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Basically, What do you think about having 2 very differnt color schemes in one army?
I ask because in my Tau army I started out with:
Details: (dependant on FoC slot)
but I painted my Commander recently with:
'Random' Panels: Boltgun Metal
Details(Eyes, weapon barrels, lenses...): Red
And have since starting painting my Stealthsuits the same, and just today have been planning out how to apply it to a pair of Piranhas I got....
So would you find it acceptable to have the 2 different schemes in my army? I'll try to repaint some of the models, but I ain't gonna touch the 36 Fire Warriors I have, that'd be a nightmare as I hate painting fully assemled models.
Multiple color schemes don't seem like a horrable idea, provided that they're approached in some sort of ordered way. For example one scheme for the warriors, one for suits, and a variant of one of the two for your tanks and transports. Just so that things still all look good next to each other.
For Tau, it's not terrible. Before I repainted all mine, one of my suits was dark red, and corresponded to 12 Fire Warriors who were also dark red instead of the usual blue, as they were modelled as Honour Guard. My stealths were also the red color. This I attributed to there being ranks within the Fire Caste, such as Commander > Bodyguard / Honour Guard > Stealth > Fire Warrior, etc. So it could work if you wanted it to, I guess.
However, I wouldn't do such a thing with an army like Space Marines, as their armour colors are Legion specific. And things like Imperial Guard would all have the same type of fatigues.
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It's perfectly acceptable to have an army that isn't all the same colour. Having said that if you do dedcide to do such a thing it may not look quite as good as an army painted with just one scheme, with only subtle differences between units (i.e. more Ć©lite, better units having additional colours such as red, purple and what-not.) An army that is painted with all the same scheme often looks much more unified, and when fielded all together typically looks much more impressive. At least that's what I have found with past experiences.
If you do decide to to have a number of [quite] different schemes consider still having a few colours that apply to all the units, even if it's simply painting all their helmets red or something. It's up to you of course, but I'd be wary about having too many different colours. I'd also recommend keeping all the same squads the same scheme, such as all FW's being black and red, Crisis Suits Red and White, etc.
Last thing, if you do wish to paint very differently make sure to base all your units the same. That also helps tie the entire army in.
I like the conversions you did, but I agree with Elder. It's nice to have a unified army, at least in some way.
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No offence, but I don't think any of you guys understand.
The second scheme was originally mean just for the commander, but I like it so bloody much I'm going to adopt it as mymain scheme, problem is that I have 36 FWs, a Hammerhead, 4 Suits and 2 Devilfishes that don't match.
Repainting the Tanks is no problem, just time, te sts will be a bit harder, but nothing major, but all those Fire Warriors Will kill me so I won't touch them.
Th question is is that accetable to you. The schemes don't match.
Ah, well sorry then Mike, I was approcahing the subject from a broader viewpoint. If you really want to get specific about the pure "legality" or "acceptability" of having a not completely matching army then no, I would have no problem with it. I wouldn't refuse to play against you, I wouldn't complain, and I wouldn't dock marks in a tournament because of it. That is assuming that you do a fairly decent job of painting it, though I'd dock marks to "unified" armies if they did a horrible job as well.
Ultimately you should be able to paint your mini's anyway that you want them to look. Don't be too concerned about what others will think because at the end of the day A) You can't please everyone and Most people would be understanding enough. Paint them whatever scheme you want. Just say your more Ć©lite troops are painted differently because, well, because they're Ć©lite. The Fire Warriors haven't had enough experience as of yet to be painted in the veteran way.