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i recently bought two citadel colours, scab red and blood red. i primed a model black and had it sit for 24 hours. i tried both colors and the scab red dried purple, and the blood red dried orange. why did they do this, its driving me crazy. i have been to the store twice trying to get a decent red. i have wasted 2 days of painting because of this.
paint mechrite red over the black first and then put on the other red. Red's have a hard time getting their color to show through correctly.
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If you are using a black primer, use Mechrite Red as a basecoat first, as mentioned above. However, if you wish to bypass that step, use a white primer. A White primer is not encouraged for beginners though, as it makes shadows harder to achieve, and is not as easy to paint over.
I would say do a coat of mechrite red...it wont take long
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Mix chaos black with mechrite red and paint it on, then add some more mechrite red and do another layer and repeat until you get to pure mechrite and then highlight with something lighter if you need to, and you'll have a nice red blend.