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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2020 6:19 a.m. PST

I have some choices here. I have both the inside of the hive and the outside. I want to define the tunnels visually, make them a different color from the material of the hive structure, and maybe make the outside a third color. Thoughts?

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2020 8:16 a.m. PST

I would go with a more vibrant and also slightly glossy shade for the "living" interior surface, a darker and duller shade for the structure, and a sun-bleached version of the structure color for the outside.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2020 8:28 a.m. PST

I'm not sure where the pictures went!

HMS Exeter06 May 2020 8:43 a.m. PST

Those would be helpful.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 May 2020 9:15 a.m. PST

I'm not sure where the pictures went!

Email me, I'd love to know what you actually posted as photo links. Seems our system didn't like 'em! grin

HMS Exeter06 May 2020 9:31 a.m. PST

The bug ate them. Now we know how it survives.

JMcCarroll06 May 2020 10:06 a.m. PST

Waiting not so patiently.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2020 10:23 a.m. PST

Let's try again.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP06 May 2020 10:55 a.m. PST

It looks like there are actually four things to paint here – interior, structure, and exterior of hive/tunnels, plus the earth (unless this is all hive).

I'm imagining the hive structure to be deposited material, in the manner of termite & wasp hives, so a dullish dark tan with lighter (weathered) exterior. I'm further imagining a living inner layer that is self-repairing and climate-regulating (like the zerg creep in Starcraft), so a pinkish shade of the tan with hints of a semi-gloss in sections (where it is air-conditioning or healing defects). Don't know if this helps, but it's what I'm imagining for our new insect overlords.

DyeHard06 May 2020 12:25 p.m. PST

I am not quite sure what type of hive you are shooting for.

If it is a dug out tunnel as in Starship Troopers:


I would go for common dirt colors:


Like Raw Sienna for dug out parts and Burnt and Raw Umber for the un-dug background.

Like this:


If it is a living membrane like the Alien movies:


The soil still the umbers, but the tunnel a dark steel blue with very heavy black wash.

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2020 2:16 p.m. PST

The "hive" goes all the way down, so no native soil. I'll match the outside of the hive to the craters I've got and I'll make the interior tunnels a shade or two lighter and shiny and the undug parts a deeper and redder color;

Does that sound good?

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2020 2:20 p.m. PST

I think I'll sand paint the exterior to give it more texture. The texture will also help differentiate it from the inside as well

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP09 May 2020 2:06 p.m. PST

I spent today working on the terrain. I have been sealing the surface with 3:1 water:Elmer's glue. Next I'll do a coat of white primer. Should I use Kilz latex or something else? Should I use latex for the rest of the painting?

I have used spray paint in the past but that tends to tech the foam because of the solvents.


tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP14 May 2020 4:25 p.m. PST

I've continued to work on my hive terrain. I was disappointed with the terrain on three points. I didn't like the colors, I didn't like the shape with too much of the foam bubble effect and too many long straight lines and finally, the lack of continuity between different types of foam bothered me.

I went after the basic shapes with a hot wire knife and a long straight-bladed dive knife. I think I got more interesting and more realistic shapes.

Finally, I am giving everything a good heavy coat of thick white primer. This is enough to unify all the foam types and to fill in a lot of the bubbles cut foam exposes.

Using the color pallet that Dyehard provided I think I'll paint the outside yellow ochre or raw sienna, the inside burnt sienna and the tunnels burnt umber (the not so dark version)-What do folks think?


tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP23 May 2020 2:59 p.m. PST

It dawned on me that I am using a patterned fabric to hide the space under the table. Maybe I should match the outside of the hive to the fabric?

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