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So I've just got in the Warhammer 40k with my friends, I picked Orks, however I wanted to make them really my own, so I've deiced to paint their skin blue (well I will when I have the paints) a greyish blue. But as I read the Codex it doesn't mention skin color variations, just that they're green cause they're like fungi. long story short bunch of research lead me to believe that Orks don't have to be green and their skin color could be different depending on their environment. However that really means little to most people, I'm still wondering if I can still paint them not green and get away with it.
Your army, your colours. Purple tau and yellow tyranids are around, so why not grey blue orks? Nobody can discriminate because of your colour choices, hey you could call them racist!
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Just say they are very dusty..
Or that it is camouflage, or that they mutated slightly due to living under strange conditions of some sort.
Better be ready for a barrage of insults from 'propa Orkie playaz' though. Orkz is green, only wimpy tau are blue. Green is best after all!
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I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
Well, I don't see why anybody needs to insult somebody who's painting Orks blue. If you make a great story out of it, you'll have a unique army that gets much looked at. ;Y
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I would probable do a little research and find a greyish blueish plant or fungus and work the name of that into it and maybe something about it's habitat or why its that color to blend into the strange envoriment (kommandos) or attract prey or whatever. If you can find a fungus thats any color you could come up with some fiction for it.
Omegoku is right though so make sure you fiction is good.
I think you should paint them red couse red ones goes faster...just kidding of course.
You just go ahead and paint them bluegrey, as others said it's your army after all.
In fluff they are green though, but so what?
If red ones are faster then I guess blue ones are cooler.
Actually, if you want the input of a fella with practical field biology in his background, green's got nuffin' ta dew wiv funguz.
If dey wuz funguz, dey'd be grey and tan anyway. I'd say go at it, research the way fungus are, and intellectually decimate the first Ork "purist" who tries to say otherwise while knowing nothing about the biology he preaches.
Not that biology has any place in 40k ...
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The blue could also just as easily be warpaint or tattoos. While my orks are mostly green I have a fair number of fairly blue orks, I've always been rather fond of the idea of warpaint so needless to say my boyz are covered in reds, blues and yellows depending on clan affiliation.
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I did see a painting article at some point, somewhere (memory fails to serve, unfortunately) that had blue-grey orks. The only unfortunate thing was that the painter decided to undercoat with a deep red color, and then essentially drybrush Shadow and Codex and Fortress grey on top. The result was somewhat unappealing.
I fully support your blue-grey ork paint scheme, I would merely advise against painting a large batch with a red undercoat. If nothing else, try painting two or three boyz in variations of your scheme until you find something you like, and run with it.
At a local store in San Diego, there's a complete 40K ork army with dark brown skin and zulu-style cow-skin shields. Not sure about the political correctness of that, but I have to admit as far as alternate paint schemes go, it was pretty impressive.
blood for the blood god - yay!