Tyranid Fleet Papiyon

I've been asked a couple of times how I did the carapaces of my Tyranids, so guess it is time for a tutorial.


How you do it is a follows:-

Paint the armoured areas with Tamiya Flat Blue. (other blues will probably work and it probably doesn't need to be matt. I used Tamiya Gloss Blue for the Biovores and the effect was just as good)

Take some Tamiya Flat Red and make irregular dabs, lines and splotches on the blue.

Once this is done take some Tamiya Flat Orange. You don't have to wait till the red is dry since a little blending actually helps the effect. Again, dab the armour in irregular patches.

Next, take some Tamiya Flat Yellow and repeat the above process. Once again, doesn't matter if the previous colours are not fully dry.

By now, your model will look quite hideous and you will think you have done it wrong! Trust me because the next step will make all the difference.

Take some GW Flesh Wash and paint it over all of the armour. One coat may be enough, but sometimes you need two.

Leave to dry and your creature's armour will convert into a mottled tortoise shell type effect.

That is how I do the standard Tyranids. For the Raveners I did a more earthy scheme that I think used earth brown and greys.
You may get different effects with other colours. Other washes might also have different effects. Be a nice scheme to try out on a turtle dragon perhaps?

Bad news is that with their usual approach to customer service GW have dropped the Flesh Wash from their range. Don't confuse this with Ogryn Flesh Wash, which is something quite different. I tried using Vallejo Game Skin Wash, but this is more orange than the old GW product and dries matt. Some brands of chestnut ink might be a better alternative.

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Thanks for the info, Phil :) I shall have to give it a try soon!