Friday, February 12, 2010

Tyranid Termagants with Fleshborers

Continuing my gradual return to painting my Tyranid army, I recently finished up a few of the Termagants that came with the Battle for Macragge boxed set for 4th Edition Warhammer 40K. If anyone else is just now getting around to assembling these guys, I have a warning. It looks like all of them are identical, so it doesn't matter which set of arms you put on which body. But it actually does matter. It matters a lot. They are numbered on the sprue so that you know which set of arms goes with which body, but I thought they were all interchangeable so I cut off all the parts and then cleaned and assembled them, so I didn't have the number to look at. And that was a mistake, because it's hard to tell by looking at them which go together, but there are slight differences.

At first I just thought they were poorly designed and didn't fit together very well. Then I got to one that didn't fit together at all without some major cutting, and it left a huge gap between the pieces. Then I realized that I was trying to fit two parts together that didn't match, but I had already glued the others together and couldn't get them back apart. So I was stuck with the bad fits. So if you're going to assemble these, do it one at a time and pay attention to the numbers next to the pieces on the sprue.

So with that warning out of the way, below are the 5 Termagants I painted up to try and work out my color scheme for the other Tyranids I will be painting in the near future. As I talked about previously, part of my concept is that younger organisms are lighter in color, and older ones are darker. I imagine the weapon symbiotes don't survive as long and need to be replaced more often, so I made the Fleshborers a lighter color (pink) than the Termangants carrying them (red). Previously, I had made the weapon symbiotes more of a light orange color. I'm not sure which I like better. I'm hoping to refine my color scheme and methods before I start painting the bulk of my remaining Tyranid stuff, so let me know what you think.
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