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Sherlockgeek28 May 2020 8:30 p.m. PST

Building/painting four armies for Warfare in the Age of Madness. Looking for tips and ideas for paint schemes on them.
Have the Free Rangers(Robin Hood inspired armed with archers, mortars, and two recoilless) Hooded Man Trilogy gave the idea.
Local Sheriff Department (Standard Infantry, MGs, snipers, and two Sherman Tanks [ever town has some random WW2 hardware laying around right])
Corporate Alliance(mechanized Blackwater)
Vampires and Werewolves with thralls using support weapons cause why not.

Thanks in advance

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 May 2020 6:55 a.m. PST

A lot depends on how "uniform" you want an army to feel.

But for me the key is painting all of one army in one general color scheme. This does not mean uniform like Napoleonics. But for example:

Free Rangers do NATO type camo on all their vehicles, and wear something "Robin Hood Green" usually a cloak or overcoat.

Sheriffs wear mostly blue clothing ideally dark blue pants, light blue shirts. Vehicles have big white sheriff badge style stars on the hoods and doors.

Corporate: Black unmarked vehicles. Gray unis with black tiger stripe or digital camo.

Vampires/Werewolves: Go steampunk with lots of copper and brass colors. Vampires wear bright colors cuz Count Dracula, werwolves are slovenly.

Another great way to make armies stand out is basing. So again, Rangers get dirt/grass. Sheriffs get gravel road. Corporate get asphalt or plain dirt. Vamps get swampy grass etc.

NOLA Chris Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2020 7:42 a.m. PST

Nice tips EC! thank you!
i'm gonna use some of those

Sherlockgeek29 May 2020 9:00 a.m. PST

Thank you. I was going to give the Free Rangers a more classic hunter look brown leather and jeans with cloaks of different colours, they do not have vehicles figured pure light infantry be handy in zombie apocalypse.

The sheriff and the corporates I like that idea a lot thank you. I like the idea for the thralls being like a mix of colonial soldiers and modern soldiers. The werewolves are going to be in wolf form.

I was going to make the leader of Sheriff Kurtz, figured its a good reference.

Any tips on how do the basing? I am rather a newbie at it overall.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 May 2020 11:04 a.m. PST

Here is the technique for basing I use, just vary the colors to each army's sceheme:


Sherlockgeek29 May 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

Thank you

DyeHard29 May 2020 12:18 p.m. PST

I like you basic scheme of a Post-Apoch world based on old stories:

One of the joys of non-historic subjects is the freedom to select your color palette.

I wish I knew more about this subject, but to be honest, I had to leave my proper education in color theory in the long past. But I do know enough about it to know that movies and TV shows put a lot of effort in to these matters. It can communicate a lot (much in the same way the background music does).

So I did some Googling to get some ideas flowing.
I suspect this is more an after the fact based on the particular photo, but still provokes thought:

But perhaps more particle are just some sets of palettes:

Add there are also tools to generate palettes, but most are a bit confusing for me to use,
But this one just makes one after another:

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 May 2020 7:19 p.m. PST

I find it is easier to think of a team uniform you like and copy those colors, as they have thought it through.

Sherlockgeek05 Jun 2020 3:16 p.m. PST

Should be posting pics soon for the Robin Hood Army

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