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After experimenting with the colour schemes of my dragon princes i've found myself merely frustrated and annoyed ruining 3 horses in the process (i have some special plastic model stripping paste that should fix it but it's still a pain in the arse).
Taking inspiration from this picture Selafyn-of-Anuli.jpg I've decided to paint the armour of both the horse and rider in a similar style, starting with a black primer i'll basecoat all the smooth metal parts with codex grey (or maybe shadow grey, i'm not sure if i want the blue tint yet), all the scale mail section with a mixture of scorched brown and shining gold, the trim in regal blue and the cloth in a mixture of enchanted blue and shadow grey.
I'm not quite sure what colours to highlight and extreme highlight with or what colour things like gems should be, I definately want to keep the horses black through as I like the idea of my dragon princes spending most of their time patrolling high mountains and black horses would be the easiest to identify if something like an avalanche happened.
Anyhoo any advice and tips would be appreciated, i'll try to get some pictures as i go along.
p.s I do actually own the model in the photograph, well obviously not THAT one but you know what i mean! XD
I would avoid blue or red - they might end up to dark overall with black horses. Perhaps a non metallic "gold" or "silver"??? Personally I like the NMM grey armour above, but I think if you're doing black horses, you might need to take it a little lighter...
I've been trying to get an electric blue substitute since GW don't make their version anymore however most other brands electric blue seems too close to ice Blue which isn't bad but not what i had in mind.
Play with some ultramarine blue and some inks. With a little red & black mixed in you should should get a serviceable electric blue - I'd still rather see another colour for novelty value. Elves = white and blue = same old same old, know what I mean?
I totally agree, the trouble is purple takes them too close to dark elves and green is too close to wood elves, i'm tempted to give turqoiuse a try.