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I've got a load of marines that need painting and all there awaiting now is a colour scheme for me to get them going. I'm basing alot of the stuff on Dark angels models but would like the option to use them as codex should the need arise for tournaments so i'd like to give them a different scheme so i can use them as either.

Generally i get on better with dark colour schemes, and i know i can paint black marines pretty good as ive done a chaplain before that came out well. However there are alot of black chapters out there and am worriesd they will get mistaken for one of those every time.

dark blue with gold looks like the strongest contender but i'd like to hear any opionions you guys may have on the matter
 

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Dark blue with gold trim might actually look pretty good with white/bone robes. I might actually try that on one of the Deathwatch marines I'm working on. I used a bunch of the various Black Templars and Dark Angels plastic shoulder pads and figured I'd paint 'em differently so they look like they're from different chapters. I can see a dark blue and gold looking really good.
 

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You could, but you could get some seriously ugly combinations doing that. I'd consider color theory on this one, along with what common heraldic colors are.

You can do white plus any other color with no problem, as well as black with any other color and have no problem. I personally find polar opposites on the color wheel to look really ugly together, but a lot of people like that effect-- green and purple, orange and cyan, for example.

Common heraldic colors (at least, of the European persuasion) are black, white, red, brown, hunter green, purple, and gold. A combination of two of those would be quite effective, I think.
 

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How about a Catachan Green with scab red eyes and maybe some bone colored trim. I though it would be good to give you something really differant. Good Luck
 

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What about codex grey on the armour, catatchan green on the shoulders, helmets, weapons and backpacks, and then a gold or bronze trim?
 

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If you keep layering those colours like regal blue, midnight blue and all those other dark blues youll do well. Make sure your base is foundation as those are best for the job. Add black to them to make them darker, and make the robes hawk turquoise and ice blue, ive painted cloth like that and it is so fun i cant believe it, it looks very great. I would suggest ice blue or solarium oj for trim.
 
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