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Alright guys, here's what's up.
I'm in the beginning stages of creating a new Space Marine Chapter. You know how it goes, and I've been busting my back thinking up names, writing down fluff ideas, creating potential army lists, and generally re-writing things over and over and over again. I'm still in the thick of all that, but I wanted some help on two aspects that aren't really becoming clear:
1. Color Scheme
2. Modeling Ideas
I don't know if you guys have seen the list I posted, but I think it'd be helpful to take a quick peek if you haven't. Here's the link: http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ml#post1291679
So, with that in mind (or not), what colors would you use for a Knight themed army? Pictures are a great way to communicate both modeling ideas and paint schemes, so please, please, please post pictures of prior armies (even if you're not sure they're knight themed) because I need all the inspiration I can get.
And yes, I just gave you an excuse to post your army pics in my topic. Who can't resist a temptation like that?
Oh, but if someone starts to jack this topic for their own army... then may my army of 's steal all of your and burn it!!! (In other words, go make your own topic!)
Have a nice day.
Last edited by winter117a; November 6th, 2008 at 03:45.
Sounds like a great idea. You could go nuts with a number of different paint schemes, and individual heraldry.
Bright, varied, Brettonian Armies are the obvious choice for painting and modelling inspiration, especially as you'll want to distance your marines from the Black Templars.
A few ideas I hope help:
- Alternate weapons. Chainswords are cool, but a knightly alternative could be maces, swords, axes or warhammers. Also, a few storm shields (or combat shields) here or there would add to the flavour.
- Helmets. Several of the alternative SM helmets in thw Black Templars upgrade box are quite knightly, alongside some of the ones used for special characters (like the apocalypse company captains box set). Look around and find some.
- Tabbards and robes. Again, the black templar upgrade would be good for this.
- Chainmail. Some chaos marine parts have chainmail attached (the tank accessory sprue has one I think). Strategic filing of the chaos insignia could make these useable. Alternatively if you're any good with GS you could make you own.
- Give your bikers lances!
- Have a look at some of the brettonian and empire knight sprues for parts. Lots of WHFB box sets have excellent weapons and part you could use.
Hope it helps!
Alright. Taking Montyhaul's advice, I took a trip over to The Round Table of Bretonnia to scout out some colors for my army. Let me just say it now: if I ever did Fantasy, I'd probably play Bretonnia. There are some AMAZING armies on that site; I was definitely inspired.
After taking a long look, I came up with some color schemes that I think would work well with my Space Marines. My descriptions are kinda detailed, so hopefully you'll stick with it and let me know if my writing makes sense.
Before I start, keep in mind that these Marines come form an icy world. I don't want them to look like Space Wolves (no wolf icons, furs, etc.), but I do want them to have a snow/cold/icy look about them.
Anyway, let's start with the shooty elements of my army. For these guys (the Sternguard) I'm thinking about a halved pattern using a sort of icy blue on the left half of the model and white on the right half. The helmet for these guys would probably be solid white with blue stripes on the right side of the helmet. I'm thinking the bolters and metal work will be silver with (possibly) light gold accents. I definitely don't want to use yellow for two reasons: 1) the marines will look like Thousand Sons if I use yellow and blue, and 2) Yellow is just plain annoying.
As I took a look at the Bretonnian armies, I noticed a lot of armies that were unified not by similar color schemes, but by the sheer number of banners the army carries (as you see in the picture bellow)! Note: these are not my Bretonnians.
This picture (other than just being amazingly cool) proved (to me at least) that as long as your army has a consistent theme, it doesn't always matter how consistent each model's paint scheme is. With that in mind, I present a totally different scheme for my assault focused troops.
For the Black Phoenixes (Grey Knights), I'm thinking either half-black and half-dark red, or all black with dark red highlights. The helmets (either way) will be black with thin red stripes (think claw scratches) on one side. The Honor Guard will probably be dark red with all gold highlights.
On second thought, it might look cooler to replace all the red with a dark blue. Let me know what you guys think. Dark Red or Dark Blue?
Modeling wise, I'll be mashing up some Terminators with Tactical Marines to make the Honor Guard (representing Artificer Armor) and Kantor (representing a cool model ). I'll probably just use normal Grey Knight models for the Black Phoenixes, but we'll see if I can't pull of some coversions for the Justicars.
As for modeling the Sternguard... hmm... I want to do something unique with them, but I'm drawing a blank. Any ideas? Remember that I'm going for a knight theme, and I want it to be really unique.
And I don't have any ideas for the Bikers at the moment, so if you come up with something, let me know. Thanks!
Edit: @ rp252
Great ideas! I'm copying all of them and throwing them into a word document right now! Thanks a bunch. You've really given me a TON of inspiration.
Last edited by winter117a; November 6th, 2008 at 18:39.
Not sure I have any ideas that rp252 has'nt already said, but as for the color I'd go with red.
Like others have said; the black templars box is awesome for knightly bits etc. I'm doing a simila thing, creating an Arthurian chapter. I'm modeling my tactical marines as normal, but making the sargents look knightly (Tabbards, powerswords, Mk III helms etc.)
For your Sternguard, try using the BT chained bolters. They'll look different, and look knightly as well.