Okay, I think I'm almost done applying the bare modeling paste. I'm going to try sanding it a bit once it's dried some more and then I'll see what I think. Then to start actually painting! I decided to leave the face free of modeling paste for the moment. I know that it would be dimensional like anything else but I feel maybe there needs to be some rest from all the texture, and it may be easier to paint if it's flat.
Maybe once I've sanded the modeling paste, I'll do another red underpainting over the top of it... Idk, just thinking out loud right now.