Tallarn Sand is a base coat paint from the Citadel Colour range, designed for miniature painting. It is an acrylic paint with a matt finish, formulated with pigments that provide excellent coverage and a natural foundation for layering other colours. This paint is perfect for beginners as it is easy to work with and provides a great starting point for building up a colour palette on miniatures. Its pigments blend well together and can be used to create a variety of natural earthy tones.
What Armies of the Imperium to paint with Tallarn Sand
- Imperial Guard – The Imperial Guard is one of the main armies of the Imperium in the Warhammer 40K universe. Tallarn Sand is a great base coat paint for this army as it can be used to paint the desert-camouflaged armor and vehicles of the Tallarn regiments. It can also be used to create a variety of earth tones on the soldiers and machinery, such as the tanks and artillery pieces.
- Adeptus Mechanicus – The Adeptus Mechanicus is another army of the Imperium that would benefit from Tallarn Sand as a base coat. The paint can be used to create a rusty, industrial look on the faction’s unique machinery, such as the Skitarii and Cult Mechanicus troops. It can also be used to paint the metallic parts of the Kataphron Battle Servitors or the Onager Dunecrawler.
- Imperial Navy – The Imperial Navy is the naval arm of the Imperium, and Tallarn Sand can be used to paint the ships and aircrafts of this army. This paint can be used to create a weathered, battle-worn look on the hulls and turrets of the ships, as well as the cockpit and other parts of the aircrafts. It can also be used as a base for creating different shades of grey for the camouflage of the aircrafts.
I have chosen these armies specifically as they all have a great deal of machinery, tanks, and infantry that would benefit from the natural earthy tones that can be achieved with Tallarn Sand, and it can be used as a foundation for layering other colours to achieve the desired look. It’s a versatile paint that can be used to create a variety of effects, making it a great choice for painting the diverse factions of the Imperium.
Tallarn Sand Colour Schemes & Combinations
Because they are all opposite hues on the color wheel and produce a good balance when used together, these particular colors are all complementary to Tallarn Sand.
- White Scar – White Scar is a great color to use with Tallarn Sand as it can be used to create highlights and add contrast to the earthy tones. It is a cool white that creates a nice balance with the warm tones of Tallarn Sand.
- Calgar Blue – Calgar Blue is a rich blue color that can be used to create a split-complementary color scheme with Tallarn Sand. This color can be used to paint the details and shadows of the miniatures, creating a nice contrast with the earthy tones of Tallarn Sand.
- Retributor Armour – Retributor Armour is a metallic gold color that can be used to paint the details and accents of the miniatures, such as the trim and ornaments of the tanks and machinery. This color will add a nice balance to the earthy tones of Tallarn Sand and create a nice contrast with the metallic parts.
The metallic gold color lends a good focus and balance to the earthy tones, and the combination of chilly white and warm earth tones makes a pleasing contrast. This color scheme will give the miniatures an intriguing appearance while drawing attention to the details and achieving a pleasing balance of colours, all of which are necessary for a well-painted miniature.