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Twoball Cane05 Nov 2016 9:39 a.m. PST

My first alien force …. Using Ravenstar vehicles and micro panzer amakudari….with some ghar drones fro gates of Antares.

I'm happy with the look…but trying to figure out a color scheme is tough.

( back drop is my scifi city of Shishkabob)





Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2016 10:07 a.m. PST

You could try searching up palettes for websites; for example: link

Grelber05 Nov 2016 10:31 a.m. PST

Not an SF gamer, but I noticed somebody had their starships in the John Deere livery. Rather handsome, actually. So, you might want to look around at other corporate color schemes to see if any appeal to you.


Greylegion05 Nov 2016 11:00 a.m. PST

You might find something here.

Oldgrumbler05 Nov 2016 11:14 a.m. PST

Use the colors of your favorite, or most hated, sports team.

zrunelord05 Nov 2016 11:17 a.m. PST

Hi Twoball,
Are you going to use them on that superb table ?

If yes consider Vallejo Model Air or Military range colours.
you can d/l brochures from here

I would consider a model colour 70882 middlestone base + patterns of 70918 Ivory or 70917 Beige or 70976 Buff or vice versa. " colour scheme maximum 3.

These paints should be airbrushable also.

Hope this helps

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2016 12:35 p.m. PST

I seem to remember some Aliens in some rule set as having bizarre mauve and chartreuse patterns on their ships. Go bold! They are aliens after all.

Twoball Cane05 Nov 2016 12:57 p.m. PST

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the responses.

These tanks and apc's from ravenstar studios are big and I don't own an air brush. Once I commit to a scheme I stick with it. So I'm alil gunshy picking a pattern. I like the color palette links and yes alien colors can be anything.

Just setting them up, the color choices haven't hit me. Jason at micropanzer has his infantry painted up well…. I might "borrow" his pattern not palette.

I'm on leave for 3 more weeks so I've got to use the time to paint something!

Zephyr105 Nov 2016 1:46 p.m. PST

Depending on how garish you want to go…

Medium gray base* with bright purple 'tiger' stripes (outlined in black for the larger ones.) * with small speckled dots in light gray/white, if you are feeling ambitious… ;-)

Mugwump06 Nov 2016 3:46 a.m. PST

I did a grey, blue & white camouflage scheme on my futuristic armor. All were muted and I used a Vietnam Era camouflage scheme. I figure alien's eyes are tuned to a different spectrum than humans.

The kicker is: what's camouflage to us may stand out like a sore thumb to them-and vice-versa.

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2016 2:14 p.m. PST

I wouldn't go with website palettes – they are intended to not be obtrusive when reading content

I would first make the decision on whether you want a bold pattern or camouflage type. I do agree that you have a great table setup, might be nice to blend in with that a bit.

For a bold scheme – the advise on sports teams or corporate colour schemes is excellent. Sports "liveries" are designed to be impactful. You could also use colour schemes from another big corporation – (whispers) Games Workshop

You might seriously consider using rattle cans to get the base colour – that should be more even than brushing the larger vehicles. That may change some of your colour decisions. Don't forget that automotive colours can be used, and Tamiya have quite a large range.

Let us know what you decide


Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2016 4:35 p.m. PST

A strange-looking but very appealing one is the Berlin Brigade scheme: link

Twoball Cane06 Nov 2016 6:14 p.m. PST

@ Jeff,that pattern is indeed strange. Definitely has a good effect at distance and in an urban local. The link was a good read too, thank you.

@ Jwebster, I will post an update photo of my first trooper later this week.

@ Zrune, thanks man my table can be broken down in 10 mins… The buildings are all based. I do game on that desert locale quite a bit. Definitely appreciate the kind words on my baby…oops err my table.

So far:

I have native resistance infantry aliens in a brown color, w red eyes (of course.)

Light green / green and Tan force called the United Colonies

Maroon, brown and tan opfor. The Black Rose Mercenary force.

For these aliens …. I'm going to try a light purple helmet with orange or green eye piece…and grey / green armor. A compromise of all the input.

For the armor and hover vehicles/ mecha…I'm gonna snag a base coat primer from army painter…probably tan and use some light purple camo. and dip them / clear coat the final.

Please kind folks keep any other great links or ideas coming… I thank you in advance ! 🍻

Lion in the Stars06 Nov 2016 10:46 p.m. PST

I think Leland/Black Widow Pilot did a modified Ambush pattern on some of his wedge tanks, used a royal purple instead of the red-brown color, but the green and dark yellow were standard German colors.

Instantly alien tanks!

zrunelord07 Nov 2016 10:18 a.m. PST

You're welcome 2Ball,
Here are some good Mechwarrior references which all can use.
Most probably you'll end up getting confused on which one to use.:):):)

Spray cans/Automotive spray cans( didn't know they're called Rattle cans also )can be used, unfortunately I can only get a few matt colours locally whilst the majority are gloss.
They also have great metallic colours, which might be worth considering.Eg. Dark silver base with Black zebra stripes.

And last but not least – these buildings would look great on anyone's table.


wrgmr107 Nov 2016 4:11 p.m. PST

As your setting is in the desert, I sugest something the British did in 1941.


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