I've been a huge fan of the site for a while now and I've got a color-related question that I was hoping you could help me out with. I'm trying to come up with a scheme for my DE and am having some trouble figuring it out.
From the beginning, I knew I wanted my scheme to revolve around having bone-colored armor. Then I thought it might be neat to have something dark behind it to create an interesting contrast. So, for example, a Warrior might have bone-colored armor plates and the parts underneath the plates (back of the legs, etc) would be black.
Then I was browsing around and found the attached picture.
"Wow, that looks pretty sharp" thought I, and so I came to the scheme that I am currently stuck on. Bone-colored armor, black under-items, red accent bits. Seems like a good idea to me.
Except now I'm stuck. Not all models can be painted with just 3 colors, so I tried to come up with additional, complimentary colors using the wheel-method you usually advocate. That's when I realized that my scheme was basically a neutral color, black, and red. This is sort of making it tough for me to come up with ideas for additional colors. I was thinking perhaps some sort of cool blue/aqua color would be good since bleached bone is kind of a yellow or an orange and so going for something in the blue to green range would be a good idea, but I'm not sure.
That's where I was hoping you could help. What can I do?
Is there something I can use instead of black to make this scheme more interesting, but still have that sort of look?
Would the blue/aqua be a good idea? How about a blue/purple? Or both?
I think using a color scheme where the main colors are black and neutral is problematic, but that bone/black/red just looks so sharp. Help!
Sorry for the delay in getting to this.
The scheme in your attached picture is a light, desaturated orange, with red accents. Black isn't a color, so it doesn't contribute to the scheme. What you have here is a warm analogous harmony. With a little bit of complementary cyan shading on the black bits.
But, if we take that light, desaturated orange (bone), and make it a light desaturated blue-cyan (bone in blue light) instead, then things get much more interesting from a Dark-Kin standpoint.
Then, if we trade the black for a lighter desaturated blue-cyan, we get something similar to the fetching young thing from Tron at the top of this article. With saturated blood accents.
That's what I'd go with.