After painting over a company of Blood angles, I am sick of painting red the conventional way. With the Bloodletters, I wanted to go with something a little different than what I've done in the past.
Painting Red Daemon Skin
You can be really sloppy with this step as the latter steps will cover up any red that you get in the recesses. Go nuts.
Also in this step, paint the fin, claws and sword with a 1:1 mix of Chaos Black and Codex Grey. I also painted the Khorne brands black as I could not figure out a good way to create contrast and make them stand out with brighter colors.
Don't worry about getting the red wash on the black areas. They are so dark that they will not really show it up but it will create a dark border between the skin and black. I did not find that the red wash hurt the black areas at all.
Step 5: Now we have a pretty dark model and need to brighten it up some more. To do that we will need to do a careful and graceful drybrush of Blazing Orange. If you hit the black areas, it will mess the illusion up but you can always touch up with the black mix from Step 3. Make sure that you pay special attention to the areas highlighted in Step 2 (tops of feet, bumps, hands, etc) or any area that would be picked up by light from above.
That's it for the red areas. 5 steps from base to finish. Overall it turns out a very dark but striking model. I like the high contrast of this look but I wished that they purple showed through a little more.
Because the model was so dark, that precipitated my choice in painting the other areas black in order to brighten up the dark skin.
Painting Black (Nails, Sword, etc)
After that, walk away and let it dry completely.
The last step is to take a little straight Codex Grey and touch up the hard edges like the tips of the sword and the central edge. I tend to use a broken highlight pattern rather a straight line of grey as aI feel a solid and unbroken line draws too much focus.
That's it. I could go on to describe the metals, but I'll save it for when I go over my Desert Wolves as I do the same metal effect there.
Overall, I would say that the model turned out really dark but satisfying. I do not know what I would change about the painting to improve it. If the red skin had turned out brighter, I would have liked to try some of the flame or lava effects. I skipped that as it would have been too bright and overpowered the overall tone of the model.
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