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I'm about to paint up some figures, and as a tau/necron player, I have no idea behind the SM fluff. From the pictures I've seen, librarians are always blue, and chaplains always black, regardless of their army colours.
Is this actually always the case, and is there a fluff reason behind it?
Thanks in advance.
black chappies is cause they represent death (check out the skull mask), so black is the most appropriate color.
blue libbies...dunno...cause blue helps them work their mojo?
In the early days of the Great Cruisade psychers (librarians) were not allowed in the legions of space marines. When the Emperor finally allowed it, he stated that they should all wear bright blue so they could be easily identified on the battle field - cos many marines didnt like them. lol...
Now its not so much a rule, its just encouraged that each chapter have their librarians in blue. Myself, i prefer my librarians in a lighter shade compared to the rest of my forces, with the chaplain in a slightly darker shade - that way i can see my HQ's on the table easier without making them obvious to the enemy.
Well, librarians are blue, with the chapter designation on the left shoulder pad, chaplains black as stated, and techmarines are red.
Also apothecaries are white too - but not because of any external oaths they've taken that puts them officially outside of a company's structure (Librarians and Mechanicus take oaths making them forbidden to be officially in command.) chaplain's don't.
As I understand it, the tradition of "Librarians always wear blue" is not as religiously adhered to as close as "Chaplains always wear black". (I think the new codex makes mention of that as well.)
WHFB: Dwarfs || WH40k: Imperial Fists, Necrons || WM/H: Trollbloods || BFG: Necrons
There's probably a chapter out there that insists that all chapter masters must always wear pink too. (Incidentally seen the hello kitty SOB army out there, or in fact i reacall seeing a pink marine on these boards a few days ago. Bell Of Lost souls also did the rainbow warriors - Not pink obviously - recently too.
So its an unwritten written rule?? well that means i got to repaint my chappie then. Funny no at my local gaming club said anything about cahplains wearing black.
Who is to judge what and what is wrong? In these days we cannot afford the luxury of mortality. - Saint Aqueis
What pickle said!
On a deeper note, you can use (decent) fluff to justify just about anything. Maybe your chapter was initiated in a baptism of blood and fire, and thus your chaplains all wear mostly red to remember the loss of many of the chapter in their first year. It can be fluffy to deliberately NOT have blue librarians.
Traditionally, librarians are mostly painted blue (and the other specialties have their own colours as well), however it is not written anywhere as to how much blue you should use, either. A blue shoulderpad could be more than enough, or maybe somekind of heraldric quarter or half armour pattern. Maybe just a blue helmet! The same goes for apothecaries, chaplains etc...
Essentially, they are your marines, and you can paint them how you want. And if you want it to be more traditional, well, there's always varying degree of tradition!
P.S As another note, however - it can be good for your opponents to have some degree of recognition when they look at your army. WYSIWYG, in other words - I like to take this as far as I can, so that no confusion arises on the battlefield. Makes for a friendlier game, so you could always keep this in mind a little when painting your guys as well. Not that it shouldn't be easy to make out a librarian from a normal marine anyway though!
Last edited by Cadaver Junkie; September 27th, 2008 at 07:50.
"Pickles, the drummer, doodily doo. (Ding-dong, doodily, doodily, doo.)"
Also, you should google "garfield minus garfield". Awesome.