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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-09, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Do you focus on a particular theme for units when painting your army? or do you just follow fluff colours?

I've been mulling over painting my elites and the squads they lead like pacman and the ghosts from the old arcade game (still debating it)

So, do you have themes for your army, outside of fluff?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-09, 02:14 PM
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I tend to spend awhile looking at what others have done and what paints I have to hand then pick a theme that I like. I couldn't care less if there is an 'official' colour scheme for a model, it is my army after all.

Depending on what army it is sometimes I go quite far from the standard scheme, other times I pick something similar, all depends on how I feel at the time. Though I have started making an effort to back away from complex schemes...
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Depends on the army. For my Thousand Sons I used metallic blues and golds for the colouring to make it my own while still sticking to the blue/yellow theme they have in the book. For my Tau, I went with a green and brown that wasn't in the book at all. Same with my Fantasy Chaos Warriors, based on metallic colours and totally different from the examples in the book. It is your army, paint it however you like.

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I like doing my own thing, but keeping to basics. For example, with my current Alpha Legion CSM project, I know that AL is supposed to be green and blue. I also know about them having lots of scales, but I'm not that good of a painter, so I disregard that. So, instead of using traditional greens and blues (Ultramarine and Goblin or so), I decided on a darker tone for them. I spray the sprues flat black and then the base armor plates I do with the GW Foundation color Necron Abyss (a very dark navy blue). Upraised bits are usually Dark Angels green, with mixes of Boltgun Metal for various gubbins and soft armor, and Shining Gold for ornementation. Follow it all with GW wash of Brown either Badab or Ogryn, I can't remember which at the moment. I assemble as I go, painting first the legs, then torso and backpack, then arms, then head. Its not "exactly" Alpha Legion colors (though admittedly GW changes the AL color scheme seemingly with every new CSM codex), but it resembles them enough that I can get away with it and make them look nice.

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Just an idea that i was joking about... why not get a landraider and paint it yellow and then have tac squads or what ever each painted as the color of one of the ghost

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Yeah i was thinking of doing something like that cept using my bloodcrushers maybe putting a bow on the bloodletter on top (ms pacman riding mr pacman ;)) the other 4 painted like the ghosts and the squads of bloodletters painted in the same colour as their leader
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I follow my own theme.... Too many times I've seen two of the same army in the same colours squaring off.... seems too.... forced to me.

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I prefer making my own colours. It makes my army stand out. like with my marines I've never seen a paint theme that's like mine. Some may use similar colours yeah but none ar in the same place etc. an I love that. For squads and the like I have the helmets as black with a dark red vent, then for sergeants I invert that, plus change the silver design on the chest to gold. for veterans I used a green colour instead of the black on the helmet and shoulder pad to mark them out.

So basically just changing certain parts of the model can really make them stand out from the rest

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I tend to decide the paint scheme/ theme based on what colour I feel like painting at the time although my last three armies, Ad Mech, Chaos Dwarf and Marines seem to be either red or yellow which are the hardest colours I find to paint so I must be a glutton for punishment.

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I setup "fluff" and then base the paint theme around the fluff invented usualy
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