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So- i'm painting Vampire counts in Brettonian livery from Carcassonne. That'd be red and blue, with a sword as the device. The problem that i'm having is that even over a black basecoat with a wash of dirty brown, it's looking very 'patriotic' and not very 'intimidating'. Hell, my BSB even looks french!
So what do i do to make these guys look more evil and less like push overs?
I suggest that you might try to use the red and blue as supporting colours. Use more browns on them to make it look like their clothes are all rotten and gross. Also do their weapons up all rusted and corroded. Rust is easy to do with some brown inks on metal areas. That will help to show they were once goodies as it were but they are now baddies and all rotten. You could also try to show the Vampire who infected them with un-death. Paint him as a normal Vampire would be painted, black with evil looking stuff. A character like that may help to show where their loyalties lie.
Copious amounts of Badab Black. Thraka Green is also a fantastic way of toning down reds. I would suggest you go for a deep crimson red and something like a regal blue (as opposed to blood red/enchanted blue)
Start with Chaos Black undercoat.
1. Dark Flesh basecoat.
2. Red Gore highlighted up to Blood Red (Blood Red is just an extreme edge highlight)
OR use either Vallejo Burnt Cadmium or Vallejo Black Red ('Rojo Negro', as they call it) instead of Red Gore.
3. Thraka Green or Badab Black.
1. Necron Abyss basecoat
2. Add progressive amounts of Regal Blue to highlight, with a touch of Codex Grey in the final edge highlight.
3. Badab Black.
Try it, it should work. I'd recommend you do both colours up to the highlighted stage and then wash the whole model with Badab Black using a tank brush (or any other BIG brush).
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It sounds like your colours are too saturated. Try mixing a (tiny) bit of complimentary color into your reds and blues to "deaden" them- not too much, or you'll get a brown or grey.
I agree with all of the above posts. Mixing in a tad of the complimentary color will work great. Maybe shade your blue with purple, and even shade your red with purple. both will yeild a rich color that looks a bit like a bruise... an evil, evil, bruise. using a wash of the thraka green is another great way to tone down the red. good luck.
it just dawned on me that the avatar picture to the left of this post (my templar marshal) has a hood that is deep red, shaded with purple. a very rich color indeed.
Last edited by KhlauKolash; November 21st, 2008 at 18:51. Reason: new idea
Armies thus far....
Here's my tried and tested recipie for grungy red;
Dark Flesh with a spot of Dark Angels
Blended up to Red Gore
Blended up to a Red Gore and Graveyard Earth mix
Washed down with a few very thin juices of 1:1 Chaos Black and Goblin Green
It's just the complimentory colour theory as stated before- use greens to shade the red and browns for the blue.