Sunday, August 7, 2011

Should I regret my color scheme?

Don't remember where I got this image, but it is not mine and claim no right to it.

For those of you who don't know I play a Blood Raven color scheme Blood Angels army.  The picture above gives a good indication of what they look like.  With that said I am kind of regretting my chapter choice.  Why?  Well I love the lore, the appearance, just about everything...except that blasted red.

The red I'm referring to is the "Blood Raven Red" color.  This color is impossible to match to my satisfaction.  I continue to explore possibilities of colors and my army looks like a mix and match of various reds.  I am constantly told to pick a red that I like and make it my own...trouble is I like the red that I see but cannot match it.

Here are some of the techniques I've tried:

1)  Prime black, basecoat Mechrite Red (GW).  This was my first technique and was way to dark for my liking, it looks 'okay' for a single model and even tanks but for a table top it is way to dark to be correct.

2)  Prime the model with Army Painter "Dragon Red".  This works pretty well but it is a bit to orange for my liking.

3)  Prime black, Burnt Umber (VA), then Fire red and light coat of Italian Red on the top half of the model.  Gives me the brown I need but still doesn't look right.  This is the formula I'm currently working on.

So what is the problem?  I need a red that is lighter than Mechrite but darker than Blood Red with a tint of brown.  I got a technique from Jawaballs I'm going to try soon and I've thought about mixing some Blood Red and Dark Flesh.  We will see how that works...

So any suggestions?  Please feel free to comment I need to get this settled before I can really get into my army!

"Knowledge is Power..." The Initiate.


  1. I'm not sure about the brown you want, but for a better red try a basecoat of Mechrite Red and then follow it with a second coat of 50/50 Mechrite Red and Blood Red. This brings out a much brighter color, almost cherry.

    If its too dark try priming it with white, then wash it with black, and then the mechrite steps.