Friday, 8 May 2015

Khorne Red Skin

I've been painting the riders skin of this bloodcrusher and thought I would share the scheme and some tips for applying it.

First a basecoat of 1:1 mix of khorne red and abaddon black, then I mixed the same colours with extra black, added extra water and washed this in the recesses.  Here the important thing is just to cover the recesses, if it goes over onto to surrounding flesh - no problem as this isn't a neat stage.

Next I used a 2:1 mix of khorne red to abaddon black, I used a medium sized brush and added only a bit of water to the mix so it flows but also stays controlled. I applied this mix everywhere other than the recesses, which leaves dark lines in-between to define the muscles. If you do get this colour in the recesses between muscles, correct it using the previous wash mix.

After this I started the first of two highlight layers, I used pure khorne red and painted this on the upper most areas and edges of muscles, try to leave some of the previous colour showing through. Any mistakes can be corrected with using one of the previous mixes. 

The final highlight is blood red from the old GW paint range (evil sunz scarlet in the new range is equivalent). I thinned this with some lahmian medium to stop the highlight effect from being too stark for the flesh, then applied this in thin lines around the outermost edges of muscles. After this I went back for a fair amount of correction with khorne red.

Lastly I painted the bumps of the daemons skin, for most of them I just used lugganath orange, except on larger areas such as the back, for the lower half I used lugganath orange mixed with a bit of red, and then pure lugganath orange for the upper half. I did this to try to show how light would fall on the model from above.

I'm not sure how clear this was about placing colours, so although this looks dodgy compared to on a model, it should illustrate where I would place the various colours on a muscle:

So that is how I painted the skin on that bloodletter, although this same technique with different colours could be used for painting any colour skin, particularly high contrast non human skin like Orks!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Bloodcrusher Red Metal

For painting the red armour on this bloodcrusher the stages are all quite quick and easy, there's no detailed highlighting involved as the shadows build the contrast.

First a basecoat of GW ledbelcher:

Then take GW runefang steel and wet-brush over the basecoat. What I mean by a wet brush is like the more common dry brush technique, except you don't wipe the paint off of your brush before moving it rapidly over the uppermost areas of the metal. Doesn't have to be too neat at this stage!

Wash with Agrax Earthshade

Wash with Carroburg Crimson

Next I used tamiya clear red paint and thinned it with isopropyl alcohol (as water makes the paint congeal) I applied this is two thinner coats, as not ensure it didn't go down too thick and block up being able to see the previous shading stages.

From here adding the surrounding details helps make the red pop more. 
Hope this was useful!

An Update

As exams draw near I've been trying to find the time for painting, it's certainly been a while since a post.  Although I have gotten through a lot of half projects and worked on a few tricks behind some techniques such as OSL (which making things appear to glow from a light source).

Here's a few images of two things Ive painted, to be followed first by an OSL guide tomorrow, then after a speed blending article, and some product reviews.