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Ok, I'm at the point where I've assembled the beginnings of my list and played a few rounds against a friend with them to see if they work like I want, and now I'm ready paint. My problem is my list is a Battlefleet Armageddon list. 4 Navy Cruisers, 2 SM Cruisers, a Battlebarge, and mixed Navy & SM escorts. And I don't have ANY idea how to tackle painting these guys.
I play DH for 40K, but the Grey Knights don't have barges (and their cruisers are the special Forge World ones), so the SM ships are instead going to be Salamanders chapter (my next 40K army). Specifically, something along the lines of the Salamanders on page 116 of Armada, except the "wings" where the chapter icon is will be yellow.
But what colors for matching Imperials? I figure using yellow as a highlight will make the two fleets look like one, but I don't really know what else...
Since its a BFA fleet, the ships could be painted in any way you like, to represent them being reinforcements picked and rushed from many surrounding sectors to protect Armageddon.
Alternatively, you could model the colourscheme on/ copy the colourscheme of the Apocalypse class battleship in BFG:Armada.
"It fits like clothes made out of wasps!"
Yea, I know I could use a ramshackle scheme, but I want a matching one!
The SM ships will be some combination of Snot Green, Scorpion Green (highlights), black, gold, and maybe yellow or white for further highlighting.
The Navy ships, I want them to match the SM ships, but not be the same. Like, I don't want them to have green hulls with black and yellow highlights, that's too similar. Would a black fleet look at all good, with highlights and prows from various other colors on the above list?
Maybe the SM ships could be mainly Snot Green with the rest of their hulls being black, and the navy ships could be black with smaller Snot Green sections on the hulls? SM could use white for highlighting and fins, Navy could use white for prows. Gold for both fleet's weapons. How does that sound?