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Jac "Baneblade" O'Bite
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Hey all

I'm finally doing some painting again but its driving me nuts. I'm trying to paint some Cadian's fatigues green but I just can't get something that works. I can't seem to find a combination of colors that blend into each other well and I just can't seem to get it to highlight well either. I have these paints that seem to be greenish:

Foundation:

Knarloc Green
Orchide Shade


Citadel:

Dark Angels Green
Snot Green
Goblin Green
Catachan Green

Kommando Khaki
Codex Grey

Please help!!!!!!!
 

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Depends on how you want them. Do you want camo, dark green, light green, etc.

No matter what though, I find it best to always add to the original colour with your next one. Keeps the progression of highlights even and easier to do.
 

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Jac "Baneblade" O'Bite
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Oh sorry yea should have put that. I'm wanting a darkish camo green that will look quite good with black armour.
 

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I know that what works for me is to give everything a decent coat of scorched brown beforehand. It provides a good basecoat for the fatigues, and means any bits you miss will just look a little weathered rather than completely ignored. Like The Wraithlord said, mixing a bit of the previous colour into each highlight gives a smoother, more consistent result.

For the armour, I find a solid layer or two of catachan green goes on well for a basecoat, followed by a highlight of catachan green mixed with camo green along the edges of armour plates etc. The key is to find a nice mix that highlights well, but doesn't stand out too much from the standard 'chan green. Try something between 1:1 and 3:2, in a camo:catachan mix, but it's all based on personal taste.

For the fatigues, use a few coats of graveyard earth to build up a basecoat (khemri brown works from what I've heard, but I haven't tried it out yet). After you do this, get a 1:1 mix of graveyard earth and kommando khaki, and highlight along the raised folds and stuff like that. Finally, a 1:2 mix of GE:KK to reinforce a few of the more predominant folds. After a bit of tidy-up and detailing (face, webbing etc), the result looks pretty good.

I believe Skorch uses similar, if not the same, colours, and his work looks pretty snazzy, to say the least. Check out his "Cadians and Friends" thread if you want to see good cadian guardsmen.
 

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Jac "Baneblade" O'Bite
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ah sorry - im painting the actual fatigues themselves green not the armour. The armour is black. Thanks for the help though.
 

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Maybe try DA green mixed with some bleached bone... go with a light green to a brownish white color to accent the black armor. I personally wouldnt stray to far from GW standard Cadian paint scheme.. it just looks pretty good. Tho I personally am learning to paint by trying to imitate GWs paint schemes so my personal opinion is a bit biased.
 

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yeah, bleached bone is a really good colour to add to greens or browns for the purposes of highlighting, as the bone colour compliments them both. Try a layer or to of highlights by just mixing in more and more bleached bone.
 

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Dark Angels Green with Graveyard Earth in a 1:2 ratio. It's a pretty good camo green looking color. It adds a little bit of brown which makes it look weathered. Bleached bone looks too bright, it'll look Snot Green-ish.
 
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