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All of the chaplains on the GW website have black armor. Is this always the case for all of the different chapters? Is there a fluff explanation for it if so?
It's simply part of the background for Chaplains and other specialist Marines. Chappies have primarily black armour, Librarians have largely blue armour, Apothecaries have lots of white, and Techmarines wear red.
I don't recall any fluff specific reasons aside from the techmarine (the Mechanicus love red, and he's Mechanicus trained, ergo...), it's just the way the Marines have always worked.
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Now I have to decide if being faithful to the tradition trumps how cool the yellow termie armor looks on my Imperial Fists.
So you can do any mixture of black and yellow, really, if you felt so inclined.
Personally, however, i'd be tempted to run the guy completely black anyway (apart from one yellow shoulderpad), as the rest of your army will be yellow, and its nice to have something that stands out - especially an independant character like a chaplain.
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Its bascially written in the codex astardes along with the other important role's in chapter like libarians, techmarines, etc. For what i believe chaplains wear black armour because along wtih the skull helm, it represents death or the deathly visage of the emperor I think
I play BT, so naturally my guys are black anyways. Like the other posters have stated, as long as you make him look like a chappy visually you should be ok. I painted mine all black except the left shoulder pad white with a black templar cross hand painted on his shoulder pad to show he's a BT. The cool thing about 40k is you have a bit of flexibility in customizing your marines to make them look how you want.
maybe the new SM Dex will explain the armour coloring in detail. I forget where, but i did read about Chaplains having black armor, and other color schemes for Techmarines and such... but the 4th ed codex doesnt really go into much detail about the paint scheme for special characters. The codex shows simple things, like Sergeants having red helmets, and Veterans having white helmets... but other than that it doesnt give alot of information (on specific coloring for power armor).
or maybe i just missed that part of the codex >_>
While the tech/red, apothecary/white, lib/blue, chaplain/black scheme has always seem relatively dominant I don't think you really need to do it that way if you don't want to.
There is something to be said for army unity within a color scheme, but having characters stand out also makes sense from a looks perspective.
In terms of fluff fit-in. I've always kind of felt that the chapters that more rigidly adhere to Codex Astartes would probably have their character models follow these guidelines. Ultramarines probably wouldn't ever really break the mold in my mind. On the other hand, the chapters that ... break... from the Codex Astartes might not feel so inclined to strictly stick to the scheme. Space Wolves and Dark Angels probably wouldn't care too much what Guilliman had to say per see.
I paint my DA chaplains black because it looks cool and I think the symbolism of the color and what the chaplains stand for works.
But really, its a personal choice. Do what you want and have fun with it.