This is the story of how I started painting again, where I'm at in that stage, and how I named my Hive Fleet. I'm aware that I'm not by any stretch a great painter, but considering that, as Tycho from Penny Arcade says, "My hand shakes like an autumn leaf", I'm pretty happy with what I've ended up with so far. They look fine on a tabletop, and that's all I really want from them.
It started quite innocently. Like any self-respecting young man, there is a pile of stuff in my parents' attic that belongs to myself and my brother from when we were younger. Every once in a while, my father intimates that not only should they be allowed to clear their space, but that my brother and I ought to do the clearing for them. The nerve.
Anyhow one day I was back in town, and had been recently thinking about D&D, Warhammer, and specifically Warhammer 40k -- thanks to Dawn of War 2. So I thought, wouldn't hurt to see if I can still paint a model or two... I always liked that. I wonder if any of those paints are still good?
Well as it turns out, back in the day Citadel paints were packed in awesome, airtight containers... lo and behold:
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Some of those paints are, if I recall, about 16 years old and still kickin'. Yes, I'm aware that the internet has been around for more than 16 years. Shut up. No, you shut up.
So I just needed a few basics like black, bleached bone, and some sort of purple, and I could paint one of those Tyranids that caught my eye. So I got them, and a box of Termagants.
I decided to do an inverse of the Leviathan scheme, since I'm naturally quite contrary. This left me with a couple of problems. First, I wanted to do the carapace sections in Bleached Bone, since if I went with the more white-ish colouring they use for Leviathan, I feel like it would look unnatural, and there would be too much of a contrast. Like a cow.
Problem is, I forgot what an absolute nightmare Bleached Bone is to work with. Plus I hadn't painted in 14 years or so. So it was time to experiment.
I also couldn't find a satisfactory purple. Citadel foundations 'Hormagaunt Purple' isn't a bad colour per se, but there's nothing in their range I can use off the shelf to highlight it without mixing paints, and it's rather dull (like the Foundations line tends to be), so Horm. Purple + Black wash + Horm Purple probably wasn't going to cut it, but I gave it a shot anyways.
|Noone will invite me to prom.|
|I hang out with that first guy so that I look better by comparison|
|I get all the ladies.|
|New - Still needs Static Grass|
|Old - Does not need Static Grass|