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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-16-11, 10:05 PM
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Being a big fan and collector of Thousand Sons myself I love the fact that you are starting them up. However I am going to have to agree with the others here regarding the orange. It just does not look good on these models, I hate to say. The blue and the gold go together just fine and the green of the piping on the sorc is fine but that orange just does not fit, colour-wise, with the rest. It can be used in small amounts just fine but not on areas that large. Here are a few pics of a Tson terminator that I did for you to look at and see what I mean.



If you notice, there is only a couple of small spots with the orange and they are on things that are meant to stand out (eye on the knee, power cables), same with the green helmet and the red seals. The major colours are the blue and gold and that is for a reason. When you paint any model you need to choose two, not 3+, two primary colours and stick with them by making them the majority colours, in this case blue and gold. After that, choose a single contrasting colour using a colour wheel that doesn't clash with the primaries (in this case it is actually the red, there is more of it on my regular Tsons). Any other colour beyond those three should be very sparing in amount and only used to pick out objects of note like symbols, scroll cases, etc. Also, don't worry about boltgun as a colour choice as it is neutral and you will use it for things like the guns and such and it will look right on those areas.

A perfect example as well of what is making your model look 'too busy' as others have pointed out is the backpack of the champ. On that single, small bit you have 5 colours: blue, boltgun, gold, green, and orange. That is just too many colours for that and gives it a busy look. Your best bet would have been to paint the ENTIRE THING in the blue with just the pipes painted green, no other colours. That way the pack blends into the rest of the armour and further helps to tie it all together. The key thing to remember when painting minis is that less is actually more when it comes to colour and using that many colours on so many different areas of the model is distracting to the eye.

one thing I want is the ability to split my fire everywhere, it makes no sense that a squad of 10 guard or marines or whatever all have to fire at 1 target with everything, is the guy with the lascannon not smart enough to realize maybe he would be better off firing at the massive tank looming overhead instead of the little man no bigger than a squat running at him, or is that far too complex for the 10yr olds?

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I feel like giving the wraithlord +rep if I could paint half that good I would be 100,000,000 times better.


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@thewraithlord: Those are spectacular models!

Thanks for all the advice and tips everyone. I'm really at a toss up. I really like the colors i've chosen but i do understand what you're all saying. I've already corrected the backpack issue on the sorcerer and i feel it's toned down. I personally like the blue and orange together, i get what you're all saying and i appreciate the comments and the criticism, which was done in a very tactful way. If you had any tips for highlighting and where to do so and techniques and brush sizes to use it would be appreciated.
thanks again everyone i'll keep posting updates as i paint.

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Here's a link for highlights. https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=16500
If you like the orange, keep it. Just use it strategically, like maybe only make one or both shoulder pads orange and one other thing to tie it in, like the backpack. You might also want to use burnished gold. Whatever you're using now seems a little coppery so it blends in too much with the orange.

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I think its awesome its nice to see someone think outside the box... hey if you like orange go with it. What colors wraith did you use for the that blue shade


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Boltgun Metal basecoat with thinned washes of Asurmen Blue and Badab Black. That terminator took me a single night as I used the same method for every colour, one basecoat colour and washes to darken them down to where I wanted them.

one thing I want is the ability to split my fire everywhere, it makes no sense that a squad of 10 guard or marines or whatever all have to fire at 1 target with everything, is the guy with the lascannon not smart enough to realize maybe he would be better off firing at the massive tank looming overhead instead of the little man no bigger than a squat running at him, or is that far too complex for the 10yr olds?

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thanks for posting up that link lav25gunner, i'll have to give that a shot. What wash do you guys recommend to put on the metallic paints? I might be getting more work done because my ps3 just took giant shit on me. Yes well bad for black ops, good for warhammer.

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I would say do as others have suggested and use the orange a bit more sparingly.

Or just forget the colors your "supposed" to paint thousand sons and build a color scheme for them based entirely on how you think they will look best using orange of the rest of your army. It is already pretty obvious from the models that they are thousand sons so you can paint them any color you want. My own Thousand sons army has a red, white and gold scheme.

I would also suggest using some darker colors to bring out the bright orange that you have used if you decide to keep it.

Also, Listen to The Wraithlord, he obviously knows what he is talking about judging by his incredible looking thousand sons army

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