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Hobby How To: Paint Hive Fleet Kraken Tyranids

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Many of you will know me from my Tyranid army, whether you’ve seen the hordes of models at tournaments, seen me throwing my dead Termagants into a bucket or plastered photos all over my social media. It’s clear I’ve enjoyed painting them, and with these easy steps, you too could paint some Hive Fleet Kraken Tyranids as I do! I’m not saying it’s the right way, but it’s the way I do.


Step 1

Spray your beautiful nids in Corax White Spray!

Step 2

Shade all over with Seraphim Sepia. I do this over the whole model to add extra depth to the areas that will be red.

Step 3

Basecoat all the chitin Mephiston Red.

Step 4

Shade all red with Reikland Fleshshade.

Step 5

Highlight all red with Evil Sunz Scarlett. You can take this one step further and do a spot highlight with Wild Rider Red, which I did on my Swarmlord.

Step 6

Recess shade all the joints and vents on the skin with Agrax Earthshade. Add a shade in the mouth too making sure to shade the teeth and gums too.

Step 7

Shade all guns and tongues with Carroburg Crimson.

Step 8

Paint all teeth with Pallid Wych Flesh and the eyes with Flash Gitz Yellow.

Step 9

Base it, you’re done!


There we have it, 9 steps and you’re finished! Check back each week to discover a new guide! Happy hobbying!

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