I play Blood Angels so that means lots of big flat red areas. I tried painting a few infantry flat with a wash which seems pretty standard, but it was just dissatisfying. So I tried the zenith highlighting with a red glaze and got considerably better effects.
If this works well on infantry, maybe it’ll work well on something bigger, right? So I started by basing the whole thing black and then masking of the bits I didn’t want red. Then I painted a bunch of gradients in varying directions to try to break up all the big flat panels.
This looked pretty good, but for something this big I figured it would look better and generally just be worth the time to give it some edge highlights.
This already looks pretty cool IMHO. It really made all the edges and panels pop. At this point I was getting quite excited to see how all this detail would turn out. Then I grabbed my Daler Rowney red ink and gave the whole thing a moderate spray to glaze it red.
I’m a little disappointed at how much detail was eaten by the red ink. Perhaps I should have diluted the ink more before spraying. But, I wanted a nice red effect and I think I got it.
Next up I’ll give it a good black wash and base some of the other details.
Edit: The original images on this post were HUGE. I scaled them down so it all loads faster.