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Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/10/29 06:51:51


Post by: Insectum7


I went and did something a little crazy. You see, Primaris Marines bug me.

It bugs me that NuMarines, "replacement" Marines, "Truscale" Marines, whatever you want to call them, have become more and more prevalent. I remember a time when the idea of Space Marines had a greater emphasis on the threat opposing them, rather than just how big and strong and bad*** they are. A squad of marines desperately fighting their way past a gang of Orks on the farm. Veteran marine Terminators perishing to fearsome Genestealers in the cold of a hulk. I recall a time when the basic Necron Warrior was superior to a Marine, and cost more on the tabletop, while a Necron Immortal was one of the best infantry units in the game. But no more, Marines seem to have gotten larger with the Primaris, while some of their enemies have gotten a bit diminished. It bugs me that the new 'replacement marines' are now towering over their counterpart foes on the tabletop. It takes something away from the feeling of desperation in the universe.

But wait! There is one faction that retains a core choice that is more impressive than even a Primaris in stats and stature. The Tyranids! Tyranid Warriors have been part of the universe for nearly as long as the Space Marines themselves, and to me, they are the most representative unit of the Tyranid race. Just as the Tactical Squad is the mainstay of marines, or Aspect Warriors the mainstay of Eldar, I see the Tyranid Warriors as the mainstay of the Tyranids. So I was thinking, why not build an army around Tyranid Warriors? That would make for some impressive looking infantry.

Also, I love the older models. They new ones are really cool, don't get me wrong, but the old ones are truly strange. They stand upright, nearly twice the height of a normal marine. They're more insect-like and exotic. To me, their posture looks a little aloof, more intelligent and less animalistic than the new ones. A fine foe indeed! Also, a chance for a really unique looking army. Around the time 8th was rolling out, there seemed to be a lot of sellers looking to capitalize on the excitement, and a lot of the old ones were up on ebay. I went a little crazy, and snapped up a bunch of them, adding to my own near 20 year old collection of 12 or so from my days playing 2nd edition.

I now have 63 of them. Enough to build a 2000 point army almost entirely around Tyranid Warriors.

I've always been a fan of Tyranids, but have never had a fully painted army. This will be the record of my expansion into the extra-galactic Xenos threat, starting with a crazy amount of ancient models.




I have all sorts of Warriors in various states. Some need repairs/replacement parts. A bunch need some paint stripping. Everything that needed stripping is now in a pot of Simple Green.

While I've been waiting for some thick layers of paint to loosen up, I've been trying out some paint schemes based on inspiration I've found across the web. Since the collection will eventually include models in both the old and new aesthetic, I did some trial runs on both Warriors and Zoanthropes. I want the army to be darkish, as many of the pics of dark Tyranid swarms looked really nice and menacing. I started with the idea of going Giger-esque, inspired by some of the models I found online. But when I tried it out, the model looked a little colorless, and my first few attempts at layering up an interesting color came out too drab and cool. I tried a number of different sub-coats and over-coats until I muddled my way to something that looked sort of reasonable. After that I fiddled around with secondary colors, specifically avoiding red, as red is often used as an accent color. Instead I pushed towards colors that don't show up in my other armies, like green and orange. This is what I got so far:



I think I like the Warrior with the green face the best. It's enough to get started anyways. I'm thinking I'll do up a whole squad of nine and see how it looks all together.




A friend of mine also plays Tyranids, and he did an awesome Tyranid Prime conversion using Hive Guard, Swarmlord arms, and legs from the old 3rd edition Carnifex. After some more purchases from ebay and my local store, I did some mock ups of those to act as my HQ's.




So far I'm pretty happy with direction of everything and the Tyranid Codex comes out soon. I better start painting assembly-line style!



Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/10/29 09:33:09


Post by: KernelTerror


Very cool project, I love the look of the old school warriors. Keep it up !


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/10/29 12:00:24


Post by: Doombiscuit


Great work! I often think those old warriors look goofy but you’ve made them look terrifying


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/10/29 17:26:49


Post by: amazingturtles


Nice! and you've chosen a great title, i love that.

The green works best, i think i agree. It accents without overpowering, and that shade is nice and alien.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/10/29 18:17:28


Post by: General Kroll


Those conversions look brilliant.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/01 08:56:24


Post by: Vallhund


I always love seeing people using older models, they have so much character!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/01 12:29:07


Post by: kernbanks


Love the color scheme, I did something similar and have 20-30 of the old nids and about 80 genestealers I want to turn into force.

How are you dealing with load out, deathspitter and spinefists wasn't an index option...


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/01 14:07:09


Post by: Boss Salvage


What an awesome project, loving all of it Big fan of old weirdhammer minis in new armies with updated paint schemes, and those strange, bucktoothed warriors are looking great in those test schemes (+1 to green accent). Converted primes are sweet, good echo of the ancient warrior sculpts, while just being badass in themselves.

Also digging the list / army plan, taking underused stuff ftw

- Salvage


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/01 14:22:59


Post by: Stevefamine


Wonderful idea! I'll be following this journey


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/01 14:24:38


Post by: MechaEmperor7000


All those Warriors makes me jelly. Warriors have always been rather expensive so I don't own many of them, but would certainly like to.

I'm collecting a Carnifex Army and may face you one day. Unnatural selection at it's finest.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/01 16:02:58


Post by: Icarium


feth yeah! Teach those Space Marines a lesson with the blunt end of an old school deathspitter.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/03 12:47:33


Post by: kestral


Nice project - and I agree with the general sentiment!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/03 20:07:15


Post by: Thymais


I absolutely love the look. Seeing older models with modern colour schemes really does make them look fantastic.

I look forward to seeing more!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/03 20:40:33


Post by: Ketara


Gorgeous and inventive. Looking forward to see what you do next!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/03 21:44:23


Post by: Insectum7


Hey, thanks for the positive feedback everybody!

I'm really excited about the new codex coming out, and am trying to see how quick I can do these up.

I've got a finished (but not based) squad of 9 now.


The initial pass felt pretty good, but the last lightening drybrush came out a little chalky for my taste. For the full squad I threw an additional wash of Saraphim Sepia on them, while experimenting with thinning the wash a bit. What seemed to happen is the models that I thinned wound up getting a little darker, like the added water broke up something about the drying properties of the wash. On some models where I thinned the wash a lot (50/50 mix of wash to water) the wash dried with a lighter sort of crust or residue in some of the recesses of the model. I'll try just the straight wash again on the next models and double check that it'll be the way to go. Otherwise I'm pretty happy with them, and I'll continue on like this for the Warriors except in larger batches.

Also, once I finished a bunch of them the green looks a bit strong. It's not enough for me to not continue with the rest of them though. I'll get everybody table-ready and then if I feel like adjusting it a bit, I can do it then.

Pulled some models from the dip and boy did they take a lot of scrubbing. Here are my results:


Whatever was put on that black model really wouldn't come off, although the outer layer of red came off real easy. The models that were painted grey had really stubborn paint, too. After reading up a bit I think I should scrub them while they're still drenched with Simple Green. I also wonder if my bucket 'o' simple green has run out of cleaning power after so many uses. I drained it and threw in the rest of the Warriros that need stripping, and loaded it up with some fresh 'Green'.


This is going to be more work than I thought, but I will suffer for my art!


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kernbanks wrote:
Love the color scheme, I did something similar and have 20-30 of the old nids and about 80 genestealers I want to turn into force.

How are you dealing with load out, deathspitter and spinefists wasn't an index option...


Deathspitters or Boneswords, with the secondary claws probably as whatever is cheapest. Currently that's Scything Talons, so that's what I'll count them as.

Spinefists though? I guess I could see how the secondary arms look a bit like Spnefists. They're sort of weird looking.


 MechaEmperor7000 wrote:
All those Warriors makes me jelly. Warriors have always been rather expensive so I don't own many of them, but would certainly like to.

I'm collecting a Carnifex Army and may face you one day. Unnatural selection at it's finest.


Both the new and old Tyranid Warriors are pretty expensive :( Like I said I went a bit nuts with them.

A Carnifex army would look awesome, those models are soo frigging cool. My Warriors don't have much in the way of multi-wound weapons so that might be a challenge. I do have a lot though!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/04 01:17:07


Post by: timd


 Insectum7 wrote:
Hey, thanks for the positive feedback everybody!

I'm really excited about the new codex coming out, and am trying to see how quick I can do these up.

I've got a finished (but not based) squad of 9 now.


Have you considered using small amounts of the green on other parts of the body? Random patterns? Just a little might tie the heads and bodies together more?

Also, maybe a thinner other than water for thinning the sepia like acrylic medium?

T

PS, I also prefer the old warriors although I added modern tails, talons, weapons and magnets to mine. Really need to reshoot these pics...







Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/04 05:15:02


Post by: Insectum7


^ Those are cool, niceley done! I often can't bring myself to modify the older models too much, but the details you've added are unique. I'm fond of the beetle-butt native to the kit because of the old illustrations of Tyranid Warriors, but I like how the tails make your models more reminicient of the very first Tyranid models. I also like that you've got one of the metal Warriors.

I did consider doing spots/designs in other colors around the models early on, and tried it out a bit before the "trial models" wound up looking as they do in my first post. Ultimately I decided that I'll make further adjustments to the scheme once I had a large force together, as often what looks good on a single model might detract from the look of the whole army together. But it's definitely on the table for a finishing pass.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/04 09:15:51


Post by: goblinpaladin


Ahh, these guys are great.* I'm really excited to see how it all comes together.

As for the wash, I've had similar issues to the ones you're describing when thinning with water (including a few Nuln washes that dried whiteish) and I agree that some Lahmian Medium or another acrylic medium will fix you right up.

*yours too, timd.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/04 11:39:49


Post by: Cosmic


Really awesome plog, love the aesthetic of the old Warriors and the paint scheme that you've chosen. Will follow along, keep up the good work!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/04 21:49:01


Post by: theCrowe


Mighty! Loving your work. Will follow with interest.

I remember the 2nd ed. Nids collection fondly from back in the day. Transport nightmares, Metal bits crumbling to ruin all over the table top. Fun times.

Painted up a Tyrant and some termies for a diorama once upon a time. Sold them off of course but still have one of those termies... Just for the memories.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/04 22:12:46


Post by: Jackal


Spoiler:



Our armies both need to face off once done :p
Love the older nid stuff and spent a while building up a small collection.


Look forward to seeing this blog progress


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/05 02:37:46


Post by: timd


 Insectum7 wrote:
^ Those are cool, niceley done! I often can't bring myself to modify the older models too much, but the details you've added are unique. I'm fond of the beetle-butt native to the kit because of the old illustrations of Tyranid Warriors, but I like how the tails make your models more reminicient of the very first Tyranid models. I also like that you've got one of the metal Warriors.

I did consider doing spots/designs in other colors around the models early on, and tried it out a bit before the "trial models" wound up looking as they do in my first post. Ultimately I decided that I'll make further adjustments to the scheme once I had a large force together, as often what looks good on a single model might detract from the look of the whole army together. But it's definitely on the table for a finishing pass.


Thanks! There are actually more of the metal guys. Been using them as Primes. Colors are loosely based on the original Genestealer colors: blue violet carapace, pale red violet flesh.

Love your 'Nids BTW!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/07 19:50:19


Post by: kestral


I am jealous of all the classic warriors and carnifexes in this thread. I have only a handful of each, mostly heavily converted.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/07 20:44:00


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I've never seen the classic warriors look so good. The prime conversions are also amazing. Consider them stolen, and their DNA added to the pool.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/07 22:18:06


Post by: MechaEmperor7000


 Insectum7 wrote:
Both the new and old Tyranid Warriors are pretty expensive :( Like I said I went a bit nuts with them.

A Carnifex army would look awesome, those models are soo frigging cool. My Warriors don't have much in the way of multi-wound weapons so that might be a challenge. I do have a lot though!


The new ones were cheap here because Warriors sucked for three editions. But the older ones are also expensive because no one bought them before they went OOP. Kinda the same issue with the fex with me (i.e: trying to find Grinfexes here for a not-stupid price is hard as hell since few of them sold. Crapton of OOEs though).


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/07 23:21:39


Post by: theCrowe


Yeah, my old screamer-fex proxy was an OOE for exactly that reason.
Spoiler:




Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/08 15:26:23


Post by: papaseven


This is awesome. I'm surprised that many old edition models still exist! I haven't seen any since 2001 locally.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/14 19:30:03


Post by: Insectum7


Thanks all! The encouragement is encouraging

Cleaning and building the last of the Warriors is taking a while as I'm super strapped for time atm, but I painted up the Primes in the meantime.



Also had my first Tyranid game since 4th edition. Slammed together an army with what I had built and hit the table right after grabbing my pre-ordered codex from the counter. It looks gross, but the preview of all the Warriors together on the table was inspiring.



Only finished three turns in the time we had, and I made a bunch of errors while learning strategems on the fly, but good times were had. Opponent called it after I killed Guilliman with a super lucky Zoanthrope round, but honestly he wasn't in a bad spot. I think it was closer than he was giving credit for.



 Jackal wrote:
Spoiler:



Our armies both need to face off once done :p
Love the older nid stuff and spent a while building up a small collection.


Look forward to seeing this blog progress


Haha. I love those old Fexes too. I sold mine off in 4th and a kinda regret it. I got some Spore Mines though!! I think I have a metal Termagant or two, and a Biovore somewhere.

 MechaEmperor7000 wrote:
 Insectum7 wrote:
Both the new and old Tyranid Warriors are pretty expensive :( Like I said I went a bit nuts with them.

A Carnifex army would look awesome, those models are soo frigging cool. My Warriors don't have much in the way of multi-wound weapons so that might be a challenge. I do have a lot though!


The new ones were cheap here because Warriors sucked for three editions. But the older ones are also expensive because no one bought them before they went OOP. Kinda the same issue with the fex with me (i.e: trying to find Grinfexes here for a not-stupid price is hard as hell since few of them sold. Crapton of OOEs though).


Yeah, two of my primes are sporting OOE legs because they were easier to find. I got one top half of a Grin-fex now though. I don't really know what to do with it, gotta be good for something, and the expression is priceless.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 06:03:59


Post by: timd


Reshot pics of my updated early warriors. Still have not decided on eye color so eyes are not painted.
Waiting for the new codex before configuring the warriors.

Rogue Trader Metal Warriors. All arms magnetized


Plastic 2nd Ed. Warriors. Upper arms magnetized


Size comp pic



Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 14:41:20


Post by: Boss Salvage


 Insectum7 wrote:
I painted up the Primes in the meantime.

*flailing*

Those lads look really good, between the conversions and the scheme really going to work. Orange pop combined with green accents is lovely, guessing that combo is maybe reserved for these HQ bugs? Great minis regardless.

And test game looks impressive even with all that weird pale plastic! You can really pack a lot of warriors into a game!

- Salvage


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 15:09:08


Post by: Cosmic


The Primes are ace, Insectum7! I like their swords and eyes. Nice little shot with them all in action, too! Keep up the good work

timd, your Warriors are very cool, too! Nice and vibrant colour scheme, gives me that 2nd-3rd ed. retro feeling.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 15:52:19


Post by: Inevitable_Faith


The army is shaping up very nicely dude. Your paint scheme is really cool and looks good on nids new and old alike. The Tyranid primes are just downright inspiring, I love that conversion. Seeing them all painted up gave me a huge urge to go out and start a nid army for myself.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 16:25:24


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Your conversions look better than official models. Amazing!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 22:08:47


Post by: Ketara




These really do show the utility of the old plastics for kitbashing conversion in a way I've never seen before,


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 22:09:59


Post by: theCrowe


Preview of awesome!

I really hope you get a good chance to put some serious work into those guys before the buzz wares off. I know how hard it is to keep at it when they're all very similar and it starts to really drag especially on the larger minis like warriors.

But you're really making something special here and I'm excited to see it all come together. Those primes are incredible!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/15 23:38:13


Post by: craggy


good bugs!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/16 17:12:46


Post by: timd


 Cosmic wrote:


timd, your Warriors are very cool, too! Nice and vibrant colour scheme, gives me that 2nd-3rd ed. retro feeling.


That was the plan, colors are a riff on the original Genestealer colors. Looking at these pics, I'm thinking I need to add more blue to the scheme.

T


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/20 16:18:02


Post by: Niiai


 Insectum7 wrote:
Thanks all! The encouragement is encouraging

Cleaning and building the last of the Warriors is taking a while as I'm super strapped for time atm, but I painted up the Primes in the meantime.



Also had my first Tyranid game since 4th edition. Slammed together an army with what I had built and hit the table right after grabbing my pre-ordered codex from the counter. It looks gross, but the preview of all the Warriors together on the table was inspiring.



Only finished three turns in the time we had, and I made a bunch of errors while learning strategems on the fly, but good times were had. Opponent called it after I killed Guilliman with a super lucky Zoanthrope round, but honestly he wasn't in a bad spot. I think it was closer than he was giving credit for.



 Jackal wrote:
Spoiler:



Our armies both need to face off once done :p
Love the older nid stuff and spent a while building up a small collection.


Look forward to seeing this blog progress


Haha. I love those old Fexes too. I sold mine off in 4th and a kinda regret it. I got some Spore Mines though!! I think I have a metal Termagant or two, and a Biovore somewhere.

 MechaEmperor7000 wrote:
 Insectum7 wrote:
Both the new and old Tyranid Warriors are pretty expensive :( Like I said I went a bit nuts with them.

A Carnifex army would look awesome, those models are soo frigging cool. My Warriors don't have much in the way of multi-wound weapons so that might be a challenge. I do have a lot though!


The new ones were cheap here because Warriors sucked for three editions. But the older ones are also expensive because no one bought them before they went OOP. Kinda the same issue with the fex with me (i.e: trying to find Grinfexes here for a not-stupid price is hard as hell since few of them sold. Crapton of OOEs though).


Yeah, two of my primes are sporting OOE legs because they were easier to find. I got one top half of a Grin-fex now though. I don't really know what to do with it, gotta be good for something, and the expression is priceless.


Those primes are really really good. Black and brown are neutral and makes the broody. What really makes them very good is that the green is eye catching on the places you nee to contrast. And it makes the orange edges so good with the contrast.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/20 21:11:07


Post by: bunnygurl


Your paintjob is absolutely wonderful. I love the colors you went with but I'm just not a fan of the old sculpts. The conversions are pretty awesome though.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/11/22 18:59:40


Post by: Xenomancers


Those Primes are absolutely sick.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/09 20:09:58


Post by: Insectum7


Holidays are eating up my time! I've been squeezing in work here and there to keep things rolling, and now I have some real progress to show.

Step 1:
Strip, clean and reassemble all the painted warrior parts I received from ebay. Hours of scrubbing, and then more hours of carefully matching parts and re-pinning them together, while cleaning mould lines. This took many days sort of scattered across the past few weeks. A whole big mess, here's what that looked like in progress.


Once everything was finally pinned back together and rebased, then came the very important step of setting up the collection in one big display. Um, for inspirational purposes.


Then came the relatively easy part. Priming all the unpainted stuff and hitting any missed parts with Abaddon Black.



 theCrowe wrote:

I really hope you get a good chance to put some serious work into those guys before the buzz wares off. I know how hard it is to keep at it when they're all very similar and it starts to really drag especially on the larger minis like warriors.


Totally. I knew that if I did this a squad at a time, it was in a greater amount of danger of not getting done. That's why I'm going to DO THEM ALL AT ONCE! Which is going to suck, but it'll work better.

I'll try to get a picture of every phase as I do them. I think that'll be kind of interesting.


 bunnygurl wrote:
Your paintjob is absolutely wonderful. I love the colors you went with but I'm just not a fan of the old sculpts. The conversions are pretty awesome though.


Thanks! I know not everyone is a fan of the old models, and it's totally understandable. But for historical purpose I thought it might be cool to put them in context with some of the other old plastics:





Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/09 20:17:47


Post by: KernelTerror


What a glorious sight ! Devouring the galaxy old school style !


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/09 20:22:23


Post by: JohnnyHell


I am SUPER jealous of those Warriors. SO MANY.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/09 20:51:46


Post by: Cosmic


I am really enjoying following this blog! All of those Warriors ranked up is simply awesome! Yes, please keep us updated with how you’re getting on. I know that it’s really helping with my own Nids.

You’re absolutely right about painting them all at once. I know that if I’d also painted my Gaunts in smaller chunks I’d never have wanted to finish the rest!

Good to hear that you’ve got a bit of a winter break to do some hobby stuff. I’ve just finished assembling six of the new plastic Warriors today. They’re cool, but I think that your guys are certainly cooler! Keep up the good work


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/11 18:01:03


Post by: Jin


 Insectum7 wrote:


Once everything was finally pinned back together and rebased, then came the very important step of setting up the collection in one big display. Um, for inspirational purposes.




I am so jealous of this build up of models. Love it!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/11 18:10:17


Post by: Ratius


OMG oldschool


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/19 03:36:39


Post by: Insectum7


As we go. Over the weekend I was able to get some good blocks of time, and also spent game night painting instead of playing. These are basically drybrushed coats of varying intensity.

Doombull brown:


Gorthor Brown:


Dawnstone:


Baneblade Brown


It would have been nice if I had done these all with the same lighting conditions, but I paint when and where I can paint or else it ain't getting done.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/19 03:42:11


Post by: Cosmic


Love them! Amazing how effective drybrushing is. Really cool to see them all ranked up on the production line, keep up the good work!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/19 17:09:02


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


To have so many old school models in one army is incredible. And that paintscheme looks very effective. Keep up the good work, you're making excellent progress.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/19 17:20:48


Post by: Stevefamine


This is wonderful!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/19 20:05:59


Post by: JohnnyHell


Those test models look wonderful!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/31 03:37:48


Post by: trollmeat


O_o

You have helped me form a semblance of appreciation for these old globs of bubblegum. Thanks.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/31 10:02:54


Post by: Turaxa


This thread's title really deserves it's own 80's cartoon theme song
It's nice to see the classic models in a modern scheme and, as others have said, those three "synapse" warrior conversions look awesome.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2017/12/31 12:58:13


Post by: IGtR=


Love these models, and your paint skills are really making them look menacing. It is nice to see a more 'realistic' looking tyranid scheme, and you seem to be quite the machine when batch-painting. An inspiration to those of us with gigantic piles of grey plasitc


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/02/06 17:23:01


Post by: Insectum7


Thanks all!

Been a while since the last update, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been any progress. The step after my last update was to do a light dusting of Screaming Skull to pick out any natural hilights on the models. After that, I did all the black sections on the models to make way for the carapace and details. This took a looong time to do, as every model has many sections selected for the treatment, and it had to be fairly precise. Also, since I was going over the models more closely, I found myself scraping and cleaning mould lines that had been missed during prior painting and assembly, meaning I also had to repair the paint job post-cleaning. So far it's been the most tedious part of this project. Thankfully, once it was done the models looked waay more complete by just having that single cleaner coat added.


After the black was done the next few steps went pretty quickly. A splotching of Incubi Darkness was added to the carapace details to give a bit of beetle-color. The Deathspitters were treated to a thin, blended coat of screaming skull to pick them out a bit more, and the boneswords were given a base coat of Emerald Green (yes, the actual Emerald Green from the 90's, I still have some functioning 20 year old GW paint).


While doing this I rebased my metal Zoanthropes/Neurothropes from 40 to 50mm to help keep them from tipping over, and I brought them up to about the same level as the Warriors so I can finish them all at once.



 Turaxa wrote:
This thread's title really deserves it's own 80's cartoon theme song
It's nice to see the classic models in a modern scheme and, as others have said, those three "synapse" warrior conversions look awesome.


I can definitely imagine them featured in an 80's cartoon, especially as their poses are basically all the same

 IGtR= wrote:
Love these models, and your paint skills are really making them look menacing. It is nice to see a more 'realistic' looking tyranid scheme, and you seem to be quite the machine when batch-painting. An inspiration to those of us with gigantic piles of grey plasitc


Not as fast as I used to be! Work, wife, baby etc. I'm feeling like I can field a fully painted army by the end of February, but we'll see.

Special thanks to the Hardcore History podcast for keeping me company while I paint. I'm almost through the WWI episodes and they've been pretty epic and educational.



Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/02/06 18:18:52


Post by: Cosmic


Awesome stuff, Insectum, a real joy to behold! I really like the colour scheme, and you've absolutely sold me on the versatility of drybrushing. Those Zoanthropes really showcase your paint job.

How do you think you'll base these guys - with good oil' sand, perhaps?


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/02/06 20:20:45


Post by: theCrowe


Ah! 20 year old citadel colours. They're like old friends that just keep giving. Well some of them are. I've got a dark angels green and shining gold that I still use regularly. And an even older Wyrm purple. They don't make 'em like they used to.

If I walked into a gaming club and saw your army arrayed for battle I'd likely be grinning like a freakin' fan boy. I reckon you'll see that a lot.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/02/07 17:35:35


Post by: Insectum7


 Cosmic wrote:
Awesome stuff, Insectum, a real joy to behold! I really like the colour scheme, and you've absolutely sold me on the versatility of drybrushing. Those Zoanthropes really showcase your paint job.

How do you think you'll base these guys - with good oil' sand, perhaps?


Thanks! Drybrushing is reeaaallly effective for certain models/armies. But about 90% of it is picking the scheme and layering well. Having the right sort of brush is also incredibly key, imo.

I do all my bases with sand (drybrushed again) and patches of static grass. It's simple but it works.

 theCrowe wrote:
Ah! 20 year old citadel colours. They're like old friends that just keep giving. Well some of them are. I've got a dark angels green and shining gold that I still use regularly. And an even older Wyrm purple. They don't make 'em like they used to.

If I walked into a gaming club and saw your army arrayed for battle I'd likely be grinning like a freakin' fan boy. I reckon you'll see that a lot.


Yeah I have a bunch of those old paints and they're still good. It's miraculous how well they've held up! Stuff like Ultramarine Blue, Lightning Bolt Blue, Scorpion and Putrid Green. I even have most of their first ink set. All those paints I bought in 3rd edition dried up by halfway through 4th.

I've pulled the Warriors out at the club a few times now and some of the older crowd are like "whhaaaaaa. . . ?!" Turns out it's also a pretty scary army too!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/02/12 17:02:53


Post by: Insectum7


Latest update: Did edge highlighting on the dark carapaces, claws, hoofs etc. using Baneblade Brown again. Blended the swords from green to bone with Screaming Skull. Did the faces green (ye olde Emerald Green and Putrid Green), and the Deathspitters got the same colors on the barrel-ridge. They're getting close to the wash phase and I'm excited.



Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/02/13 16:32:09


Post by: Jin


Looking good, man! so close to the end!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/02/13 17:06:10


Post by: amazingturtles


They are a wonderful horde


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/07 22:38:39


Post by: Insectum7


Woooo!!! Well I hit my end of February deadline, sort of. Everything done except the bases, do they count?

After some long extra hours I was able to get the wash of Seraphim Sepia on, and then do all the details for the models to finish up the painting. Rather than post each individual phase here, this one pic sorta wraps it all up. I did the weapon details prior to washing them, this was done with Yriel Yellow, and the "sacs" on the gun were hit with a bit of Camo Green. Then the old Firey Orange post-wash to start the little carapace decorative highlights, Yriel Yellow again, and then a washy Mephison Red to bring the edges back down and enrichen the color a bit. Same for the Zoanthropes, except I started with red on those guys and worked up.

I was able to get sand and paint on all the bases (72 models total) in time for my first game with them. Just some static grass and cleanup with black on the base itself and we have ourselves a finished product.



My first game out with them post-paint was cut short for time, but overall was a mutual slaughter with the Nids having a bit of an advantage at the end. I made a couple mistakes, mostly just throwing my models on the table being happy that they were basically done, but I'll have to improve my generalship for next time around. I think some reorganization of squads is in order, and I'll have to rank up better to protect my shooting a bit more. Also our local Primaris-only opponent has tightened up his list and improved his own generalship a bit since the last time we fought, giving me a bit of a headache mid-game using his Repulsor to charge multiple units and stopping a lot of my firepower for a crucial turn. That said, the loads of Deathspitter shots from the Warriors was awesome. I've already begun organizing my next batch of Warriors with more Deathspitters, since overall I think they're more useful than the Boneswords. It may be a little while before I want to paint Warriors again, but we'll see how they play over the next month or two.








Hopefully I can get the bases done before my next outing with them.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/08 04:04:09


Post by: Cosmic


AMAZING! Well done!

Fantastic pictures, really glad that you got them all finished, they look incredible. I love the carapaces!


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/08 04:34:45


Post by: MajorTom11


Man I love the old warriors...


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/08 06:57:40


Post by: goblinpaladin


These have turned out so nicely, dang.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/08 14:44:59


Post by: Boss Salvage


Damn dude, way to see a crazy project all the way through, awesome result when out in force

Small thing, what colors did you use for your basing? I've been looking for a simple badlands scheme for my (very pale) daemons, that might fit the bill.

- Salvage


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/08 18:12:29


Post by: Insectum7


Thanks guys! I'm really happy with how they turned out as an army and looking forward to adding to it. I'm not sure what unit do next yet. I have a bunch of the original Genestealers though, so that's high on the list. I also have some Raveners scheduled to show up at some point, and that's going to improve my maneuverability as I'm playing Jormangundr and they'll allow my Warriors to come up out of tunnels. That should be pretty epic.

 Boss Salvage wrote:
Damn dude, way to see a crazy project all the way through, awesome result when out in force

Small thing, what colors did you use for your basing? I've been looking for a simple badlands scheme for my (very pale) daemons, that might fit the bill.

- Salvage


I cheated a bit on the bases, using an artists acrylic as the base coat because it's cheaper by volume and a tube lasts for years. Plus I can water it down a bunch so it spreads nice and easy over the sand. I used M. Grahm Artists' Color, either Raw Umber or Burnt Umber, I forget which. I have tubes of both in my mini-paint case and honestly I just use the one that I can open at the time. Looking at the bases, I probably used Burnt Umber as the base, which is a little redder. Raw Umber is darker and a little cooler. Over that I drybrush Tau Light Ochre, and sometimes a light brushing of Screaming Skull. I was a little worried that if I lightened the bases on these guys too much it would blend too much with the brown on the model, so I'll take them to the gaming tables a few times and see if they want that last dusting or not.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/08 20:02:12


Post by: Boss Salvage


Appreciate the breakdown. I actually have some old Delta Ceramcoat 'Burnt Umber' that's one of my favorite brown paints, may see how that works out for me along with the ochre.

*looks back at the game shots and marvels at the horde of alien weirdness gawking their way towards the UM *

- Salvage


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/14 12:53:47


Post by: Zid


This is amazing! Thanks for this


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/20 19:42:09


Post by: Illumini


Fantastic! It is surprising how much a modern paintjob can save old, seemingly bad models. And those warriors are surprisingly big! The orange spots really pushed the look from decent to really good.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/21 16:40:17


Post by: Insectum7


Imo the orange was crucial to the scheme, otherwise it was too bland. I wanted a scheme that was sort of natural and dark-ish, so that it looked semi-realistic and threatening, but it needed a little pick-me-up at the end. I took inspiration from poisonous frogs and deep sea fish.

Yeah the old Warriors are taller than the new ones, although the new ones are bulkier. I got a shot of these guys vs. some of the new Primaris. Nice to know primaris marines aren't the biggest troops in the game



Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/22 06:23:47


Post by: Cosmic


Really fun shot! I love the retro sci-fi look of these Warriors. It’s amazing just how much detail they have, especially considering that they were hand-sculpted all those years ago. Once again, really superb paint jobs. It will be fun to see what other battles they get into, and what other additions you might make! Perhaps you can find an old-skool metal Tyrant/Flyrant, or some Gargoyles?


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/22 23:41:55


Post by: theCrowe


Amazing work. You really have put the hard graft in and its paid off mightily! Nothing but love for this project and huge respect for a job seriously well done.


Tyranids! Weird Warriors from Outer Spaaace! @ 2018/03/30 12:37:04


Post by: Ketara


Absolutely gorgeous. Never seen the classics rehabilitated so well.