The Swarmlord

I’ve been working on several projects at the same time, but I finished a new addition to the Tyranid army. The test models were posted a few weeks ago.

The Swarmlord is a character for the Tyranids, an unexpectedly unique model in an army of mass-produced bio-clones. As such I painted him to really emphasize him in the crowd of the rest of the army.

His (her?) color scheme follows the design of the army that the client wanted. The dark brown body contrasted with the harshly-highlighted carapace, with bone and orange as the detail colors. I added an orange glow to his boneswords to make them really shine on the battlefield. The same color appears in the venom glands and his eyes.

Like the Tyranid Warriors before, his carapace has spotting based off tropical beetles. The spots were created in the same fashion as for the Warriors (Balor Brown and Doombull Brown), with an additional highlight of Flash Gitz Yellow.

The Swarmlord does point out a problem with the Tyranids, and any army made up of animals and inhuman monsters. Characters have little to differentiate themselves from the rest of the army, other than say height. The Swarmlord lacks special gear, decoration, and special uniforms, unlike a Space Marine Captain. A unique color scheme might help, but then the character stands out too much and doesn’t look like it belongs.

Next up- Ol’ One Eye himself.

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