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Out of curiosity, how do you differentiate your warrior squads? Or even wyches? It's fairly easy for my marines with the shoulder badges, but I'm at a loss for what to do about my DE. It gets quite confusing when there are several units too near each other, i.e. combat.
When I first painted them a decade ago, each squad was a different colour such that many of my friends called them circus eldar - I wish I still had a picture of them. Around a year ago, I painted them all black (attached), now called black eldar (honestly, I just don't think I can win!).
I tend to use similar helmet decorations on each squad, so one will be plumed, the other spiky, the third smooth helmed/headed. Works pretty well.
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For wyches, I color their hair differently - blue hair, purple hair and black hair then also by sex, male blue hair, female black hair, etc., This becomes more important as each squad will have a different drug effect. I run 6 squads of wyches in my wych cult and it would be impossible to remember which wych has what drug! So I write it down so my opponent can see it and verify.
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I took a significantly more time consuming approach...I'm currently in the process of converting all my warriors to different poses more suited to their squad use, i.e. assault squads will be running forward or rifle butting, sniper squads will be in static aiming positions, etc. Originally however I simply used slight differentials when basing them. All members of one squad would have small rocks on top of their sandy bases, while all members of another would have dry brushed emulsion paint and small scattered rocks. Depending on how creative you are I'm sure you can easily differentiate them in such a manner without making the bases overly uniform.
All my warriors have the same colour scheme, except I painted the gun-barrels of each squad different colours, so one squad have red gun-barrels, another has black, etc
Its pretty basic but makes it easy for me and my opponent to tell who belongs to each squad on the field
I was pondering on the same issue regarding my wych sqauds. I was planning on giving them a different color per squad: for now I have them in black armour with a color (turqois) on the rims of their armour. I like the orange hair on them really a lot so the thought of giving them different hair colors doesn't appeal to me. Personnaly I don't want to look too much as punkers.
I was thinking of making the raiders match their colors so you would have a "blue squad" a "green squad" and so on. Fluff wise the colors could stand for the different "gladiator house" they come from.
Now my question is this: will this different color per squad not make the army look too much of a patchwork or color circus? I hoped it would work because the main color is black but the accent changes color.
I should get my camera working againg to show a picture...
I keep my warrior squad all identical (8 guys total, 1 blaster, 1 splintercannon and a horrorfex raider) so this isn't an issue I run into - though it is the priamry reason why I keep the squads identical.
I change up my squad compositions far too much to give them each a unique style. If they get too close together (like during assaults), I just put a little space between the units to help keep them from getting mixed together.
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I use spike arrangement. Helmet with spikes, helmet with no spikes, shoulders with spikes, etc for warriors.
My wyches get different colored hairbands/legbands. It works fairly well and only really gets confusing when I have two or three squads stuck in at once.
One trick I find useful is to colour the ring on models bases, the inclined ledge that leads to the platform they stand on.
Colour one squads red, one blue, ,ake your characters all one colour... If you're one of those people that switches up your lists often this can work much better than the squad with this head, or the squad with these spikes here...
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