I love painting monstrous creatures almost as much as I love painting tanks, there is just so much character, and presence in the larger models. This Tyranid Carnifex is from the Shield of Baal box – the first of the big bugs and my second Carnifex.
I painted him to be part of my brother-in-law’s Hive Fleet Behemoth so used deep reds for the skin and black-to-blue for the carapace.
Since I armed the other Tyranid Carnifex with a venom cannon and scything talons, I gave this guy the barbed strangler and tank crushing claws – in part because they look bad ass.
I decided to take the base up a notch using some of the techniques I practiced on my Ork Warboss. Using cork, I added some height. But also left bare patches in the sand to allow for water puddles.
This was also the first model I’ve bought with the new oval bases and I love it.
It gives a larger canvas for this guy to walk on without sticking out to the sides too much. If you are interested, I wrote up a tutorial on how I painted the base including how I made the water-like effects.
As I painted this guy, I took a ton of pictures along the way. I used them to create a step-by-step tutorial. You can see how I painted the Carnifex here. I use the same technique for the whole Hive Fleet Behemoth.
To get a sense of how the background affects the overall look here is the Carnifex in my regular white lightbox. Some colors like the red stand out a bit more. But the tips of the blue and blacks disappear into the background.