With the painting requirements of my Tyranid army drawing to a close, it’s come to the point where I need to paint my second Hierophant.
Being the second of these beasts for me to paint, I took into consideration some things that went well on the previous one, and some that … well… didn’t.
The first change was that I didn’t take as much time to build up shades of colors across the skin and armor. Originally, I had worked up through 3-5 color variations from Ultramarine Blue through Ice Blue on the skin tones, and striated the bone with stripes of dilluted white (Work in Progress pictures here). The thing is, now that he’s been dipped, I can’t really see any of those marks on the finished product.
So, I’vde decided to skip the shading process, and rely on the might of the stain to pick up my slack in that area. I guess I could’ve taken the effort to make the highlights even more extreme–so that they’d show through the stain, but I’m not sure just how extreme that would need to be. Regardless, I’ve chosen to go with the route less painted.
It took me a little more than a day to paint, including primering, drying time, and a considerable amount of idle TV time (yay for football Sundays). I’m sure a better painter could’ve done the whole thing faster (and to a higher standard, no doubt), but I’m content with the end result.
I went entirely with the same color scheme as I did on the first one, but opted to include “squad coloring” that I’ve been doing on my models. While I could’ve gone with the basic striping used on my gaunts, I felt the larger model needed something a little special, so I went with the same polka-dot pattern that I used on my third Trygon.
Except I never posted a picture of that model, did I?
Well, trust me, he’s bespeckled with little blue dots as well. So, why did I bother to leave squad markings on gargantuan creatures that obviously will never be in squads?
The answer is that I just wanted a way to distinguish them on the table. Granted, I don’t ever think there’ll be enough Hierophants in a game that I’ll get woefully confused as to which is which. Likely, I could’ve just annotated their wounds on a sheet of paper labeling one as “left” and one as “right,” but this gives them a little character, and sets them apart. Besides, I think the squad markings really pop when stained.
If you’re wondering why I put squad markings on one of my Trygons, but not the other, it’s because they’re different. Of the three I own, two are the newer plastic models, and one is a classic resin style. The resin one is slightly shorter, and his arms were miscast, so I used smaller variety scything talons (a la the Mawloc). Since I’ve magnetized all of their arms, and didn’t want to get them mixed up with the larger variety, I decided to use “squad markings” to differentiate.
By the way, did anyone else like the phrase “A la the Mawloc” used above? I know I sure did!
Well, that about does it for models to be painted… now it’s on to the dipping station!