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First off, I know this COULD go in the painting forum, but I felt it was more related to the way Empire looks rather than any specific painting techniques. Thus, it's here.
I was wondering if anyone around here has done a mixed-province army. I'm considering Empire as a first WFB army (coming from 40K Dark Eldar, and with Wood Elves as the other option).
I find that I get very bored painting a LOT of the same colour scheme, and I thought that the issue could be somewhat alleviated by building up an army whose fluff says that they're something of a task force built up from the best the Empire has to offer (fluff will be refined later). Basically what it means is that I'll be able to have Handgunners from Hochland, artillerymen from Nuln, Huntsmen from Stirland, Swordsmen from Altdorf, Pistoliers from Averland, Knights of various orders, etc etc.
This way, I wouldn't get so bored painting 100 of the same colour scheme, and I could challenge myself with different schemes every 25-or-so models.
So, given I can only assume I'm NOT the first one with this idea, and that someone else here has done it, how did it turn out? My main worry is that the army will lack coherency, given all the different colours. Does it look pretty awful, or is it surprisingly okay? Is there a good way of fixing this? I've had it suggested to me that you could make all the feathers in their hats the same colour, or something like this, but it seems to me that such a small detail may have no effect.
A simple way to maintain army coherancy is to make sure all the bases are done in a similar fashion and that banners all follow a common colour scheme.
It makes sense that as they are temporarily following the same general there banners would match anyways.
I think it would look cool,
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in my army i have a bunch or marienburgers (handgunners) with mercenaries (halbediers and swordsmen).
everyone has darkblue in their clothing and i use orange for all scrolls, bindings etc.
everyone also hase the same coloured belts and pouches.
and of course, they will all get the same base colour.
in your case you might a make the plumes and feathers on headgear the same colour, this would after all be a pretty easy way to denote the new allegiances of the soldiers in your army.
you've got that chapter specific painting scheme stuck in your head. I always say, paint them however you want. The Army books' fluff is just for people who really like that stuff, or for people who can't create their own ideas or painting schemes. You don't have to have your army be all Dark Angels Green or Ultramarine Blue. If your really follow the fluff, they'll all be different. Most medieval armies didn't have uniforms, because the fuedal lord wasn't going to pay for a uniform. They fought in the one pair of clothes they owned.
And also, the empire isn't medieval as such, it's late medieval (+/- 15th century) and soldiers in this era started wearing state or city specific clothes. Mercaneries where often garbed quite brightly and in a similiar way across the squad.
If you want truly medieval, go Bretonnia.
The empire is from the renaissance age
I agree with Hezu on the time period thing. The empire is themed on the ren. -more specifically Germany during the ren. However, there are two ways you could "keep it fresh".
Firstly, you could make a multi-provincial army. Such and army would almost certainly have to be fighting against a common threat, like one of the Von Carstein vampires, or a Chaos incursion or Ork Waagh. The army would probably be very hastily assembled, and would have no cool history (not been together long enough to have won combined honors)
The second option would be to create an actual Ren. like army. State colors WERE worn, but varied depending on town or baron. So, while the Talabheim army is done in Red and White, not all of the uniforms would be quartered, some might use different shades, or different amounts of each color. Each regiment would likely have it's own variant.
For more on this sort of though, see the thread "Carving a New Empire". It's very similar.
just thought of another 1: give every squad completly different colours, but join the army together with the bases and accessories (underlined 'coz the idea is so briiliant):
-give every man trophies taken from orks (ork knives and such)
-give every man severed skaven heads
-litter the bases with broken skeletons
this will give the army a unifying theme ("this army was drawn together to stemm the tide of orks!") and will add character!
It depends what Provinces you use anyway. Middenheim and Middenland I think are quite similar (White and Blue) and Nuln and a nother Province (possibly Nordland) have Black and White, so it might be that your army naturally has consistency.
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