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Hello everyone!Now it's like this, me and about 4 friends got back into warhammer now that uni is done and we are all back into the same city. I will be starting a dark elves army from scratch, well tbh I already bought 20 corsairs, 16 xbowmen and the storm of chaos supreme sorceress So I got my models, but I'm not that hot on color theory and things like that, so I need some help with getting my scheme right.
I want a darker look to my elves but not the traditional black, gold and purple.My main color, well the colort I'm going to paint my corsairs armour in isVallejo dark sea blue, mixing it with a bit blue/green then using space wolves gray mix the highlights. The armour will be dark but light around the edges. I saw the armour some time ago on another dark elves army, but I can't find it again.
Now the problem is that I don't know what other colors to bring in, I'm planing to avoid large areas of gold, and purple. I'm tempted to go for a deep/dark red as second color, mail is still silver but maybe with some wash to bring it together with the "plate" parts.Oo well, if anyone can give me some ideas or color theory help, it would be great especially I would like to know what to do with the sorceress, since she got like nothing other then skin and some curtains ^^
Last edited by texhnolyze; August 9th, 2011 at 18:10.
I reckon deep red could well work. It's true that most dark elf armies end up with the usual black/purple/gold mix and, whilst it does look great, it isn't particularly original. I'd be tempted to say try using the dark red as a main colour rather than as a secondary, although that's entirely up to you. Whilst blue isn't as often used as black or purple, it is relatively similar and, at a distance, may not look as different as you'd hope.
Whilst you mentioned you want to keep the whole grimdark colour scheme for the army, it may be worth implementing some bone into your scheme as well, especially for those troops which don't have much exposed flesh. It would generate a lovely contrast with both deep red and blue so it may work whichever idea you end up going with, plus its one of the few bright colours which would still fit in well with the dark elf models without looking out of place. In fact, maybe you could paint the plate armour in bone? I wouldn't put it past dark elves using dragon/hydra/etc. bones for their armour as I reckon they'd be pretty durable, plus it'd probably look rather cool. I don't recall ever seeing a dark elf army painted like that before so if you're going for an original style that may well be worth looking into.
Of course, the final choices are up to you as it's your army, but hopefully that'll give you a few things to think about .
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Thanks for the answer!
I'll keep your suggiestions in mind when I get a test mini going tonight or tomorrow.
Even though the model will be a high elf nobel... the "slight" miss should not affect wether the colors go well enough together or not
I'll rather save my real dark elves for when the scheme is set!
So, I tried the dark bluegray/red scheme, and well it was ok, but I wasnt all that satisfied with the outcome. So I decided to tryout the same scheme I originaly came up with Chaos Warriors. Actually the armor is just as Seasonreaper suggiested, bone/brownish
Well here it is, I want to make another highlight on the armour, going up to pure bleached bone, and chain needs some more love, and I'm considering doing the cloth in a bit brighter red, since it's kind of black now. Also small details that aren't done is, Skin, belt, crossbow.
I just wanted to get a general feel for the scheme before I started painting an army!
What's up, man. How about just variations of black and grays. You can maybe add some color to certain small parts of the model.
I use green as the "cloth colour" for my Dark Elves, so when I went to paint my SoM sorc I simply followed what I did with the rest of the army with these exceptions.
1) Paint the hair a Red [Merchite, 1:1 Merchite/Blood, Badab Black, Blood Red] This really helped me contrast against the darker shade of green.
2) Focus a lot more on highlighting the cloth, I started with a Dark Angel's Green base and worked the raised areas up to scorpion green, then washed the recesses with Badab Black.
3) Blended the outstretched arm out to purple.
Obviously you won't be using those colours but I imagine that you could achieve a similar effect by simply painting a contrast colour onto the hair. Another option would be to paint her with ebony black skin and go with the Hydra Bones and then a whiter cloth.
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I'm not a color theory expert either, but here's what little I know...
Primary colors (red, blue, yellow) tend to "clash" when up against each other. In lay terms, that means the colors are too strong to "play nice" and share a space. The eye needs to see one color dominate, and one color recede. Primary colors tend to dominate, so two primary colors fight to dominate each other, and leave no clear place for the eye to go. People don't like trying to look at two things at once, so we say the colors are "clashing."
Having said that, you can mix stuff with primary colors to "mute" them. So your example, blue and red, which normally should NOT go together, might actually work, if one is more muted than the other. Note that I don't mean darker/lighter. I mean mixing with, say, the red so that it's less... red, if that makes any sense. The typical "harmonious" color scheme is to use a primary and secondary color.
So let's say you use blue as the primary. The opposite secondary color would be the color you get when you mix the other two colors, red and yellow. Now, that doesn't mean you need blaze orange and ice blue. It just means that if you're using SOME form of blue, it would look good with SOME form of orange. It could be a very dark orange, almost a muddy brown, or you could darken the red by adding a brown with a mustardy tone to it. This would "lean" the red toward orange, and make it work.
Anyway, that's a quick-and-dirty explanation. In the end, I've learned more and more that the "rules" like what I've described above are only there as a fallback guideline for when you don't know where to go. If you already like what you're working with, that, ultimately, is the most important thing of all.
It's a good idea to flip through a book or two on color theory, or pick up a color wheel at an art store. They're cheap, and can give you a fast-and-easy reference for situations like this. Just remember: it's a guideline, nothing more.