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Carapace-Khemri/Scorched Brown Exo-Skeleton-Ice/Enchanted Blue (Traditional Painting)
Carapace-Dark Angels Green Exo-Skeleton-Dheneb Stone (Dipped models)
Ok so those are my thoughts. I want to do a stirking scheme that will have next to no similarities to the showcased nids in the book. The brown/blue as seen in some Eavy' Metal tau models would, in my opinion, create a much more attractive looking army. If I go down this path I will most likely use a large amount of drybrushing and inks. If I go with the green carapace and brown skin I will most likely dip the models, adding as much detail as I can without defeating the purpose of dipping them, which is to save time.
I am looking for a fairly quick way to paint these models, but at the same time I do appreciate a well painted army.
So my question is, on a 1500 point army-wide scale, which would you go with and why?
If you have another idea that you think would better suit what I am looking for feel free to post.
I at least have a hard time clicking any of those options when I don't know exactly how you're going to paint those models. For instance: on the first option, is the entire carapace Kehmri/Schorched Brown or are they the typical Chaos Black with the fun little ridge lines.
Long story short: Pics (you could buy that $9 box of termagaunts to experiment on for paint schemes) or more description please.
I vote dipping, it's less work and looks really good if you do it right. You can always do special models in more detail. I might go Green and Bone myself.
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I'd advocate traditional painting... sure dipping is quick... there's that... but it just doesn't look as good close up...
I dipped one of my armies to save time, and regretted it afterwards... sure it was done quicker... but I know it would have looked better if I went with a traditional approach....
I knew Zarachius's question would come up sooner or later, so I will elaborate now. Yes, if I went with either technique, I would make the shell look traditional, with the deeper, darker color at the top of the shell, progressively getting lighter as you went further down the shell.
The colors I listed are just to give an idea of the range of colors I am looking at using for each part.
Here is where I'm torn. I love the colors of the brown/blue color scheme. But I equally appreciate the time in which a dipped army can be done. This is a thought that has recently come up in my mind. I could paint the army using the blue/brown scheme, but dip the normal models. For my more detailed models, I could use citadel inks, which have a very similar purpose and execution. This way I could highlight over that to add an extra *oomph* to my larger models, or even my warriors. My main concern about doing this is what the blue shell would end up looking like after I use the wood stain on the normal troops.
I think it sounds like you want the blue and brown colour scheme. I'm not sure how the blue areas will loom with wood stain on them. It is possible the stain will just look like dark colouration one it dries. I suggest that you do a test with a cheap, expendable model and see how it turns out. That will help you to decide what to do.
You can go here to test out your schemes if you'd deem that worthwhile.
Would be a bit better than putting down brush and paint on something you're not sure of.
Note: Only the gaunt and warrior works so far.
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Last edited by Hellbreaker; September 26th, 2009 at 23:14.
I have decided over two years now to finally cut it quits when it came to nice looking models. I have too many a gaunt and stealer to paint nicely. I found that after trying to paint a few gaunts a certain scheme I went mad! However, after 4 different schemes, I came upon a way that I can do a gaunt quickly. I don't dip, I use the GW washes to paint with. It looks solid from a table top view and that is all that matters for gaunts.
I came upon the fact that it doesn't matter what your gaunts look like in the end. As long as you have nice bases and a unified scheme your whole army can be painted quickly and without too much care. The only models that I will take time on will be my Hive Tyrant, Trygon, and Carnifex's (Maybe). I know that people will truly only want to look at my Hive Tyrant and Trygon...so their is simply no reason to paint the Gaunts with layers of paint and a lot of shading. You may feel good about it, but it will also take the average painter living an average life a long time.
I voted the brown and blue scheme for the idea of it. If you can find a quick way to do it then go, but if not, I suggest a new scheme.
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