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Thornback Brood

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The Thornback Brood is a formidable group of Tyranid warriors, their chitin armor painted in a deep purple hue, ready to unleash devastation on their enemies. With their pale white skin, they strike fear into the hearts of those who dare to challenge their deadly might.
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Carnifexes are awe-inspiring living engines of destruction, adorned with unyielding armored chitin and formidable alien muscles. Among these fierce creatures, the legendary ‘Thornback’ stands out, a terrifying creation by the Hive Mind that excels both in ranged combat and brutal melee engagements. The Thornback possesses the ability to launch deadly spines from its dorsal thorax, proving lethal even at a distance, while also wielding an assortment of potent ranged bio-weapons.

In this remarkable set, you will find 2 Carnifexes, assembled as the formidable Thornback Brood. Each Carnifex boasts two pairs of scything talons and a pair of crushing claws, alongside a deadly arsenal of a deathspitter, devourer, stranglethorn cannon, and heavy venom cannon. The kit offers 5 alternate heads, allowing for personalization, and the tail can be equipped with either a thresher scythe or bone mace to suit your preference. Prepare for an unstoppable force to dominate the battlefield!

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How to paint the Thornback Brood set

  1. Step 1: Basecoat the Chitin Armor
    Begin by basecoating the chitin armor of the Thornback Brood with a rich purple color, like Genestealer Purple. Use a medium-sized brush for smooth coverage, ensuring the paint reaches all the intricate details of the carapace.
  2. Step 2: Shade the Chitin Armor
    Apply a shade, such as Druchii Violet, over the purple chitin armor to add depth and definition. Use a fine detail brush to carefully apply the shade into the recesses and crevices of the armor, enhancing the shadows.
  3. Step 3: Highlight the Chitin Armor
    Once the shade has dried, highlight the raised areas of the chitin armor with a lighter purple shade, like Naggaroth Night. Use a fine detail brush to pick out the edges and contours of the carapace, creating a subtle gradient effect.
  4. Step 4: Basecoat the Skin
    For the Thornback Brood’s skin, choose a pale white color, such as Ulthuan Grey. Apply the basecoat evenly to the exposed skin areas, using thin layers and multiple coats if necessary for smooth coverage.
  5. Step 5: Shade the Skin
    Apply a shade specifically designed for pale skin tones, like Reikland Fleshshade, to add depth and realism to the skin. Apply the shade selectively to the skin areas, allowing it to flow naturally and accentuate the shadows.
  6. Step 6: Highlight the Skin
    Once the shade has dried, highlight the prominent features of the skin with a lighter white color, such as White Scar. Use a fine detail brush to carefully pick out the edges and details of the skin, adding subtle highlights for a lifelike appearance.
  7. Step 7: Fine Details
    Add additional colors or details to other elements of the Thornback Brood, such as the eyes, claws, or any other accessories, using appropriate paints to enhance the overall appearance. For example, paint the eyes with a bright red shade like Evil Sunz Scarlet to make them stand out.
  8. Step 8: Varnish
    Apply a matte varnish to the entire model to protect the paintwork and provide a uniform finish. This step will ensure your beautifully painted Thornback Brood stays protected during battles and showcases your skillful work.

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