I have a Dark Eldar army that needs to be painted (and in some cases repainted) and the races' fall into pleasure always makes me think of the Romans. Furthermore, I like the concept of the Roman Empire, or any Empire, and would like to apply the hubris, egoism and will to win that it implies to my force.
To that end, I want to try to evade the sombre always-black DE and pay some homage to the Romans
Without conversion (just paint). I was thinking about this:
A general roman legionnaire looks as such:
So I was thinking that at the very least, Kabilite warriors could be silver armour, and red in any clothy parts ; but which GW paints should I shoot for? Is Boltgun Metal shiny enough? Is Blood red bright enough?
secondly, as wyches have low armour I was thinking of doing them either in red suits, or in brown suits (evoke brown leather) with red under-cloth.
Heavier armoured or more important models (Incubi, HQ choices) , I thought might be allowed Gold armour with red undertones for cloth, kind of as such:
as well, all plumes of hair would match the red of the roman-brush helmet, which is pretty iconic; while nonhelmets will probably keep to black hair, and white, in some cases.
So, in theory, the army would generally be unified under metallics like Gold and Silver, as well as bright red-tones.
However, Vehicles are not so simple, and I'm not so sure of weapons should essentially be black, or, perhaps some other colour.
BUT, to my questions:
1) Do you feel these mettalics+red scheme would look okay? Is it too bright for Dark Eldar?
2) How would you approach Vehicles in this army, personally?
3) For Hellions (and perhaps others) I want to add a little wear and rust to their skyboards; is this best achieved with bronze+orange mix?
4) What GW paints should I look for to complete this scheme ?
and 5) For the Talos, (as it is my favourite unit) I wanted to treat it a bit special, possibly. First, Talos in Greek Myth is the giant man of bronze that attacks and defends Crete. Though this is not Roman, I want to pay a bit of homage to it. Do you think there's anyway to pull that off in the new Talos model without looking goofy? Any thoughts there would help.
The Talos myth looks like this:
I don't just want to slap bronze on him all over and call it done, but perhaps the skin, or maybe just the armour... anyway, maybe. (This is something I'm thinking about but might break the army unity.)
Thanks for any and all reccommendations! (Or non-recommendations and advice warning me not to do this scheme)