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I am trying to come up with a nice custom color scheme for my space marine army and messing around on the painter I made this



I do like it but I'm trying to imagine fielding a whole army with these colors. I've been looking at black templar, black consul, and raven guard armies and I can't help but feel like black is just really...lackluster. It doesn't pop or anything. I was thinking of reversing the colors so the body would be red with black shoulders and gold trim.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the scheme and do you think a whole army of this would look good?
 

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DA GOLDEN WAAAGH
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Reversing the colors could be decent idea but really to make black pop you should try getting mayble a lighter highlight, but even this is certainly difficult due to blacks propensity to absorb light due to its wavelenght of color so makingbit "pop" is very tricky.
 

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Firstly let me just say that i think black and red do look good together but have a tendency to get over used. if you reverse the colours then you're looking t red with black pads, similar to how the old blood angels were painted, and several of their successors have the same tones.

Having said that if you're going to go with the black route I'd get a hold of some dark greys and highlight it with slightly lighter grey before hitting it with 3 or 4 layers of nuln oil. I've used this technique before, it lets you build up a highlight and then darkened the whole thing so that it looks like you highlighter the black. Personally there are some grey tire rubber grey's in the vallejo ranges that work well for this.

Another way to go, and something I've not seen done before but have written in my techniques book to try out. Try mixing vallejo metal medium in with the black. It would give you a metallic black paint scheme, like really really dark gun metal. It'd certainly make the black look different from standard matt. And if it looks half as good on black as it does on blues then it could be a real head turner.
 

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My first SM army was Black Templars which I later converted to Raven Guard. My choices were mainly fluff driven, as I really didn't care much for the black color scheme. I've seen some really well done black Marines, but it's a tough color to do well. It's hard to highlight enough to bring out the details without looking cartoonish since you can't employ shading or black lining to help establish the contrast.

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