The Scarlet JinX WIP Part VIII
Just a quick update on the painting progress. I should have given the crotch armor more detail. Oh well.
New paint "technique" (which is not really a technique, so to speak). Instead of making subtle variations in color depth by layering flat black and nickel alloy in different densities, I've painted all the red armor parts with an even coat of nickel alloy, then a light coat of flat clear, then red. The flat clear seems to aid in making the red adhere faster to the previous coat, prevent overspray and paint lumping in grooves and panel lines.
To create the effect of subtle variations in red, I left some of the parts without flat coat, leaving it more red and provide enough contrast against the muted reds, creating a more subtle two-tone effect (as compared to what I've done with the Hi-Nu where I actually used two different colors to create the two-tone effect). I've also done this with the shoulder armor (photos of that later on).
Also, I applied masking tape on where parts rub off on each other to prevent premature scratching of the paint as it dries and cures fully. I have noticed that even non-top-coated finishes of this type of paint are fairly resistant to light scratching during handling when fully cured, but it's best to be sure.