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(copied from my post on C'tan Support Goup. Just wanted more input...)
I have been looking for a way to show squad differention between my squads, because even now, when I only have 2:4 of them painted, a few complications come to mind...first I was thinking of using the 4 different small necron transfers located on the bottom corners of the sheet. i can think of putting them on the edge of the base, if the base is thick enough, or on the axe blade. I can't do it on the shoulder pads like normal people as my color scheme is gold armor plates...and I detest the 'eavy metal way of painting a strip of black for it...but of course, a few complications come to mind here. First, aesthetics/visibility. If its on the base, it might be hard to see. If its on the model any where, I am afraid it will ruin my finely painted models. (off topic, sorta: I was going to put some transfers on spyders, wraiths, destroyers, my destroyer lord, the normal lords cape, and the monolith too, but I'm not too sure about that either, for the same reason, and how well it will fit with the whole army...Note that I am in a time of mental crisis with my army, and the hobby now, as I've reached the possible apex of my army, but I'm not sure.... :hmm: :mellow: :hmm: :wacko: :hmm: :closedeyes: :hmm: .) Also, I am thinking of getting a troop box, raising my total amount of warriors to 54, so a few things would happen to my squads... either i could take 5 10 mans, 4 13 mans, or many other combinations. This means that I wouldn't have enough types of markings, OR: if I decided to take a 20 man squad for example, I would have mixed markings, especially if I don't get that extra troop box...So I am even undecided about this...
My other idea is to make a warrior into a standard bearer of sorts...give him some sort of way to indicate his squad from another. But this wont do too much to show different squads at the border between the two...so if I decide to do this, since it does sound like the cooler thing to do, how would I go about making a necron squad leader? I was thinking along the lines of a banner, destroyer head, damage, immortal body w/ norm gun...things like that. But again not even sure if I should do this at all.
So, what do you think would be the best way to keep my squads separate? I'm leaning to wards transfer on base, as its simplest, and doesn't degrade model quality. Or should I just live with identical necrons forever...
Hmmm, I don't see why you should differentiate your squads if you are going to use them in so many different combinations. I don't know much about necron fluff but I assume all the warriors are mass produced to house the souls of the old race or whatever. Why not just have all your warriors identical? Then it won't matter who is in which squad.Originally posted by ShadowZora13@Mar 8 2005, 13:51
Also, I am thinking of getting a troop box, raising my total amount of warriors to 54, so a few things would happen to my squads... either i could take 5 10 mans, 4 13 mans, or many other combinations. This means that I wouldn't have enough types of markings, OR: if I decided to take a 20 man squad for example, I would have mixed markings, especially if I don't get that extra troop box...So I am even undecided about this...[snapback]346810[/snapback]
Because I can't tell my units apart when they are very close to each other on the table. :rolleyes:Originally posted by robotnik@Mar 7 2005, 21:27
Hmmm, I don't see why you should differentiate your squads if you are going to use them in so many different combinations. I don't know much about necron fluff but I assume all the warriors are mass produced to house the souls of the old race or whatever. Why not just have all your warriors identical? Then it won't matter who is in which squad.[snapback]346823[/snapback]
I had the same problems...
I made one warrior in each squad a different color (spinal ridges, axe blades, and edges of shoulder blades). call that the leader.
Then if the squads are next to each other, point the guns in different directions... so far it's worked... =)
I painted the tubes on the guns and the rune on the chest for each squad differently. For instance, my first warrior squad has Blood Red on the gun-hoses and the chest rune is red over black, my second squad has Scorpion Green on the gun-hoses and gold over black on the chest, and my third squad is still unpainted.
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Hmm.. necrons are difficult to distinguish between. How about making squads look different ways - one are looking to right, one to left etc. (I mean pull their heads off and stick em in position).
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I am not sure if I understand why you would want to have a noticable difference on all your squads. I mean I know someone said that you can't tell them apart on the table but is this really a major problem? I have never encountered a situation where my squads where so close that I could tell them apart. And I have to say that in the rare chance that ever did occur I would be able to remember how many models each squad has left so there would be no confusion. This would only seem to be a problem if you where playing 3000 pts or more.
This is not to bash anyone who does this, it just seems to me that necrons are exact replicas, if you have seen one you have seem them all (of the same unit type) and seems unfluffy to distingush between warriors.
Just trying to understand!
One idea is to paint the bases different colors in one spot. If you do this in just the back of the base, it will still look uniform from the front but you'll be able to easily pick out units from behind.
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