Hive Fleet Kraken Termagant

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Hive Fleet Kraken Termagant

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    20 Dec 2023
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    20 Dec 2023
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How I painted the Kraken colour scheme, part of a larger video on painting a variety of Tyranid Hive Fleets.


  1. Start with Wraithbone .
  2. Wash the whole skin with Seraphim Sepia .
  3. Pass over all of the skin with thinned Wraithbone , relayering the skin but leaving some of that wash in the recesses
  4. Highlight up with Pallid Wych Flesh

Note: For characters, you might want to add a dot highlight of White for extra punch

  1. As a last step, modern versions of Kraken have spots at the top of their limbs and the back of the head, so I painted those on with Seraphim Sepia . No rhyme or reason to where I put them or how big to make them, just dob 'em on.

Carapace, Claws and Hooves

  1. Block in all of the carapace, claws and hooves with black, I used Matt Black
  2. Glaze toward the back of each plate with Khorne Red . If you're not confident with glazing, you can either drybrush or relayer entirely with Khorne Red if you'd prefer, the idea is to get a hint of colour under the patterns
  3. Carefully draw on striation lines with Evil Sunz Scarlet . I pick a spot and draw the lines toward myself when doing this, evenly spacing where I can but not worrying if they're not - It's meant to be biological, and biology is rarely perfect!
  4. Add a second line highlight with Wild Rider Red on the striations

Note: For characters and monsters, a point highlight of Fire Dragon Bright right at the edge of the plate where the striations meet will add a bit more punch

Inner Flesh

  1. Carefully pass over all the splits in the skin and joints with Thousand Sons Blue . If you overspill, cut back over with your previous colours as necessary. Might get quite messy, but stick with it!
  2. Wash all those areas with Drakenhof Nightshade .
  3. Relayer any ridges in those splits with Thousand Sons Blue and a thin brush.
  4. Add a dot highlights of Ahriman Blue for some sheen.


  1. Relayer the whole weapon with Corvus Black , being careful about overspill (Painting with the gun off the mini is -very- advised)
  2. No need to wash back here, just an edge highlight and choice relayer with Skavenblight Dinge .
  3. Edge highlight with Stormvermin Fur .

Eyes and Teeth

Note: As this goes along side a video tutorial on a wider range of Hive Fleets, I'm using pictures of 'Gants that aren't Behemoth. Colours are all the same though!

  1. Layer over the whole eye with Averland Sunset
  2. Relayer again with Yriel Yellow . It's quite easy to run out of control on these small areas, so take your time. I found that adding a wash into the socket and trying again with Yriel Yellow works well if it goes nuts and I don't catch it in time.
  3. Then coat all the teeth with Rakarth Flesh
  4. Wash back with Agrax Earthshade
  5. A quick highlight/relayer with Pallid Wych Flesh , leaving some of that washed Rakarth Flesh near the gum line



I'm a casual mini painter who's fallen into the tutorial space. Documenting my progress and recipes as I go!

Citadel Painting System 18
Base 6
  • Averland Sunset
  • Corvus Black
  • Khorne Red
  • Rakarth Flesh
  • Thousand Sons Blue
  • Wraithbone
Shade 3
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Drakenhof Nightshade
  • Seraphim Sepia
Layer 8
  • Ahriman Blue
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Fire Dragon Bright
  • Pallid Wych Flesh
  • Skavenblight Dinge
  • Stormvermin Fur
  • Wild Rider Red
  • Yriel Yellow
Spray 1
  • Wraithbone
FW Acrylic Ink 1
  • White
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Acrylic 1
  • Matt Black
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