Friday, September 30, 2011

Coming up with a color scheme for my Cygnar.




So there it was. My Cygnar battle box. I had bought it before Privateer Press made the new plastic battle box sets so the Warjacks are the old sculpts, but that was okay. I replaced the old Stryker miniature with the alternate one and set out to start painting. However, there was an important question that still needed answering. What color scheme am I going to use?

Well, I'm not gonna lie. Coming up with a color scheme for Cygnar was hard. At first, I was going to paint them in a really dark blue. Then I felt that maybe the scheme wouldn't pop enough while sitting on the board. Or maybe I couldn't pull it off. So then my second idea was to do them in a dirty mustard yellow and crimson color. I was sort of inspired by the costumes in the movie "Kingdom of Heaven" and I thought what the color scheme of Balian de Ibelin's knights were pretty neat.





So I started painting up all four of the models in this style. Half crimson on one side and a pale dirty yellow on the other. Even though I was only about half way through painting them, I decided to play my first game with them. It was during that game that I started to feel that there was something about them that didn't sit well with me. I couldn't quite figure out what it was. Then it hit me. For some reason, the more I looked at the color scheme of my models, the more I thought of McDonald's.


I know it's not rational, but I just couldn't get the McDonald's thing out of my head. So, I had to start from scratch and repaint my Cygnar force. Although, the question still remained, what color scheme? Well, I have this weird pride thing where I don't like stealing someone else's color scheme and so I refused to duplicate something I saw on the painting forums. Most of the time I find that I'm imaginative enough to come up with my own cool scheme. The truth is that this time, I didn't have the creative juice flowing at all. I mean obviously, even the yellow and crimson scheme was stolen from "Kingdom of Heaven" (Stolen? Inspired by? Heh heh. Okay whatever). So what did I do? I ended up stealing a color scheme anyways. I just couldn't avoid it.

I looked up at my book shelf and saw something that I thought would be PERFECT for my Cygnar. I felt it still kept the "personality" that Cygnar projects and yet, at the same time, it's not their default studio color scheme. So what color scheme was it? Where did I steal it from?

From a Japanese video game called, "Valkyria Chronicles"


Alright. That looks cool and all, but can you duplicate it on a miniature? Well....yikes, I don't think so. However, with a little compromise, I think I can. Bascially, I took the same approach to the camo pattern but instead of using like, three or four different colors, I used only two. Light grey blue and dark grey blue. The red areas lined with white I still kept. So, after much work, here is the result! My final Cygnar color scheme!



I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I can't wait to see what 50 points of these guys might look like sitting the table all painted up. I'll post more pictures as I add new models to my Cygnar collection. Stay tuned!

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