|Less sinister than this update, but just as deadly... perhaps.|
First of all I would like to introduce Hive Fleet Balor, named for Balor of the Evil Eye from Irish mythology. Balor was the king of a race of giants called Fomorians and he had an eye in the middle of his forehead that could wipe out entire armies just by looking at them. Full details can be found in the wiki link above or here on Answers.com. I toyed around with several different names before finally choosing one that ties in with my Irish heritage. The preferred tactics of Hive Fleet Balor are to overwhelm their
|Totally bad ass artist's rendition of Balor of the Evil Eye|
My new plan goes something like this:
- Metallic blue carapace with purple or black pearlescence
- Bone colored skin (not the dirty, sepia washed color that I used before but a cleaner, almost white color). The recesses in the skin will be shadowed with either brown or purple. I'm leaning toward purple on that one.
- Purple fleshy bits
- Glossy black for scything talons, claws, and other such "hard" parts. I might try purple or blue edge highlights as well, leaning more towards blue I think.
- Misc details like eyes and such I haven't made a decision on yet. I can do a cyan/ice blue to keep all the colors near one end of the spectrum or go for some contrast with a yellow and/or light green. I'm leaning towards the cyan/ice blue but I will try them both out to see what works best. If you're not sure what I'm talking about with the color combinations and such see Sandwyrm's Color Theory Archive, especially part 3. It's really an excellent resource.
Here are some examples that I will be using as references.
Carapace with multi-color pearlescence:
|Notice the blue sheen on top of the green carapace. That's the effect I'm going for.|
Bone colored skin:
|This is a good example with the purple recessed areas. Replace the black and purple carapace with metallic blue and change the red to purple and/or blue and it's not far from what I am looking for.|
|Slightly darker bone with brown recessed areas.|
Purple fleshy bits:
(see also: Hive Tyrant pictured above)
|The purple details on the guns are not a bad example of what I will be aiming for.|
|Lots of purple fleshy stuff on this Biovore.|
Glossy black weapons:
The closest example I could find is the Hive Tyrant pictured above (again) but instead of highlighting with red, I will most likely be using blue.
For Ice Blue/Cyan, see the above Tyrant (yes, again.) The veins on his head are a good example.
For yellow, see the eyes in the above Hive Guard and Biovore and their weapons.
I don't have any examples for green.
Well, that about sums up my revised plans for a tyranid paint scheme. One concerns I have is that there might be too much purple. If that is the case, I can always use more blue or add in the yellow/green on certain details. My goal is to have a couple test figures done by the end of the week if not sooner. Any feedback or suggestions are greatly appreciated. This is Chaosheade signing off for now. Catch you on the flip side.