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Hi guys, thank you for taking the time to read this topic. Over the last month I have been actively buying and constructing an entire army of Warhammer 40,000 space marines composed nearly entirely of plastic miniatures. I really wanted to create a custom chapter with an eye-catching and unusual colour scheme as well as an individual chapter name and custom icon symbol. I have recently visited the official Games Workshop online site and created some interesting colour schemes which I have designed myself. Thing is, I canít decide on one particular variant which is why I need the members of this fantastic forum to help.
Below I have added a picture of all six colour-schemes. If you could simply state which one you like the best/worse that would be fantastic as Iím completely stuck on this situation but cant wait to start painting an entire army ready for the summer.
Many thanks guys
Starting from left to right with the top row.
The first colour scheme is very pinky-purple. It certainly will look unique but I think the novelty will wear off. Bone and pink can look good together. The colours are ones that will make you calm or sedated. Do you want calm Marines? I wounldn't go for this one.
The next one is rather muddy. I think there is nothing to say I am not a Marine and it works better than the first colour scheme. However I think it is a little dull. Unlike other drab Marine colour schemes it doesn't give an idea of grim just dull, I would not go with this one.
The next one is decent. The blue is very heroic and Marine-like. However it is close to the Ultramarines in it's look. This may cause some people to assume they are Ultramarines. Basically if you want your Mrines to make an impression don'r go with this blue as everybody has seen many blue Marines before.
Bottom row starting on the left again the fourth colour scheme. This one is bone coloured and looks good. You seem to of included bone in all your colour schemes so I think you like bone. On the table top they will look very stark and threatening coloure like that. They will also appear fairly unique. I would change the colour of the bolter casing, it is green. The Dark angels are green and have the Deathwing who wear bone. That green bone combo will make them look like the Dark angels so I suggest you change that, black will work or if you want them colder, dark blue such as midnight blue.
The orange one, yuk! He is not nice. Orange will be best served in ginving you a headache. It also looks very annoying without a good strong colour to balance it. Orange is best put to use complementing another colour such as blue or purple. Orange is very good at this. On it's own it doesn't work so well.
Last but not least the red one. He looks good. The dark red along with the bone is a very good colour scheme. It will give you Marines a very good threatening, we mean business look. It also has plenty of scope for extra work. Many colours will work well with this colour scheme so if you want a blue, black or white cape on an HQ model it will work fine. I think that this is the best.
Overall I think you should go for the fourth one coloured bone or the last one with the red. You definetely like the bone and I think you will be satisfied with the Marines in bone. The red one is my favourite and will give you an army that looks very good. Basically do you want a lighter army with the bone or a darker army with the red.
Hope this helps to narrow it down for you.
Personally I think you should go with the middle top one, the olive one. Even though it's dull and grim, I think this fits in well with 40k where there isn't much to be happy about. Also, i've never really liked the colourfull marine armour, why would you want to be easily spotted?
So I say:
1) Be a Man.
2) Go for Olive Scheme
3) Drink Plenty of Water
Wow ok, thank you Leech and magila for your extensive replies. So I have narrowed it down to the bone coloured marine, the dark red one and gritty grim green scheme. I have heard (and know from experience) that bleached bone is very hard to paint evenly and cleanly (over a black undercoat) without doing seven or eight layers of diluted paint. I simply do not have the time (or patience) for this painting method so what should I do... Have Games Workshop released a foundation paint which will help solve this problem?
I think the red will look very royal and grand on the gaming table; I will just have to make sure I do not go too bright with the red highlights as they will start to look like a Blood Angels related chapter. The green scheme will look good but Iím starting to think they may look like a cleaner, more pure version of chaos plague marines which I would prefer not to happen (not helped by the design release of the new chaos space marines looking like normal imperial marines anyway).
Any more suggestions, opinions, views and a proposal to master painting bleached bone without numerous layers is greatly appreciated.
Hey man I think that purple has great potential. Dark purple is one of the coolest colours out there. I think that the bone/purple scheme is very cool, except that the purple is a tad too light for my liking. The thing with purple is that it can make whoever is donning it look like a true elite upper class kind of person or a real fairy. Honestly, while the olive scheme is cool, I believe that the purple will always be more unique and if done right about 100 times better.
"Da mekz 'ave made you da best armour coz you're da best ork"
Just apply it to the areas you want and then use a fine detail brush around the edges as a highlight. The colour you pick can be either white or bleached bone mixed with white. The tubing and so on around the joints can easily be painted black. You can highlight this by using a small drybrush with a tiny amount of white on it, very tiny amount of white.
Keep the nooks and cranies black and then any mistakes can be cleaned up with a little black and a fine detail brush. Painting them shouldn't be too hard and you will rapidly get better at it, I find when starting to paint a kind of model I haven't painted before that i am always a little shaky on my painting feet at first.
Getting a whole army of Marines painted cleanly and properly with bleached bone will certainly look very good.
I love the Bone one.
As for painting bone I would like to recommend drybrushing. I know it's a technique looked down upon by many painters but it works really well with bone on black.
I've done quite a lot of it (link to my Thousand Sons) and as long as you make sure the brush really is dry and the "straws" are separated.
To make it look old, just give it a brown/black wash and another layer of drybrushing (you might add some skullwhite this second layer).
Firstly you will have to think in terms of playing. You wouldn't like to make all the trouble collecting and painting your own Chapter and then go to play and have someone say "Hey isn't that the.... (insert well known Chapter name)"
So think simply...
Which army has a color scheme similar to the green-ish one? Death Guard... yes they are Chaotic and more dirty but people tend to mix things and colors up...
Which army has a color scheme similar to the reddish one? Blood Ravens for starters and many more...
Which army has a color scheme similar to the boneish one? None... as far as I know and remember...
For a Chapter insignia use your avatar... plain and simple!
Now for name if you have the "Painting Space Marines" (if I remember the name of the supplement correctly) in the end there are tables to help you with name creation... :w00t:
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
Ok, I'm going to take a second to say: which one do YOU like most(I know.. if you knew that you wouldn't be asking us) But I've been in this situation before with painting armies.
Given all the feedback, I would take the two or three I like the most and do a test-marine for each of the schemes.
This gives you a good measure for how complex each paintjob will be. Just because it "looks good" on computer, to acheive the scheme in your head, there may be more work than you realized. I find that for myself, I have harder times with some colors more than others.
Hope this helps.
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