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New Eldar player here, and having some paint scheme questions. I searched the forum and found a few topics that were somewhat similar to what I wanted to ask, but none of them really answered it for me, or at least got enough opinions to help me make a decision. The questions I have are:
1. Does a full 1500-2000 pt army look weird if all the aspect warriors have their traditional aspect colors suggested in the codex? For example, I would have a bone colored banshee squad, blue avengers, with say green guardians/wraithlords/walkers etc... There's no real unifying color for the army, will that hurt painting scores in tourneys?
2. How much of a deviation can you go from the book suggested aspect warrior colors while still staying close to the fluff? Can Fire Dragons be blue instead of red and be faithful to fluff colors? Or am I stuck with different shades of red/orange?
3. Any good suggestions on which part of an aspect warrior should match the rest of the army's colors to make the army still look united? This is assuming that I will be painting the aspect warriors the colors in the codex as suggested.
Sorry for the newbie questions, but I'm not that good at painting yet, so wanted to get some opinions to see what looks "normal" before I start experimenting with colors.
Well, my repsonse is that every aspect will run variations in their color sheme from craft world to craft world. If you would like to deviate from the norm by all means feel free. I myself am doing my warp spiders up in an odd color scheme ( Bestial brown > Bleached bone > skull white).
If you do end up going with the traditional color schemes I would try to keep the gems the same color across the board as well as perhaps weapon colors. This should give you enough of a unified look while also allowing a great amount of versatility.
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To unify my own eldar ive tried to paint all the aspect in subdued colours to fir with a dark ulthwe styled theme. So my avengers are dark blue and brown, my fire dragons are black/red and my rangers are grey. Its all up to personal prefrence. Eldar are meant to be different colours to represent different parts of the army joining together to make a whole.
As always, choice of colours is up to you, there is no rule that says Aspects MUST be in this colour army, in fact WD had an article showing various suggested alternate colour schemes for most of the Aspects depending on from which shrine they originate.
I'm not even using this, my Eldar are from Ulthwe and so my entire army is in craftworld colours
Ahh, thank you all for the suggestions. I guess it was just weird to me after playing other armies that Eldar would have the possibility of each unit (aspect warriors) being very different colors. I think I'll try to pick a general color, and use the same hue and some unifying colors (like weapons and gems) to show they're one army.