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I'm starting an Ork freebooter army that I'd like to take to tourneys. I saw mention in a thread on the ork forum that tournament rules usually highly recommend, or even require a cohesive paint scheme for the army. Now, my initial idea was each unit would be painted in the colors of their original clan, with some sort of banner or emblem that stood for the freebooter group showing up somewhere - on the back of their armor, banners, painted on vehicles, etc.
Would that qualify? I like the idea, but I'd rather not disqualify my army simply because of my paint scheme.
A specific accent color or emblem would be fine, as long as the entire army has something that ties it all together, or vice versa, IMO.
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Usually Tournaments just require that the models have to be painted at least 3 colors. i don't kn ow if they have to be somewhat the same or not though sorry.
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I'm pretty sure that Orks does NOT need to painted in the same way. Some of them could be pink, some could be blue etc.
Actually, some orks do completely coat themselves in Red or Blue warpaint. But that's entirely different.
"Unifying Theme" typically means that they painting style is the same across the army, that the army is based in the same manner, and that there is a unifying color.
For example, in WHFB, I know someone who play Brettonians and none of his knights look even remotely alike- which is true of the middle ages when knights wore their own heraldry. However, his entire army is based on muddy grass, and features mostly drybrushing rather than inking.
If you want to paint your orks to be from different clans, that would be fine. Their banners or insignia could mark them out as a cohesive force, and of course, they'll all be based the same.
I think you'll be fine, as others have said. Some armies don't go for the absolutely uniform look, and as long as they have some kind of unifying theme, I've never heard of there being a problem.
then there is the Obvious chapter specific armies... Clan specific...
My BT Army will be tournie legal even though they are not all based the same... Each squad will be based the same, but different than the next squad...
But because they all share the same iconagraphy, they will be fine.