So, what do you think? Keep in mind that I intend these to represent the household troops of a wealthy Imperial noble, so they should look relatively fancy and presentable. With that goal in mind, I think the colors in general have come out a bit dark. I think the green on the coat would look better if it were a little lighter, and I'm debating if the armor plates should be shinier. Also, the fur hat doesn't have as much definition to it as I'd like. I also would like to paint the vertical stripe on the shoulder pads some contrasting color. This would represent the battalion or the company the soldier is in, or something like that. But I can't decide on a color to use there.
Anyone have suggestions for fixing these problems? Do I just use a lighter base color for the coat? Water down the wash or apply less? Or should I use a green wash for the coat instead of black? I was hoping, for simplicity and to reduce the number of steps, that I could get away with using one wash for the whole model. For the hat, should I use a lighter base color? Or do a drybrush of a lighter color after the wash? Either method adds an additional color and step tot he process. Should the armor plates be shinier? If so, how do I accomplish that? Paint them silver after I've washed the rest of the model? Should I paint the pink trim after the wash so it comes out brighter?
I tried repainting the coat a much lighter green color, and then re-applying the black wash. I also drybrushed the fur hat with a lighter grey color. I still haven't painted the shoulder pad stripe, since I don't have any ideas what color to make it, and I haven't done anything with the armor. Here are the results of those two changes.
Is that better Any other ideas on how I could improve on this? Any other suggestions on the color scheme or the results would be appreciated, especially ideas for the shoulder stripe color or how to make the hat or armor look better. I could use some feedback to help me iron out the best and easiest method for getting the results I'm looking for.