Next up for painting guides are Daredevil and Elektra, which I’ve lumped together given I used the same colour palette for them. Daredevil does not have a lot of colour variation, with the card art showing him as entirely red, so is rather straight forward in one way, but it is hard creating interest to the model given this.
I started by priming them both black, using Vallejo Black Primer in the airbrush (but as discussed in the Wolverine article, using a rattlecan to prime would be fine). After that I put on a base coat of Vallejo Model Air Fire Red, and deliberately left this light, focusing on getting it brighter on raised areas, while attempting to leave recesses relatively dark (moreso for Daredevil).
I started by applying a wash of Citadel Baal Red to Daredevil, attempting to create some depth to his costume. I also blocked in the flesh areas with Citadel Cadian Fleshtone for both models at this stage, as well as painting Elektra’s hair and Daredevils Billy Club black.
I also painted the bases with Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey, and then painted the brickwork on the ledge Daredevil is standing on with Vallejo Game Colour Dark Fleshtone.
I started by painting over red areas (excluding Elektra’s leg and arm wraps) with Vallejo Model Colour RED, noting I focused on leaving recesses darker for Daredevil. Elektra’s hair was highlighted with P3 Coal Black to start creating some depth and I then put down a wash of Citadel Reikland Fleshshade on the skin areas.
I highlighted the skin areas with Citadel Cadian Flehstone, noting that you want the paint relatively thin, with some translucency to create smooth transitions, rather than sharp delineation.
Following that, I painted Elektra’s leg and arm wraps with Vallejo Game Colour Dark Fleshtone (a red tinted brown colour) to create some variation between that and her other clothing. I also did another highlight to her hair, being an approximately 80:20 mix of P3Coal Black and Vallejo Game Colour Stonewall Grey.
I applied a wash to Elektra’s clothing of Citadel Baal Red, and a wash of Citadel Nuln Oil to the bases (and her hair, but not sure if it was here or in the next step).
I finally painted Elektra’s sais with P3 Cold Steel as well.
I highlighted both character’s red clothing with Vallejo Game Colour Scarlet Red (including Elektra’s arm and leg wraps), and also went over the base with a highlight of Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey. I then made a 50:50 mix of Citadel Nuln Oil and Baal Red washes which I used on the deepest recesses of Daredevil to create further depth.
Note: I’ve since noticed I forgot about Elektra’s sais in the last picture. I applied a wash of Citadel Nuln Oil to them, which would be enough, and then highlighted them with P3 Cold Steel.
I’m pretty happy with how these models came out in the end. More detail on the bases, better transitions on Elektra’s skin and sais will make them look slightly better, but I think they’re pretty good regardless.
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