I apologize for taking so long to write a new article. I have been very busy at work and real life, showing from the fact that I started writing this article like two and a half week ago.
I have also been repainting my X-Wing miniatures and trying to learn the game.This article will have nothing to do with that though.
Today I will share two methods I use to paint red.
|A finished example of the final result|
While a lot of people still prime their models black, I find it really hard to paint red over black. A simple reason for this is that red paint is usually very transparent so before you have a solid red color you are at least five or six layers in.
Now for the people that know me or have read some of the articles on this blog they might know that I am fond of using pre-shading and zenithal highlighting. For painting red I like to use a combination of these two techniques.
For the first example I want to create a bright red color. I primed a miniature in white primer. You could use any color you like but white is easier for me.
|Miniature primed white|
Once the primer is dry (a blow-dryer can certainly speed up this process) I proceed with the shadow color. Some people like to use black, and this is certainly the best choice for high contrast, but I used a medium brown and coated the whole miniature with this color.
|A medium brown is used as a base color|
|Medium/light grey sprayed from a 45 degree angle|
|White paint sprayed from above, creating the final highlight|
I start with a primed model. I used grey primer because I wanted a darker basecolor then white or light grey but I still wanted to see what I was painting so I black was also not an option. The winner was this slightly dark grey.
|Model sprayed with grey primer|
Once the primer dried I coated the model with a layer of dark brown paint like scorched brown. This will be your shadow color but its important to get a contestant layer because you will be painting red over this and because red is a little transparent you might see any inconsistencies in this layer.
|After a solid layer of dark brown paint.|
|Building up layers of red paint|
In the end you will end up with something similar to the picture below: a model with a nice gradient from brown to red.
|Final result once all the details are painted.|
If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments.