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· Herald of The Warp
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Hi and welcome back to the fold!

I can see you're going for a World Eaters theme. That is pretty darn good for your first model in a decade! You got some good lines, and a precision that is much sought after by new painters.

If you want some tips for next steps or just sparring for your painting, let me know - I will glady help you out :)
 

· Herald of The Warp
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I was actually aiming for the more vibrant red of crimson slaughter but I don't think i hit the highlights well enough. The work up was as follows:

Black primer
Mephiston red spray
Agrax wash
Mephiston red, evil suns scarlet, and wild rider red highlights
Aaah you're aiming for my favorite warband I see - When you say a more vibrant red, I think you hit the red well enough. The problem I see is that you have not enough contrast in the outer edges to really make it pop.

A example is this guy.


It's one of the first I did in the theme and I end up with Wazdakka Red, which is nearly as bright as Mephiston red. It looks alot more crisp, however, because it is set up against the dark edges.

To make a colour really pop, you don't necessarily need a strong colour - But you need a strong contrast. I would work on trying to get more dark in your armour instead, as the colour you have is good. You can do this in many ways, but the easiest one is multiple layers of wash.
 

· Herald of The Warp
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Do you still follow the same general order (multiple washes then highlight) or would you do some highlighting between the layers of wash?
Actually, the red on the armor is one of the few where I don't do a wash per say. The way I get the red above is this way;

- Prime in black
- Base with Screamer Pink
- Layer the edges with a 1/1/1 mix of Screamer Pink / Rhinox Hide / Lahmian Medium (gets kinda runny, so I suppose this could count as a wash)
- Highlight the inner parts with a 1/1 mix of Screamer Pink / Wazdakka red
- Final highlight is with Wazdakka Red.

It's a untraditional way of doing it, as you start out with a almost brown base and yes, it does take quite a while as you are builing up the color gradually. But the effect is very good, if you can live with having very (!) pink marines when starting out :p
 
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