it's worth it.

Anyway, that's a project for late 2021, or another year altogether. I've other priorities for '21. Now I tend to have mixed feelings hobbywise about a new year. Everyone starts making hobby resolutions/promises. Now, I've never really held to the concept of resolutions as they're too easily dismissed. I do make TO DO! lists, usually jobs around the house. But hobbywise, I make my TO DO list at the start of my Hobby Season, so I'm out of sync with most other hobbyists, which makes me like the inevitable promises made tomorrow a little annoying. Don't mind me though, I'm just bitter and envious I chose Betamax instead of VHS! 😉 

Have a happy new year, there's no magic wand that will render all the troubles of 2020 gone at the turn of the clock. No doubt we still have many months of lockdown and social distancing to come. But it is a turning of the corner, with vaccines on the way we may well come back to something approaching normalcy next year, and for that I am hopeful. I look forward to games and actually using these models I've painted. So, all the best for 2021.


  1. I am really loving your Nid conversions; it is so rare to see people converting them these days. I told my students this year that there are no guarantees that next year will be any better, so make the most of what you have. Considering that my hobby this year has been BUYING miniatures, 2021 looks like it is going to be pretty good on the hobby-front. Wishing you all the best!

    1. I look at my Tyranid Void Shield Generator & say 2021 you will be finished! Snap, I have bought lots of figures too. I am therefore possessed with an all-consuming urge to paint ALL my miniatures, without any time or possibility to actually achieve it! It's both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time!

      My eldest will be with us to the back end of January, so that will further curtail my hobby, but we rejoice in his continued presence. Things may be grim for the first quarter but there are some silver clouds...

      All the best to you and yours!