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Kirby
02-10-2011, 13:24
I've recently started up Warmachine and my mate and I are splitting the two-player battle box. Lucky us the battle-box both had an army we were interested in getting - Menoth for me and Khador for him. So not wanting to wait for the battle box (it's on pre-order and hasn't shipped yet!) we both got quite a few models before hand to assemble and paint ready to play when the box comes in.

Here's my WIP Menoth Reckoner. I've decided on a fire-based color scheme with oranges, yellows and reds for the majority of the army with yellow as the secondary color. I'm quite happy with the general turn-out of the scheme, it's very bright in the photos but not so much IRL and I haven't used any washes yet. I'll be doing a dirty yellow/brown wash for the yellow armor trim which should dull it down quite a bit.

Anyway, my main issue currently is another color for detailing/weapons. This may only be an issue with the Warjacks but the massive weapons I think would overwhelm the senses and blend in with the armor too much if I used the orange/yellow combination on them. So my question for you is - what color do you recommend? Keep in mind I'll be using a desert-themed base to keep 'in fluff' with Menoth which obviously isn't included in the pictures.

So here are the WIP pictures (there are some gaps as I haven't glued things and the blu-tack moved). C&C on the scheme and what other colors can be used would be greatly appreciated!


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6WKy-bRxASc/TohU6s1n-RI/AAAAAAAACtk/lvl3m-2CuZs/s640/DSCN2296.JPG
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TItrWnGNumg/TohVJDnsyPI/AAAAAAAACto/-mN2XadKWuU/s640/DSCN2297.JPG
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fPtIApLDZSg/TohVj3LYZwI/AAAAAAAACtw/1vCqs6FFSXQ/s640/DSCN2299.JPG
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6rOj0txtpPc/TohVyHqrUzI/AAAAAAAACt0/_PiM0BAkHnc/s640/DSCN2301.JPG

More info on my army and pictures can be seen here at 3++ (http://kirbysblog-ic.blogspot.com/2011/10/protectorate-of-menoth-paint-scheme.html).

Keravin
02-10-2011, 13:28
It's definitely going to be noticed.

What I might do is actually replace the yellow with gold as you'll get a nice rich ornate look and it would probably emphasise the orange.

Kirby
03-10-2011, 02:41
Will try a trial scheme like that - remember the yellow is going to be darkened with some ink so isn't going to be as bright. Just not sure what color to do the weapons as the yellow + metal on the gun looks pretty eh currently.

Keravin
03-10-2011, 11:46
That's why the gold or bronze might work better for you there.

mdiscala
03-10-2011, 14:44
I like the idea of the gold too instead of yellow. Check out my plog, I did white swirls on my menoth, it might look really cool if you did yellow swirls over the orange background on your guys, and then did gold or brass where the yellow is now. Let me know what you think.

Kirby
04-10-2011, 12:12
@mdiscala, I saw your blog and think your stuff is amazing! I put my friend onto your Khador and I think he msg'd you. Wasn't a fan of your Menoth infantry though (the black) but I did like the two Jacks - not very accomplished at freehand myself so might move away from the swirls...

Anyway, here's an updated photo. I've only worked on the yellow and decided to dumb it down and reverse the schematic. Rather than starting with a bright color and darkening it, I've decided a darker yellow base and making it lighter might be better. I haven't inked it yet for shadowing and have only done some very faint highlights but think it looks better overall. Some more inking and highlights should give the color more depth but in terms of color palette I like the duller effect.


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uT20KGIjcOc/ToroKx9SBII/AAAAAAAACt8/WldVbxeOfY0/s640/DSCN2303.JPG
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-54BZFBbpkp4/Torof9AM1MI/AAAAAAAACuA/Gg5bT3I5BEE/s640/DSCN2304.JPG
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sbJmSzIEzMw/TororEK1KDI/AAAAAAAACuE/5CeEGBp5ywY/s640/DSCN2305.JPG
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F2Rp8VG6SBU/Toro-ktBORI/AAAAAAAACuI/hbza954san0/s640/DSCN2307.JPG

Shadowmancer
04-10-2011, 12:26
There was a rule of painting that someone said on Podhammer, never use yellow to paint yellow. I think this may be a case where this is probably a good idea, using Bubonic Brown shading up to Bleached Bone. Those are my thoughts on how to improve the yellow if you want to go that way.