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This is the third and final tutorial in this series. How to paint Hive Fleet Leviathan which is the current eavy metal studio Tyranid scheme. I’ve broken down their scheme and faithfully recreated here on Tale of Painters. Full guide after the jump.
This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of how to paint. For the beginners, I will explain the techniques as I go along. Each picture below shows four chronological steps. Underneath each picture are the corresponding instructions. Each step shows the paint I used during that step.
Paints you will need for this tutorial:
Pink Horror (layer)
Ceramite White (base)
Druchii Violet (shade)
Abaddon Black (base)
Xereus Purple (layer)
Genestealer Purple (layer)
Bugman’s Glow (base)
Kislev Flesh (layer)
Zandri Dust (base)
Screaming Skull (layer)
Flash Gitz Yellow (layer)
Mephiston Red (base)
Evil Sunz Scarlet (layer)
Armageddon Dust (texture)
Steel Legion Drab (base)
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1. Undercoat the model white. You can do this by using a white undercoat spray or use Vallejo White Surface Primer and an airbrush.
2. Create a wash by mixing Pink Horror (25%) with Lahmian Medium (75%). Wash all the skin areas with this mix.
3. Highlight the skin with Ceramite White leaving the Pink Horror shading showing through on the darkest recesses.
4. Use Druchii Violet to shade the join in the skin and any really dark recesses.
5. Paint everything that isn’t skin with Abaddon Black.
6. Paint 50% of each carapace plate with Xereus Purple.
7. Highlight the carapace edge using Genestealer Purple. Small parallel lines alone the edge creates a ridged feather effect. Check out the close up above to see what I mean.
8. Paint anything fleshy with Bugman’s Glow. This can be tongues, lash whips, feeder pipes, tendrils etc.
9. Highlight the fleshy part with Kislev Flesh.
10. Wash the fleshy part (never thought I’d write that on Tale of Painters) with Bloodletter Glaze.
11. Paint the teeth with Zandri Dust.
12. Highlight the teeth with Screaming Skull.
13. Paint the eye with Flash Gitz Yellow. Don’t forget the eyes on the weapon.
14. Paint the bio-weapon’s body and any claws with Mephiston Red.
15. Add some highlights to the bio-weapon with Evil Sunz Scarlet.
Finally base the model in a way which fits in with your collection. I used Armageddon Dust texture paint highlighted with Screaming Skull and the base edge was painted with Steel Legion Drab.
That’s it for this series of Tyranid tutorials. If you missed them you can check out the Behemoth tutorial here and the Kraken tutorial here.
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Well spotted. I cut and paste bits from the Behemoth tutorial and I didn't check that bit. I'll fix it.
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Great tutorial Garfy, love your work. I love orks and found a great irk tutorial here (http://citadelofpaint.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/tutorial-how-to-paint-ork-boyz.html)
However I would LOVE to see an ork tutorial in Garfy Style.
I painted some orks years ago.
If I had say three orks I could do three different tutorials or three different clans. Say Bad moon, Goffs and Evil Sunz. Alas I have no ork models.
This is where I need to be sponsored or something 😉
also, please please PLEASE do a tutorial for blood angels! there was a string of space marine chapter tutorials with the new release, and although I know blood angels weren't a part of that new release, one hoped with bated breath anyways.
excellent site, keep up the great work!
I'm gonna do one in a couple of weeks, please be patient 😉
Was looking forward to this one. Lovely and simple with great results.
I'll have to pluck up the courage to test out the Lahmian Medium.
Awesome article! Thanks so much I just finished painting my first model. Looking forward for more of this great tutorials.
Epic tutorial! Been looking for something to base my fleet on – going to use this but dark grey and lighter blues for the carapace, purple for the claws, almost like an arctic brood!
Thanks for an awesome breakdown!
Fantastic tutorial! Thanks!
Thanks for the great tutorial! Painted my first gaunt using this, and it turned out great! Although, I used the corax white spray primer (trying army painter next time) that turned out to be more gray so I had to basically base it in white after the Pink Horror wash. I messed up the wash too and ended up just painting over most of it so I didn't get much of a shading from it. I'm pretty newb, so how exactly should I be making the wash? Is it just 1:3 pink horror to lahmian medium or do I also add water to that? It seemed pretty thick to me and it certainly didn't want to pool in the recesses. More like a dark glaze. Appreciate any response! Thanks
Can you use water instead of medium for step 1-2?
You can but it's not as good. The Lahmium medium gives the paint wash like properties (less pooling).
I found a mixture of lahmium and water gave the best affect. The lahmium alone turned it into more of a glaze, where adding a bit of water dropped the surface tension enough for it to "wash" over the surface and pool slightly in the recesses without seriously tinting the high points. Can't remember the ratio I used though. 1:3:4 maybe? I use the carroburg crimson or w/e now.
Find this the day I start my nid army and looking for inspiration and a great guide, these ticked both boxes, many thanks and happy painting
Thank you Matt. Happy Painting mate.
i'm thinking about starting a tyranids army and i found this very helpful, i wanted to make sure i had all the colors i need.
I wish I saw this 10 year ago.
Please NEVER delete this page.
Awesome. Didn't know some of it was zandri dust and bugman. Thanks a bunch.
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Undercoat the model black. You can do this by using a white undercoat spray or use Vallejo White Surface Primer and an airbrush.
i like these tutorials. but i dont know this way of painting.