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Im getting the ASoBR set and it has some SM in it and i have decided to get witht the spirit of the race and create a chapter, thats if i ever buy the codex anyway, and i was wondering what you guys would think of these two color schemes options.
option 1: Gold plate with blace and silver highlights
Option 2: Black plate with gold rim and other highlights.
Tell me what you think.
Black with gold highlights is a fairly common one, but I'm going to agree with thrasson, it's easier to paint.
Simply put, metallics paints are downright evil to paint in substance. The Citadel color range is the best I've seen of any metallics, and even then, it has a hard time going on smoothly, doesn't highlight well, and dries/thickens (in your pot) very, very quickly. It's just a side effect of the metallics addative, there's nothing to be done for it.
It'll look good, but honestly, you'll hate it very quickly when you have to paint your army that way. That said, there's absolutely no reason you couldn't switch the color sceme of your characters and paint them gold - it's actually a somewhat common practice for SM armies, even the ones that don't include gold paint schemes anywhere on their armor.
Another option that would be somewhat easier would be to paint specific parts of the model in gold - such as the helmet, kneepads, armjoints, and shoulders, etc, with the rest of it black. Smaller surface area to deal with, and with the exception of the helmet, they're not that detailed, so it'd be fairly easy to pull off. Use a gold drybursh to hit the detail spots (e.g. the inside of the marine arm joint) - due to the exact problems listed above, metallics do drybrushing better than any other color. That could actually look very cool.
Something along these lines (Not true metallics, but you'll get the idea:
Or, using black for the soft armor (note that if you drybrushed it, it wouldn't be as filled in as the above shows):
Last edited by SMann233; December 20th, 2008 at 16:13.
Don't forget about coming up with basic fluff for your chapter. Why are the colors the way they are? What do they represent? Who does their geneseed stem from? Think about all that as you are thinking up color schemes. Marine chapters tend to favor contrasting or really loud colors for their paintschemes :blue/red (crimson fists), yellow/red (imperial fists) white/red (white scars). Maybe that could help your situation?
I'm sure as long as theyre in Power armor, they'll look fantastic! XD
If you want to paint in gold, I suggest using the Citadel Foundation paint "Tausept Ochre" as an undercoat. This stuff works great. You can thin it a lot and it will cover your primer well. Then one coat of Shining Gold gives a beautiful effect. I recommed using a brownish colored ink or wash such as Gryphonne Sepia to fill in the recesses.
Once a Marine, always a Marine.
the other option is to do what one of the guys on bolter and chainsword showed recently, which i think looks the absolute business.
1. spray your primer (usually black)
2. basecoat all the parts of the armour you want to look metallic with mithril silver.
3. use the new washes range to apply (in your case) yellow ink to the parts you have basecoated and let it dry completely.
4. repeat step 3 one or two more times to get an even coat the gives a metallic gleam.
5. paint everything else
this takes time but it's a method i'm going to be using on my characters as it really does produce a great effect.
here's the thread with the models - Viva Metallica - The Bolter and Chainsword : A 40k Space Marine Resource
guy has done crimson fists, salamanders and a couple of others.