So, I finally got my Archidon in the mail yesterday! w00t! I cleaned up, put him together, and green-stuffed the seems so I could start painting tonight. Which, of course, is the hard part.
Because he's a beast, a flying beast at that, the possible color schemes out there are just mind boggling. What do you use as a reference? Modern reptiles? A render of one of the many flying dinosaurs, maybe? A dragon? Perhaps one of the zillion different kinds of birds?
Well, in the end, I decided to take my inspiration from the flying creatures featured in the movie Avatar, the Banshees and the Leonopteryx (or Toruk). I really like their dramatic, swirling color schemes, and the stark contrast offered by the black stripes.
So here's my start:
I started with a base coat of Skorne Red, and used an airbrush to paint the gradients: Ember Orange on the underbelly and wings, with Beaten Purple on the wingtips and chin/nose protrusions.
I will post more pictures and things progress. For now: Sleep! :P