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I'm trying to figure out the best way to paint some bloodletters, atm I have two ways in mind, these are:

a. Spray Black
b. Coat of Khorne red
c. Purple wash
d. Dry brush khorne red
e. Dry brush of Evil Sunz red
f. Final highlight using wildrider red perhaps

or there's this way

a. Spray Black
b. Spray Mephiston red and then proceed from step c. of the previous method except replacing khorne red with Mephiston.

Which is the better option do you think, or is there another better way?

The reason I'm painting some is for them to go with a Khorne herald and Bloodthirster I've had for a while and I'm going to integrate them into a daemon army that combines all the gods forces as part of a mini competition at my local GW store to paint 5 units.
 

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It depends on the level of detail and how much work you want to put into it. What sort of look at you going for?

I paint mine this way;

1) Black Primer
2) Khorne Red base
3) Carroubourg Crimson shade
4) Highlight with Mephiston Red
5) Highlight with Squig Orange
6) Bloodletter glaze

And it will result in a look like this:

 

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It depends on the level of detail and how much work you want to put into it. What sort of look at you going for?

I paint mine this way;

1) Black Primer
2) Khorne Red base
3) Carroubourg Crimson shade
4) Highlight with Mephiston Red
5) Highlight with Squig Orange
6) Bloodletter glaze

And it will result in a look like this:

Yeah that's about the way I want it, I think I end up using to many reds or washes with my trial models, they end up looking all over the place, I want a smooth finish.
 

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When I paint bloodletters I typically:
1) spray prime black
2) thin coat of abaddon black+ nuln oil
3) then thin layers of dark brown (rhinox hide?)
4) thin layers of light brown (used to be bestial brown)
5) thin layers of dark red (mephiston, I think)
6) thin layers of blood red (or whatever it is now)
7) then a glazing of old ruby red . . . I don't know what that is now

Then I do horns and crest and metallics.

Example:


I got in the habit of working with so many layers to build up carefully because the older GW paints were much thinner. But it also gives me a lot more control.

It's probably not necessary to be do detailed. You can probably do a red spray prime, a wash mixing nuln oil and a red ink or a dark red paint to shade your base color. Then take the same red and do a quick "wet" dry brush to pick up the major areas of color. Then use a brighter red to get the highlights, and finally pick out the details, metallics, horns, base, etc.
 
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