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That's right! My faces are horrible! And no I'm not looking for a good plastic surgeon.. I'd would however like tips for painting faces.
What I'm really looking for is a step by step guide to painting faces for spacemarine sergeants/captains/janitors. A quick guide as to what colours are used as the basecoat, tips for the eyes and mouth area, and a little help on how to make the colours smooth over. At the moment my faces look like a smear of several colours into one, or the colours are too drastically different so it looks like he's a black guy who had a severe accident while brushing his genetically modified teeth. While the colgate factory might need some advertising in the year 40k since I haven't read about it in any of the novels I've read, I would be much happier with faces that look normal.. for superhumans in clunky armour.
Thank you for reading this ramble, it's late here, I need to get to bed.
Do you want a black guy face?
If you want the "standard" white space marine face I would use elf flesh, then put a brown ink over it. After that use elf flesh again, to get back to the original color in eveywhere but the recesses and the back/sides of the jaw. Then elf flesh mixed with white over the cheeks the nose and other areas that catch light (use a mirror to look at your self under a lamp), then elf flesh with even more white on the very tip of the nose and brightest higlights of the cheeks (the very center usually, and only use very tiny amount). The last step is only if you want to go the extra mile. It should end up looking pretty good, and isn't too many steps either.
Basically every face will be the same steps, but you start with a different base color instead of elf flesh.
Here are a few of my favourites for caucasian skin borrowed from various artists:
(all Vallejo model colour)
BC: Sunny Skintone (845) (50%) + Dark red (946) (50%) + hint of English uniform (921) -- should be a orange-red mix
HL1: BC + Sunny Skintone (845)
HL2: Sunny Skintone (845) + Basic Skintone (815)
HL3: Basic Skintone (815)
Shadow1: Dark red (946) + English uniform (921)
Shadow2: English uniform (921) + Violet Red (812)
Shadow3: English uniform (921) + Violet Red (812) + hint of black (950)
Touch of Dark red (946) stippled to cheeks and lips
BC: Brown sand (876)
HL1: BC + Basic Skintone (815)
HL2: HL1 + Basic Skintone (815)
HL3: HL2 + Basic Skintone (815) -- should be almost pure Basic Skintone (815)
Shadow1: BC + Burnt Cadmium Red (814)
Shadow2: Sh1 + Burnt Cadmium Red (814)
Shadow3: Cadmium Maroon (859)
BC: Brown Rose (803) + Medium Fleshtone (860)
HL1: BC + Light Flesh (92
HL2: HL1 + Pale Sand (837) + Light Flesh (92
HL3: HL2 + Pale Sand (837)
Shadow1: BC + Saddle Brown (940)
Shadow2: Sh1 + Flat Brown (984)
If you're looking for flesh mixes for other ethnic groups I believe there is a very nice article on CMON.
Simple faces 101:
- Basecoat Scorched Brown
- Layer Dwarf Flesh, leaving SB showing in the recesses if you can (ie: around the eyes, under the nose/down the 'muzzle', etc).
- Layer Elf Flesh, leaving DF showing over 'shadowy' areas (lower cheeks, temples, under the eyes etc)
- Highlight Bleached Bone on the bridge of the nose, the forehead (esp. over the eyes), the top of the cheeks etc...
For the eyes, I normally (carefully) paint the face first, then (using thin paint), paint the eye black. Then layer white over it, then add a black pupil. Use as small a brush as you feel happy with, but remember that the smaller your brush is, the faster the panit in it will dry. I very, very rarely use anything smaller than a 0 (and that is reserved for eyes, fine freehand etc etc).
As far as mouths, I normally basecoat the whole inside with Dark Flesh, then do a Red Gore highlight, if needed. Teeth I normally do with a mix of about 30/70 Bleached Bone/Skull White.
If the model has individual teeth modelled on (ie: Orks, 'Nids etc etc) always try and pick them out individually.
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Thanks for all the help guys, I like your suggestion of using a seperate brush for small things like that missus t, I'm kind of new so everything I do is done with the same fine brush.
I might have time tomorrow to do some more faces and I'll post how far I get and what they look like, maybe you guys could give me a little more specific advice then. Thanks a lot.
I have a (very little) bit of experience with painting HO scale figures for model railroading, and in that scale it's generally accepted that "less is more" when it comes to faces; ie, don't even bother with colouring the eyes or the mouths because it tends to look cartoonish. Just paint the faces in flesh tones and be done of it.
Having said that, I imagine that advice wouldn't work quite as well in the much larger scale represented by Warhammer figures. But considering that I'm something of a lazy painter (due to my inexperience, all I'm worried about is getting them to a point where I'm not embarrassed to bring them out in public), I'll probably just get the faces to a more or less flesh tone point, and then if they look particularly bland, maybe an ink wash for shadowing.
Of course, the fact that I'm playing with the innumerable and generally faceless Imperial Guard may factor into that equation.
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The trick to a great face is to define certain areas, I think Kevin Dallimore's site has a tutoral, if not just look [hard] at his faces, he's the master. He has a book but I can't say if it is any good, it's quite costly too.
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