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Greetings! I've decided to paint my Tau army scab red over a white undercoat, and am having a bit of trouble with highlights. I've tries using red gore, but to honest there isn't a noticable difference, and with blood red it looks too much like orange. I'm trying to make it look like a lighter red but not orange or pink. Any suggestions?
Don't use skull white, it WILL come out pink. Mix Blood red and Red Gore for the highlights and use Blood Red for the extreme highlights on the very edges of the armour.
Another option is to shade the recesses darker rather than trying to make the high spots brighter.
BTW the Blood Red looks orange because the Scab Red is more of a reddish purple and the comparision is what gives the impression of orange.
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Ok well i would definately suggest undercoating them black if you want the base colour to be scab red.The try to highlight it with Blood Red and it shoud work.But otherwise try mixing blood red with red gore.
As the previous two posters said, Blood Red and Red Gore mix is the way to go. I am using it myself, and found it to work very well.
The mix is the way to go, but how bright you want it will depend on how you use the colours. If you want a lighter red the add Red Gore to Blood Red (yes, the lighter colour down first then add the darker shade) and vary the ratio of paint, and for darker less noticable highlights do it the other way round.
Also I've found adding a bit of red ink into the mixs can have a very nice effect, the pigments seem to strengthen and you get some very nice shades. In all just experiment, get an old model paint the armour and highlight with different shades until you find the one you like.
I agree with KU, I found the way to go with highlighting scab red is to highlight blodd red and even blood red/firey orange mix in the extremeties but then one or more thin washes of red ink afterwards pull the colour back towards red, I also usually do scab red on a black undercoat, making it much darker.
In order to avoid the orange-red highlights - you could always start darker on the base color and work your way up to your desired red. Try mixing a darker brown with the darker red and using that as your base. Or if that is still not dark enough start with a brown base color and work your way up through your reds.
You can also mix more neutral colors such as bone or a tan color to the red to lighten it with less of the "pinking" effect.
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Strangely enough. I tend to highlight my reds by adding a little Warlock Purple. It's pink but it's not Tentacle Pink.
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If you want glossy red, fine white line highlighting. The white line represents a reflection. Less is more and it has to be ultrafine.
Matt red, don't highlight but shade deep. You shouldn't go lighter then the base colour.
Glowing red, blend up through orange, yellow to maybe white...
The thing with red is if you over do it, it looks painted. You want it to look like the material it is suppose to be. You paint glass to look like glass, you paint fur to look like fur, so why not try to paint matt fabrics a different way to shiny armour. Looking at real life examples helps me emmensley.