How to Paint a Hive Fleet in Leviathan

Written by michael e carpenter
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The Hive Fleet in Leviathan are characters from the tabletop game "Warhammer 40,000." This hive fleet is also called Tyranids; it differs from other hive fleets in the game because it attacks from a different area on the game board. Painting these figures is a delicate process. Take your time when painting and follow the proper steps, and your army of warriors will take on the galaxy looking ready and scary.

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Things you need

  • Airbrush
  • Small paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Prime the entire piece using an airbrush. Use skull white colour to cover the piece. Large portions of the Tyranid are lighter in colour; the white will establish a good base for the rest of the piece. Allow it to dry.

  2. 2

    Using the airbrush cover the entire figure in bleached bone to add a little more colour. Allow the piece to dry.

  3. 3

    Paint the claws, tongue, mouth and carapace chaos black using a small paintbrush. The carapace includes all the armour on the head and down the back of the figure. Use scab red to paint the weapon of the Tyranid.

  4. 4

    Use a dry paintbrush and use warlock purple to apply paint to the carapace. You will want the bristles to feather out, creating small lines of paint at the top of each armour piece along the figure. Apply scab red to the claws using this same feathering technique. Use some water with warlock purple to make a wash. Apply this colour to create flesh sections. Apply a darker red to the weapon to highlight it further. Create a black wash to apply to crevices of the weapon.

  5. 5

    Highlight the figure using bone white and bleached bone colours on the flesh. Use blood red on the claws. Paint the eye chaos black. Use wash of warlock purple on the tongue. The teeth should be Khemeri brown. Highlight the weapon using blazing orange. Feather on additional warlock purple mixed with fortress grey.

  6. 6

    Finish highlighting by adding fortress grey feathered onto the skull and carapace of the model. Add a small amount of this feathering technique to the top of the weapon. Gloss the eye so that it shines. Mix bleached bone and warlock purple, and paint the tongue this colour. Paint the teeth with bleached bone.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow the paint to dry after each step before moving to the next step.

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