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Im going to paint my tau army scab red and chaos black, but i don't know how to get a darker colour (either black or reallr dark red) into all the little cooks and crannies in the armour plates. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Your best bet is to use thinned ink. Touch the tip of the brush to the crack and let the ink flow into the line. Thinned paint doesn't work as well since the pigment is too thinned out by the time you get the mix thin enough to flow well. If you really want it to flow, thin your ink with alcohol. You may have to do it several times while holding the miniature at different angles to make it flow as you want. This works best if the armor is painted red, and you want black lines in the cracks.

Your second option is to paint the cracks with the color you want, don't worry about slopping over the edges too much. Then paint the panels right up to the crack, but don't get any paint into the crack. This works best if you want the cracks red and the armor black. Prime the mini white so the red really shows up well, then paint the panels black.
 

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I would suggest using a black wash. Not only will it fill in the panel lines but it will also give it a rugged, used look. A typical wash consists of 25% paint, 25% Future Floor Wax (this stuff makes the wash stick in the cracks better while not making the wash any thicker) and 50% water then, mix it all up and you have a wash! I have used this wash mixture to great effect with this grey knight terminator (sorry for the slightly blurry pic):

The mini was painted with mithril silver and the gold areas were painted in with shining gold, then i went crazy with the wash and brushed it all over the mini and it fills in the recesses in the armor with minimal darkening of the armor. But as i said the wash will give a rugged look, so if you are going for a "fresh armor" look don't use the wash.
 
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