Hive Fleet Behemoth: Psychophage

Hive Fleet Behemoth: Psychophage

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    09 Sep 2023
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    24 Sep 2023
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Red Skin

  1. Prime the whole model with German Red Brown .
  2. Basecoat the skin with Word Bearers Red . The colours are pretty close, so you can probably get away with one quick coat.
  3. Wash the skin with 1 part Darkoath Flesh , 1 part Garaghak's Sewer and 10 parts Contrast Medium .
  4. Drybrush with Tuskgor Fur .
  5. Drybrush lightly with Squig Orange and add highlight manually with a brush, where you cannot drybrush.
  6. Selectively highlight with Kislev Flesh .
  7. Add very small highlights of 1:1 Kislev Flesh and Pallid Wych Flesh and specular highlights of pure Pallid Wych Flesh in selective spots.

Pink Flesh

  1. Basecoat with Bugman's Glow .
  2. Wash with Reikland Fleshshade .
  3. Highlight with a 1:1 mix of Bugman's Glow and Cadian Fleshtone .
  4. Apply smaller highlights of Cadian Fleshtone .
  5. Selectively highlight with Kislev Flesh .
  6. Finish with dots of Kislev Flesh mixed with Pallid Wych Flesh , where needed.

Fleshy Belly/Tentacles

  1. Basecoat with 4:1 Ungor Flesh & Wild Rider Red .
  2. Drybrush raised details with pure Ungor Flesh .
  3. Add a touch of White to the Ungor Flesh , then drybrush lightly, builging up the volumes.
  4. Wash all of the area with 2 parts Reikland Fleshshade and 3 parts Lahmian Medium . The idea here was to unify my drybrushing a little and get some easy shading in there too. You could always make the mix heavier on the Reikland Fleshshade , if you wanted a richer colour.
  5. Mix some Ungor Flesh 1:1 with White again, and selectively highlight the membrane, within the previous step.
  6. Finish with very small highlights of White .

Dark Blue Carapace

  1. Basecoat with Stegadon Scale Green .
  2. Recess shade with a mix of Stegadon Scale Green and Abaddon Black .
  3. Add chunky edge highlights of Thunderhawk Blue to all of the plating. Also add striations on the edges of large plates with the same chunky lines.
  4. With Fenrisian Grey , edge highlight it all again with fine lines. Place these fine lines within the striations from the last stage too.
  5. Apply selective edge highlights with Blue Horror . Make these highlights very selective or even specular highlights. These should be placed on the edges of the striations too.
  6. Finish with a few specular hihglights of Ulthuan Grey on points and particuarly strong striations.

Black Bone Claws/Weapons

  1. Basecoat with Abaddon Black .
  2. Glaze highlight raised areas with Corvus Black & Stegadon Scale Green mixed 1:1.
  3. Add chunky highlights with Stegadon Scale Green .
  4. Apply fine highlights with a 1:1 mix of Incubi Darkness and Administratum Grey .
  5. Selectively highlight with Administratum Grey .
  6. Finish with very small highlights of 1:1 Administratum Grey and White . Specular highlights of pure white are probably a good idea on points too.

Yellow Eyes

  1. Basecoat the eye with Yriel Yellow .
  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.


  1. Basecoat with Screamer Pink .
  2. Optionally, you can glaze towards the base of the tongue with Druchii Violet if you wanted. I did.
  3. Glaze towards the tip with a few passes of Pink Horror .
  4. Mix Pink Horror 1:1 with Kislev Flesh and apply smaller highlights.
  5. Now do the same with smaller highlights of pure Kislev Flesh .
  6. Finish with a dot of Wraithbone on the tip, to add shine.

Green Smoke

  1. Basecoat with Caliban Green and Ushabti Bone , mixed 1:1.
  2. Wash the smoke with Biel-Tan Green . Try and pull the pigment towards recesses and areas where the smoke is thickest.
  3. Mix a pure white, like White Scar , into the base mix gradually amd build up highlights. Apply them towards the tip of the smoke, furthest from the source.

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Citadel Painting System 33
Base 8
  • Abaddon Black
  • Bugman's Glow
  • Caliban Green
  • Corvus Black
  • Incubi Darkness
  • Screamer Pink
  • Stegadon Scale Green
  • Wraithbone
Shade 3
  • Biel-Tan Green
  • Druchii Violet
  • Reikland Fleshshade
Layer 18
  • Administratum Grey
  • Blue Horror
  • Cadian Fleshtone
  • Dorn Yellow
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Kislev Flesh
  • Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Pink Horror
  • Squig Orange
  • Thunderhawk Blue
  • Tuskgor Fur
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Ungor Flesh
  • Ushabti Bone
  • White Scar
  • Wild Rider Red
  • Word Bearers Red
  • Yriel Yellow
Technical 2
  • Contrast Medium
  • Lahmian Medium
Contrast 2
  • Darkoath Flesh
  • Garaghak's Sewer
Vallejo Model Color
Base 1
  • 70.951 White
Vallejo Surface Primer
Base 1
  • 70.605 German Red Brown
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