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I have been wrestling with several ideas for a DIY/successor chapter (jungle... turned to chaos in a fight fire with fire mentality... the list goes on) and have decided upon a sort of desert-ish chapter. Now, I've decided I like the fluff I've come up with, and the traits and all that jazz, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to paint a good earthtone scheme that doesn't look bland and pathetic. I would like to use a yellow-brown base, but that's about as far as I've gotten. Help would be appreciated, as I've gone through about ten test minis with abysmal results.
Signatures: Why bother?
Go outside of the typical gaming arena for colors.
Ceramcoat is an exceptionally well made and diverse collection of colors. You will need to thin them, for sure, but they are WONDERFUL quality with a VERY long shelf life (some of mine are 10+ years old). They are marketed for ceramics painting but don't be fooled... acrylic paint is acrylic paint. They work FINE on minis. You can find them in most or all craft stores.
There are a number of tan colors by them, but "Palomino Tan" comes to mind an something you might be looking for. It's a better tan than ANYTHING that you'll find with GW or Vallejo Game Color... I can't attest for any of Vallejo's other lines.
Vallejo Model colors have a ton of earth colors. I think I have basically 5 shades of tan :wacko:
As for color choices a desert yellow would look good with Crimson accents. Personally I would go for more of a tan color - it is a touch more neutral and works better with other brighter colors in general. Maybe at the very least start with a base of desert yellow and mix in bone white to the paint to lighten it.
It is debatable wether I would go with gold or silver for things such as the intake vents, eagles, etc. Both would probably need to be darklined to stand out properly.
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your idea is great and all i just personaly don't like any kind of caamo on marines (thats for imperial gaurd who need it)
I looked at a desert theme for when I decided to do my Tau. I don't see why it couldn't be worked to use on a Space Marine. It is armour on the Tau as it would be on a Space Marine after all; and it isn't really camoflague patterns. It is using the earthtoned themed colours that you are after. I hope it helps you out or if not it leads you to some ideas for your theme.
Thanks for the help all, as I've never really considered going outside of Citadel for earth tones, but i've looked some and both Vallejo and Ceramcoat. I've decided I'm going to try and make a sort of combination of Otaktay's Tau and an epyptian themed SM army I found, using Ceramcoat. Again, thanks for all the help.
Signatures: Why bother?
Personally, I've never really painted earthtones, except for dusty capes and sandy boots. I think you'll have to layer, and layer, and layer earth colours on earth colours to get a rich earthy feel. :yes:
I think using Khaki coloured greens would look nice too. I think having a thick contrast would be better instead, rather than make your army brown. Like deep purple armour, but extremely weathed by sand and dirt and whatnot. So weathered that the purple is just there.
It's your choice though. If you get the tones and layers right, it would look great! Going outside of the GW paint range is a good idea. The Blue Table guys usually know what they're doing. :shifty:
LOLThe Blue Table guys usually know what they're doing.
Truth be told, I started painting with Ceramcoat and hag an ENORMOUS collection of them. There is, likely, as large a line of them as all of the Vallejo lines combined. When you add in the other brands of ceramics-marketed paints, it probably quadruples what Vallejo offers. Truth be told, though, barring a few random colors, I have not found ANY cermaics-marketed acrylic that can hold a candle to Ceramcoat, IMO.
I have been using GW paints for less than 10 years (7-8 I'd wager) and the VGC I have now are my first ever.
I'll never totally leave behind my Ceramcoat. I prefer their metallics over ANYTHING I've seen from anyone else- more diverse & better quality than any, even VGC, IMO. I also keep a large amount of white and black on hand for large projects... I will use it as the first couple coats of black (after the black primer) that I will be using on my Forgeworld roads, GW CoD buildings (when I get them), and other various large projects.
But I will never go back to GW over Vallejo. Ever.
P.S. Otakay... Love the tau scheme.
P.P.S. Oblivion... I'd love to see the Egyptian SM army that influenced you, if you wouldn't mind posting a link!