I appreciate the compliments!
For the red cape, it can't get much easier, as I skipped the highlighting:
1. Prime in gray (I always do this, as I find black primers to be too dark, while white takes away natural shading)
2. Mechrite Red (Citadel foundation paint, great coverage with little more than a wet brush)
3. A liberal coat of Devlan Mud wash, a brown wash that really deepens red colors and makes them richer.
The hair was a bit more involved:
1. Primed gray (as above)
2. Basecoated in a Vallejo paint that I cannot determine the name of anymore, though I think it was called "Bestial Brown".
3. Followed with a medium drybrush of Vellejo's "Desert Yellow". It is a yellow that has a slight blue tinge, giving it an ever-so-slight greenish hue. I use it often when attempting to replicate darker blonde colors.
4. Finish with a LIGHT drybrush of Citadel's Bleached Bone paint. A paint I have found to be very close is FolkArt's "Buttercream", for a cheap substitute. (I found it for a dollar in my local walmart.)
The metal plates are easy too, here's a great way to get the worn look:
1. Primed gray
2. Basecoat in the GW metallic "Tin Bitz"
3. Stipple on GW metallic "Mithril Silver", being sure to add extra to sharp edges for a clean line.
4. (optional) if you want a REALLY worn look, go over the metal with Devlan Mud wash. Badab Black works too, but not quite as well.
Skin is kept simple:
1. Primed gray
2. Basecoated in Vallejo's "Elf Flesh" (I think, the name wore off the bottle long ago)
3. washed with GW's "Ogryn Flesh"
4. Drybrushed lightly with original basecoat color.
There, that's all my tricks. Next I might finish highlighting the cape and furs, but I really want to get him based first.
Since he is a norseman, I will dabble with adding snow to his base (I have read about baking powder being used, but never tried it.) Anybody got any tricks?