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One of my more recent techniques I'm starting to use more is wet blending on cloaks.


I'm getting ready to use this on a paladin's red cloak (Isabeau from Reaper's metal line).  I'm worried about coverage.  Traditionally when I paint red, I undercoat with a medium brown to help smooth the coverage.


Would it make sense to undercoat with brown, wet blend brown and then wet blend red over top of it or just jump in and wet blend the red without an undercoat?


I would appreciate any experience or insight the hivemind could share.

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For me, and my madness, the places I REALLY want to be darker without having to physically make a mix of the color is that I'll put a layer of purple or brown, whichever I want to darken first. I place it in shadowed areas or any other such areas that I want to keep dark. I don't let that dry, but from there I'll blend the red onto the figure and blend out from the darkest to lightest. Sometimes if I need something darker then I'll just glaze the original purple or brown where I wanted it and again blend red. I tend to have to wet blend on the figure because if I use the palette, it dries within a couple minutes. 


Edit: Current example: This is my Wizard for Reaper Cons DnD 5e game I used such tactic on this miniature. (I used purple instead of brown as the shadow)



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Most people I know who wet blend start with a basecoat of colour on the model. The wet blending is for the blending part specifically. Usually they'll start with the basecoat being the lower coverage colour. Trying to establish full coverage and a blend at the same time is going to be challenging with some colours. Corporea used to try to do it all in a go, I think she's switched over. Maybe she'll see this thread and update us.


Marike Reimer's technique involves roughing in both halves of the blend (so say shadow and midtone) and then using her on-brush wet blending technique to create a smooth transition. 


In my experience, it is annoying to try to build up a bright red back if you get any darker paint on it even if that's heavily thinned layer paints. My suggestion would be to paint your basecoat in your brighter red colour. Maybe not your brightest highlights but a nice vivid red. Then wet blend your shading, but be conservative and work to keep the shading from advancing areas that should stay the vivid red.


Now a caveat to all of the above is that I don't do a lot of wet blending. I've studied it some, but haven't incorporated it into my personal routine very extensively apart from painting wolves. ;->

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Hmm.  This might be a job for bones -- try one with the midtone basecoat then blend then another with purple shadows blended up.  Thanks!

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Whichever way you blend, purple can work pretty well on red. :->

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Specially Carnival Purple! Carnival Purple is best purple! 


Oh I don't know, Royal Purple works pretty well too.




So does green, but that's not wet blending.




Recycling WIP pics is my environmentally conscious act for the day.

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