If the new releases have left you with a scratching behind your eyes as the Hive Mind instructs you to collect Tyranids, then look no further. Tale of Painters are proud to announce that we will be posting detailed tutorials for all three of the main Hive Fleets. Behemoth is first.
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:
Mephiston Red (base)
Evil Sunz Scarlet (layer)
Wild Rider Red (layer)
Kantor Blue (base)
Teclis Blue (layer)
Temple Guard Blue (layer)
Bugman’s Glow (base)
Kislev Flesh (layer)
Zandri Dust (base)
Flash Gitz Yellow (layer)
Stormvermin Fur (layer)
Armageddon Dust (texture)
Screaming Skull (layer)
Steel Legion Drab (base)
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1. Undercoat the model black. You can do this buy hand with Imperial Primer. Or use a black undercoat spray or use Vallejo Surface Primer and an airbrush.
2. Paint the skin with Mephiston Red. This will take two coats. Try to leave some of the black undercoat showing in the darker recesses.
3. Highlight the skin with Evil Sunz Scarlet. Leave Mephiston Red as shading.
4. Highlight the edges and upper rounded areas with Wild Rider Red.
5. Paint 50% of each carapace plate with Kantor Blue. The half you paint should be the half nearest the edge. Check the picture above if you’re unsure.
6. Paint the edges of the carapace with Teclis Blue. A nice thick line is required.
7. Now paint a thinner line of Temple Guard Blue on the edges of the carapace leaving the previous layer showing.
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.
13. Highlight the teeth with Screaming Skull.
13. Paint the eye with Flash Gitz Yellow. Don’t forget any eyes on the weapon.
14. Highlight the bio-weapon’s body with Stormvermin Fur.
15. Add some more highlights to the bio-weapon with Dawnstone.
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.
Come back soon for the second tutorial in this series where we paint Hive Fleet Kraken.
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Awww i wanted the Leviathan's to be next since i'm gonna paint my nids that way =(. Still great job as always i love your tutorials !!
Nice tutorial. Since you have started doing them, I'll visit more often and recommend your blog to friends and other gamers. Please, do not stop doing them!
Please do recommend us and share us with your friends. We appreciate it.
Decided to start a Tyranod force starting with the swarm box which is great value when starting models from scratch. Will be basing upon Hive World Kraken as I have these colours for other armies, await the tutorial!
..as in Tyranid force..
Thank you for the tutorial. I've been painting orks for a couple of years and now I'd like to give some 'nids a try.
Ann, I have tutorials on both Leviathan and Kraken as well.
Could you do some more Behemoth tyranids tutorials (like gargoyles) I have just started a tyranids army and after seeing this tutorial i chose behemoth as my paint scheme.
BTW i loved the tutorial it has been really helpful 😀
Just use this scheme for every nid. 😀
nice tutorial was really helpful 🙂
Excellent tutorial, I ended up in really beautiful colour scheme that looks pretty much same as here or in the GW books. Definately going to continue project with nids..
Glad you like it.
- Brendan MD
I'm new to painting and this is perfect! I'm planning to perfect my basic techniques with painting termagaunts in different color schemes so your series here is perfect!! This is exactly what I was looking for. Your website is now my #1 resource, and if you wanted to update this with hydra and kronos you'd probably win some sort of award.
Thanks Brendan. No plans to paint anymore Tyranids at the moment. Sorry.
is there an updated version of this guide with the new names of the paints?
These are the current range of GW paints.
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I've been considering starting a Tyranid swarm as my first forray into 40K for some time. So this morning I've been hit with a double whammy of a new launch and your tutorials. I think I'm now well over the tipping point! 🙂