Part 2 found here.
I've made a Tyranid Prime conversion using a Warrior, a special base, a large Scything Talon flipped around to be a Bonesword, and a Trygon headpiece converted into a large shield that is a 'counts-as' Lashwhip.
So after finishing the conversion, it was time to paint!
This is a bit of a milestone for me because now that the Prime is put together I can actually play my first game if I want -- he's my first HQ. Granted, it would be a game with a couple small units of little bugs, a Prime, and a Trygon, but still... Getting there. It's probably enough that I could conceivably field it against either side of the contents of an Assault on Black Reach box. And lose to the Marines.
|Not those Marines!|
There are a couple challenges I had to overcome to paint this model and have it look good.
First, I wanted it to stand out. In more than just a modelling sense. I wanted it to have some accents that the other Warriors didn't have to really draw the eye towards this model.
Second, I didn't know what to do about the Bonesword. I didn't want to do it the same colour as the carapace, because that would be a little boring. I also didn't want to try and do anything too fancy, as I'm not very talented. I also had to blend whatever colour it was seamlessly into the purple below it, because I filed down the defined edges while converting.
So I shamelessly borrowed from Ghoulio, who commented on an earlier post:
"@Atreyu: What you said about Hive Fleet Leviathan is pretty much my exact thinking as well. I really didnt like the pure white of the scheme and decided that I wanted to go with something that had a bit more depth to it. Hence the brown. I also did ALOT of test models (like 10 hormagaunts) until I finally hit on that neon green as the contrast colour. Originally it was pink, which was just too close to the Purple."
Well, that's worth a shot! I like the way his models look, and purple/green is a great contrast. So I tried it just for the detailing on the shield arm:
|I like it, but it's oddly familiar.... where do I know that from?|
Awesome! Keep in mind that the picture above is just basecoated. It still needs black wash and then successive highlights on the green.
So I went ahead and added it to the rest of the parts:
|That purple and green... it's making me angry...|
|...You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!|