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hey everyone. yes i'm an FNG to the LO site. i'm also new to modeling and painting figures in the 40k line. i am set on painting an army of Blood Angels and desprately need a little help on the how to's of the whole project. the DC are no problem; however the normal tac squads are what i'm undecided about.
1. do i use black primer and "work up" to a blood angels red? or...
2. do i use white primer as suggested and paint blood red with an ink wash for shading
i do have a lot of time as i'm currently stationed in germany with the air force. so, time is not an issue. i probably won't be able to play these models for at least 2 yrs. hopefully, this army that i'm working on now will look really good by the time i'm able to play them. thanks in advance for all your help!
Its depends how you want them to look. I usually paint them black then drubrush/paint them white. Then I paint them red. If you do it like this the shades will have a darker red because its no whit under and the higher parts will have a colorful red. I sometimes smooth out the two parts with a red and black mix.
After that I highlight the edges with orange or red and orange mix.
if you`re painting on black undercoat I`d paint them scab red first, then I`d apply blood red leaving scab red in the recesses. In case the results won`t be satisfying I`d give a thin glaze of red ink to deepen the colour.
I prime with white, then a coat of blood red, a wash of red ink and finally a drybrush of red lightened by equal parts of white and yellow.
thank you so much for the advise.
i painted a couple of test models and found that the ones painted with a black primer (basecoat) really looked the best. this is the one i liked the best:
1. spray painted the model chaos black primer
2. then i painted the model scab red, leaving the deepest recesses black
3. next, i added another coat of scab red to "even out" the scab red already painted so no black would be seen
4. a layer of blood red was then added
so, i like the way the recesses look. it has real depth. and the red armor doesn't look cartoonish.
now, for two more questions.
1. since i left the recessed areas black and scab red, should i still give it a red ink wash? i just don't want something that looks good already to bad.
2. how do you highlight Blood Angels? i'm thinking of a watered down orange/red mix followed by a layer of blazing orange on extreme protruding parts.
You can do that, but donâ€™t use to much wash. Be careful so you donâ€™t get thick wash down at the bottom of the details.Originally Posted by Brother ArgentoThis is what I shod do, just keep the orange close to the edge or the min will have a orange look.Originally Posted by Brother Argento
My reds tend to be rather deep, and glossy. Glossy oftem means it highlights for me, just by light reflecting. Here's what I do.
-Paint all the armour Bestial Brown
-Paint the armour Red Gore
-Paint/highlight armour Blood Red
-Mix some Brown Ink with water, wash it into recesses in the armour.
-Coat the entire thing in Red Ink a couple times, and then varnish.
If you check out the Steelhawks entry in the painting contest, my leader's cape is done that way.
If your done first, you're the winner.
highlighting red is not an easy task. if you do it by adding yellow it may look a bit too orange, if you do it with white it may look too pink. i`d give a colour called vermillion a shot, followed by a mix of vermillion + yellow + white. Both applied just on the edges.
i wouldn`t glaze with red ink if yo`re satisfied with the results. I`d do it only to deepen the colour (but the mini requires matt varnish after this to get rid of the gloss).
Last edited by Pshemas; December 18th, 2005 at 23:06.