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I play Guard and I just started Empire, so Im admist a sea of faces quite literally when I sit down to paint.
Therefore, Id like to paint said faces in a manner that will not confuse the opponent as to whether they are mutating, albino swedes, or simply Michael Jackson.
For white people I usually basecoat a dark brown, then drybrush with dwar flesh, then highlight with elf fleash? Is this too shoddy a process? Is their a method that doesn't take a million years? Simple but effective please.
for black people I know what to do.
I wouldn't drybrush, and I would start with a basecoat of dark brown, paint on a layer of dwarf flesh, and then another layer of elf-flesh, followed by final highlights on ridges, nose, chin of elf-flesh + a spot of white. I don;t dry-brush faces, as they are the focal point of the model....
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Personally, I go with a basecoat of dwarf flesh, a was of either ogryn flesh or gryphone sepia, followed by a highlight of dwarf flesh and a final highlight of dwarf flesh and bleached bone, with the ratio altered for the tone...
You can then experiment by using different washed, for example to make darker skinned models, simply wash it a fair few times with devlan mud, etc...
If you want real easy with low detail here is what I would suggest:
Base coat in Elf flesh, maybe a dwarf flesh
Wash with Sepia wash/glaze or for a bit more contrast use the Devlan mud.
This should darken the eye sockets allowing them to stand out a bit and also show the details on the face.
If you want to go just a little bit more sophisticated take either elf (if you started with a dwarf flesh) or pale flesh (if you started with an elf flesh) and highlight the high spots: The forehead, cheeks, nose, chin.
Super simple. It is a quick 2 or 3 step process.
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I normally go with a basic set of colours, depending on speed, quality etc:
Quick and Simple:
Wash with Ogryn Flesh
Highlight with 50/50 Tallarn Flesh/Bleached Bone
Difficult and Dangerous:
75/25 Dark Flesh/Bleached Bone
50/50 Dark Flesh/Bleached Bone
25/75 Dark Flesh/Bleached Bone
25/75 Skull White/Bleached Bone
Job's a good 'un.
Oh, I've been trying out a few cool things with Dheneb stone and the washes, which is kinda cool.
Definitely worth trying out if you can spare a few minis.
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When you say faces I assume you mean skin in general?
I don't paint a lot of humans but most recently I've found that thes works;
Basecoat elf flesh, wash ogryn flesh, highlight elf flesh.
Quick, easy and looks like people.
If you're up for more work you can wash the eyes with purple (or brown if you're not painting them in) and colour the lip with a red glaze.
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