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Here he is, my second test model:
From a technical standpoint I am much happier with how the highlights came out. I know I can do better but this guy is an improvement over the first try. This time around I also changed the highlight color from Ultramarines Blue to Enchanted Blue. I can't decided which one I like better, although I'm leaning towards the Ultra Blue.
This is the first test model:
And the two of them side by side for comparison:
(test 2 on the left, test 1 on the right)
Does anyone have any opinions on which is better? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to improve on this guy? I got amazing feedback on the first model and it really helped on the second, so I'm hoping for more of the same to produce a killer (and hopefully final) third test in a few weeks.
Overall decent, especially the base. I think either color will work well, but the highlights look a little heavy handed. Are you giving the armor a wash, and if so, with what? A trim color on the shoulder pads would help bring some differentiation to the armor too, but I don't know if that works with your scheme
I think the first test model is better for crimson fists, due to it being darker, but they both look good
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i like the first one also...it does look more crimson fist like....they look good overall, its always cool to highlight the bottom of the lens with yellow then add a dot of skull white in the corner of the eye
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The highlights are a bit heavy handed on both models. I'm doing some experiments with the highlights on these guys and thus far I haven't been happy with the results. The third model will have the stokes toned down.
I agree that the first model has a much darker tone, but the basic armour color is the same on both models. I can't tell if the different highlight color causes the armour to change shade or if there are inconsistencies in the paint from model to model.
Thanks for the comments everyone!
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Well, fer starters I would say a awesome test run on both models. I would have to agree with the majority on this one, the darker blue would be more fitting. The lighter blue makes him look like an ultra marine.
You would probably want to roll with black primer (I have a feeling you probably already are)
Your basic color pallet for crimson fists would consist of;
[1st layer] (1:1 Ratio of Regal Blue mixed with black)
This is the first opportunity to pick out all the armor plating by using blue ink or Asuryan Ink Wash
[2nd layer] (2:1 Ratio of Regal blue with black)
[3rd layer] <You could try a variety of mixtures with this layer>
Suggestions: Black ink wash (water down your black ink), or 1:1 Ratio of enchanted blue with regal blue
In the third layer, its time to start picking out the tone of the model, this point you can start picking out
where your highlights are going to be now basic highlights would probably be greaves, kneecaps, shoulder
pads ect... also I have found you get bonus wows if you can actually paint in the detail on the legs (i.e. the plating)
Now I havnt exactly found a ratio yet for the final phase cause I myself have been paint testing crimson fists.
So far I have tried;
Extreme highlighting with a .4 brush of ultra marines blue, and Enchanted blue mixed in with ice blue.
Hope my findings are of help.
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I like the first one, too. Mostly because he is darker and closer too the CF colours. The other guy looks like a red handed Ultra to me.
Here's a handy hint for you that I just learnt- to do the crimson in a really nice rich colour put on a base-coat of mechrite red (the foundation paint), give it a wash of the new purple wash (hormagaunt? and yes, purple) then highlight with a rich red. I use a vallejo red the name of which escapes me (gory red?). Blood red might be too bright but scab red too dark. It's basically a three stage paint job for the crimson bits that's really effective and quick.
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