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So Im painting my Space Marine Commander now, and im thinking of painting his cape dark red. I would like some help before I dive in and ruin him :rolleyes:
So if there are any tips when it comes to painting red and especially what paints are good to shade dark red. :yes:
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For my SM commander i did the same thing (dark red cape that is). I started with a layer of scab red, then if i remember correctly did a wash using flesh ink or something along those lines. i then simpley painted the raised edges with kinda watered down blood red. This is fairly easy and gives for a resonable result. You can further highlight if you want with a mix of blood red and blazing orange. Hope it helps!
This is the way that I usually do red capes (though this depends upon whatn effect I am aiming to achieve with it):
(all these coats are done with watered down paint so as to let the previous layer show through)
Starting with a basecoat of scorched brown, paint scab red onto high folds leaving the brown in the dark recesses.
Then start mixing red gore into scab red, a bit at a time, adding this to the high folds in smaller areas.
After a few colours of this, mix in a bit of blood red for the final one or two highlights.
Hope you can understand that and that it might help good luck!
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I paint mine similar to Solo. This may be the way you want to go - especially if you want to keep your reds dark.
Here is my particular method. I use Vallejo Paints:
Base: Burnt Cadmium Red (vallejo model color)
Brown Ink Wash
1st Layer: Burnt Cadmium Red (leaving the brown ink in the recesses
2nd layer: Scar Red (vallejo Game Color) leaving some of the Burnt Cadmium Red showing
3rd layer: Gory Red (Vallejo Game Color) Leaving some of the Scar Red showing below
4th Layer: Minimal amount of Bloody Red (Vallejo Game Color) just at the highest parts. You want to keep this layer thin and minimal as it is rather bright.
I painted a red cape on my commander as well and this is how it turned out:
I used the same technique with some red cloth on my newer terminators as well:
Hopefully this will give you some inspiration. It sounds like a lot of work with layers but it really paints up pretty quick considering...
To give it a really dark "noble red" i gnereally tend to like to let the shadow overwhelm the cloth a bit. I first do a 50/50 scab to black, then i highlight it up to pure scab red. I then go and add some blod red until it reaches pure red. While there are alot of highlights make them smaller than usually, these leaves it really dark, but still really red..kinda like a satin feel.
I think everyone has pretty well covered the 'highlight the high parts' bit, so all I'm going to add is a comment on the shading. A lot of people seem to use a brown ink to darken things up, which is (in a different way) how I go about my red. Brown gives a richer color than black does.
However, I do not use a brown ink. I mix a dark red (Vallejo Red) with a green (I believe Vallejo Dark Green) to get my brown. I slowly decrease the amount of green in the mix until I'm using pure Red, and then I highlight up through a few more colors. I -think- I've been using Cadmium Red and Vermillion, but I could be wrong.
A word of warning about using green to get a brown... use the green -sparingly-. It doesn't take very much green at all to turn your red brown. You'll need to play around with it, but I've been very happy with my results.
(The model I submitted into the Might & Magic competition was painted this way. I made fairly liberal use of Glaze Medium as well which may have helped the result. Look at the cloak on the back (the dark red) rather than his inner robe (bright red))
Last edited by Bob Dole; April 20th, 2006 at 19:24.
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While doing a red cape for my chaos Lord all I used was some layers of blood red and black ink. Although it seems simple it turned out to be very effective.
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You could also substitue purple ink for the brown and still achieve a similar effect. The reds may turn out a bit more maroon but it would work well too.