Red isn’t really my favourite colour to paint, as it’s a difficult colour to highlight properly without turning it into pink. However, to paint a dark red, I used these paints:
Basecoat – Rhinox Hide:
Layer – Rhinox Hide + Burnt Cadmium Red:
Shade – i) Rhinox Hide + Black (all over) ii) black (recesses):
Layer – Burnt Cadmium Red (I added a small amount of Rhinox Hide to this, to make the transition smoother; but it’s not vital):
Layer – Burnt Cadmium Red + Red Gore:
Layer – Red Gore:
Layer – Red Gore + Red:
Layer – Red:
Edge highlight – i) red + Troll Slayer Orange ii) Troll Slayer Orange iii) Troll Slayer Orange + Goldbrown. To paint rips/tears – use black + Rhinox Hide; and then edge highlight these with the aforementioned mixture:
To finish the red, glaze with smoke.
It looked a bit plain at this stage; and the outside of the cloak doesn’t lend itself to freehand – as you can see, the holes and the deep recesses leave very little of the surface area flat enough to paint a design on.
So, I painted a glow instead, using green:
I will have to work on removing the glossiness. The colours came out slightly better on the rider’s body:
The underside of the cloak lent itself a bit more easily to freehand work:
I haven’t painted a submerged pattern before (i.e. the white crosses); and I’m a bit ambivalent about the results here – so we’ll have to see if it can be improved.