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I have a question about shading with red. I like the highlight with a red orange, really like the way it pops, but if I use the red orange for a high light, what color should I mix for the darker gradient? I used a touch of blue and that seemed to do the trick, but I dont if brown would have been a better choice. Can I just get an idea of how other people mix their red gradients so I have a better idea next time of what colors to mix?

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It really depends on how dark of a shade you want. If you want a mid shade then a burnt Cadium Red would do well or Reaper Aged Brick. For a more stark contrast then a Burnt Umber or Reaper Walnut should do the trick.

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I dont have any names for my paints...since they are Apple Barrel. The only dark red I have is marroon sorta color...

Ahh then. For the mid tone then you would want a darker red I am sure they have one in that line that is fairly dark. The brown I was referring to would be a deep dark brown.

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I usually start with a deep red on a black surface - when you thin down the red over the black, the black helps act as a shaded layer, so you can work up to the deep red, and then start using other reds as a highlight... but that is the way I do things. I'm also a big fan of a gorey red (vallejo) up to a blood red, although sometimes to make things really pop I'll use a vermillion which is an orangey red.

 

My buddy has had some really great success in getting a rich red by using a purple undercoat, and then mixing purple and red, then using a red and then an orangey highlight. This might work for you as well.

 

Or try mixing some of the red you use with black to start as your basecoat and highlight up from there.

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I dont have any names for my paints...since they are Apple Barrel. The only dark red I have is marroon sorta color...

Apple Barrel? Victorian Red! Gorgeous, deep, with heady cool tones to it (gah, I sound like some wine snob :lol: ) a little of the flow improver of your choice and it is wonderful!

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Since I paint a lot for wargames, I like to do washes from a color right out of the bottle. For red I use either a maroon or burgundy, depending on what I'm in the mood for and how I want toe final color to come out. Maroon is usually just a dark red, but burgundy has a slight purplish tone.

 

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Ok, here are a few reds:

 

Blood Red is the main color, with just some Red Gore for small shadows:

http://jesterspeed.home.comcast.net/images...is/callus00.jpg

 

Cadmium Red for base, leveled up thru Blood Red:

http://jesterspeed.home.comcast.net/images...is/inquis00.jpg

Highlights are picked out using Blood Red mixed with Pink and Fire Orange... Trust me it works. Same with this one:

http://jesterspeed.home.comcast.net/images/minis/cath00.jpg

 

Mostly Red Gore/Vermillion mix. Final picked out in Blood Red/white. Black was added to tone down to attempt make more of a maroon:

http://jesterspeed.home.comcast.net/images/minis/maria00.jpg

 

The Ultimate Red, this one took me so many layers I forget now!

http://jesterspeed.home.comcast.net/images...s/butcher00.jpg

 

But generally it's Cad Red Umber, Red Gore, Vermillion, Blood Red and then up to either Orange/Yellow (thanks Anne) or just stop with a few highlights of the Blood Red/Pink/Orange/White combo. If you need to darken it down, then use some Scar Red. Don't go with the lighter shades as they will mess the entire piece into one bloody mess.

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