A break in the weather allowed me to apply the final varnishing for the fool crew member, and after that I got onto mounting them both to the chassis of the venom which was relatively pain free.
I got to be honest but before doing this I had no idea how they all would look together, choosing the colours and patterns by instinct rather than comparison during painting. I have been painting this army for over 2 years now so I felt fairly confident that it would all be ok, and luckily I think my recklessness has paid off ;). They are all characters in their own right, with distinctive schemes and stories to them, but when mounted on the vehicle they do not clash or distract too much from the overall theme, rather I feel they enhance it. I think alot of this is to do with the red I use throughout. I use it as the base colour for the whole army, applying it mainly to the torso areas on infantry and to the bulk of the chassis on the vehicles. This helps to tie everything together, muting and unifying the individual colours and patterns, without obliterating them with its own vibrancy (I purposefully chose a more muted red for this very reason).
It has been a long process to get this vehicle complete, but well worth it now it is done. Dark Eldar vehicles are never simple jobs in the first place, as the crew make it that much more involving to paint, as well as being alot more fiddly that some other vehicles (looking at you here rhino ;) ).
I would love to hear your feedback on this one, as although I am pleased with it, I would appreciate any input or criticism as to how it all works in your eyes.