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I am painting my IG force, using SL-models, and I have encountered a problem. They all look the same on the battlefield. With so many models packed in the "good" areas on the board it becomes quite tricky to tell the different units apart. So my question is:
How do you mark your different squads? Do you even mark them at all?
well i use cadains so i paint the shoulder pads a diffeerent color.
For SL i would suggest painting the edges of the bases different colors. this worked for my black templars.
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My friend has all his necrons looking identical so he put a blob of paint on the under part of each base. Painting the rims different colours would help but it really breaks up the unity of the army.
Now if he gets confused as to squads he just checks underneath each model.
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Maybe you could so a tiny conversion to mark the individual Platoons/Arm Fist first- a spike on the helmet, for example. Then, you could do a little colour work, like a different pattern on the gas mask (warpaint markings or something). Even something like a special ring of colour around on eof the models gloves, near the wrist, would help.
Aside from that, there isn't too much else to do paintwise, due to the 'naked' robed feel of the model.
MrGame and LordLink's suggestion are about the only other things I could think of, which I have done myself, although maybe the blob of paint under the base would be a little too frustrating for a high number of models like Guard ^_^ It still works, though.
LO RULESOriginally Posted by Jaffar_Hasad
The simplest thing to do is to start designating squads, at leas that way you stay in the theme of the army. However, this could limit you to your squad choices, so if you take the same thing often, this won't hurt as much, but if you like to fiddle, then there may be a problem.
Let us know what you think.
But yeah, I paint unit badges on my guys. For instance, on my veterans I have red painted on there right shoulder pad, on the little box on the back of there helmet, and on the little stub on the back of there flak armour where the vox could be put.
Other then that I make a little line on the back with paint for each squad(each squad being a different color) on the base. Paint a line on there helmet, Red on all our troops, green for vets, stormtroopers dont need one as there obvious enough, and so on(picking your own colors of course).
I use cadians, so i kept a piece of extra bits on each of the guys. Also, the cadians have two different guns, with and without bayonets. That helps tremendously, but i dont think the SL have anything like that.
all my chaos marines have the same helmet per squad. So squad A's members have helmet type A, Squad B's members all have helmet typeB ect...
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For my Cadians, I have a few small tricks for knowing who goes in which squad.
The first thing to remember is that your opponent can ask any questions about your units, except for army composition. Giving tem squad markings/different bases gives your opponent this information well before the game even starts (in tournament games, atleast).
That being said, I go for ways to mark my units so it's not too obvious, but I can tell the differences.
One thing I do is their wargear. I have each unit specialized as appropreate, eys, but even the rank-and-file have their wargear customized. For one unit, they all have beyonettes on their lasguns, and a single pack of grenades on their belt. For another, they all have the single grenades, but no beyonettes. Another has the beyonettes, but no grenades. Same with the no-beyonette. Basically, I get 2 different 10 man units for each accessory bit you get (grenades, scabbard with knife, scabbard with knife removed, extra helmets, canteens, binocular, and the different backpacks), making lots of units.
Here's my thoughts: 2 types of guns (with and without beyonettes), times the 7 accessories, with the 4 types of packs. 11x2 yields potentially over 200 different units (if my logic's right). Sure, after even a single game, people can spot this, but the first game against someone will have them confused about who's who, when you just look at their belts. Plus, they all look the same, very uniform, and without the need for custom shoulder pads/badges.
For my Catachans, I use diffenent colored bandanas. This defeats the secrecy, but I never play tournaments with my catachans anyway.
Thats an easy one. TO make the differnt squads I paint the rim of the bases different colors. That way everyone knows where to be.