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I've painted my sisters of battle by priming them white, painting the power armor red gore, washing them with black ink, and then painting the cloaks in a 50:50 bleached bone/skull white. The trim on the armor is painted gold. This gives them IMO a rich, ecclesiastic appearance (similar to the protectorate of menoth paint scheme in warmachine).
I'm having trouble pulling this off with my rhinos. I did the majority of the body in red gore (after priming white) with the bone/skull white side panels and a black ink wash. I then tried drybrushing red gore and bone/skull white over the appropriate areas to cover the blotchiness of the black ink, but it doesnt look very good. Please help--- I dont want to cop out and just paint them black.
if you post pics, its easier to help you with it... what you might want to do is look at this
Or, what you do is not use black ink, but a wash made from chaos black paint. It wont have the blotchyness or shine. If you insist on using ink, its probably to thick, and you should thin it down with clean water. Also For the drybrushing of red gore, are you using the same color or a different lighter color? if you are using the same to cover up blotches, you need to paint thinner and more layers of red gore...if its different, but it still looks funky, you should use more layers of thinner paint, or less paint in the drybrush
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OK- this won't help with the one you've done but in the future avoid washes and inks on vehicles. Washes work well when there are little gaps and creases and folds to flow into and pool, producing a darker shading affect. With tanks, and their big flat sides, inks don't have anywhere to flow to and usually end up pooling and going blotchy as you said.
Here's what I'd do. Mix a little (very little) black with your scab red to get a slightly darker colour. Paint this all over your white undercoated tank. Thin it down and use a couple of coats to get a nice even finish. Then, using scab red alone, start some nice broad (but thin paint) highlights, leaving the dark colour only in the recesses. Work up to final highlights with blood red. By highlighting with a brighter red you'll avoid the problem of the tank going orange or pink as can sometimes happen with over enthusiastic highlights after mixing yellow or white.
Hope this helped!
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