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hi there.

i've been playing games workshop's lord of the rings games for several years now, and have recently started building a 40k army, as sci-fi stuff is much more my style. however when it's comes to painting i'm as picky as hell. i really want a unified, military-style paint scheme that's also relatively easy to get painted in a decent amount of time. sadly, my current experiments in this area haven't turned out so good, looking either out of place, cool but nearly un-reproducible on a large scale, or far too time consuming.

what i've joined here hoping for are some idea for how to paint these guys. i'm shooting for either a jungle type olive drab and brown scheme, or some sort of urban camo, with the latter being more preferable. i'm a pretty experienced painter, i just can't always come up with an idea that looks cool enough to stick with for an entire army. i'm pretty well equipped with paints and supplies, so somewhat wild ideas may be feasible.
 

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One of the best things you can do for inspriation for colour schemes is to hit www.coolminiornot.com. Go to the search engine and type Tau and you will find tons of pics in all kinds of colours and styles. It is what I do to be very honest. Then you just take the scheme you like best and alter it a bit so that it is your own.
 

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well to be honest, the preferred colour schemes you have chosen ARE NOT easy ones to paint. i could suggest many colour schemes, but they, especialy urban ones, are notoriously tedious. obviously, an olive drab will be easiest to paint, with catachan green and other earthly tones.

probably the simplest urban camo scheme would be this - undercoat model black, paint entire model shadow grey. using a fine tipped marker divide the armour up into smallish segments, and pain them a mixture of blacks, whites and greys whilst leaving the basecoat shiwing between segments. look in the guard codex for inspiration.

not sure if iv explained that well enough, but im sure u get the picture
 

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well to be honest, the preferred colour schemes you have chosen ARE NOT easy ones to paint. i could suggest many colour schemes, but they, especialy urban ones, are notoriously tedious. obviously, an olive drab will be easiest to paint, with catachan green and other earthly tones.
actually my current WIP is an XV8 battlesuit were i'm painting the armor plates and stuff catachan green with faint camo green highlights, and it's not really working to well. i really hate mixing, but it's looking like i'm going to have to break down and mix stuff for a decent looking camo of and type.

wraithlord, that site is a huge help for ideas, thanks.
 

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How are they less restrictive CO? Never used them myself so I am curious.
 

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i have a friend who swears by the vahelljo paints, i need to look into them again.

CO, i just tried that urban scheme you suggested. and it looks great! i may stick with this one, we'll see.
 

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restrictive, meaning less restrictive for this purpose rather than less restrictive compared to GW as a whole.

well, for dark, drab green colour schemes the GW range has pretty much catachan green and thats it, wheras the vallejo model colour range has many different greens, olives and suchlike. the range is essentially designed for players of historical wargames eg flames of war. Therefore it has a great range of realistic colours, rather than one and then mix, which in turn leaves mixed results.

it is worth bearing in mind that this is the MODEL colour range, rather then the GAME colour range which is essentially the same as GWs range.

Wraith, if you havent tried them out you really should. i prefer them over gw. theyre cheaper, you get more in a bottle and game colour has exact matches for all gw colours. definately worth looking into
 
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