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Just a quick question as to the paint schemes for High Elves. I'm looking to start an army, and I can't help but notice that pretty much EVERY unit pictured by GW has the same generic blue-and-white paint scheme.
Fluffwise, is there a reason for this? I'm always a fan of trying to personalize my forces, and I'm hoping I can fluffily find a way to incorporate a different color scheme.
not really, you can do what ever you want,
the last book had all the diffrent units painted there own unique colours (which pissed me off because tats how i painted mine, then the new book came out, and it was all about unity accross the whole army ....
generally each reigon in ulthuan has its own colour set. for example..
Tiranoc: blue, green gold and white, reflecting the former glory of the province as a seafaring province with lush plains and considered the richest province before the Sundering.
Ellyrion: soft greens and yellow depicting the fields of the province.
Eataine: blue, white and silver, the colours of the Seaguard.
these are just examples but generally you can do your colours anyway you like
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GW uses this to further strenghten the difference between the "Noble"HE and the "Evil" DE.
If you look at the painting section the the HE armybook you'll find a lot more variation to the colours.
It's you're army you paint it as you wish.
If you are interested:
My paint scheme is the reverse of that of GW. I use Blue with white insted of vice versa.
Hope it helps
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The White/blue scheme is really bright, very striking, and looks 'nobler' and 'cleaner' than the other armies. Imagine "surgically sterile" in the middle ages. You get the picture. It just makes the army look sleeker and more elite. However, there's no reason why you have to paint them like that.
I saw a High-Elf player at the store that had his army painted as though it had been fighting in the field for a long time. They had red cloth and silver armor, but he used a black base-coat and lots of drybrushing to give a burned, dirty look to them. Somehow, he made thier faces and stances look very haggard. It absolutely emphasised the 'dying race' feel in a realistic way.
My elves are brightly painted. There's a loophole in the book. Elves are a militia, responsible for their own equipage. Therefore, there is no reason to even paint them in the same colors, try the Empire approach, pick a unified scheme, but use lots of variation.
(why are Orcs always green, y'know, they could be pink...)
Meh, whatever floats your boat. Im sure some of the good people here at LO can help you write some fluff to justify an unique colour scheme
I always go against the codex colours these days.. I have Green Dark Elf Harpies.. A purple 'black dragon' lol.. My Bretonnians are all in a unified scheme, instead of all different.. same with my Eldar.
Sure, none of it makes much sense, but it looks awesome. & I can always write some fluff for it later..
You actually tend to get a bit more credit from people for successfully pulling off your own colour scheme (if it works). People like seeing well painted codex stuff, but well painted unique stuff is just that tad better =)
I saw a high elf army in one of the White Dwarf magazines. It was a green & white army, based around an 'emerald' dragon. Basically the lord was riding a Green dragon and the army colours matched it. It was awesome.
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i love the dying race idea
**gets army book and starts planning next HE army**
i have quite abit unpainted at the moment, and am thinking that with the pending rerelease i should get painting sothat i'll have an army ready to play (obviously leaving space for new models to be slotted into the list) im a very slow painter/modeler so am gunna have to start now. and i think im gunna go with a battle hardenened, well worn feel
my old army need retire since none of the models are still onsale, i think they deserve a rest
Paint them in any colours you want. They'll work best with a lot of light bright colours, but that shouldn't stop you from doing any colour scheme you want. My HE have nice bright dazzling silver armour, bleached bone robes and red gore is used for certain trimmings and sashes and the like. Quite effective. I think they look best when the robes are a light colour and the sashes and such are a darker one. We pay too much for these models to feel restricted in colour schemes!
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well i personaly do mine in with green cloaks brown wood and mithril silver armour. I did it because it loks different from every other high elf army i saw and it loks cool.
I have actually used the black/grey/purple usually associated with their dark cousins for my High Elves. It may seem like a dark elf army from far off but that is the point. They are the Defenders of Nagarythe, High Elves that didn't really fit in after the Sundering. I think the colour scheme is influenced a lot by the troops you are going to choose. If there are lots of robes, such on the archer models, then you may need a few colours and blend them differently. But the Shadow warriors are mostly boots and leather: Brown. Why not create some Black Lions? Personally I favpur a Dwarf Bronze armour because it is different to the standard High Elf image. It also looks quite old, because of it's lack of shiny mithril highlight.
So perhaps look at what kind of army you are going to create so it will influence them scheme. But don't do different for different sake.
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