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Once I have had enough practice with GS scultping (so a loooong time), I have decided to create a counts as wood elf army consisting of the Force of Pandora from Avatar. They will most likely have magnetised feet/bases so I can swap them in for 40k home rules for them (40k Rules (Forces of Pandora)).
However, I can't decide which colours to use to best recreate their skin tone and their clothes/weapons. So far for the skin I'm thinking enchanted blue and then ice blue stripes, washed with something (maybe asurmen blue), and then white (or white mixed with ice blue) for highlight/any method used for light effects on smooth skin(?). Ideas on good colours to use?
Now you probably saw the Avatar minitiaure idea coming and so hopefully you would have already considered it (I guess its possible).
Finally, are they dark blue with light blue stripes, or light blue with dark blue stripes (same problem as zebras)? I reckon they're the first choice but not sure.
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: sorry if this is meant to be in painting, only just realised I posted it in projects
Last edited by Sancraer; February 22nd, 2010 at 01:49.
I know that's not the answer you're looking for but basing your army off pop culture is a bad idea. In a few months people won't be talking about this movie and their short attentions will be drawn to something else. If by then you had started on this army, you won't finish it and you'll regret it. Original ideas are better than pop culture any day.
Do it Do it Do it Do it Do it!!!
Great Idea! and, please since when does pop culture go out of style? flare pants anyone?
besides its a movie, im sure many people have based armies off movies, except this time the movie *rocked*
but back on topic, they are blue with light blue stripes, I wouldnt bother trying to do the sparkles, but if you figure out how go for it!
hmm, not sure about colours, I would say you would need to mix a few to get the correct tone.
how are you going about making the miniatures? or have you found some? if so..LINK!!
I agree with soul of the brood, i love original armies, and who cares if no one will be talking about avatar in a few months, it'll still be an epic army!
Personally I'd use lizardmen instead of wood elves, skinks as Navi with bows, saurus with knives, stegadon as the big bison/elephant things, terradons as flying things etc.
I have a wood elf army (winter themed), and I just converted a leader using C'tan dark elf and high elf pieces. Strange combination I know, but as its the centre piece to a winter army, I'm painnting the skin blue. I'll post pics once its finished if you want!
Hope I've helped
It appears that there are two schools of thought regarding this project. One group is adamant that you give up before you start, possibly believing that the time you spent creating this homage to the movie could be better used designing your own unique vision. The other group would like to see you create this new project because the $2 Billion that the movie has raked in internationally shows that people really enjoy the concept of this alien race. I suggest that if you feel strongly enough about attempting this conversion that you should do it. The experience that you gain from it through practicing with green stuff and blending paints will be as beneficial as the end results.
I would be interested in seeing a cavalry unit conversion first. The six legged horses would provide quite a challenge.
As for the colors used, Enchanted blue, Ice Blue and Hawk Turquoise would be three “must haves”
Whats with the avatar hate?
I would use the wood elf codex If I were you though, it allows you to take great eagles in the form of the big lizards, and give your lord a dragon in the form of "turakmukto" is that how its spelled? the big red lizard is what im talking about of course :p
Great idea but I don't see it panning out unless you are a god of sculpting and patience. There are several good models in non-GW ranges you can use as a good base but in the end you'll be converting 30-50 models with lots of green-stuff work for each. Also, the human-like features will be difficult to do because the closer to human you get the more critic the eye becomes. I don't mean to stop you, but you should realise just how much work this will be. Maybe start with a warband? A small group of models will give you an idea of how much effort it'll take and also if you decide to drop it you'll have a cool unit to show for it.
Thanks for the replies. I am going to do this army as the main objection seems to be that once its popularity dims I will lose interest. However, not too sound cocky but unlike some I do retain some self-commitment and like to see a project finished. Also after the practice "models" I've started to make they may start looking good and then all my skills (sculpting and painting) will improve.
On a different note, I got the three must-haves and am trying to work on a way to make them fit together. I really need to learn blending as I think this is almost a necessity. For the luminous dots I'll go find luminous paint (it will exist, even if it is slightly radioactive....) and a CERY thin brush. Banshees will be hard though, that skin is starting to scare me.
For models, the last shadow will be the nazgul thing (saw in GW shop) from LotR as a base + lots of greenstuff. Basic na'vi will be pure GS if i can or I'll find a base for each body part and just add layer upon layer. (link). It has exactly the same anatomy but just the wrong colour.
Banshees need some more research.
Direhorses will be a suitable horse with extra legs which will be hard.
The wolves i found but i can't seem to find it. I'll get back to you on that one.
Na'vi are 1.8"-2 and a bit inches tall in 40k size and almost dwarf marines (na'vi shoulder height = top of marine head...)
I think once i get good at sculpting and better at painting then the amount of bright blue men with an array of brightly coloured (massive) creatures (like landraider sized) and flying units will be truly intimidating. Their lack of armour but alright toughness means that they will be extremely hard to use and so be more fun. So I'm doing it.
p.s. I agree with the red clothes, thanks for the suggestion (i tried it out on one of my GS practice "models" and it looks good, nice contrast yet if the tone is dark enough doesn't draw attention.). And thanks for the stripes answer, thats what I thought.
p.s.s. I won't make an "original" army because
a). humans think by combining things we've sensed. Whatever i do someone will lik it to something so may as well make it obvious (because avatar is an awesome movie)
b). I don't want the "What are they?" question from EVERYBODY I show the army to. Its bad enough one model being "unique", let alone a whole army
c). GWs covered a lot of the ideas for aliens out there and luckily not the na'vi. I've finally found a sort of gap to fill.
d). because the GW armies are SOOO unique (eldar are nothing like elves, orks and orcs are completely different, Imperial guard aren't rebels off star wars and necrons aren't terminators...)