Hive Fleet Kronos

Hive Fleet Kronos

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    07 Feb 2023
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    13 Feb 2023
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Dark Brown Skin

  1. Basecoat with Abaddon Black .
  2. Heavily drybrush with a mix of Abaddon Black and Dryad Bark .
  3. Drybrush with Dryad Bark . Make this a little less heavy and keep the brushstrokes mostly downward in direction. This is meant to act similarly to a zenithal highlight.
  4. Paint he fleshy parts with Bugman's Glow .
  5. Go over the fleshy parts with some Carroburg Crimson to bring back colour. I used a drop of Lahmian Medium to thin it.
  6. Edge highlight the skin with Gorthor Brown .
  7. Mix your Gorthor Brown 1:1 with Kislev Flesh and selectively highlight the skin.
  8. Add very small/specular highlights to the skin with Flayed One Flesh .

Red Carapace

  1. Basecoat with Word Bearers Red . I made the trasition from blak easier, by putting down a quick layer of Khorne Red first.
  2. Wash the carapace with 1 part Cygor Brown and 5 parts Contrast Medium .
  3. Add chunky edge highlights of Tuskgor Fur to all of the plating. Also add striations on the edges of large plates with the same chunky lines.
  4. With a 1:1 mix of Tuskgor Fur and Ushabti Bone , edge highlight it all again with fine lines. Place these fine lines withing the striations from the last stage too.
  5. Mix in a little Wraithbone and add selective to the carapace, including the striations. You could even pop a few specular highlights of pure Wraithbone in areas that need some extra punch too.
  6. When I was done, the carapace looked a little flat and desaturated for my tastes. So I took a drop of Contrast Medium and mixed in a touch of Blood Angels Red , applying it as a glaze to add some much needed colour.

Dark Blue Bone Claws/Weapons

  1. Basecoat with a 1:1 mix of Abaddon Black and Stegadon Scale Green .
  2. Glaze Stegadon Scale Green over the majority of the area, leaving the darker paint only in recesses.
  3. With Thunderhawk Blue , add chunky highlights to all edges.
  4. Now apply a fine highlight of Fenrisian Grey to all edges.
  5. Selectively hihglight edges with Blue Horror .
  6. Finish off with small amounts of white scar, on points only.

Yellow Eyes

  1. Basecoat the eye with Averland Sunset .
  2. Highlight a smaller area towards the front with Dorn Yellow .
  3. Finally pick out a specular highlight with White Scar .


  1. Pick out each tooth with a couple of layers of Ushabti Bone .
  2. Add a smaller layer of Wraithbone to make each tooth look more cylindrical.
  3. Finally, add specular highlights of White Scar to the points.

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Citadel Painting System 23
Base 7
  • Abaddon Black
  • Averland Sunset
  • Bugman's Glow
  • Dryad Bark
  • Khorne Red
  • Stegadon Scale Green
  • Wraithbone
Shade 1
  • Carroburg Crimson
Layer 11
  • Blue Horror
  • Dorn Yellow
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Flayed One Flesh
  • Gorthor Brown
  • Kislev Flesh
  • Thunderhawk Blue
  • Tuskgor Fur
  • Ushabti Bone
  • White Scar
  • Word Bearers Red
Technical 2
  • Contrast Medium
  • Lahmian Medium
Contrast 2
  • Blood Angels Red
  • Cygor Brown
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