+ inload: Raising Coropedion +

+ Raising Coropedion +

+ The Bakka Campaign saw conflict between the Sons of the Temple and loyalist Army, supported by Astartes elements. +

+ Theoretical +

+ Choosing a scheme can be a bit intimidating; you can never be sure it'll work. However, that shouldn't stop you from trying. Always painting forces based on a scheme someone else has worked out misses one of the most fun parts of the creative process, and discourages you from writing your own material. Doing this can really tie you into the world you're playing in, and can be very rewarding. +

+ Generally speaking, I consider the following things when picking a scheme:
  • Tonal contrast – Generally speaking, your scheme should include both light tints and deep shades. This can be as simple as picking a light-coloured paint and a dark-coloured paint; or, as I've done here, two midtones that I will 'force' either way to get that contrast in.
  • Hue – Contrast in hue is also generally a good way to get impact. Complementary pairs – orange and blue, green and red etc. – are always effective. Picking too many colours can quickly get messy and hard to control, so I recommend you minimise the 'core' hues to two or three.
  • Ease of replication – if you want a consistent army, then something that requires lots of mixing and layering may not be practical. If it's a small group, the extra effort may be worth it.
  • Accents – Having a hue that stands out from your core colours (see above) is a great way to pick out important details and direct the eye. For this turquoise and terracotta scheme, I've gone for acid green – it complements the rusty-orange and contrasts with turquoise.

+ Try checking out the things around you. If you can find an animal or plant with a similar scheme, you know it'll work – in this example, the colours are similar to those of a kingfisher. +

+ It also offers a great chance to experiment. If you're unsure whether your scheme will work, use a spare model – I used some crew models [+noosphericinloadlink embedded+] to try out this turquoise and terracotta scheme before starting this Warlord Titan. +

+ Practical +

+ I really like these models, so I want to take my time and enjoy them. Part of the appeal of them is the scale, which lends itself to slight variance – entire plates might have been replaced or cleaned at different times, so slight variance in the finish can work really nicely. +

+ It's also a great opportunity to experiment. I've been using granulation medium on these plates – this is a colourless medium that you add to wet paint. It encourages the pigment particles to clump together, creating visual texture. It works best with inks, so I've been using lots of sepia here, and gradually building up the tone and hue. +

 + I think I've probably gone a bit overboard on the weathering/damage here, but that's what experimentation is about. I can always return to refine this later – but I may find that in the context of the whole titan, this detail works better than in isolation. +

+ The lesson, then, is to take the rough with the smooth, and move on. Don't let the perfect become the enemy of the good. +

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