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I've just finished building and and priming a new pair of Hellhounds for my army, and was considering breaking with my current color scheme (The current scheme is a mix of knarloc green and desert yellow with orkhide shade camo on the current fast attack elements). I was thinking of trying to approximate something in a fire engine red, with gold and brass accents. My wife thinks it's silly to break with uniform, but I was wondering what the LO IG community thought.
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If it's part of the same command structure, I'd go with the same colour palettes myself. The variety within uniformity is one of the things I'm looking forward to with my planned IG army (i.e. different camo patterns, same colours) as I'm used to the very limited scope of the Blood Angels. (Red. Everything is Red.)
I'm generally a fan of sticking with the same structure throughout, but I consider Hellhounds to be an exception. According to the codex, Hellhound crews tend to be, well, a bit nuts, so it makes sense they'd mess with the color scheme a bit. If you're up to the challenge, I'd recommend a color scheme that matches the rest of your army, but include details that make it seem like the crews have taken certain "liberties" beyond the default paint scheme they rolled out of the factory with. Make it seem like the Hellhound was painted the same as everything else when it was shipped from the forge world, but then the slightly-unbalanced crew got hold of it and decided to personalize it a bit.
I agree with nitrokitty, i think generally you should keep to the color scheme but hell hounds a def a specialty squadron. i dont picture them really caring about camouflage. i picture them just gunning it right into the heart of troops trying to cause as much fear as possible. red would be a good color for that.
I'm planning on making one of my Valks a Red Baron esk model, my army it white and blue but that valk will be red with Iron crosses, i figure its supposed to be a specialty unit so its ok to have it be different. so long as not every unit is different i think it would be good to have some quickly distinguishable units.
another thing to consider is, by painting a unit with bright colors it might draw more fire on them, it could be a way to trick the enemy into putting more fire on those units rather than your more important ones, just a thought.
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