One of the key pieces of advice was that I should be thinking about using other colors in my shading as well as an accent / secondary color. I immediately re-worked the thigh armor pads with a mix of P3 Coal Black and P3 Sanguine Base, giving the shadows a purpl-y, redish hue rather than just straight up “dark teal”. I then used the exact same mix to shade the red cloth, tying the two colors together a bit.
Then, I thought I’d do what teh majority of people wanted, and I tried purple. Shading purple is fairly easy. Highlighting it, less so.
Then I tried out blue, just because. I again used that Coal Black / Sanguine Base combo to shade.
And then I tried green, just for the hell of it.
So, at this point, I’m not sure what to do. I liked the red, but it’s fairly bright and lots of people thought it was garish. The purple looks alright, but it’s a pain to actually paint (until I figure out a better way). I think the blue works, but gets just as lost in the model as the original teal did. The green, I like because it keeps the cool (vs warm) look of the model, but adds some flavor.
What say you?