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So a friend and I have started warmachine and because Tesla/electricity theme is awesome i chose Cygnar. Now my idea for a color theme is basically the Tron look (solid black with light blue highlights alone all plate joint sections and as highlights) but im unsure of how that would really look as most color schemes iv seen have had atleast 2 or 3 solid colors and as these are my first WM models i dont know how well it will go over as a finished product.
What are peoples thoughts on this? If it doesnt work out well think im gonna fall back onto a Steampunk-esque theme as the basic Cygnar theme reminds me too much of ultramarines also any pictures of similar paint jobs would be more than appreciated!
It could be an interesting theme to try, but you might struggle to implement it on some models - 'Jacks and Warcasters will probably be fine, some of the knight units also, but there are a few lightly armoured units on which such a scheme might look a little odd. Still, no reason not to try it.
Were you intending something like this? No idea who painted these, sorry, I just did an image search and turned these up...
this was the pic i originally saw which made me wanna do it
god knows when tau are re-released and if they fix their terrible spindily ankles i'll go back to them. Iv done a black base coat on one of my jacks and just by looking at it im guessing the grooves on it will be too shallow to be able to layer on the blue unlike the tau who have those nice deep defined lines. Will still give it a shot and if it doesnt work out shall find a way around it, possibly with light blue/white highlights all over the place or something. This is so far the closest iv found to a Tron themed WM model which I dont mind
full credit of course goes to whoevers model this is
Good luck with the painting, then! Whack some pictures up when you're done, eh? I'm curious to see how it all works out.
Warmachine miniatures have enough detail that a primer-black basecoat will give very disappointing results (and make you look lazy, even if you aren't). I recommend a neutral gray for a basecoast instead. It's equally unappealing at first but much easier to fancy-up with inks and drybrushing. This will also help your flesh tones look natural; the "Tron" look, as I see it, is ordinary people literally captured inside technology, so skin will be important.im unsure of how that would really look as most color schemes iv seen have had atleast 2 or 3 solid colors
Outline the armor with a medium color (green, blue, whatever). Then give the whole armor panel an ink wash to darken it and bring out the little details like rivets. Apply highlights, make a few gem effects and maybe drybrush the middles of the bigger armor plates to remove the color, to help achieve a glowing effect. That would be my lazy-day advice on getting it done.
Alternatively, you could experiment with a military drab-green basecoat. That won't work with all of the neon colors but would help them look "soldier" instead of "video game".
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