Right now I'm trying to get an army together for War of the Ring. I'd very much like to play Elves in a manner true to the books, especially concerning the paint scheme. When I was deciding on what to take, something hit me: IIRC, in the Silmarillion the Elves are always described as wearing 'silver' armour.

The movies depict Elves in gold. Does anyone know where PJ based this on?

And is there anyone who knows whether Elves mass produced there armour, or all had custom made suits of armour, that were passed down by generations? As such, would it be true to the books to have all similar Elves as the movies do, or a more varied bunch?

I'm pretty steeped in LotR lore, but I couldn't find answers to these questions. Thanks in advance!