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I have just recently started a guard army and, after constructing my first platoon, have started to get to the nitty gritty stage of painting. Now the problem I have hit is that I can't decide on a colour scheme that I like and that will also fit in with my army.
Having looked through the codex I have dismissed the majority of the fatigues - they either a) don't fit with the terrain we use b) don't fit with the fluff for my army or c) are just plain ugly.
I like the cadian 8th dress fatigues - however I feel that that has been done to death and I want my own regiment. I really like the look of the plain fatigues and the one tone flak armour.
Now, I have 2 options that I have thought of and am tossing up between:
a) Codex Grey fatigues with Black flack armour (for a city fighting theme)
b) Catachan Green fatigues with ? (for a more temperate board)
So, after a long rant, the questions I have are:
What is a good contrasting/complementing colour for catachan green that will fit with a temperate environment?
How do you paint your army?
PS - mods, please feel free to move this if it's in the wrong board.
I had exactly your same situation. I liked the Cadian 8th, but ultimately didn't want to be another face in the crowd so I wanted to do my own regiment. After much head pounding I decided, "Hey, I haven't painted very many models yet, no one at my store really plays guard, and I can add some minor alterations to the 8th so it's not a carbon copy."
I did just that, and while the same basic khanki and green look is there, I chose to highlight the green with a space wolves grey, which gives them a more weathered look, and used desert yellow instad of kommando khanki. The resutls have been good, and having the Cadian template has helped great speed up both time and quality.
My personal opinion is that it's ok to follow the scheme on the box because you'll really make it your own over time anyways. The black on khaki could also work, and definetally check out the LO galleries.
If nothing else, just start paiting and see where it goes, if a scheme doesn't work, you can always paint over it.
Hope that helps.
i reversed the colours of the 8th
altho, i had Catachan Fatigues and Khaki Armour it looks pretty cool, so theres and option for the Catachan combo
hope you get there soon
as for the tanks (altho i never painted any) i would suggest Khaki as the main, and Catachan 'blobs' (reverse 8th tank)
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Back when the Witch Hunters were released was also the time I decided to get some of the new Cadians to accompany my trusted Daemonhunters. I also had the problem of not wanting to have the same colours as everyone else.
In one of the White Dwarfs at the time, there was an article about converting your own Inquisitorial retinues. One of the colour schemes for the retinues Veterans (Kasrkin models were used) was the Codex Grey fatigues with Black armour and red helmets. This was something that got me thinking. While not wanting to copy exactly the same colour scheme, as I thought it was a bit too bland, I added red shoulder pads ( So helmets and shoulder pads: Red Gore, highlighted with Blood Red and finished with a wash of Red Ink). I used green on things like Plasma Guns' plasma coils, flamer fuel pipes and the like. The result is a somewhat dark and gloomy army that contrasts well with the shiny Grey Knights and the Inquisitor Lord's retinue.
But yes, whatever you do, do something that others don't do or at least alter it in some ways...
WEll when i first started in the IG, way back in 2002, I made everything in the Cadian 8th. Made me feel special as a newb in the hobby having something that was in a book. But now im in the process of repainting most of my army to a new brown and tan color theme to set them apart.
If you want to use green I suggest you use the gren for the armor. Then use either black or dark grey for the clothing. Also use black or grey for weapon to make them stand apart from the cadian 8th color theme. Take one model and experiment with different color arrangments before you commit to the entire army.
When it comes to painting IG it can duanting I know that one for a fact. For that I suggest that you take one squad of 10 out at a time. Once they are primed paint in an assembly line fashion. Paint all the skin tones, then armor, clothing, and weapons on the models first. Then once you have a base coat covering most of the models, take two of them at a time to do the finishing work on. Add highlights, facial details, paint in details like the aquilia and other things on the model and finally add any metalic surfaces. And if your feeling really daring then go over certain parts with a watered down black paint to bring out all the details. Once finish to your satisfaction apply a dull coat finish over it to protect the paintjob.
Hope that helps you out a little.