Thanks all! I know I'm probably my own harshest critic.
problem with shading red? have you considered/tried adding purple to red for shading?
red can be tricky indeed, with both shading and highlighting - it's so easy to make your red orange or pink with stronger highlights :)
What was recommended to me was to shade the darkest recesses of red with it's complementary green...a glaze of green in the recesses really makes a difference.
And I really like the spider.
Part of the problem is my lighting setup isn't as good as it should be, and there's some glare washing out the shading that is there.
The body/wings were basecoated in a mix of HD Brilliant Red and HD Rusty Red.
For the body, I made a wash out of Crimson Red with I believe a touch of purple in it. I probably should have darkened the wash further or just basecoated in a darker purple/red, and then drybrushed up through the brilliant/rusty red combination on the scales. The highlighting on the body got cut short as it was quickly going a direction I didn't like. I read somewhere to try adding a light flesh tone to a base coat color for highlighting red, but that still mostly left me with a pink that I wasn't happy with.
For the wings, I used the same shading, but took it much darker. The highlight gave me issues though. Someone described the problem I had well in another thread by describing it as if the highlight is floating on top of the base coat, rather than blended into the base coat.
I've heard before that green is a great choice for shading red; I really need to try that sometime. Thanks for the tip.