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I am planning to start a DE army as my showcase army but I can't work out how to get a good colour scheme. I have noticed that nearly all dark eldar are black with a colour (usually green or purple) over it. But I want to be different.
I'm trying to include green (dark angel)/blue (midnight/regal)/ purple (liche) I'll probably try and include two of these colours onto the models but I don't know how. The best I can come up with is a blue base coat and then the bits like the top of the helmets and the shoulderpad things would be green or purple.
Blue and purple don't work that well together because they are very similar. Often one colour will just look better than the other when they are so close to each other. They only look good if one is alot brighter or darker than the other. I think that green will go better along with one of the other colours. I suggest more blue or purple than green.
You could also try to make your Dark Eldar much lighter. A very light blue or pale green for most of the body. Then you could do the helmet and or shoulder pads in another colour. Dark green, blue or purple. I remember the Decepticons used to use purple with off-white or very light grey. The Dark Eldar have always reminded me of the Decepticons so you could try that.
I personally did a similar colour scheme: I used a black undercoat and than some purple bottom layer of the armour. I used dark green with a jade green higlight on the shoulder, boot and helmets. I used brass on armour details and guns. Those colours worked out rather well.
The blue I would use for the hair and plumes on the helmets. I used some grey in the mix to highlight it.
I hope this helps. I´ll get a picture of them on the web.
Dark Eldar do need to not end up being brightly colored, or else they start looking like circus freaks (which I guess is okay if that's what you're going for).
Here's an image I googled to show what I mean.
Dark Eldar look much better with a cohesive color scheme based on accenting a dark color over black.
Another googled example to show an effectively colored army.
So my suggestion is to pick two colors. One is somewhat dark and defines the main color that will be seen, and one is the accent that will make the dark color pop. The accent color needs to be dissimilar from the dark one, as Leech has mentioned. From that basic approach of using two themed colors, you can add more colors for specific models having unique details.
Another tip I've learned from experience is that the Incubi look great with a drybrush technique, but the Warriors have armor that is much too smooth for that. Warriors need a base coat color with some aggressive inking to look good. Keep highlighting minimal on their armor if you want to keep them looking dark.
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Thanks for advice. I've decided that I'll probs go with a dark blue armour, then bright (but not light) green on the shoulderpads +top of helmet. Can't decide between yellow and red eyes but I'm tilting towards yellow. This follows what you've all been saying (i think). Looking back at the thread, it'll be like El Jairo's but with blue instead of purple (so if you can get those pictures that would be really helpful). Thoughts?