Three Color Minimum Rule
So, this summer i started playing 40k with 'nids, and have been having a great time. I just found out that my local store at school is starting 40k as well, and that they're going to be having a RTT in February. When i heard this i was really excited, but doing some research I've become concerned.
I've read that all models in a RTT need to be painted, and that most tournaments require a "Three Color Minimum." Now, all my models are painted, but I'm not sure if they would technically meet this. See, when i started i was a pretty awful painter, and wanted a simple paint scheme that could still look good. After a bit of research, i decided on a sort of inverted hive fleet leviathan look with a black prime, skull white and lich purple detail, and finally a coat of wood varnish. I used a pretty dark varnish, with the end result being that the purple portions were substantially darkened, and that there were a lot of brown splotches over the white parts. I know it sounds awful looking, and i don't have any pictures on me to prove otherwise, but while i know my model's won't win any painting contests, most people I've talked to seem to think they look pretty good for a first army (I am planning on doing something more detailed if i ever get around to making a second one).
What I'm wondering is, would the brown splotches technically count as a third color? Since this isn't an official part of the rules, just a guideline most tourny's seem to follow, i can't find a solid definition of what a color is. The vast majority of my models are varnished and i can't exactly repaint over it. I know that it will be up to the judge to determine, but do you think I will have a leg to stand on if i argue this? In spite of the relatively simple paint job, i did spend a lot of time on my army, and i really like playing it, so i would really hate to have to put them on the shelf and do a whole new army if i want to play in tournaments.