Seeing as I’ve committed to playing with only painted models in 6th edition (at least for now), and my Tyranids are all but finished (still awaiting a dipping extravaganza), it’s time to start addressing some Space Marine goodies that I’ve been neglecting for a while. Two particular focus points for me are thunderfire cannons and terrain/fortifications. With the proliferation of Aegis Defense Lines, I went ahead and made those my next project.
After throwing a coat of blue on the walls, I ran into a snag. My first idea was to paint the trim in silver/boltgun, and then paint all of the aquillas in the traditional yellow of my Ultramarines. After I painted one up though, I just wasn’t convinced it was a good look.
Granted, it doesn’t look bad, but I just don’t have much metallic paint on my army, preferring the 2nd edition paint scheme with lots of bold accents in primary colors. The other possibility was to paint the trim in a nice contrasting color. Red could work, but that’s a 5th company color scheme, and the rest of my army is painted in yellow. So, in the interest of having decisions, I painted up the trim on one of the wall sections in yellow as well.
Keep in mind that neither is complete. The boltgun just has a single coat (although a “finished” wall would likely have just a wash and a silver highlight). The yellow has some bleed-over that needs to be cleaned up, but the yellow color scheme is what the end result would look like.
The yellow is great because it just matches the theme of my army. I hate that it takes so much more effort to paint (do I really want to worry about six coats of paint for terrain?), and I’m completely unsure as to what color to paint the aquilla.
So, the question is, which do you prefer, and why? And if you prefer the yellow walls, what color do I paint that silly imperial eagle?