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Last night I painted the first horse for my Wood Elves and on the whole I was very happy with them. However, I was not very happy with the way the hooves came out; they were sort of an afterthought after I had done the skin, saddle, and harness.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to paint hooves? I will try to post some pictures of what I have done when I get home from work tonight, but I was hoping to get some advice beforehand.
Classically a modern horse hooves tend to be very dark, almost black, with some whie occaionally in there, depends on the animal, also they are often oiled when seen by the general public, using a substance we like to call "hoof oil" so if you want it to look familiar, paint it black and give it a coat of gloss varnish, or if you are feeling really plucky try and paint the light effect.
Some work with bleached bone, or desert yellow in the edges would also make it more realistic
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I start with black as the base and work up to graveyard earth and then bleached bone for the highlights. The simplest way I can think of to get a really good result is to do it in 5 layers. Black, Black GE mix, GE, GE BB mix, BB. It ends up very good for table top quality.
find some reference pics on google to fit the colour of your horses
this sites ok as well :
my horses are white, the transition from skin to hoof goes white > shadow grey > codex grey and drybrushed brown (for mud)
you might try streaks or drusbrushing a lighter shade for more definition.