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Well, I did up the majority of a test model today for my Red Corsairs army... the scheme is that of the Astral Claws. Apologies for the blurry pics... I have yet to master my digital camera. I'll work on getting better pics over the weekend, but these'll have to do for now:
He looks okay, as far as tabletop quality goes, but I'm a little worried about the red armour. I think it's a little too dark (I used Red Gore) and it's difficult to highlight. This is also my first attempt ever at highlighting a whole model, and although it's hard to see (and there aren't too many highlights), I think the black was the easiest. I highlighted parts on the legs, feet, and hands.. hopefully you can see them.
A few concerns I had:
- The red armour.. again, it seems a little too dark for the scheme to work, and it's not evenly spread out. It doesn't look awesome, but it doesn't look too terrible.
- The brass - it looks a little sloppy and it is hard to make it look "real" with the model. I just painted it on, as I don't know any fancy tricks.
- The blue hair tail - I tried to "highlight" it with Enchanted Blue (UM Blue was the base colour) but it's too hard to see...
The rest of the model is okay, and I'm not too unhappy with it as it's somewhere inside the "first 10 models I've ever painted" deal, but I'm not incredibly happy with it, either.
Comments and criticism are welcome, just be gentle... I don't know any fancy techniques or anything, so bear with me. =P
I'll try to get better pics later.
I'll wait with comments until I see better pics (use macro-mode... Use macro-mode!!). Looking forward to it.
If there's a button with a little flower on it, that's macro. Looks good from what I can see, hope that helps
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I suggest accessing the meny. It should have a focus-option or something with the choice for macro. Look around in the menu.
Try taking pictures at least 18 inches away.... at a high resolution. You can then crop the image down.... It's better to take focused pictures farther away than it is to take blurry pictures up close.
I assume you are trying to paint red over black undercoat...??
And it is coming out dark, dirty and with brush strokes (sounds like a bad night out on the town)...??
Here is a trick i picked up for painting a rich red over black.
1: Red Gore base coat over your black
2: Red Gore & Skull White (50:50), paint all but the deepest areas. Now it will look pink but don't worry...
3: Keep adding white to your mixture and keep highlighting until you somewhere close to a fleshy pink
4: Do a final highlight on the most sereve edges of pure white. Make sure this is watered
down a bit so you don not ruin your previous highlighting.
5: Now this is the tricky bit. Water down Blood Red until it paints semi transparent (this is really had to explain but have a space on your palette to test it, you want to be able to see through it but still see red). Now gently paint over your pink with the red, be careful not to load the brush. You should get a smoth red colour but the "under shading" will still show through.
At the end of it you will have a rich red. No orange highlights or brown shading.
On Modeling: Since your doing the Red Corsairs, have you thought at all about including a few regular space marine helmets? It will help 'bridge' the transition from loyalists to traitors.
Good start on the minis.
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