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Since i am still Uber noob can someone tell me what they do with painting. My question being do the people who theme their armies like i want to do night strike just paint like a 1000 point army like that and paint there other models a different way or do people usually stay with that theme for every model they get within the corresponding army. I mean i guess its what ever you want but i want my army to look good damn it ! mauahaha, so what would you guys suggest?
Actually i guess the main question is do you guys separate like your 1000 point army and than use totally new figures to make up your 2000 point army or do u use the same figures over and over again
Sorry for the noob question
Last edited by Cyric the Mad; October 25th, 2007 at 21:09.
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I've gone ahead and merged your posts.
Now, on to your question. Having decided on a winter theme for my Wood Elves, I'm painting every figure with that in mind, making my army scalable within the theme without having to buy new figures. If you want a themed 1,000pt army, but a different theme for a 2,000pt army, it might get kind of expensive.
With figures being as pricey as they are, may as well get the most use out of them. I basically just have a large collection of figures that (eventually) get the same theme for their paint job, and then build armies out of my stash.
if you use two different types it will look like a mishmash unless the colours complement each other
one colour throughout is better for consistancy
no such thing as a bad question mate
warhammer is a game where the only way to get better is to play - eventually distances will become crystal clear and there won't be a question in your mind as to where you units should be placed in a battle line - so don't even worry about it. You'll lose your first few games, then start winning a couple once in a while and then move on to wining most of them. Just be aware that if you NEVER win a game you might wanna go back to the drawing board and rethink your army composition but that is rare as really any army can win with any combination of troops ya just gotta put them in the right positions.
as for gathering small forces (500, 1000) on the way to a larger army I would personally suggest picking up one unit of each type as you create your host. so for WE i'd say pick up something along these lines:
10 glade guard
01 great eagle
these units will be utilized at all point levels (500, 1000, 1500, 2250, etc) and will simply take up more or less in each army size. armies of 2250 size will still use at LEAST one unit of 10 glade guard or what have you and one can pick up more should the need arise.
in terms of painting a themed army... if you're new to painting i would personally suggest holding off on any sort of hero modeling to begin. start by taking care of your core troops first. this is simply a cautionary statement as i reprimed a large number of my first heroes/lords because they looked a bit too blobby to be centerpieces of an army but if a few of your rank and file troopers are a tad wonky then you can get to them at your leisure. i'd suggest beginning your glade guard one model at a time and pay attention to what you like/don't like about each guy. if you line them up from 1st done to last done i'm sure you'll see a marked improvement. when i first started playing chaos some years ago my first warrior was a fat bellied red armored abomination - all bits were within the lines but it looked like some bizzare ralph bakshi character. nowadays i'm throwing down with imposing chaos dragons, steam tanks and savage orcs. it just takes time to figure out what techniques work for you.
as you paint your unit, have an idea in mind... say dark green cloaks with light brown jerkins. do 'em up and see what you think. by looking at your troops you'll be able to say stuff like 'nah, i prefer light green jerkins' or 'maybe i should mix in more black with that green' or 'i'll highlight these cloaks with some light white/green mix', etc. as most of my armies tend to be distinctive in terms of unit style i tend to create my units with their own internal schemes. for a WE army i suppose it wouldn't be out of the question to say they coordinated their entire army some 100s of years ago and everyone's been on the same page since so feel free to give everyone the same tailor.
i've also found that it saves me tons of time to doodle out my proposed schemes on paper and dot in some paint on some bits to see how they dry and look together next to each other. eventually you'll get down to the nitty-gritty with stuff like what manner/measure of wash you prefer and whether or not you like black, white or colored primer.
so... buy small, paint one unit at a time, pay attention to what you're doing and experiment with color schemes before you begin - you'll do fine.
game (and paint) well!
Thanks guys okay i got the plan i think all my wood elves are gunna be night strike makes my life easier i guess lol and if i muss it up reprime and back the to the drawing board lol,
P.s. sorry about that Cyric i will do that from now on
yeah you can always strip them (even the plastics) if you dont like the colours, ive done this a few times
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Yeah i think i am just gunna go all of my elves night themed the eleven steeds for this and eagles i am gunna paint black for the steeds i am gunna paint runes on them to make up for all the black and the eagles i am gunna paint black and they are now war ravens simple conversion :party2: but yeah i already have it pretty planned out. Expand on these themed sections you speak of.
I know you've pretty muched closed this thread, but I'm gonna offer my opinion/idea/what I do.
Basically I decided that instead of having my entire WE army come from the one place, they are an army made up of different kindreds/warbands/tribes that have come together for the battle.
IMO this would fit the wood elf fluff much more appropriately seeing as they don't really have a standing army as such - i.e. empire, dwarfs etc.
So, what I do is have a unifying colour scheme - i,e, green and brown (they are spring/summer faceted) but each 'kindred' is painted uniquely enough to identify them as different forces, but still look unified on the table.
So my wood elves a formed around groups. Therefore I have a 'normal kindred' = hero, glade guard, scouts; my glade rider kindred - hero, glade riders; wardancer kindred = hero, wardancers; and so on. I think it looks pretty cool both on paper and on the table top
If you're really unsure of what to do, paint your armies in a four seasons theme. that is, paint each of your units to match a season. once you get to larger point values, you can make entire armies of one season.