So as I contemplate where I want to go with 'Nids, the initial army list and models to score, the one thing that excites and terrifies me at the same time is the color scheme. I didn't want to stray to far from the "bug" aspect of the Tyranids, but I also didn't want to paint them black and gloss coat them either. Something a little more in between might just do the trick.
The pictures above are of a Japanese, or Asian, Hornet. These suckers are mean, fast, and will take down loads of little guys to get the prize. They have a pheromone trail of their own, and can spit a flesh melting venom, usually into the eyes. They can fly up to 50 miles in a day, and sting something to death after the rest of the gang homes in on the pheromones. All that and they get to a length of 3 inches. They are brutal hunters and seem to fit exactly what I'm thinking of when I think of Tyranids.
For me, it's the natural aspect of this type of color scheme I find appealing. It is mostly black, or a deep brown, not too glossy anywhere, and the only thing I'm not too sure on right now is the striping for the tails. That could be hit or miss until I get some paint on figs other than Genestealers. Looks like it's time to take stock for a posting at the Barter Bucket, and maybe finally order that battleforce.