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I have been playing with the idea of starting up a Imperial Guard army, and after getting the codex I have decided what I want. I posted my list in the Imperial Guard section, it might not be the best list, but it's what I want.

I want to paint them to look like Falcons, however I'm lost as to exactly what colors to base them with, and how exactly to add the wing details to their helmates.

I'm thinking browns, blacks, and some soft whites, any ideas would be welcomed.
 

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Hmm, you didnt get many repliues to this.

OK first point is most drop troops (airborne/paratroop) wear camoflage rather than dress like bigbird, you may want to ponder this, a falcon admittedly is not bright yellow but its camoflage is for entire a differnet purpose than that of groun troops.

My elysians are done with grey/blue jump suits but cammo armour plates, another though you may want to consider (piccis are in the LO gallery)

But if you desperately want to paint them loke falcons, fistly you need to understand that falcon is a family of birds, they have different colour schemes, calssically they will have lighter undersides too

Mostly you are talking broens, you could happily do the coveralls a lighter brown from the armour plates, but it aint gonna look much like a falcon cos the figure and detail is not feathered, so you are left with the prospect of freehanding feather effecs, even the best painters would shy away from this for 2 reasons:

Quantity - this is gonna require a huge amount of detailed freehand which coupled with the number of minis in an IG army means you are gonna be painting well into the second decade of this centuary

Effect - however well you paint, the effect is unlikely to look right, the minis are not falcons ,they lack the large expanse of feathers on a falcons wing which is the dominant area of pattern, so it aint gonna look like a falcon however you paint it
 

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Cheredanine said:
Hmm, you didnt get many repliues to this.

OK first point is most drop troops (airborne/paratroop) wear camoflage rather than dress like bigbird, you may want to ponder this, a falcon admittedly is not bright yellow but its camoflage is for entire a differnet purpose than that of groun troops.

My elysians are done with grey/blue jump suits but cammo armour plates, another though you may want to consider (piccis are in the LO gallery)

But if you desperately want to paint them loke falcons, fistly you need to understand that falcon is a family of birds, they have different colour schemes, calssically they will have lighter undersides too

Mostly you are talking broens, you could happily do the coveralls a lighter brown from the armour plates, but it aint gonna look much like a falcon cos the figure and detail is not feathered, so you are left with the prospect of freehanding feather effecs, even the best painters would shy away from this for 2 reasons:

Quantity - this is gonna require a huge amount of detailed freehand which coupled with the number of minis in an IG army means you are gonna be painting well into the second decade of this centuary

Effect - however well you paint, the effect is unlikely to look right, the minis are not falcons ,they lack the large expanse of feathers on a falcons wing which is the dominant area of pattern, so it aint gonna look like a falcon however you paint it
Oh, I didn't plan on giving the models full feather designs, I knew this would be crazy. I was just planning on hand painting a feather shape on either their hemate or shoulder armor, just to show what army they are part of.

I'm just having trouble thinking about the colors, brown come to mind, and I'm thinking about Bleached Bone, Graveyard Earth, Chaos Black for the Camoflague Designed Cloths, and Sorched Brown for the Armor, Skull White for the feather design.
 
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