Now that the Blood Angels Codex is out I've started painting some up. The problem is deciding on which painting method to use. Since the early days the Blood Angels have appeared in various colors. All red, but different shades of red--from a solid, medium red, all the way to brilliant orange.
Now my personal opinion is that the color of the Blood Angels should be, well...the color of blood. And that's not orange. It's definitely a deeper red than that--more Red Gore than Blood Red. So I did up a series of three test models to try to determine which result looks the best:
Model 1: Primed white, then painted with Red Gore. This requires a few coats of Red Gore, but the result is pleasingly bright. The color looks decent, but maybe it's a bit too pink?
Model 2: Primed black, then painted with Red Gore. This requires several coats of Red Gore because it takes a lot to cover up the black. But like the Mechrite Red over black below, the black primer is good in that I get instant shading, and instant dark lines between the armor plates, which adds a lot to the final product, I think.
Model 3: Primed black, then painted with Mechrite Red. Mechrite Red has much better coverage than Red Gore does, although I still need to put on two coats to make it even. And I'm not sure it's quite the right shade of red that I'm looking for. I think that it has a slightly orange tinge to it. Also, its opacity makes it look less like blood because real blood isn't completely opaque.
Now which looks the most like blood? I need to figure out which one, because there are a lot of Blood Angels in the pipeline...