Painting Warhammer 40k Tyranids

2011-07-25 Khaiell

Several easy steps to quickly paint an entire Tyranid army. Presented in phases so that you can field your miniatures fast and pimp them up later

Picture described below
Tyranid Geanstealers
Tyranid Malanthrope and GenestealersEldar Female Guardian vs. Tyranid Reaper SwarmsTyranid Malanthrope

Phase 1: Three colours to make you go

  • Bronzed Flesh on most body, claws &c.
  • Enchanted Blue on carapace plates (mostly back and tail but for example Trygons and Zoanthropes have pieces of it on the chest)
  • Blood Red on "open flesh" pieces like joints, mouth, brain (see the Malanthrope) &c.

Just paint the base to your usual design (for example Goblin Green) and you are ready to go.

Phase 2: Washes

  • Start with Ogryn Flesh wash on areas painted earlier with Bronzed Flesh and Blood Red
  • Wash carapace pieces with Badab Black
  • Apply carefully thinned Badab Black to other areas to bring out some crevices

Phase 3: Highlights

  • Highlight body elements with Elf Flesh
  • Layer highlights on claws and weapons with mixtures of Elf Flesh and Skull White
  • Do the same on carapace elements with mixtures of Enchanted Blue and Skull White as well

Some base elements (human body parts, armour and weapon pieces) were painted according to my guide on painting Space Marines

See the pictures as separate pages: Tyranid Geanstealers * Tyranid Malanthrope and Genestealers * Eldar Female Guardian vs. Tyranid Reaper Swarms * Tyranid Malanthrope

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