this is sort of linked to the other post i made just now but i thought, anyway...
I have this techmarine, i have it tricked-out with lightning claws off a terminator and i repositioned the servo arm so it doesn't look so gay.
anyway, now we all know the traditional home of industry and technology in the 40k univers for the empire is mars, home of the tech-priests and what not and a big forge world type place or something.
So, since techmarines seem heavily affiliated with tech priest, and tech preists are from mars, and mars is always called 'the red planet,' naturally i always thought tech-marine's red armour was a sort of homage to their martian-administrorial home.
Small problem, Mars ain't red unless your galileo looking up at the sky after a day full of exploring sunspots by looking at the sun through a telescope. Mars is the color of rusty-orange iron actually. Now, screw the fluff for a second, i don't care if mars of the 41st millenia has been painted red to correct this error, as far as i'm concerned Mars is rusty orange!
So, i want to incorporate this kind of rusty orange color into my techmarine but i don't want to flat out abandon tradition by not coloring it red.
My solution is to attempt to use an orange wash of some sort to sort-of tint the red armour to make it look a little like that rusty orange. small problem, don't have a clue how washes work, and the base red is so dark that a lighter color like orange wouldn't really show up i think.
Any suggestions for technique as well as color selection? I would REALLY love any good advice i can get because i have put alot of work into the custom modeling and so if i screw up the paint well, thats just no good.