Skip to main content

Starting a Tyranid army: Colorscheme

I've been a miniature hobbyist for over 10 years and have played a lot of different games (Warhammer Fantasy, Infinity, Frostgrave, Malifaux, Kings of War, etc.) but still hunger for more. In my gaming group, my friends convinced me to take a look at the Warhammer 40k lore. After reading a dozen books (Horus Heresy!) and pretty much got sucked into the crazy 40k lore, I decided to get into Warhammer 40.000. 

As for my first 40k army choice, I was torn between the Childs of Slaanesh and Tyranids. Really love both design and lore of these 2 armies. Finally, I went with Tyranids because they are easy to paint and I wanted to get more into the lore before heavily converting some Slaanesh forces. Also, there are some stunning non-GW Tyranid designs out there (check out this Instagram account: and I was very curious how these models would turn out. To say it upfront: These 3D printed resin miniatures have some amazing details and very high quality of the print.

Regarding the color scheme, I tested 2 very different ones: A very dark Xenomorph one and a more vibrant and organic color scheme:

Instead of the black background I found a brown background better and went with it:

I really liked both paint jobs and the decision of how I should take on a whole army of these bugs was not an easy one. As an individual choice, I think I would prefer the Xenomorph one but as an army decision, I think 100+ purely black painted models are boring to paint and will look at an arm's length like a huge black blob. Therefore I went with the organic colorful one color scheme.

I couldn't wait and soon started painting one of the HQ choices of my Tyranid army: Old One Eye

Such an amazing beast! Next will be the backbone of the army: a lot of Hormogaunts.


  1. Amazing color scheme! Are you disposed to share your colour recipe?

  2. wow what kind of Gaunts are those ?

  3. Where can these models be bought/downloaded?

  4. Seriously where can i get these stls

  5. Seriously where’s the stls for these

    1. Bro, you need to buy it. Ofc not stls but set of WH40k if you want them so much.

  6. I love Dave Martins sculpts. I lament he quit when he did. I'd really love to see his take on the parasite of mortrex. Did you re-size any of the minis before printing. I printed the OOE and he feels a bit big by comparison to regular carnifexes and the screamer killer.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Top 10 miniature painting artists!

In this article, I would like to share with you, my 10 favorite miniature painters. Since ages, I am following the work of various amazing artists all over the world and draw so much inspiration from them! It is a beauty how the painting community grows together through the internet and everybody has the chance to look over the shoulders of those incredibly talented individuals.

The Sylvaneth of the Cherry Blossom Grove

  The Sylvaneth of the Cherry Blossom Grove is marching to war. I recently finished 3 trees (Treeman Ancient, ordinary Treeman, and the Spirit of Durthu) for the army and now the force is nearly finished. The foundation of the Cherry Blossom Grove lies in the Old Days of Warhammer where the majority of the army consisted of Wood Elves ( Link to an old blog article from 2014 ). Since then a lot of new miniatures have been painted and added to the army and I still plan to extend the Cherry Blossom Grove further in the next couple of months and years. Painting Alarielle of course and some more Kurnoth Hunters and even thinking about a Living City detachment of the Cities of Sigmar battletome. The Sylvaneth treemen of the Cherry Blossom Grove: I converted them a little bit by extending their legs for 1-2 inches to make them taller and put some branches of the old Citadel Forest on their shoulders and backs to make them bigger. Close-Up of the Spirit of Durthu: Close-Up of the Treeman Ancie