Hive Fleet Behemoth: Barbgaunts

Hive Fleet Behemoth: Barbgaunts

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    19 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.

Pink Brain

  1. Basecoat with an equal parts mix of Wild Rider Red , Pallid Wych Flesh and Squig Orange .
  2. Wash with Volupus Pink , thinned 1:4 with Contrast Medium .
  3. Increase the amount of Pallid Wych Flesh in the base mix, highlighting smaller and smaller.
  4. Finish with very small dots of pure Pallid Wych Flesh in a few places.

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 highlights of Ulthuan Grey on points and particularly strong striations.

Weapon Flesh

  1. Basecoat with 4:1 Ungor Flesh & Wild Rider Red .
  2. Apply chunky highlights to 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 the entire area with Reikland Fleshshade .
  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 .

Green Energy Spheres

  1. Basecoat with Caliban Green .
  2. Paint the lower left or right portion with a layer of Warpstone Glow , leaving enough room for reducing its size 2 or 3 more times.
  3. Paint a smaller area with Moot Green .
  4. Add some Ice Yellow to your Moot Green and paint an even smaller patch, working further into your chosen side.
  5. If you have enough room, paint an even smaller patch with pure Ice Yellow .
  6. Finally, add a dot of white on the opposite side from where we have been highlighting, mirroring your brightest green/yellow highlight.

Black Claws/Weapon Chitin

  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.


  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. Glaze towards the tip with a few passes of Pink Horror .
  3. Mix Pink Horror 1:1 with Kislev Flesh and apply smaller highlights.
  4. Now do the same with smaller highlights of pure Kislev Flesh .
  5. Finish with a dot of Wraithbone on the tip, to add shine.

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Citadel Painting System 31
Base 8
  • Abaddon Black
  • Bugman's Glow
  • Caliban Green
  • Corvus Black
  • Incubi Darkness
  • Screamer Pink
  • Stegadon Scale Green
  • Wraithbone
Shade 1
  • Reikland Fleshshade
Layer 18
  • Administratum Grey
  • Blue Horror
  • Cadian Fleshtone
  • Fenrisian Grey
  • Kislev Flesh
  • Moot Green
  • Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Pink Horror
  • Squig Orange
  • Thunderhawk Blue
  • Tuskgor Fur
  • Ulthuan Grey
  • Ungor Flesh
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Warpstone Glow
  • White Scar
  • Wild Rider Red
  • Word Bearers Red
Technical 1
  • Contrast Medium
Contrast 3
  • Darkoath Flesh
  • Garaghak's Sewer
  • Volupus Pink
Vallejo Model Color
Base 2
  • 70.858 Ice Yellow
  • 70.951 White
Vallejo Surface Primer
Base 1
  • 70.605 German Red Brown
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